LAUNCESTON will be without two of its most experienced players when it faces cross-town rivals South Launceston in Saturday's State League semi-final showdown at Aurora Stadium.
Captain-coach Brennan Savage and brother Gene were both reported for incidents involving Burnie's Darren Banham at three-quarter time during the Blues' one point qualifying final win at the same venue on the weekend.
Brennan was initially charged with kicking Banham, however, he was last night found guilty by the State League tribunal of the lesser indiscretion, tripping _ copping a one week ban and 95 carry over points.
Gene failed in his appeal against a striking charge and received the same penalty.
``It is certainly disappointing to be putting myself in a situation where I can leave my actions to be judged by the match review panel,'' the Blues coach said.
``I have let down the footy club and myself with my actions and we are just concentrating on getting the best team out on the park for Saturday.
``This is just a minor glitch on the radar and I think we will still be able to be more than competitive and put in a good plan to try and beat South.''
Brennan said he was unlikely to take on the Bulldogs regardless of the tribunal outcome after pulling up sore following the Dockers' match.
He said his squad should be able to cover the loss of height to help combat South's dominate big men.
The two side's met three times throughout the home and away season with the ledger 2-1 in the Bulldogs' favour.
``We knew after the game on Saturday that I wouldn't be playing the game whether that be through suspension or injury,'' Brennan said.
``I haven't had the best year and we have won big games without me playing.
``We may have to re-gig a few things but we are lucky in the fact we have got a large amount of tall players we can call upon.''
Launceston could also be without midfielder Tim Bristow through a hamstring injury.