Contrasting styles set to clash in Premier League

Nicole Absolum in action for Don Tuckwell's Audio against Young Guns last week. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly
Nicole Absolum in action for Don Tuckwell's Audio against Young Guns last week. Picture: Kieren L. Tilly

Contrasting styles will clash head on when AKW Jets meet Don Tuckwell’s Audio in Premier League touch football at Jubilee Park on Tuesday night.

The Jets are young and exuberant side which plays to a tight and well-drilled structure under coach Kevin Salmon.

Tuckies, are a veteran-laden side which plays loose and structure-free, and it was a style which was certainly working for them when they downed AKW 8-4 in round two.

Don Tuckwell’s Audio coach Jess Absolum said it promised to be an intriguing matchup.

“They’re very structured but that hasn’t been how we’ve been playing at all,” she said.

“We prefer to react to the play as it happens and try to outsmart and outplay them from there.”

Absolum believes the two sides are likely the best in the competition, adding that AKW were a handy measuring stick for her troops.

“They won the competition last year so they’re definitely right up there,” she said.

“It’s a great test for us older girls, seeing how we go against all of their young players.”

Bar Up Ballers will take on Young Guns in the other women’s game.

In the men’s competition, Advanced Communication Cobras will clash with Advanced Security Wizards.

Wizards captain Alex McKenize said shutting down Cobras leaders Andrew Baggio and Chris Dowell would be key for his side.

“Cobras have been one of the consistently good teams in the competition for a while with those guys leading the way,” he said.

“We definitely need to pay close attention to those two guys.”

The Wizards have started the season with a win, a loss, a bye and a draw.

While McKenzie conceded their start to the season had been the definition of a mixed bag, he pointed out that it was still an improvement on recent seasons.

In the other men’s game, Quolls face reigning premiers MJR Electrics.