LAUNCESTON'S Cavaliers will aim to protect their undefeated record in the Tasmanian Netball League season so far when round 5 and 6 matches are contested this weekend.
The reigning premiers and joint ladder-leaders are the only undefeated team along with Arrows, but face a tough Southern road trip with matches against Karana Flames and Kingston Blues.
Coach Lynda Colgrave knows that despite her team's impressive season start, there is still room for improvement as she acknowledged after last weekend's victory against cross-town rival Northern Hawks.
The Northern Hawks sit in fifth spot on the ladder and will be looking to bounce back from that loss when it meets Karana and Kingston also on a double-header road trip to Hobart.
Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough said her side learnt a lot in defeat against Cavaliers last week and will use that knowledge to produce stronger performances going forward.
``The game revealed our weaknesses and we'll now look to concentrate on bridging the gap to try and consolidate our position on the ladder,'' she said.
Flames coach Donna Terry said her side had started the season well but expected tough games against both Northern clubs.
In other matches, Cripps Waratah and Arrows both travel away from home to face North-west sides Devon and Burnie Tigers on Saturday with the reverse fixtures to be played on Sunday. Burnie Tigers, coming off their first win of the season over Devon last weekend, will be looking to use that win as a springboard to move up the TNL ladder.
Devon, still looking for its first win for 2014, will be hoping for an upset over of its Southern rivals.