GNL | Devonport set to challenge rising Suns

DRIVING FORCE: Launceston City's Claire Lester has her eye firmly on the ball. They clash with South Burnie this weekend. Picture: Paul Scambler.
DRIVING FORCE: Launceston City's Claire Lester has her eye firmly on the ball. They clash with South Burnie this weekend. Picture: Paul Scambler.

Ladder-leader South Launceston looks to continue its impressive run of form in round 13 and the next test is sixth-placed Devonport.

Devonport has been a frustrating task for the top sides all season and South will have to be at the top of its game.

Two teams hoping to rebound after losses, South Burnie plays host to Launceston City in a key match.

A depleted South Burnie went down in a tight tussle to Queechy, whereas City was outclassed by a dominant Burnie Baptist – a positive sign was young star Joe Short prominent up forward.  

Seventh-placed Smithton hosts City Marians, who are a win out of a finals spot in fifth.

Both sides participated in close matches last week with Smithton going down 4-3 to Devonport and City Marians walking away with a 2-all draw against West Devonport. This match is pivotal for both sides’ respective seasons with finals indications.

Coming off their third draw of the season, West Devonport faces a whole new ball game against Burnie Baptist. Last year’s champions Baptist sit second, just over a match behind South Launceston and has been impressive throughout.

West is yet to break through for the win but is strongly improving.

Lastly, two Launceston sides face off under lights in the North. Tamar Churinga and Queechy Penguins enter the match-up in contrasting situations with Tamar sitting in eighth and Queechy in fourth.

This will still be an important match for Queechy, however, as a win will solidify them as a potential finals threat.

In the women’s competition, Queechy travels to face West Devonport in the potential match of the round.

Desperate to bounce back after a few disappointing losses, West has their work cut out for them against an in-form Queechy.

Regaining Josie Kremerskothen from state duties will only improve fourth-placed Queechy.

South Burnie and Launceston City shapes up to be an intriguing clash with both sides in season-best form and looking to keep it that way.

With wins over competition benchmarks West Devonport and Queechy in the past few weeks, South Burnie is shaping as a dangerous opponent for big sides, and this match is no different.

Another top side looking to rebound from a loss, South Launceston takes on Devonport. South sits in third place, continually deadlocked with Queechy and a win here could potentially propel them into second.

Devonport has had a tough run this year but has shown promising signs and has one win to their name.

Ladder leaders City Marians travel to Smithton as they look to maintain their top spot.

Putting together some impressive performances to climb their way up the ladder over the past few weeks, Marians are certainly a dangerous prospect for anyone involved.

Smithton has picked up the two wins this season, including a breakthrough last week.