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GAMEDAY: Shock plan to strike Iron

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Watch the Shock take on the Milwaukee Iron Friday night at 8 p.m. LIVE on SWX-TV!

SPOKANE. Wash. - At first glance, it appears the Spokane Shock have a tough draw in their season opener against the Milwaukee Iron.  It's the first game in a new league with new players and a new coach.  And it's Milwaukee.

The Iron come into Spokane with what is expected to be one of the best receiving corps in the league.  Damian Hurrell owns numerous AFL receiving records.  And the Shock are well aware of Tiger Jones, who helped beat Spokane as a member of the Lousiville Fire in 2007 at the af2 level.

"Damian Hurrel, Tiger Jones and Chris Greison - these are all AGL veterans," explained Shock head coach Rob Keefe. "The last time Tiger Jones was here we lost a playoff game to Louisville in 2007 - he completely shredded us. This is a lot better competition than Spokane is used to.  It's going to be the best first game you can possibly imagine. We have to be on our 'A' game, but they have a lot of good talent on their team."

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 The Shock kick off their first season in the new AFL Friday night at 8 p.m. LIVE on SWX-TV. (Photo: SWX)

The Iron arrived in Spokane earlier in the week and worked out at the Shock's practice facility in Spokane Valley to prepare for the game Friday night.

Friday morning, Shock owner Brady Nelson appeared on KHQ Local News Today and said his team feels "very confident" ahead of the season opener.

"There are a lot of young players in this league and we've done such a good job the last seven years at winning at the af2 level that we've had an big advantage as far as evaluating talent. A lot of those AFL teams didn't play last year, so we feel like we have a step up, and we're ready."

There were still a few tickets left for the game at Spokane Arena as of Friday morning (call TicketsWest at 325-SEAT or buy them at the box office).  Nelson said more seats were added this year in the end zones to accommodate more fans.  More sideline seating was also added.

The game can also be seen live on SWX-TV beginning at 8 p.m.  Replays of the game are scheduled to air on Sunday and Monday evenings.

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