Rough play sees Thorp out again

WESTERN Storm ruckman Cody Thorp will miss tomorrow's State League clash against Hobart City at Aurora Stadium after copping a three-week suspension in last week's game against Burnie.

Cody Thorp

Cody Thorp

Thorp was found guilty of rough conduct on Darren Banham and handed three weeks plus 42.5 carry-over points.

It was only his second game back after serving a four-match ban arising from last season's grand final win with South Launceston.

Storm big man Bart McCulloch will be eligible to play after being found not guilty on a charge of striking Nick McKenna in the same game.

Storm coach Mitch Hills was rapt with what he said was an important win over the Dockers last week.

``It really set up our season going three and two and we feel we have some winnable games coming up in the next month before we head off to Perth again.

``I expect us to go into this game really positive about a good result moving forward,'' he said.

Tim Jones will be unavailable for an extended period with school football and the Tassie Mariners.

The Storm included Logan and Kallum Barker, Beau Tuthill, Billy Jack and Callum Mulder.

Hobart City was injury-free and should regain Rory Fairbairn and Brodie Shade.

LAUNCESTON will be missing two key players for its road trip to Devonport with Beau Green unavailable due to work and Tom Cleary likely to miss up to eight weeks after sustaining an ankle injury at training this week.

``To lose Tom is disappointing, especially since he has just taken on a new role at centre half-back and has been in our top two players in the past two weeks,'' Launceston coach Scott Stephens said.

Sam Rundle and Gary Shipton were named to return for the Blues in two valuable additions.

Devonport regained Beau Sharman from suspension and promoted Nathan Rataj for his senior debut.

NORTH LAUNCESTON should finally regain Allan O'Sign from a hamstring injury to add some experience and bite to the midfield and up forward for its game against Burnie at Aurora Stadium.

The Bombers lose forward Damien Medwin to a similar injury and young defender Logan Reynolds to a hand injury and may elect to rest some of their Tassie Mariners players.

Burnie named experienced defender Rudy Barrett to return after an extended period out with a shoulder injury but lost Chris McDonald and Caleb Hislop.

CLARENCE lost Josh Fox for its clash against Glenorchy while the Magpies were boosted by the inclusion of marquee player in Brisbane premiership ruckman Jamie Charman.


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