SOUTH LAUNCESTON found season-best form in their last clash and are starting to work it out with their next crop of stars according to coach Aaron Viney.
Facing Deloraine this week, finals spots are potentially on the line, as the Kangaroos sit a win outside the top five and Viney is wary of their vast improvement.
"Round one they had a good win against Bracknell and then pushed Hillwood so it's obvious they've got some talent there," he said.
Hampered by lack of rotations against Bridgenorth, the Kangaroos look to retain a bunch of their talent.
Last year's best and fairest winner Oliver Smith returns from suspension with Stan Tyson, Brodie Donohue, Tyson Gardham and Jordan Loone all pushing for selection which excites coach Brad Powe.
"South have been the benchmark the last few years and it's a good opportunity to knock them off and be competitive," he said.
GEORGE TOWN return to their fortress, Blue Gum Park, in an attempt to sure up fifth position against Bracknell.
Despite the Redlegs' form, coach Allan O'Sign isn't sleeping on the side, saying there's "no doubt" their match will be close.
"We are playing good footy at home but we are a different team when travelling," O'Sign said.
"The positive is we play the next two weeks at home so it'll be good to get back to it."
Captain Luke Crane marks a huge return for George Town alongside James Long with several Bracknell players to be tested for fitness as they look to improve their goal-kicking.
Kicking 20 behinds in their round eight win over Scottsdale, coach Andrew Philpott was happy with minor improvements in their game.
"George Town has picked up a few players and we are wary of those. They obviously have high quality in O'Sign, Crane and Burt as well," Philpott said.
After leading all match last round, SCOTTSDALE coach Geoff Mohr said his boys are ruing a patch of inexperience and will regain some older heads this week as they prepare for Hillwood.
"Our goal for the weekend is just to play the best we can," he said.
"I was speaking to a few of their boys and they were disappointed after their loss and they are a good side across the ground so we have to nullify that."
The Magpies are set for four inclusions, including several key defenders who missed last week's game
With several of their players stepping up to representative duties, the week off has been busy for Hillwood as they look to bounce back from their first loss.
With Tom Bennett, Mark Walsh, Isaac Thompson, Damon Howe, Nathan Pearce and NTFA's best-on-ground, Jake Pearce all representing the association, the six showed why Hillwood have been one of the feared units.
After Longford were able to show them the ropes last weekend in a 57-point defeat, the Sharks will be hungry for blood and the Magpies could feel their full force.
ROCHERLEA are set to travel to Parrot Park to face one of the more daunting prospects this season, Bridgenorth at home.
Bench coach Paul Holmes is anticipating a tight, scrappy contest with the Tigers sitting roughly where they expected pre-season.
"Bridgenorth are a strong side and play a good brand of footy. They play well at home and it should be a close contest given the wet and slippery conditions that are forecast," Holmes said.
After a slow start showed room to improve in defence last week, Bridgenorth coach Brady Demeijer was impressed with his side's second-half showing.
"The second half was the kind of footy I'd like us to be playing at the end of the year," he said.
"We've had a solid bye week and that continues the week after this, so we will be putting in a big effort this week knowing we can have a rest."
Despite a Kaiden Cox-Goodyer hand concern for the Tigers, both sides look to maintain their last teams.