North wants respect from Western Storm

WESTERN Storm will take a big confidence boost into Saturday's cross-town State League rivalry clash against North Launceston following its 43-point victory over ladder-leader Clarence on Saturday.

The Storm will be keen for revenge after suffering an 11-point loss to North in their round 4 clash coming off a short turnaround from their first Foxtel Cup game.

``We definitely owe them one and there were obviously plenty of excuses why we lost that one but we don't want to use that,'' Storm coach Mitch Hills said.

``They play this ground quite well and they had a big win on this ground today as well so no doubt it will be a huge game and they will be wanting to win to peg a game back on the ladder.

``We've put ourselves in a good position, we're playing good footy and if we get our plan right and the match-ups right and play a similar game plan to what we did against Clarence we should get the win.''

North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn suggested there could be some feeling in the cross-town clash following his side's big win over bottom side the Tigers.

``We owe these guys although we beat them last time because there are a few words being said out in the community by their players about ours,'' he said.

``We just think it is very disrespectful and shows we're not respected by them so we have to continue to work hard to build that respect.''

Launceston faces a tough road trip South to play Glenorchy at KGV following its 29-point defeat to Burnie.

The Blues continue to show improvement having pushed the Dockers for three quarters but could not sustain their effort in the final term.

Coach Scott Stephens is asking for consistency across four quarters and the Blues will need that to be competitive against the sixth-placed Magpies who are battling for a top-five spot, two points adrift of Lauderdale in fifth.

Burnie will have further injury worries as it prepares to face Hobart City with ruckman Jason Laycock expected to join Rudy Barrett, Rohan Baldock and Andy Lee on the sidelines with a rib injury.

Darren Banham could also be in doubt with a hamstring injury.

Western Storm's Thane Bardenhagen in action against Clarence at Aurora Stadium on Saturday night.

Western Storm's Thane Bardenhagen in action against Clarence at Aurora Stadium on Saturday night.


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