BRIDGENORTH's campaign hit a speed bump last week but coach Brady Demeijer is looking forward to a competitive top-of-the-table contest against Longford.
After letting Hillwood dictate the game last weekend, the Parrots are "looking to change things up" heading into the clash.
"One versus two should always be a good game. It's always good against them and always down to the wire," Demeijer said.
Adam Dickenson gets elevated to the senior line-up for the first time this season as Longford welcome back ruckman Sam Luttrell to make a difference in the middle and around the ground.
Coach Beau Thorp is looking for a stronger start than the previous few weeks, after struggling to warm up.
"We can't afford to give a good side a head start like we have. They are hard to beat at home but while we are wary of our opponents, we are full of confidence," he said.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
Crediting last week's drought-breaking win to getting their structures right, HILLWOOD coach Nathan Lowe is wary of South Launceston's recent performances as the the Bulldogs sit in finals contention.
"We have Mark Walsh coming back in for us which is huge and depending on South's ground it should be a good contest," Lowe said
"South aren't too far off the mark."
Declan Bowditch makes way for Walsh as South remain unchanged for the first time this season as coach Aaron Viney is excited to get some stability.
The Bulldogs learned from their Bridgenorth loss a fortnight ago as they took down Bracknell and are bracing themselves for a hungry Sharks outfit.
"It seems like they haven't been in form but got back into it with a good win over Bridgenorth," Viney said.
"They've got some good players playing there: Pearce, Bennett, Whitmore and when they get it all together, they seem like the best team in the competition."
With their goal of playing finals football still alive, GEORGE TOWN's Allan O'Sign is mindful of preparing for his club's future as they await Deloraine.
Their side has featured seven under-18s players so far this season, with three included in this week's line-up.
"It's a great opportunity and we've seen our younger players step up and put their hands up for senior football. It's really pleasing," he said.
"Deloraine are a big challenge we have to step towards. We respect them immensely and they are heading in the right direction on and off the field."
The Saints welcome back Austin Maynard, Todd Crane and Joel Digney as the Kangaroos look to pick up consecutive wins for the first time this season.
The hosts were victorious in rounds one and seven before last week's victory and will be out to improve on their previous showing against George Town, a 62-point loss.
Last week's win meant the Kangaroos rose to seventh on the ladder.
SCOTTSDALE coach Geoff Mohr was once again disappointed with his players' attitudes on Saturday and admitted their finals hopes aren't looking great as they face Rocherlea.
"Honestly, we aren't playing good footy. It looked like we went in thinking we would win," he said.
"Rocherlea look like they are in good form from the results I've seen and with us, it's all mental at the moment - if we come in ready to play, we play good footy."
Mohr will use training to decide the fate of several players, with injuries putting the deflated Magpies under further stress as their season continues to be on the line.
After a loss to Longford last week, Rocherlea coach Andrew Cox-Goodyer sang from a similar hymn book to Mohr, admitting his side didn't fully come to play in the Tigers showdown.
"We lost against Scottsdale earlier in the year so it's about redemption. The boys are fired up and ready to go."
NTFA representative Sam Maddern returns to add midfield speed.
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