Bombers and Roos renew old rivalries

NORTHERN Bombers defender Ryan Worn is likely to pick up the dangerous James Charlesworth when the Northern Bombers take on Clarence under lights at Aurora Stadium in their Anzac Day State League clash tonight.

Northern Bombers defender Ryan Worn and Josh Ponting practicing earlier this season.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON.

Northern Bombers defender Ryan Worn and Josh Ponting practicing earlier this season. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON.

Both teams are undefeated after the opening two rounds with old rivalries set to be renewed in an intriguing contest between the upwardly mobile Bombers and the Southern powerhouse.

Charlesworth has been in impressive early season form kicking seven goals in the Roos opening round win over Glenorchy and six last week against Hobart City.

North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn is likely to give his Victorian recruit first option in the job of curtailing the former Hobart player.

The Northern Bombers will be without midfielder Allan O'Sign who injured his hamstring in last week's win over Launceston but should regain another speedy replacement in Joby Reynolds who missed last week.

"We give ourselves every chance and always go in expecting we can win every game but we just need 22 contributors again," Littlejohn said.

"Charlesworth is a very handy player and one of the best in the state and Ryan is very excited about the challenge and knows he will have to be on his game because obviously Charlie is a very dangerous player."

Roos coach Matthew Drury was facing a test on an ankle injury, which has sidelined him for the first two games but was named in the Clarence side.

Drury said the road trip to play North Launceston under lights held no fears for his side.

"It gives us a chance to do some bonding and Aurora is a great ground and we really enjoy playing there with similar dimensions to Bellerive," he said.

"Hopefully it's a nice evening and playing on Anzac Day is a bit of extra incentive for the boys to play well and capture the Anzac spirit."

LAUNCESTON lost midfielder Thomas Holmes for its first home game of the season against Lauderdale at Windsor Park in an important game for the Blues with Beau Green playing his 250th game for the club.

Jake Bonney and Curtis Murfett were added to the senior squad from the development league.

Joe Krushka faced a fitness test after coming off with hamstring tightness against North.

LAUDERDALE added young Tassie Mariner Isaac Franks to its squad with the teenager likely to make his senior debut.

BURNIE lost forward Rohan Baldock for its game against Glenorchy at West Park but regained Nick Walters as the Dockers try to notch up their first win of the season in captain Kade Munday's 250th game for the club.


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