Dudley Tuckey Cup: Young guns leading the way for Halls Head

Pace and space will be the key for Halls Head in the upcoming Dudley Tuckey Cup.

Again looming as one of the youngest sides in the competition as they continue to lean on their stellar junior program, the Lightning will be hoping their future stars can use their legs to outrun opposition in the tournament.

"When you're a younger team your legs can make you really competitive, so that's what we will be hoping for," head coach Ron Coles said.

"We have a superb junior program and the junior coaches have got these guys ready for senior footy well ahead of their time."

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Their midfield will be spearheaded by young guns like Travis Sexton and Liam Lockley, who will be eager to find the ball in space and use their run to quickly give dangerous forwards like Rodney Jetta, Greg Nelson and Matthew Allen one-on-one battles.

That core playing group will have plenty of responsibility on their shoulders this year, as Halls Head takes on a new look in the wake of departures from several long-time regulars.

Midfield star Robert Falkstrom is among those exiting the club, along with defender Cory Fish, ruckman Tyson Phillips and midfielder Mitch Royal.

Coles admitted those four alone would prove difficult to replace, but was optimistic about the potential within his young side.

"When you have players of that level leave it's never going to be easy, but that's just life in footy," he said.

"We've had one of the strongest junior programs in the region for a long time, and we're really starting to see that pay off as these quality young players come through to the league level.

"It might take a while to pay off, but premierships don't happen overnight."

Halls Head kick off their Dudley Tuckey Cup campaign with a derby clash against rivals South Mandurah this weekend.