Great Flinders coach, Michael Curtis, is quietly confident ahead of the 2019 Mortlock Shield promising a strong side at this years carnival. After finishing runners up for the past two competitions, Curtis said that their midfield and defence will be key to their success in this years Mortlock Shield.
"Former Sturt premiership player Michael Curtis will have plenty of midfield options at his disposal with Xavier Watson, Mitch Lawrie, Lachie Paech and Tyler Frankling giving us some hard nosed experience through the middle of the ground" he said. "It's also going to be great to have some of the EP's best young talent in the side led by Levi Brown, Jackson Murphy and Brayden Martin who all add some genuine leg speed to the side and use the ball well".
Up forward Curtis will look to the experience of Crettenden, Hazelgrove and young spearhead James Richardson to convert opportunities created up field, but it his defensive unit that he believes can lead his side to a carnival victory.
"They will be a tight knit defence and very difficult to score against," he said. "Our back line will be very strong with an aggressive half back line that will generate plenty of attack, with Joe Walker, Jordan Hind and the Crettenden boys all expected to play big roles defensively".
Curtis is relishing the opportunity to coach a side that he believes has enough talent to win this years Mortlock Shield carnival. "We have some outstanding players in this side and it's going to take a good side to beat them, but we know it won't be easy against some quality opposition".