ROUND 5 presents an intriguing litmus test for the 2016 State League premiership favourites and the reigning premiers.
BATTLE: North Launceston’s Jay Foon and Burnie’s Romain Grenville tussle last season. The two clubs will reacquaint at West Park on Saturday for a much anticipated clash.
North Launceston will travel to West Parkon Saturday afternoon to face an undefeated Burniewho will be without suspended ruckmanNick McKenna.
The Northern Bombersare one of five clubs tied for second spot on the ladder –eight points behind the Dockers –after four rounds and are coming off a nine-goal away loss to Lauderdale.
North coach Zane Littlejohn said the wash-up has been focused on learning from the “disappointing result”.
“No one like to lose footy games but it was a great opportunity for us to learn and understand that’s what we need to do,” he said.
“We look at the stats and they can tell a story but it is more about that continual effort over four quarters and when things aren’t going our way,not going into our shell and thinking we have to do something really special and different to get out of it.”
Littlejohn said his players are keen to rebound against the Dockers and that two consecutive big trips away were not an issue.
“It is a great challenge for our footy club to go down there to beat the premiership favouritesand an even better challenge regarding the result last week,” he said.
“Everyone wants to make sure they compete really well against the best sides in the comp and we are playing against the best side.
“I watched theirgame from this weekend against Glenorchy and got our forwards scout to go down to give us a good report,but we know they have just got quality players on every line.”
Burnie coach Clinton Proctor said the Bombers can never be underestimated.
He said last week’s 22-point victory over last year’s runners-up was pleasing.
“The boys have really bought into our style and plans and we have had good contributors from across the board this season,” he said.
“Last time we played North at home we beat them but it is on a bit of an even keel at the moment in regards to the trips up there and I’m sure Zane and his boys aren’t daunted by the task at all.
“You have just got to stay the course for a full 120 minutes against North Launceston because they have a real desire to compete for the full four quarters.
“They are probably the best team I have seen,at anytime of the game or at any margin, they have always got the belief they can win.”
The Dockers have namedKyle Harman, Nicholas Jago, JamesonForman, JasonLing andKallumKubicki as chances to replaceMcKenna, TomMundyand RomainGrenville.
For North, Stephen Witkowski, TarrynThomas, JockWhite and RyanChoveaux have been named.
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