GNL Hockey | Baptist and Suns face crucial confrontation

Burnie Baptist hosts the Suns in what is still a must-win for both sides. 

DOMINANCE: Suns coach Al McBain is a solid member of the team's attack and will be vital against Baptist this weekend. Picture: Phillip Biggs

DOMINANCE: Suns coach Al McBain is a solid member of the team's attack and will be vital against Baptist this weekend. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Baptist needs to win to retain top spot with the Qs snapping at their heels, while the Suns need to keep their momentum going to consolidate fourth spot and a finals birth.

Baptist’s Sam Porteus Smith posted two goals last time out and should again be a danger man in their attack along with Matt Selby.

The Suns proved last week that they don’t lack fire power with six players adding to the team tally.

Kurt Budgeon is in scintillating form as the attack spearhead with coach Al McBain and the improving Lachie Elliot chipping in when needed.

City Marians will be keen to topple the Qs as they strive to make finals. A win here could see them move into fourth on goal difference if the Suns lose.

The Bloods had their best defence on show last week with Simon Vandenberg and Craig McCarthy supporting keeper Dave Townsend. Another strong showing from this trio is key to their game.

The Qs are usually strong on road trips as the team commits to the task and Josh Commins has come of age this season regularly slotting goals, as they strive to regain past glories.

This should be an interesting game as the sides probe for a chink in the defensive armours.

Tamar Churinga hosts South Burnie for what most would consider a win for the Hawks, but after last week’s draw against Smithton the Tamar boys should not be considered easy-beats.

Tamar front three Beau Cornelius, Justin Ockerby and Jack Brophy will again figure as they harass the Hawks’ defence.

Kurt Edmunds at centre half is the Hawks’ key with quick, accurate ball movement sending Jordan Dart into attack with regularity.

Jared Bomford controls the Hawks from the net with key player movement closing gaps with brother Jason and Tom Trevarthan as cover.

Launceston City host the Subbies in what will be an interesting matchup. City has blooded a good crop of youngsters that are more than capable of stifling the Subbies style of play.

David Fish, Dominic Gill and keeper Jamie Pinner make a rock-solid defence that at times looks impenetrable - another solid workout for them this week.

The Subbies have no standout stars, just a never-say-die attitude coupled with workhorses Declan Filler, Sam Phillips and Ben Loone, all capable of being game-changers.

Smithton hits the road to play West Devonport in what should be a win for the Saints. The Dragons are improving as the season progresses but they will find it hard to match the Saints’ hunger.

The Saints have it all to play for – a win this time out and again next week could see them make it to the four.

Game times and venues

Dragons v Saints 2pm Dev 

Tamar v Hawks 1pm Lton 

Baptist v Suns 3.30pm Burnie 

Marians v Q’s 2pm Burnie 

Lton City v Subbies 2.30pm Lton