|Gabriel Tams (Centre) will start for the Rangers this weekend.|
Damien Pearce is the only exclusion from the Kingborough Lions line up this week, he is out through suspension.
Kingborough Coach Matthew Rhodes doesn’t believe the anyone expects his side to win this week, and is approaching the game as the under dogs in his mind, taking the pressure off his boys. This will be the first time Northern Rangers and Kingborough Lions have ever met, and both sides will be keen to progress to the next round and challenge for the State Title.
Prospect Knights will have a tough job travelling to South Hobart with a under strength side. Knights are without Mark Barker (suspended) goal keeper Kris Beardwood is unavailable along with Sean Harris. Nathan Balym is recovering from foot surgery too.
South will be rearing to go, particularly after many of their players were involved in the match Vs Melbourne Victory earlier in the week.
South have barely put a foot wrong again this year, but only just shaved the title for the fifth successive year, in a arm wrestle with New Town Eagles, and go into this year’s State Final Series as the Favourites to win it for the third straight year.
Clarence will know the ground well, having played Rangers there in 2009, winning on penalties and eventually taking the State title from 4th on the SPL Table.
Start recruits Ortiz and Cairns are under injury clouds, but if they play, Clarence could mount a charge at the title if they can pass Ulverstone.
|Joel Stone will be hard to contain in midfield for|
Devonport have a tough ask going to Clare Street, but have the ability if they can apply themselves. Arguably the strongest striking pair in Mckeown and Lezinski for Eagles will give the Devonport defense constant headaches, and Liam Scott is in career best form in midfield.
Devonport will be missing talented young pairing in Michael Holden and Jesse Curran, but Coach Chris McKenna is expected to line up for the Strikers, with Bradly Chilcott coming into midfield for Curran.
As much as the North would like to see Devonport progress, the task in front of them is difficult, and I can’t see Newtown losing two weeks in a row.