North Launceston will look to put a tough opening loss to Launceston behind them as they return to UTAS Stadium to battle North Hobart on Saturday.
"Coming up against the best side in the competition in round one wasn't ideal," first year player coach Brad Cox-Goodyer said.
"But we were in the game at three-quarter time so we had a lot of positive signs but the bigger bodies and experience [of Launceston] wore our guys down and they ran over the top of us at the end."
North managed to climb back into the contest in the third quarter, however an overwhelming seven-goal streak in the fourth saw Launceston to victory.
"We were three goals down at three-quarter time, we had a chance, it didn't go our way but it's round one, we'll learn things out of it and move forward," he said.
"It was more of a learning curve for the guys ... you've got to play a full four quarters of footy over a long period of time."
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With a younger side and a return to longer quarters, Cox-Goodyer said there was a lot to adjust to in the side's first game.
"It's just going to take getting used to just like getting into the swing of things with new rules - everything's just going to take time," he said.
"Round one - we can't just throw everything out now after a poor performance but a lot of learnings and positives as well.
"The longer quarters are going to take some getting used to for the body but I'm sure a month into the season everyone will be alright."
The side faces a North Hobart team also seeking a bounce-back after falling to Kingborough 10.7 (67) to 10.18 (78).
"They're a young and exciting team, they like to move the ball fast so they'll be good out here at UTAS [with] the wide expanses," Cox-Goodyer said.
"Jack Sandric gets a lot of the football in the middle of the ground so that's probably one we've got to look out for. They're just a youthful and very fast side so it's not just one player, it's a team approach from our end."
The game will be extra special for ruckman Alex Lee, who'll play his 100th senior game for the Bombers against the Demons.
Cox-Goodyer wasn't shy about Lee's value.
"I like to think he's our most important player - he gets things started in the middle and to play 100 club senior games at North Launnie is a real credit to him," he said.
Launceston has a bye.