Reigning TSLW premier Launceston ready for Burnie

SOFT HANDS: Launceston forward Georgia Hill attempts to take a mark in the Blues' last meeting at Windsor Park against Burnie. Picture: Paul Scambler
SOFT HANDS: Launceston forward Georgia Hill attempts to take a mark in the Blues' last meeting at Windsor Park against Burnie. Picture: Paul Scambler

Burnie is firmly in the eye of a coming Launceston.

The reigning premier has sprung back into TSLW grand final contention on the back of its breakthrough win over Clarence last week.

The Blues appear on track for the double chance, now edging up the ladder behind the second-placed Roos on percentage only.

As their adversaries end the home-and-away season by tackling top-of-the-table Glenorchy, Launceston has the luxury of facing strugglers Burnie twice on either side of next week’s bye.

“So we’ve got to try to win big,” coach Alex Gibbins said.

“It’s good to have some sort of incentive going into the games. So we’re not just playing for nothing and waiting for finals.”

Launceston won by 82 points and 72 points in the side’s two clashes, including the Dockers being held scoreless at Windsor Park.

So we’ve got to try to win big

Launceston coach Alex Gibbins

Gibbins wants to avoid an extra finals game and ensure the Blues are first side into this season’s grand final in essentially a three-team race battling for two spots.

“That’s the perfect scenario – finish second and win straight through,” he said.

But the coach said should Clarence upset Glenorchy, his side’s attitude has to be to put their foot on Burnie’s throat no matter what.

“We’ve just got to be ruthless,” Gibbins said.

“There’s no reason why we won’t be. We’re running on top of the ground at the moment – we’re peaking at the right time, so we’ll go well.”

Gibbins will rest Hayley Whyte and Bianca White as part of his monthly plan to keep players fresh, while stars Courtney Webb and Emma Manix-Geeves will be away on cricket duties.

But he regrettably has put a red line through Daria Bannister’s name for a return.

The Western Bulldogs draftee missed the AFLW premiership after sustaining an ACL knee injury on debut.

“She’ll hate me saying this, but she got close, but it’s a definite no,” Gibbins said. “She’s a month or two short.”

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