TSL action returns to KGV this Saturday as Glenorchy face an ever-improving Kingborough Tigers outfit in what promises to be a tight see-sawing affair.
*The game coincides with 'A Day for Premmies' fundraiser for the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, with a function upstairs (see flyer). Senior Glenorchy players will also be wearing purple armbands to raise awareness of the wonderful work done by the NPICU to give newborn babies extra support at the beginning of their life.
The Tigers will have their tails up after a month that has seen them defeat last year's premiers North Launceston and record a big win over North Hobart. Glenorchy have won two on the trot and will want to remain in the top three and away from the clutches of Launceston, who are only four points behind in fourth position.
With rain expected it could be the battle of the midfield that determines the outcome of the game. The 'Pies will rely on ball-magnets Rhys Mott and Ben Kamaric who are having sensational seasons, while the Tiger brigade led by Ryan Matthews and Kieran Lovell will be keen to gain the early ascendancy.
In the respective forward lines, mercurial marksmen Aiden Grace, Cal Daly and the Tigers' Luke Graham will be hoping to produce some wet weather magic, meaning the likes of Zac Webster and Josh Arnold for the Pies and Marcus Davies and Jarryd Drew for Kingborough will need to be at their best down back.
Ins and outs
Glenorchy's horror season of injuries continues with news that star defender Harrison Gunther will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
With big Michael Paul hitting form for the Tigers last week with 5 goals, the loss of Gunther could create some headaches down back for the Magpie brains trust, however coach Paul Kennedy remains upbeat about his side's chances.
"The Tigers are a good side with quality talent across the park. Their improvement has gone under the radar a little bit with casual observers, but our guys know it is a really combative game each time we play them," Kennedy said.
"We're disappointed for Harrison, but he will continue to rise up the footy ranks when he returns, fingers crossed at some point in the 2020 season. He's a great player to coach and his improvement over the past two years is an absolute credit to him.
"In terms of the team, a number of our best wins this year have been when the chips are down in terms of injury - including our win out at the Twin Ovals six weeks ago - so I have a heap of confidence in the group, they're very resilient."
The much-improved Ryan Banks-Smith will also be sidelined with an ankle injury, but the good news is those two young guns could be replaced by two premiership veterans, with Jaye Bowden set to return and Matt Dilger also a chance to slot back into the line-up.
The senior game commences at 2pm and the development league at 11.30am.
*The New Town/Glenorchy Past Players and Officials Association will be holding a function in the warmth and comfort of the upstairs area of the Cresswell/Beakley Stand and all supporters welcome.
The GDFCW team travel to Launceston on Saturday to face North Launceston at Invermay Park at 4pm