LOCAL footy fans can expect to see a high-standard, traditional grudge match on Friday night when North Launceston takes on the Western Storm in a final round State League roster match at Aurora Stadium with a huge amount at stake for both sides.
Western Storm has top spot on the ladder, a week’s rest in the first week of finals and a home final on the line while the Northern Bombers are playing for third spot and an all-important finals double chance.
North Launceston president Thane Brady said yesterday that the game was set up as mini-final and he was hopeful of attracting a good crowd.
‘‘It couldn’t have been scripted any better,’’ Brady said.
‘‘We’ve got an excellent rivalry that has only started this year but flows over from a lot of their players having played with South Launceston.
‘‘So there is no love lost between the two clubs and Friday night under lights at Aurora – the ground looks brilliant, the facilities are great and the supporters of both clubs always come out in full voice on a Friday night.
‘‘We know we will get a good crowd because it is set up beautifully and it’s a vital game set up as virtually a mini-final.’’
North Launceston will have marquee recruit Chris Tarrant on display again coming off a five-goal effort last week against Devonport and Brady was full of praise for his contribution to the club this season.
‘‘Chris has been an exceptional person for us and has delivered on the field and just as importantly off the field with all the development activities that we laid out and he has been brilliant for us,’’ he said.
‘‘He will play on Friday night and it is going to take a very good player from the Western Storm to try to control him.
‘‘Our destiny is in our hands and we wouldn’t want it any other way – we need to win and we think we can and we’re confident.’’