GAME ON: Penguin captain Chris McDonald and Ulverstone acting captain Nick Leedham with the Anzac Day trophy the two clubs will be playing for in today’s NTFL match.SPARKS are set to fly in today’s Anzac Day NTFL showdown between Ulverstone and Penguin.
With plenty on the line for both teams, it is little wonder Robins coach Scott Blair and his Two Blues counterpart Jason Ling are expecting one fierce clash.
“It’ll be on,” Ulverstone coach Scott Blair said yesterday.
“I think in recent years, the rivalry between these two sides has reignited.
“Obviously I don’t know what the players are thinking but I wouldn’t be surprised if things did get a bit heated.
“We will definitely fly the flag if necessary,” he added.
Both sides have had a less than ideal start to the season, with just two wins between them.
Ulverstone sits at the bottom of the ladder after four rounds, while Penguin sits one rung above it after securing its first win of the year, against Latrobe on Saturday.
“There is a lot on the line for both sides,” Ling said.
“It’s important for our guys to string a few wins together and no doubt Ulverstone will be looking to do the same, so both sides will be going at it pretty hard.”
Along with the four premiership points, the Anzac Day shield is also up for grabs.
The Ted Howe Medal will be awarded to Penguin’s best player and the Bruce Pearson Medal to Ulverstone’s best.
Both men served Australia during World War 2.
Ulverstone will again be without captain Jarryd Chatwin and Nick Leedham will again lead the side.
Robins full-forward Jamie Auton will miss the game with a broken finger, as will Dylan French, who is unavailable.
Their places will be taken by Jade Hughes and Jarryd Cassidy.
Meanwhile, Penguin will be without Luke Gorrie, who was rubbed out for two weeks by the tribunal on Monday night for striking Latrobe’s Zac Roberts.
Cody Batt is also out of the Two Blues side through injury.
The visitors will welcome Troy Dean back from suspension, while Brad Kelly has received a call-up.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.