Improving Sharks out to put bite on Tigers

HILLWOOD will be hoping for a big improvement in form when it takes on Longford in its first home game of the season at Shark Park tomorrow.

The Sharks were disappointing in their first game last week against Bridgenorth and coach Max Pearce is expecting his charges to be much better against the Tigers.

"We didn't have any winners really on the day and we're looking for a huge improvement," he said.

"It was a poor performance and we need to lift all over the ground."

Shannon Buller will miss with injury but the Sharks have four players to come in who missed the first game in Nic Bauld, Christian Messer, Andrew Whitmore and Elliot Barnes.

LONGFORD is coming off a win over Bracknell but coach Matthew O'Donoghue said his side was wasteful in front of goal early in the game, which it could not afford to repeat against Hillwood.

"We need to set ourselves up and make the most of our opportunities early and roll from there," he said.

"Hillwood are a good side and were the most improved in the comp last season but we think we match up well against them."

The Tigers lose Sam Roach with Jackson Blair coming in as a replacement.

GEORGE TOWN hosts Deloraine at Blue Gum Park after a first-up loss to South Launceston.

"I was reasonably happy with our intensity in the first half but we were always going to be in some difficulty with goal- scoring and that's something we've been working on," Saints coach Alan Perrin said.

The Saints will be without Sam Lincoln but could regain Cal Aalbrecht as a replacement.

DELORAINE will play its first game under new coach Rory Mansell who said his players were "jumping out of their skins" to play after a long preseason.

"It will be a big challenge for our group especially with George Town on the rebound after playing South last week and they're young like us but hopefully we can go down there and be competitive," Mansell said.

The Roos have a full list available.

SCOTTSDALE hosts South Launceston in a twilight game with the senior game starting at 5pm.

The Mapgies were impressive improvers last week under new coach Tony Power and showed they will be a much more competitive unit this season.

"I thought our performance was really good for a young side and our pressure and work rate was excellent in the second half against Rocherlea when we outscored them and there were some good signs for us," Power said.

Power was hopeful of good home crowd for support but three injuries from last week's game means that captain Corey Binns, Denholm Hall and Ben Miller are likely to miss.

ROCHERLEA travels to Bracknell and coach Andrew Philpott was reasonably happy with the way his young players performed last week.

The side will be strengthened this week by the return of Lyndon Stubbs and Brenton Gale. Daniel Maynard and Jordan Cousens both faced fitness tests.

BRACKNELL went down to Longford by 11 points last week but coach Josh Nunn was happy with his side's first-up performance.

The Redlegs regain Josh Adams, Richard Howe and Adam Scott available this week.


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