TASMANIAN Roar is hoping to catch some of the biggest guns in Australian cricket napping in Launceston this weekend.
Julia Price's team takes on the star-studded New South Wales outfit in three games at the NTCA Ground and the coach is in no doubt about the size of the task ahead.
With a host of internationals including captain Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes, Erin Osborne, Alyssa Healy and Australian sport's glamour-girl Ellyse Perry, the Breakers present the ultimate challenge in domestic women's cricket.
But Price is hopeful a lack of matches and the withdrawal of injured all-rounder Sarah Coyte might give the home side a sniff.
"They've got a long backbone unfortunately, including a lot of girls who play for Australia but Coyte has withdrawn which does weaken them slightly," Price said.
"They are still very tough, have not lost the 50-over title since it started and last year won the T20 competition as well so are formidable in both formats.
"It's always going to be a bit of a challenge particularly early in the season but we think that could be an advantage because we've played a bit more cricket than them and are also playing at the NTCA Ground which has been quite a successful home for us in the past.
"We've also got some in-form players with Corinne Hall hitting 95 in the 50-over match against Queensland, Erin Burns adding 58 in the T20 and a lot of others getting starts and also scoring reasonably quickly, so we're hoping we might catch them a bit off- guard," she said.
Despite losing its opening three matches in Queensland, Roar chased well in the one-dayer and fell just four runs short in the first T20 so Price believes there are a lot of positives.
Captain Veronica Pyke is now firmly established as an all- rounder while off-spinner Linsey Da Costa has also been promoted into the top order because of her ability to pierce the field and off- spinner Erin Burns has been in excellent form since making the Shooting Stars team.
"If they fire hopefully a few others will follow and we'll be competitive."
Price, who took over from Jade Selby in July, said Northern players Brooke and Lauren Hepburn, Katelyn Fryett and Meg Phillips are all expected to feature back on home turf.
She said while the visitors boast many internationals, it should not be long before the hosts follow suit having seen Burns, Pyke and Fryett all make national development squads.