Storm building for vital clash

WESTERN Storm can consolidate its second spot on the State League ladder with a victory over Glenorchy in what should be the match of the round at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.

TSL action from the Burnie versus Northern Bombers clash on Saturday.

TSL action from the Burnie versus Northern Bombers clash on Saturday.

The Storm was super impressive in demolishing Hobart City by 89 points on Saturday night and coach Mitch Hills has his sights set now on continuing that winning form against the Magpies who sit equal on points in third.

 ``We've got this block of games we've got our eye on in the five and this (Hobart City) was the first one and Glenorchy is the next one where we believe we are a big chance,'' Hills said.

``I wa really disappointed with dropping the two games at Aurora prior to this and we've been really working on trying to play this ground well.

``We get to play Glenorchy next week who have also been in good form and they have some quality midfielders and obviously Cornelius up forward so we've got some work to do during the week to try to get our match-ups right.

``But I think if we do we have enough quality all over the ground and it is going to be a vital game in that block I've talked about to tick this one off.''

NORTH Launceston will look to rebound from a big defeat at the hands of Burnie when it hosts Lauderdale in the night game at Aurora.

The Bombers were outplayed by the Dockers in a disappointing performance and coach Zane Littlejohn will be keen to put that behind them and move on to the Southern Bombers.

``They (Burnie ) came to play today and had to win _ and they wanted to win the game more than us,'' Littlejohn said.

``They worked harder and  beat us inside and you can't afford to let Burnie do that because if they get their hands on the footy they will hurt you on the outside.

``We'll learn from that and it was disappointing to put up a result like that.''

The Bombers again decided not to risk Allan O'Sign for a return from a hamstring injury and Littlejohn said the club was being careful in managing him because he was such a valuable player.

``We've got Lauderdale here for another home game next week and another challenging game because they play a similar game to Burnie with numbers around the footy and will try to jam us up here.

``We'll prepare as  best we can for that and we will be professional in our preparation and make sure the boys are ready for it.''

LAUNCESTON faces a tough road trip to West Park to play a resurgent Burnie.

TSL ROUND  7

STATE LEAGUE ROUND 7 MATCHES

SATURDAY

Clarence v Devonport: Bellerive Oval, 2pm.

Burnie v Launceston: West Park, 2pm.

Western Storm v Glenorchy: Aurora Stadium, 1pm.

Northern Bombers v Lauderdale: Aurora Stadium, 6.15pm.

Hobart City v Tigers: North Hobart Oval, 2pm.

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