GOOD START: South Launceston’s Jordan Tepper is shepherded by teammate Aaron Viney in last week’s win over George Town. Picture: Neil Richardson LONGFORD are prepared and unfazed by a Scottsdale outfit that will includetwo ex-AFL players on Saturday.
The Magpies are coming off the bye and a round 1 loss to Rocherlea, a match in which they lost three players to injury within the opening 15 minutes.
Ryan Glover, Cam Walker andSam Kerrison all went downwith former top-flightplayers Brad Sewell andAdam Schneider to come in for a one-off match.
“It was disappointing we didn’t get to test ourselves against a side I consider to be contenders for the flag this year… those injuries made it a bit tough as we lost all our rotations,”coach Geoff Mohr said.
“I don’t really know much about Longford so I will be relying on my assistants to give me a bit of info.”
Tom Holmes will play his first match for 2016.
The Tigers collected their first points for the season with a strong four-quarter performance against Deloraine and coach Ben Chugg said he wants the same effort for the North-East trip.
“We were able to play the fast style of footy that we have been working on,” Chugg said.
“Scottsdale have some ins but we will focus on our footy and see how it stands up.”
Cameron Gard andLucas Pearton could return from injury.
DELORAINE host the red-hot reigning premier South Launceston in one of two Anzac Day showdowns.
Bulldogs coach Leigh Harding said it was great to “tick the first box” last week and is preparing for a tough fight based on previous bouts.
Former Western Storm defender Clinton Drake should play.
Roos coach Rory Mansell said his players were“pathetic” last week.
“We weren’t beaten by a better team, they were more hungry… we will have to improve dramatically just to get withina bullseye of South,” Mansell said.
“We will be giving our younger guys and some of those from the reserves that want to put in continued effort.”
Both GEORGE TOWN and Rocherlea are coming off round 2losses withTigers coach Lyndon Stubbs admittinghis side still had some work to do.
“George Town are at one win and one loss as well so we are going to have to be switched on each week,” he said.
He said the final 22 would be finalised on Saturday post-training.
Saints coach Allan O’Sign said his players learnt a lot from their 96-point defeat to South Launceston.
“We will put some time into their better ball users,”he said.
Shaun Muller and Connor Kingwill face a fitness test for injured calves.
Bracknell and Bridgenorth have the week off after opening the season with a one-off game on April 2.
Hillwood have the bye.
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