Southern road test for impressive Bombers

NORTH Launceston faces its first road trip South of the State League season to take on Hobart City at North Hobart Oval on Saturday.

It will provide a big test for the third-placed Bombers who continue to impress after coming off a 63-point victory over Launceston on Saturday.

Northern Bombers' coach Zane Littlejohn continues to focus on building respect in the competition and with a 6-2 start to the season they are well on the way to achieving that.

"It's nice for this group to have a bit of reward because they have worked hard and we've had our doubters and people who put us down and reckoned we'd go backwards when we got rid of four players.

"But we knew in-house that this group are close-knit and have really good morale and are hard on each other and want to push the standards.

"If someone steps outside that they want to pull them back into place and that's not just our leaders it's the whole group.

"It is exciting but they are realists and they know people will be out waiting for us to lapse again so that's a bit of a driving force for the boys to make sure they keep on the front foot."

Littlejohn said the Bombers had set themselves to win games in blocks of four as a focus and were currently 2-1 in the current block with the chance to make it 3-1, if they can beat Hobart City.

"That's all we focus on, each game in each block, and it keeps the group focused and they know each week the game is vital to winning the block," he said.

"We have our first trip to Hobart this week and it's Daniel Roozendaal's 100th game so that will give them motivation as well and drive the boys but we know if we have 22 contributors each week our effort will be pretty high."

LAUNCESTON will be hoping to regain some players for its home clash against Western Storm at Windsor Park on Sunday.

The Blues were undermanned against North losing Tom Claridge, Sam Rundle and Josh Youd at training last Thursday while already without Tom Cleary and Joe Krushka.

Acknowledging that his side was rebuilding, coach Scott Stephens said they were not getting completely blown away and were competitive in the contests but had struggled to kick goals.

"It's about finding the right recipe up forward and with the youth and the amount of rotations going through there it's extremely difficult," he said.

"But it's something we will keep pursuing and getting the boys stronger and more physical to be able to withstand the pressures of TSL footy."

The Storm is coming off an 81-point victory over Devonport and have been consistently good stringing together four wins on the trot.


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