Season debut for Mayne back in Bulldog colours

Deloraine's Dylan Visser breaks clear in last week's match against South Launceston.
Deloraine's Dylan Visser breaks clear in last week's match against South Launceston.

DEFENDER Steven Mayne has ended an eight-game suspension and is back in his old South Launceston colours tomorrow.

Mayne was suspended after being reported twice in Rocherlea's grand final win last year.

The 29-year-old is now back with the Bulldogs after spending three years at Rocherlea and will make his season debut in the NTFA division 1 game against George Town.

His inclusion in the team will be some compensation for the loss of coach Aaron Viney who is nursing a cracked bone in his wrist.

Viney said the injury came in the third quarter of last week's game against Deloraine.

"I tried to continue playing for 10 or 15 minutes but I knew there was something wrong," he said.

Viney has the wrist in plaster and expects to be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks.

While South Launceston should extend its unbeaten record against George Town tomorrow, Viney is more concerned about building the Bulldogs' percentage.

"Even though we're a game clear of Bridgenorth our percentage is not as good and over the next three weeks we have the chance to cash in."

George Town has managed just one win for the season and faces a tough assignment against South Launceston.

Coach Max Pearce is hoping that having two weeks off doesn't affect HILLWOOD'S chances against Bridgenorth.

"We had last week off with the bye and before that there were no games because of the Tasmanian under-23 clash in Hobart," he said.

Pearce said Hillwood would be suited by the home-ground advantage and he was a predicting a better effort than when the team was beaten by 86 points in the opening round.

"We've had a chance to get our team together since then and the next few weeks are going to be important to us,".

Pearce said the team would be pleased to have Shannon Buller back in the team and was happy with the form of Josh Chugg after a couple of games under his belt.

Hillwood will have to limit the influence of the Bridgenorth midfielders and on-ballers led by Luke Duncan, Nick McElwee and Kurt McCabe along with representative ruckman Darren Long.

BRACKNELL coach Josh Nunn is confident his team can still make the top five if it can start putting a string of wins together starting with rival Longford tomorrow.

"We sat down and had a review after last Saturday and we're looking to push for fifth spot on the ladder," he said.

Nunn said Bracknell and Longford had enjoyed some close games in the past with rarely a couple of kicks separating the two teams and he is expecting a similar contest tomorrow.

Jacob Gelston and Adam Scott are likely to be unavailable to play.

ROCHERLEA will be aiming for its third win in a row when it travels to Scottsdale.

NTFA DIVISION 1 MATCHES TOMORROW - George Town v South Launceston

Bracknell v Longford

Hillwood v Bridgenorth

Scottsdale v Rocherlea

Bye: Deloraine


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