GNL Hockey | The long road to victory?

COOL HEAD: Launceston City's Kaylee Demarco leads the charge against Smithon. Picture: Neil Richardson
COOL HEAD: Launceston City's Kaylee Demarco leads the charge against Smithon. Picture: Neil Richardson

South Launceston Suns travel to Smithton on Saturday after a dominant 7-1 win over Queechy Penguins last week. Kurt Budgeon excelled in round one and they’ll be looking to him again.

For Smithton, Sam Porteus-Smith will be the key, looking to back up his performance in their 2-1 win over Launceston City.

Burnie Baptist faces City Marians, who started 2018 with a 3-0 loss against South Burnie. Jake Wolfe will be one to watch this year for Baptist and will be looking to back it up this week. After an impressive second half last week, scoreboard conversion will be a focus for City as they face the defending champions.

Queechy Penguins will look to regroup after their round one loss as they face Devonport. Declan Filler scored a hat-trick in last week’s draw and will be keen to repeat the performance. Penguins are without young gun Daniel Chong and will expect Finn Bailey to step up in his absence.

Defender Luc Redman excelled last week, and West Devonport will be again focus on he and Zeke Hausmann to go against South Burnie on Saturday.

South Burnie had a perfect start to the season with a 3-0 win and coach Jarred Bomford will be looking for his men to continue this form as the season progresses.

A battle of two Launceston-based teams, Launceston City and Tamar Churinga will be one to watch as they both aim to rebound from last weekend’s losses. Both full of impressive juniors, it was Josh DeMarco who stepped up for City, whereas state representative Beau Cornelius hopes to star for Churinga.

In the women’s contest, a battle of undefeated teams headlines this weekend with the Launceston City/City Marians clash.

Both had defenders star for them last week with Emily Nunn and Petrina Birtwistle respectively performing at their peak. With both sides full of promising juniors, it should be an enthralling encounter.

Smithton and South Launceston Suns will both aim to join the winners’ circle after tight losses last week.

With both sides full of promise, Smithton coach Elliot Mainwaring expects the team to build on these losses, whereas Suns coach Susan Brumby hopes young leader Lauren Buchanan can pull the team forward.

Last year’s champion West Devonport takes on South Burnie as they look to further their dominance.

After an even match last week against City Marians, South will rely on Robyn Locke to play her role again and push the benchmark of the competition.

Queechy Penguins take on Devonport at home, coming off a strong 2-0 win. 

Devonport had a tough first round, but a quality performance from junior Zarleena Cook proved a shining light and could be again.