Battle for netball bragging rights

LAUNCESTON'S two State League netball clubs in Cavaliers and Northern Hawks go head-to-head tonight at Launceston's Silverdome in their annual grudge match for local bragging rights.

The cross-town rivals meet for the first time this season in round 4 of the Tasmanian Netball League which features regional rivalries.

Only a point separates the two sides on the table so the match should be a thriller.

Northern Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough sees the game as a test of where her side is at early in the season and is looking forward to the challenge of facing the reigning premier.

"The Hawks first three games have shown potential and if we are able to build on this we are looking forward to a solid season," she said.

Cavaliers coach Lynda Colgrave acknowledged her side's good start to the season but said that Hawks were not a side they would take lightly.

"We know we can't underestimate them. They are very strong at both ends of the court, which means all of our players will need to be accountable for their own opponent."

The game also sees former Cavaliers player Georgie Briggs face her old club for the first time adding another interest to the match-up.

The battle of the North-West coast sees both Burnie Tigers and Devon looking for their first win of the season. The winner of this game will look to use it as a springboard for the season as they battle to move from the bottom of the table.

The round kicked off last night with a blockbuster between two of the leagues heavyweights in Arrows and Cripps Waratah.In the final game Karana Flames and Kingston Blues will be looking to shore up their current top four standings with a win tonight in Hobart. The Cavaliers versus Hawks 19 and under game starts at 6.30pm with the opens at 8.15pm.

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