THE Tassie Spirit faces a tough weekend of Australian Netball League matches on the road this weekend with games against NSW Blues and NSW Waratahs in Sydney.
The Spirit plays the Blues today at 8.30pm and the Waratahs tomorrow at noon, at the Anne Clark Netball Centre.
Tassie is sitting third on the ladder, following last weekend's 52-38 victory over the ACT Darters in Launceston and a 58-36 loss to the Southern Force.
Spirit has never beaten the Waratahs and has recorded just two wins over the Blues in six previous meetings.
Defending champion Victorian Fury will begin its 2014 ANL title defence this weekend at Perth's Challenge Stadium.
The Fury, along with the Victorian Flames and Territory Storm, travel to Perth to take on the Western Sting.
After going through last year's competition undefeated, en route to the title, the Fury will be out to record its 13th consecutive victory when it takes on the Sting, a side it has only lost to once in its previous seven meetings.
The Fury will take to the court again against the Storm, who will be contesting its third game of the weekend following matches against the Sting and the Flames.
The Sting starts its ANL campaign against a Storm team it has never lost to, including a 31-goal victory in the corresponding fixture last season.
After making the finals in their debut season last year, the Flames will be hoping to avoid a second year hangover when they begin against the Storm and Sting - sides they beat 54-19 and 56-42 respectively last year.
The Southern Force (SA) and Queensland Fusion have the bye in week two.