Mariners Goalkeeper Adam Pearce believes the recent Tour of Tasmania was a big boost for the squad and its chemistry as all eyes turn towards Tuesday’s FFA Cup outing against Hume City in Melbourne.
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The shot stopper played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s first tour match, against the Football Tasmania state team, and said personally it was good to get some game time in.
“It was great to get 90 minutes under my belt,” he said.
“That’s a great thing moving through pre-season and as we get closer to the regular season, but it was just great to get a win, the boys did a really good job and we all enjoyed the trip down to Tasmania.”
The tour was a chance for the squad to gel, given the new faces in this year and even saw some initiation songs post-training on Saturday evening.
Peace said it was a useful opportunity to get to know more about his teammates and that it has only had a positive impact on the group.
“When some of the boys come in, we don’t really know that much about their personalities or that,” he said.
“To have a bit of time together, to enjoy a couple of team activities and really bond together as a group, it was really good to get together like that and also get away for a bit.”
The full focus of the team is now on Hume City next Tuesday, and returning to the FFA Cup semi-finals for the second time in the history of the club and Pearce said the squad is locked in for it.
“[We’re feeling] really good,” he said.
“The boys are confident, we’ve had a good trip away with a couple of wins, and got to work on a few things we needed to and obviously the full focus is Tuesday.
“We’re aiming to go down there and get a win, and we’re all looking forward to it.”