Clash of titans in triple treat

 Northern Rangers' Nick Lanau-Atkinson watches team mate Tenzing Anderson and  Devonport's Jack Dance in action earlier this season.
Northern Rangers' Nick Lanau-Atkinson watches team mate Tenzing Anderson and Devonport's Jack Dance in action earlier this season.

A TRIPLE-header at KGV promises plenty of Victory League action tomorrow, culminating in the game of the round between ladder leaders South Hobart and Tilford Zebras.

It kicks off at 2pm with bottom side Glenorchy Knights hosting second-placed Northern Rangers, whose coach Tim Lunnon said the game was crucial in the context of its season.

"We desperately need the three points as we approach the half- way mark. There are a lot of teams vying for finals action this year," Lunnon said.

"Our team is really settled, we have the same 14 guys once again who together as a unit have been doing a great job over the last two games."

Knights coach Chris Hey said the players had been fantastic in their support of each other and he looked forward to their continued improvement.

"In previous times, attitudes and commitment would have dropped off but this group has a strong belief and I am enjoying being around this group of players," Hey said.

Devonport City needs a win against third-placed Olympia to claw back some lost ground from its slow start to the year, which has yielded just four wins.

City coach Nick Owen said his squad would be bolstered by its Northern Premier League side having the bye.

"We will likely rest Casey Eaves and give our young keeper Tom Pearce his first start," Owen said. "Casey has a sore back and the two-week break will give his body a chance to repair itself.

"Beau Blizzard and Miles Barnard were Thursday withdrawals last week and were replaced by Ben Foote and the debutant Zac Mitchell.

"Both had excellent games. Beau will be out still but both Miles and Joel Stone may have to start from the bench depending on how training goes."

Warriors coach Glen McNeill said Devonport was the type of team that got better as the season progressed.

Plenty of goals could be had when Launceston City hosts Kingborough Lions in the only game in the North.

The two sides have the worst goals against tally in the league - 36 and 30 goals conceded respectively in eight games - and played out a 5-5 draw in round one.

City coach Kurt Reynolds said his side had a must-win mentality entering the game.

"This a critical match for both sides with endeavours to further progress on the ladder," Reynolds said.

"Kingborough have been in good form and will be difficult opponents - we are aiming for three points at home this weekend.

"We are currently working through numerous changes in available personnel and this week's match will depend greatly on each individual fully understanding their role and contributing to our team shape and playing our style for 90 minutes."

Reynolds said Aaron Mattorozzi would return from suspension and Chirack Kadima might start for the first time this season while midfielders Paul Scicluna and Yanjin Park would also be back from an extended break from Victory League games.

Lions coach Stephen Pitchford expected a battle of the defences after player changes since round one.

South Hobart coach Ken Morton said a win would put his side 12 points clear of Zebras, who were one of the early favourites to win the league.

TOMORROW'S GAMES: Launceston City v Kingborough Lions at Mitsubishi Park (4.30pm); Glenorchy Knights v Northern Rangers at KGV (2pm); Olympia v Devonport City at KGV (4.15pm); Tilford Zebras v South Hobart at KGV (6.30pm)


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