NORTHERN Hawks will be looking to close the gap from their last outing against cross-town rivals Cavaliers when Launceston's two State League netball clubs go head- to-head tonight at the Silverdome in a round 11 clash.
Hawks coach Kellie Woolnough said she was happy with the team's form and is confident it will continue to use the ball well in attack going into this week's game that pits the second-placed Cavaliers against the fourth-placed Hawks.
Hawks' Chelsea Coleman and Danni Pickett were proficient in the goal circle last week shooting a solid 60 goals together to reward the Hawks tight work in defence.
The Hawks showed they have a strong line-up with the team benefiting from the diverse combination of Emily Garvey and Zoe Gough in defence which, with great vision and timing, turned the ball over frequently.
Cavaliers will again be without captain Sav Overall in defence and mid-court players Shelby Miller and Kelsie Rainbow, while the Hawks, who climbed into fourth place on the league ladder after a big win over Burnie, will be without goalie Georgina Briggs.
Cavaliers have brought back former star premiership defender Cassie Abraham (Carstens) to help cover the defensive hole left by the injured Overall and will be looking to close down the Hawks mid-court drives to Coleman and Pickett.
The clubs' 14 and under and 16 and under teams will play development matches at 5pm preceding the 19 and under game at 6.30pm with the open match at 8.15pm.
Northern Hawks will return to the Silverdome tomorrow night to play Devon.
Last time these two teams met Hawks had their hands full contending with a relentless Devon team, which pushed them all the way to the final whistle.
Hawks' Ashton Whiley will match up on Emma Davy on the wing, which will be a great battle for position.
Whiley's creativity around the circle is paramount to the Hawks attack in the goal third and they will hoping to cement their top-four position with a victory.
In other games Burnie plays Devon, Kingston takes on Karana and Cripps meets Arrows.