Which players will lead the Noosa Tigers to AFL premiership glory?
Which players will lead the Noosa Tigers to AFL premiership glory?

Coaches reveal Tigers to star in AFL finals

In a first for the AFL club, the Noosa Tigers will be cheering on all four senior teams in the 2020 final series, including a women's team enjoying huge success in their inaugural season.

In the lead up to the final series, Sunshine Coast Daily asked each of the Noosa Tigers senior coaches who they believed were the players who would lead them to a premiership victory.

Division 1

Adam Bova's seniors' team have enjoyed a strong season and it is no surprise they sit atop the ladder.

Despite a draw in their last start with second place Mayne, the Tigers will be heavily favoured to take out the flag in the shortened nine-game season.

Here are Bova's standout players to lead the seniors' team to premiership glory.

Mitch Fraser - "Clearly been our best player all year."

Noosa Tigers player Mitch Fraser. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography
Noosa Tigers player Mitch Fraser. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography

Aaron Laskey - "Our captain leads by example each week."

Noosa Tigers player Aaron Laskey. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.
Noosa Tigers player Aaron Laskey. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.

Shadeau Brain - "Still U16 and has been a real X factor for us."

16-year-old Shadeau Brain is already playing senior footy for the Noosa Tigers, and carving up. Picture: Patrick Woods
16-year-old Shadeau Brain is already playing senior footy for the Noosa Tigers, and carving up. Picture: Patrick Woods

Harry Maher - "Local kid having his best year ever down the back."

Harry Maher takes a mark for Noosa Tigers. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography
Harry Maher takes a mark for Noosa Tigers. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography

Brett Meredith - "Ex-Sydney Swans player who is ready to explode in finals."

Noosa Tigers player Brett Meredith. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography
Noosa Tigers player Brett Meredith. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography

Reserves

In the Reserves' team, coach Tony Brennan is happy to finish the regular season in second place, letting the pressure fall on the top of the table Mayne AFC.

With just two losses for the season, the reserves team have the right balance of flair and determination to win games at the pointy end of the season.

Here are the players Brennan will be looking for to add the extra spark in the final series and bring home the trophy.

Ben Fuller - "Powerful midfielder, loves the contest, good skills, dangerous when he goes forward."

Noosa Tigers player Ben Fuller. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography
Noosa Tigers player Ben Fuller. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography

Angus Johnston - "Attacking defender, hard at the ball, good long kick, super competitive."

Adam Curry - "Classy forward, great goal sense, strong mark, super skilful."

Sam Hancock - "Skilful running defender, good balance, smart user of the footy, reads the play well."

Womens

Just to field a side in their inaugural season would have been a worthy accomplishment, but with a win rate that would shock even their biggest fans, the Noosa Tigers Womens' team could take out the flag in their first year in the comp.

Noosa Tigers Womens' team run on for a big game against Moreton Bay Lions. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.
Noosa Tigers Womens' team run on for a big game against Moreton Bay Lions. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.

The women's team, most of whom had never touched an AFL ball before this season, sit in joint-first position on the ladder.

Coach Peter Trompf is extremely proud of his players but knows there is still a long way to go.

Here are the players Trompf is counting on for a big final series.

Cassie Young - "The skipper, great work rate and deadly accurate around goal."

Captain Cassie Young is deadly accurate around the goal. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.
Captain Cassie Young is deadly accurate around the goal. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography.

Ragean Mills - "Fearless inside on baller, head over the ballplayer, a class act."

Eliza Trompf - "Controlled aggression in the air and on the ground."

Shannon Hill - "Heart and soul of the team she takes no backward steps."

Colts

With just one loss in the shortened season, the Tigers Colts sit proudly on top of the 11-team ladder.

Colts' coach Shane Dawes found it hard to single out individual players, believing he had a whole team of superstars.

Dawes acknowledged the entire backline for holding opposition teams to just 22 goals all season.

"That whole back six has been outstanding," he said.

He was extremely confident going into the final series and was happy with the position the boys had put themselves in.

"We have positioned ourselves really well," Dawes said.

"If we play our brand of footy, we are good enough to beat anybody."

Here are the Colts' players Dawes will be looking to have a big finals series.

Ben Woodburn - "He was really dominating across the last three weeks."

Rayne Marshall - "Great as our leading goal scorer this year."

Noah Evans - "His intercept marking is exceptional."

Sonny Walsh - "Always running off half back."

Declan Fitzpatrick - "Hardly had a goal kicked on him all year."

Tallis Buntain - "Always safe."

With each of the four Noosa Tigers senior teams dominating the regular season, fans are quietly confident of four new flags adorning the club house walls in a season no one will soon forget.


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