Suns to travel to Sawtell for first preseason trial match

READY TO GO: The Suns have enjoyed their strongest preseason yet and can't wait to get into their first trial. Photo: Haley Caccianiga
READY TO GO: The Suns have enjoyed their strongest preseason yet and can't wait to get into their first trial. Photo: Haley Caccianiga

The Moree Suns senior men will travel to Sawtell this weekend for their first proper hitout of the year against the Sawtell Toormina Saints.

It's already been arguably the strongest preseason of the club's short life span, with large numbers regularly at training, and now the reborn side will face its first test.

The Saints were the premiers in the AFL North Coast NSW competition in 2018, so the contest should give the Suns a good indication of where the team is at six weeks out from the start of the regular season.

Suns coach Eric Faulkner says it will be a good opportunity for the side to trial a few different game plans work on their match fitness.

"It's just having a good look at everyone in different positions," he said.

"See if we can work on some structure stuff for the year.

"You can put in as much as you can in training but actually playing a game is totally different."

Faulkner says the trip will also provide a good opportunity to continue to improve the club culture and camaraderie. 

"Just to get everyone together, get a few new guys who haven't played yet," he said.

"Get everyone to get to know each other a bit better.

"We've got three kids we're taking over, they'll be a big part of the side this year, it'll be good to get them a proper game."

Faulkner added the club has continued to enjoy strong numbers at training.

Everyone is looking forward to getting their first proper game in.

"Everyone's really starting to put in, the fitness is lifting," Faulkner said.

" We had an intra-club match on Tuesday which was a good hitout.

"It'll be good to put into practice what we've been doing at training."