Dec 22nd Match Getting Closer - Interview with Manager Riley Ilnicki, Training Photos, Seawolves Youth Session on Saturday and Two Tide Starters Signed to MLR Contracts Before Match Even Starts
There's some excitement building towards Saturday's 4pm (Dec 22) match at Westhills Stadium against reigning MLR champions Seattle Seawolves. We dropped by today to watch the Tide practice run by coaches Sean White, Aaron Frisby and Nanyak Dala. We caught up with one of the Tide managers Riley Ilnicki for a few words on what to expect from Seattle and how Tide preparations were going.
Also some photos from today where about 28 players showed up to contest for the 23 match day positions. There were a couple of noticeable absentees who apparently have signed MLR contracts, Doug Fraser (centre) is rumoured to have signed with Austin Elite and Noah Barker (prop) with Glendale Raptors - hence neither will be available for the Tide v Seattle match. Both grew up on the North Island, Doug in Ladysmith and Noah in Courtenay, we wish them the best in their MLR careers.
The Seattle Seawolves will put on a free youth session (10-15 year olds) on Saturday morning before the match, 11am to noon.