Weather could prove a major factor in this weekend’s round of GNLW, with forecasts predicting rain across the north of the state.

NET PROFIT: Action from the GNL women's hockey match between Tamar Churinga and West Devonport at St Leonards. Picture: Phillip Biggs

NET PROFIT: Action from the GNL women's hockey match between Tamar Churinga and West Devonport at St Leonards. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Weather could prove a major factor in this weekend’s round, with forecasts predicting rain across the north of the state.

South Launceston Suns take on the Smithton Saints at home this weekend. With the hometown advantage in their favour, Smithton will be fighting hard to get the win over their Launceston rivals. Suns will be travelling with a depleted squad and will be relying on their experienced midfield to get them over the line.

In Launceston, Tamar Churinga takes on hometown rivals Queechy Penguins. Queechy Penguins coach Deb West says they will be keen to continue their structured team game. 

Launceston City’s young chargers will be tested against ladder leaders West Devonport at home this week. Despite City's strong start to the season, inconsistency during matches is something the side must rectify, especially against quality opposition. City must take their chances in attack if they are to challenge the Dragons.

The final game of the weekend will be in Devonport, where the home team takes on South Burnie. South Burnie returns with fresh legs, eager to push themselves and implement new structures. Rhiannon Bomford will be stepping up to the net this week after injury struck Natasha McCellan. Returning from state duties is Raeleigh Phillips.

City Marians have the bye.

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