GNL Hockey | Baptist aiming for the top

DEFENCE: Queechy's Xavier Bailey battles Smithton's Joe Coombs for the the ball. Picture: Paul Scambler
DEFENCE: Queechy's Xavier Bailey battles Smithton's Joe Coombs for the the ball. Picture: Paul Scambler

After a victory against the previously-undefeated South Launceston Suns last weekend, Burnie Baptist faces another challenge, travelling to face fourth-placed Queechy Penguins.

Queechy has charged into the top four and an upset could drive them into third place, while Baptist will look to push the Suns off top spot.

Also hoping to rise up the ladder after consecutive wins, Tamar Churinga travels to Smithton who impressed last week with their defence, holding South Burnie scoreless in the last quarter of their 5-2 loss.

But Rohan Foon and Justin Ockerby have been dangerous for Tamar recently.

Two sides recovering from losses, West Devonport and Launceston City face off to decide ninth place.

Both sides sit even on ladder points with score difference separating the two. 

In another anticipated encounter, fifth- and sixth-placed sides City Marians and Devonport clash at McKenna Park.

Devonport has been the victim of many close games and turning this around against Marians would be a fitting way to almost end their season. Unable to make finals, Marians can confirm fifth spot with the win.

The final game features two teams secure in the top four, South Launceston and South Burnie.

South Launceston suffered their first loss of the season while South Burnie was victorious over Smithton. A loss here could potentially put paid to Suns’ minor premiership.

With men’s finals confirmed, the women’s is anything but, with five teams still battling for the final four.

Ladder leaders City Marians face third-placed Queechy Penguins where a loss could result in Queechy temporarily slipping out of the top four.

In another match featuring two of the five teams, West Devonport plays host to Launceston City.

It’s a possible make-or-break game for City, who looms as a threat come finals time.

Fourth-placed South Launceston Suns face a dangerous South Burnie but Suns’ young stars will be tough for the coastal side.

South Burnie never shies away from a contest however, with Robyn Locke and Mel Scolyer consistently performing strongly.

Smithton plays host to Devonport in another enthralling match.

Smithton also hosted their last meeting and came away 1-0 victors.

Devonport’s Holly Johnson has consistently been strong in defence and will need to be on her game to combat Sh’Kea Poke.