North out to put Magpies in flap

NORTH Launceston can consolidate its top three spot on the TSL ladder with a victory over North-West rival Devonport at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.

The Northern Bombers fought hard to see off a Western Storm challenge last Saturday.

If Zane Littlejohn's men can repeat that winning form against the Magpies they will shore up their spot among the ladder leaders and extend their good season start to a 4-1 record.

``It will be our first day game of the season and the boys are looking forward to it,'' Littlejohn said.

North could have Allan O'Sign back from a hamstring injury to add some experience and bite through the midfield and up forward.

WESTERN Storm will have some sore bodies after playing two games in five days and facing the prospect of a road trip to West Park to play Burnie.

The Dockers finally found their winning form with a big victory over the Tigers at Kingborough on the weekend and will provide the Storm with another tough game.

Storm coach Mitch Hills was disappointed with his side's loss to North saying they had been in a position to win the game and rued some simple shots on goal they missed in the final quarter.

``The short turnaround was always going to hurt us but we hoped we could get far enough in front to hold them off in the end - we knew they would come hard in the second half and they are a fit and fresh side.

``We pride ourselves on our tackling pressure and that's something we did well on the night and we fought it out and next time we will be dirty on that loss and hope to get over them next time.''

LAUNCESTON hosts the Tigers at Windsor Park looking to notch up its second win of the season against the winless Kingborough team.

Blues coach Scott Stephens praised the efforts of two senior debutants from Saturday in Zac Oldenhof in a tall forward role and Hamish Leedham in the ruck as the club continues to rebuild with its youth.

``We need to go into it with the same intensity and mindset we showed against Clarence but aim to perform more consistently over the four quarters.''


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