Northern Hockey celebrates the life of Jason Scott this week as teams take to the ground for matches in the Orange round.
Jason, a Launceston City club stalwart and association umpire, will be remembered fondly by all.
Smithton hosts South Burnie with just a point separating the sides on the ladder in Smithton’s favour.
Nick Stokes said a win was crucial for the Saints giving them some breathing space over the chasing pack with a loss potentially sending them back as far as seventh.
Big games can be expected from Nigel Kingston in defence and up front danger man Richard Cornish, the elder statesmen of the side.
South Burnie are great scrappers with arguably one of the best defensive units in the comp.
Jarrod and Jason Bomford and Roger Ambrose control the flow with plenty of years between them.
Up front the Hawks’ fire power is solid with Jordan Dart the spearhead supported by Stuart Bowles.
Burnie Baptist should find themselves clear in third from their clash with West Devonport. Baptist has won four and drawn two in a solid start to the season.
Matt Selby, Marty Bissett and Anthony Lockett, the driving force behind the young side, will be in the mix again this week.
West is struggling for pace but coach Fred Bessell is happy with their progress and says they will have some new faces next year as the rebuild continues.
City Marians trek to Launceston to play Tamar Churinga in a close clash with Tamar playing a more aggressive style of hockey.
Beau Cornelius and Justin Ockerby up front fed by centre half Kieran Dunning are forces to be reckoned with.
The Bloods are peppered with old age and cunning with Jason Birtwhistle and Adam Lamprey controlling the defence and Dave Townsend covering the net.
This combo is a tough ask for marauding forwards.
Devonport and the Suns at Devonport should be a game worth the travel. The Suns sit sixth on the ladder, a solid position as they fight to regain the style of old.
Keelan Beattie has added plenty of impetus to the Suns’ style, releasing coach Alistair McBain to control the mid-field, sending Kurt Budgeon into attack.
The Subbies have plenty of fire power with Sam Phillips and Mick Williams a danger and Ben Loone setting plays from centre half.
Ladder leaders Queechy play Launceston City in Launceston.
City has struggled to fill consistent sides as they rebuild, while the Qs have talent to burn.
Tom Moir and Matt Franklin cover plenty in front of the solid Derrick Heathorn.
Sam Rossetto back from injury looked dangerous last week along with Evan Lawrence and the Withington brothers up front.