Cup competitions provide a welcome distraction from struggling NPL campaigns for both Launceston City and Riverside this weekend.
With just a win apiece from their seven matches to date, the cross-town rivals return to league action down south on Easter Monday when City visit Kingborough and Olympic go to Clarence.
But both have home Lakoseljac and statewide cup double-headers awaiting on Saturday.
City host Clarence in the under-20 competition followed by University in the senior equivalent.
"Ideally, I did not want to have two games this weekend but we have and we'll put out our strongest team for both because both are very important for us," coach Lino Sciulli said.
Matthew Oh and Alex Turner both picked up second-half injuries in the 6-0 thrashing of Clarence but Sciulli said the former is Oh-K while Turner will be assessed on knee and ankle issues.
Greg Roller is unavailable with personal issues.
"I remember University as a tall, physical side and won't be expecting anything different this weekend," he added.
"They'll be a hard nut to crack."
Olympic coach Alex Gaetani said he will be utilising the full depth of his squad across the weekend's matches but stressed his priority is definitely Monday's league game at Clarence - the only side below them on the ladder.
"There will be a bit of rotation so the squad players that are doing well can come and have a run in the cup," he said.
"There will probably be a few that play in both cup games. It's just about using our full squad.
"We are technically and tactically an emerging side but one that is improving all the time."
4pm: Kingborough v Devonport, Lightwood Park
7pm: Olympia v Glenorchy Knights, Warrior Park
2pm: Hobart Utd v South Hobart, Gunn Oval Brighton
2pm: Taroona v Metro, Kelvedon Park
2.30pm: Riverside Olympic v Nelson, Windsor Park
2.30pm: Somerset v Beachside, Cardigan Street
2.30pm: Launceston City v University, Prospect Park
12pm: Launceston City v Clarence, Propsect Park
12pm: Riverside Olympic v Northern Rangers, Windsor Park
2pm Beachside v Launceston United, Sandown Park
Contrasting trips await
Launceston's two stand-alone Northern Championship clubs are embracing the opportunity to take on fresh foes in the under-20 statewide cup.
Both will field their regular under-18 sides as they face contrasting journeys of five minutes up the West Tamar Highway and a five-hour round trip down the state.
Mark Littlechild will coach the Launceston United team travelling to Beachside, near Sandy Bay, made up of his Pumas players plus a handful of senior squad members including Fahim Moradi, Will Rodman and Justin Heazlewood.
"We've never actually put a team in this so thought we would and think it will be good for players like Fletcher Fulton, Mitch Lockhart and Will Spicer," said first team coach Glenn Reading.
"We've got our own bus, they will travel down in that and it should be a beneficial experience for them.
"Beachside have got a very good junior base so we really don't know what to expect. We're just going to go down and see how we go."
Northern Rangers coach Rod Fulton is adopting a similar plan for his side's fixture at Riverside Olympic.
"It's pretty much an under-18 game with one extra player but it's a chance for the boys to get another game because otherwise we've got two weeks off over Easter," he said.
"The difference between our under-18s and under-20s is only really two players. We just don't have many in that bracket."
Matthew Collins will complement the team.
"As long as it does not interfere with everything else going on, it's a welcome sideline," Fulton added.