Tough challenge for Bulldogs, Parrots

BRIDGENORTH takes on NTFA division 1 ladder-leader South Launceston under lights at Youngtown Oval tomorrow in a battle between two of the competition's undefeated sides.

The Bulldogs have swept all opposition before them since joining the competition this season, including Hillwood last week, but face another of their main challengers in the Parrots.

``It should be a good game and hopefully we can get a good crowd up there for a night game and both sides put on a good show,'' Bridgenorth coach Michael Bowden said.

``They obviously have their key players in Crawford and Mountney up forward and Wager, Harding and Viney and those types who are important to their side.

``We know we have a fairly big task in front of us, but the guys have been playing good footy and are keen to see where we're at.''

The Parrots are coming off a win over Rocherlea and while happy with two of their four quarters, Bowden said there were things they had learnt from the game that they would work to correct this week.

Joe Hammond is unavailable and Steven Bowden will miss the remainder of the season with wrist surgery.

DELORAINE takes on Hillwood in what should be another good contest at Deloraine.

The Roos are the other undefeated side along with South and Bridgenorth, but face their biggest test to date against the Sharks.

``Everybody expects Hillwood to be one of the main contenders and it will be our biggest game of the year so far,'' Deloraine coach Rory Mansell said.

``The boys probably went in a bit comfortable last week,'' he said.

``They certainly won't be doing that this week I can guarantee and we need to be a lot better at least to be competitive.''

Mansell has a full list available with Marcus Lee, Kade Triffett and Dylan Schnoor likely to play their first games for the club.

HILLWOOD is coming off a loss to South, but coach Max Pearce said apart from the first game of the season against Bridgenorth, he was happy with the way his side had been playing.

``We have played what look to be the top five sides first up and we just need to continue on, but we have a lot of injuries at the moment,'' he said.

``We've got a game next week and then a bye and hopefully we can get a chance to have a full side back together and we should be right.''

ROCHERLEA has injury worries ahead of its clash with Longford losing Jason Zadow to a hamstring injury and Lyndon Stubbs facing a fitness test.

Coach Andrew Philpott said he was reasonably happy with his side's performance despite last week's loss to Bridgenorth.

``It's a pretty important game for both of us to stay in touch with the top three and we both need a win,'' he said.

LONGFORD will play its first game in two weeks, which coach Matthew O'Donoghue said gave them a chance to work on some areas that were lacking in the first few games.

The Tigers went down to Bridgenorth before the break.

``We were good in patches, but that's where we need to get better and can't afford for guys to come in and go out of the game and we need to maintain our intensity for four quarters,'' he said.

Sam Chugg is unavailable.

GEORGE TOWN takes on Bracknell with both teams still chasing their first win of the season.

Saints coach Alan Perrin said his side would be stronger with the inclusions of Troy Spinks and Kyle King.

Perrin said inaccurate kicking for goal proved costly.

Redlegs coach Josh Nunn expected a tough contest and said his side suffered from the same problem last week ``kicking themselves out of the game.''

They will be missing Danyon Smillie and Josh Viney, with Zach Faulkner and Aiden Nunn both injured. 

South Launceston's Cody Linger  fends off his Hillwood opponents in last week's clash.  Picture: MARK JESSER

South Launceston's Cody Linger fends off his Hillwood opponents in last week's clash. Picture: MARK JESSER

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