Former Hawks to fly in and join forces with Magpies

DEVONPORT will have former Hawthorn premiership teammates Brent Guerra and Campbell Brown lining up in its State League Coastal derby against Burnie tomorrow as Magpies coach Max Brown plots the demise of last year's runner-up.

The Magpies have been impressive, pushing the Western Storm hard in round one while opening their winning account against the Tigers at Kingborough last weekend.

"It was good for the confidence to get a win last week and we knew the Tigers would be pumped up so it was good to come away with a win on the board," Brown said.

"This is the Coastal derby, the arch rival, our first home game and a couple of fellows fresh out of AFL and it's got all the makings of being a very good contest."

The Magpies had no injuries and Brown said they were looking forward hopefully to playing in front of a big crowd with the two former AFL drawcards playing.

"Burnie won't lay down and will be on the rebound and keen to break the ice and get on the board.

"They are a very good team that will be wanting to redeem itself after last week.

"Guerra and Brown are two tough players and have outstanding records and with the passing of our assistant coach (David Cashion) this week it is probably a good time for them to come in and liven the place up."

The Dockers will be looking to bounce back from their 26-point defeat to North Launceston.

Burnie coach Andrew Hering said that loss was disappointing across the board.

"We had a look at our stats after the game and we probably led North in every department apart from winning the game," he said.

"We had a poor second quarter when they kicked eight goals and we were competitive on inside 50s and around the ground but couldn't put the score on and get it back."

Hering said the Dockers would be hard at the contested footy this week, something they prided themselves on.

"We've got a few new players in our side and it will take us a while to develop that confidence in one another but we will stick to our game plan."

Rudy Barrett is expected to miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

- PHIL EDWARDS

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