LAUNCESTON Tornadoes assistant coach Alicia Riley will take charge of the team for tonight's SEABL clash against Kilsyth with head coach Peta Sinclair away overseas managing the Australian under-17 team in China.
Still on a high after a home win in round 5 against Sandringham, the Torns face a tough assignment this weekend against the South Conference ladder leaders.
The Lady Cobras have collected four wins from five games so far and will be looking to continue their ladder-topping performance on their Tasmanian road trip.
The Tornadoes are sitting in fourth spot on the Southern Conference ladder by percentage.
In a blow to the team, the Tornadoes will once again be without local starter, Olivia Howard who has had a bad run with injuries.
Howard is suffering from back pain and is predicted to be out for the next two games.
"I am pretty excited about the opportunity to lead the team this week," Riley said.
"I must admit it's a pretty challenging gig first up, we're not only facing the ladder leaders but, now Liv is out I've had to look at reshuffling our structure."
Kilysth Cobras, boast two key players leading their charge for the SEABL flag.
Former Tornado and back-to- back SEABL Golden Hands Winner, Sarah Parsons is in form as is her team mate Rosie Moult, who received SEABL Player of the Week last round and is currently leading SEABL women in three-pointers, shooting at 47.4 per cent from the beyond arc.
"We always go into a game with a winning attitude, this game is no different, despite the setbacks this week," Riley said.
" We've been focusing on our key match-ups, I will be looking to Ally Wilson to match up with Parsons and we will need to shut down Moult's three-point run as well."
With players out this week Nina Howard will suit up for the first time with the Tornadoes.