The half way point of the season will be behind us after this weekend, with every team having played each other once, and each team having played one team twice, with the exception of Northern Rangers. Wins to Devonport or Riverside, Prospect and Rangers will heap pressure back on Ulverstone, who could be still top at the end of this round.
Ulverstone sit this week out with the bye, and will watch with eagerness, hoping for a few draws to give themselves a greater shot at the title.
Match of the round would have to be Riverside Vs Devonport at Windsor park. Devonport will be short a few quality players in Kiran Mulraney and Cam Douglas but have quality to come back in. The unknown is Jesse Curran who sat out last week against Ulverstone, and looked to be missed in midfield. Mulraney will be particularly missed, as his pace and composure has scored the lions share of Devonport’s goals, the weight of expectation will now lay on the shoulders of playing coach Chris Mckenna, who looks far from his best at the moment, and nowhere near as mobile as in past years.
Riverside on the other hand look to be in good shape, and will need to be against a hungry Devonport, the loser of this match will almost certainly be gone from the championship race and both will know full well the importance of the 3points here.
Launceston United travel to Burnie with more than a few players out of their line up, but Burnie have lost Mitchell Stitz to basket ball, but are reported to have resigned Pete vanEk to strengthen their back line. It could well be Burnie’s chance with Rumble, Hudson and Andrew Clarke all out for this match for Launceston.
In the final match on the Coast, Northern Rangers will travel to Somerset in what is expected to be somewhat of a mud bath come 2:30.
Somerset look to have a full list available for the match, and Northern Rangers are not far from full strength themselves. Mark Ambrose is away overseas but Scott Murray has returned from his stint away and will start from the bench. Issa Dumbuya comes back into the starting line up in mid field.
The wet pitch should even things up a little, but Rangers will be keen to win and take back top spot on the table. For Somerset any points will serve them well as they try to break away from the strugglers at present.