South Burnie keen to rebound against Suns

SOUTH Burnie hosts the South Launceston Suns in the first match of round 9 in the Women's Greater Northern Hockey League. 

  City Marians player  Lauren Bonney puts pressure on Launceston City player Jo Brumby in their match at St Leonards. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

City Marians player Lauren Bonney puts pressure on Launceston City player Jo Brumby in their match at St Leonards. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

South Burnie will be looking to bounce back from last week's loss, while the Suns will hope to build on the solid team game they played in Round 8. 

Defences will be crucial  and Suns backs, Nadine Donovan and Mel Stephens will need to be wary of Burnie breakaways from the likes of Kim Robertson.

Smithton travels to St Leonards to face the ever-improving Launceston City.  Smithton will be hoping those players missing from last week's defeat return to bolster numbers for this encounter, as City will be full of confidence after a solid run of wins.

 Smithton's Rebekah Lardner, Shkea Poke, Demi O'Hallaran and Sonia Poke are all performing consistently, and will need to lead their team in their style of play against City's Emma Oakford, Kee Mansell and Ash Robertson.

Tamar Churinga is at home to West Devonport. Tamar scored a whopping eight goals last week through just two players, Sophie Bodell and Cara Evans. Evans has been dominant up front all season, and West's defensive line will need to mark her tightly.

West is coming off a seven-goal haul  and Sarah Gray, Angela Sheahen and Isabelle Sharman could all cause headaches for the Tamar backs.

City Marians face Burnie Baptist, and will be keen to start fresh after dropping three points to Launceston City rivals last week. 

Baptist has  consistent players in Amy Dart and Steph Wylie who are capable of creating  opportunities to push forward.

 Marians have had a string of scorers this season and Monique Grundy, Jemma Kenworthy and Brooke Clarke combine well on field and in corners.

Devonport hosts Queechy Penguins and will look to make the most of its opportunities.

 Devonport's experienced players, Robyn Tait, Kaylah Rataj and Lucy Withers will need to hold their structure against the running of Queechy's Nic Duffy, Mollie Allison and Sarah McRobbie, as they attempt to stretch the home sides defence.

FIXTURES -  Saturday June 21, 12.30pm South Burnie v South Launceston Suns, McKenna Ground, 1pm Launceston City v Smithton, St Leonards 2, 2.30pm Tamar Churinga v West Devonport, St Leonards 1, 3.30pm City Marians v Burnie Baptist, McKenna Ground, 3.30pm Devonport v Queechy Penguins, Meercroft Ground.

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