Big boost for Bombers

NORTH Launceston will unveil its State League marquee recruit Chris Tarrant for his first game of the season against cross-town rival Launceston at Aurora Stadium tomorrow night.

The former AFL player is contracted to play five games for the Bombers, plus the option of finals.

Tarrant's skill and experience will provide a big boost for North as the two traditional rivals go head-to-head in a blockbuster game.

Both are coming off impressive opening round victories and would love to claim early season bragging rights.

"It's a very big game and we're looking forward to the challenge," North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said.

"We had a good win over Burnie and executed our game plans well.

"Our group is getting better at doing that as we started to see at the end of last year.

"When you can execute the plans you have in place you are going to be competitive in most games."

Littlejohn was particularly pleased that everyone played their role against the Dockers and they had no passengers.

"We've been really big over the last 12 months on trying to create a group that doesn't have any superstars but is all about everyone doing their bit and playing their part to help the team be successful."

The Northern Bombers emerged injury-free from the Burnie game with a full squad available.

"Chris (Tarrant) will be a great inclusion and will be a really big help for our onfield leadership which is something we've lacked against Launnie in the past," Littlejohn said.

"We pushed them twice in close games last year and probably just lacked that leadership to take the game by the scruff of the neck and lead the side to victory.

"He has trained with us a couple of times already and it's fantastic to have him teach our boys given the level he has played at and he has been really impressive."

North Launceston has not beaten Launceston in the TSL since Good Friday, 2009, and while expecting a tough clash, Littlejohn was keen for his side to compete and win the game.

Launceston coach Scott Stephens said the Blues welcomed the big local derby clash and was hopeful of attracting a good crowd.

"North seem to be quite fit and working really hard so I'm expecting our boys to have their work cut out for them and vice versa," he said.

The Blues are confident of having a full list despite some sore bodies from the Western Storm game.

Experienced defender Beau Green was the only player in doubt after suffering concussion last week.

"We had some good form in the colts so we'll certainly look at a Brayden Pitcher, a Jake Bonney or Hamish Leedham as an extra tall so they will come into contention," Stephens said.

After watching vision of their last match, Stephens said they needed to focus on areas where they let the Storm back into the game and were keen to get hands on the ball and provide first use to their forward line.

City Park radio (103.7 FM) will broadcast the game from 5.55pm.


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