Suns to switch on from first bounce

MEANDER Valley Suns coach Josh Bennett wants his side to be switched on from the first bounce when it plays Old Launcestonians in NTFA division 2 tomorrow.

The Suns copped a hiding from the Tamar Cats last week after a poor first half and Bennett expected a vast improvement in approach this week.

"We didn't get up to tempo until half-time and didn't adjust to what Tamar brought," he said.

"It was fairly close in the second half but we have to be up for the pace at the start this week because OLs are going to be a similar side to the Cats with good midfielders so we have to be accountable there."

Bennett will miss with an ankle injury and flagged three or four changes to the side.

Old Launcestonians is coming off a 19-point loss to Old Scotch but coach Brian Finch said he was more than happy with their performance.

"We've got a lot of things to improve on, which we will do over the course of the season," Finch said.

"But it was a good first hit-out because a lot of the guys had never played footy together and we had a few short of a gallop.

"Scotch look to have improved with their recruits and if that's the best it was pleasing not to be too far away from them."

The Blues were likely to be without Luke French and Tyler Reeves due to work.

EVANDALE hosts Old Scotch after a big win over Perth last week.

Coach James Conroy was happy with a four-quarter effort from his players and the way they stuck to the game plan.

He is expecting a tough clash against the reigning premier.

"It will provide us with a great challenge and we'll know exactly where we're at after we've played them," he said.

The Eagles expect to have Will Von Stieglitz and Craig Weynberg available this week.

Old Scotch coach Kim Curtis was pleased with his side's first- up performance against a good side in OLs.

"We finished off the game really well and our fitness is up and about and I was happy with our attack on the ball," he said.

Curtis said the side will be better for the run and expected to be unchanged except for Chris Hughes who is injured.

LILYDALE faces a tough assignment at home against the Tamar Cats who sent a warning to the rest of the competition last week with a big win over Meander Valley.

"They've recruited strongly this year with David Wickham and a few other good players they've picked up," Demons coach Kade Dwyer said.

Dwyer said he didn't think the scoreboard did justice to his side's effort last week against St Pats and took positives out of the performance with a young group of players.

Their job is made more difficult this week with players missing including veteran Andrew McLean, Stewart Fisher and Lewis Sheppard.

FINGAL VALLEY is coming off a bye and takes on St Pats at Cressy on Sunday.

Fingal coach Matthew Lowe said his side was looking forward to the contest and expected a good game against an improved Saints side.

"I think they will be top-four this year and we are going to enjoy the challenge of playing them at Cressy and it will be a good test to see where we're at," he said.

Lowe will miss again with suspension and said the Blues could have about eight players unavailable.

St Pats coach Jake Lowe said his side was ready for the clash after two wins.

He expected to have Brad Rayner and Jack McDonald available after being late withdrawals last week along with James Miller.

PERTH will be hoping for a more competitive effort at home this week against Uni-Mowbray after a big blow-out last week against traditional rival Evandale.

The Eagles also struggled in their loss against Prospect and both sides will be keen for a win.

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