Storm facing two games in five days

THE Western Storm will only have a four-day turnaround for its State League clash against cross-town rival North Launceston on Saturday after its Foxtel Cup appearance in Adelaide tomorrow night.

Western Storm coach Mitch Hills

Western Storm coach Mitch Hills

The Storm will represent the State League in the competition against West Adelaide in a night game starting at 8.05pm.

Mitch Hills's side will then need to front up against the Northern Bombers just four days later in a tough schedule.

The Northern Bombers will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Clarence and to get back on the winning side of the ledger.

``It's going to be a huge challenge and as I've said the first four weeks we have played the top four sides from last season,'' North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said.

``They'll come back from Adelaide on a short break and obviously we have had the extra day now which is nice and it's going to be the battle of Aurora Stadium in a way with it now effectively their home ground and ours so it will be a good battle.''

Littlejohn will look for his side to be much harder in and under at the stoppages against the Storm after being beaten in that area by Clarence.

``We won 36-19 around the stoppages the week before and I'm not sure what the figures were but I think we would have lost to Clarence in that area,'' he said after Friday's game.

``We played 22 men and they don't have young boys in their side so our boys have got to learn if you want to play on the big stage and be a really good side you have to compete against men and not have them lapses.

``When the game is there to be won you have to be willing to grab it from them.''

Launceston faces a difficult assignment with a road trip to Bellerive to play the undefeated ladder-leader Clarence after kicking its lowest TSL score since the competition's inception in 2009, with a solitary goal against Lauderdale.

The young Blues will aim for an improved showing but the Roos will show no mercy on their home ground.

Devonport hosts Hobart City having had the bye last weekend and the Coastal Magpies will be keen to continue their good start to the season with two wins from three matches including a victory over Burnie.

Burnie has a long road trip to Kingborough still searching for its first win of the season.

Glenorchy and Lauderdale clash in what should be a good contest at KGV. 



Western Storm v North Launceston, Aurora Stadium, 5pm.

Clarence v Launceston, Bellerive, 2pm.

Devonport v Hobart City, Devonport Oval, 2pm.

Glenorchy v Lauderdale,  KGV, 2pm.

Tigers v Burnie, Kingborough, 2pm.


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