Fresh off scoring a goal in the Mariners' 3-1 win in Hobart on Sunday, defender Ziggy Gordon praised Alen Stajcic’s squad, labelling it one of the best environments he has been in to date.
Gordon scored the second goal as the Mariners kicked off their tour of Tasmania with a win, with Jordan Murray and Michael McGlinchey adding goals either side of him on the day and said the side achieved what they set out to on the afternoon.
“Coming into the game, it was always going to be a challenge,” he said.
“The conditions aren’t the best but you’ve got to get on with it, the main thing first and foremost was to be professional and play the way we play, not to the conditions.
“We wanted to get through the game unscathed and we accomplished that goal.”
The 26-year old defender was asked what the team was hoping to get out of the trip, and said at the front of their minds was creating a strong team environment.
“[It’s about] fitness, camaraderie, team bonding, and all these things intertwine to create a good performance on the park, and I think so far we’ve got a great team spirit,” he said.
“This is the best dressing room I’ve ever been a part of.”
“One through 22, it’s been brilliant, everyone has brought into what the gaffer has to say, and everyone is enjoying it.”
Sunday’s captain was not so open about his forward forays this season after getting on the scoresheet, indicating he’ll likely be a touch more reserved.
“I won’t be marauding anywhere past halfway this season,” Gordon laughed.
“But I’ll do my best to contribute to the team, it’s good to get a goal and obviously the most important thing is to win the game and be professional.”
“We came here to put on a good show and a good performance and I think we did that.”
The Mariners will now take on South Hobart on Tuesday night at Lightwood Park before the tour wraps up, and attentions turn to next week’s FFA Cup quarter-final against Hume City.