Blues face tough road test

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LAUNCESTON faces one of the toughest road trips in State League football as the Blues prepare totravelto West Park on Saturday to play a powerful Burnie Dockers in round 7.
Nanjing Night Net

GOT YA: Launceston’s Joe Boyce about to tackle Burnie’s Brodie Knight in a clash at Windsor Park last season.

Coach Chris Hills is expectingwet conditions as they take on one of the TSL flag favourites.

“It’s a massive task for us to go down and try to beat them,” Hills said.

“One of their strengths is the way they play together –they trust each other and Clint (Proctor) has them working together as a team and they have that good combination of youth and age which really shows when the game is on the line, the older guys tend to step up and show the guys the way.

“We’ve got to go down there and take our chances and throw caution to the wind and play footy.

“I think we have shown at times that we can match it with the best but we haven’t been doing it for long enough so we need to play 120 minutes of full-on footy.”

Launceston is coming off a week off with the bye following their 39-point loss to Lauderdale in round 5 at Windsor Park.

“I thought we were good for three quarters against Lauderdale but I told the guys that the last quarter was probably the most disappointing quarter of footy I’ve been involved in for a long time in a game where could win on such a big occasion but we didn’t step up so hopefully we can turn that around.”

Jake Hinds will be unavailable due to suspension and Josh Bellchambers is sidelined with a knee injury and will be six to eight weeks away from returning according to Hills.

Burnie will be full of confidence coming off their 60-point demolition job on Lauderdale last week and sitting on top of the TSL ladder with a 5-1 record.

The Dockers included Jameson Foreman, Brodie Knight and Jaidyn Cox.

North Launceston lose Tarryn Thomas andIsaac Thompson to the Tassie Mariners for their road trip south to Kingborough to play the Tigers.

Lochie Young andLouis Venn will be available for selection after missing last week’s win over Clarence and Haydn Goss returns from injury.

Josh Ponting remains sidelined with a broken handand could miss another three weeks.

The Tigers have some injury worriesbut regained captain Tim Peterson.

Devonport named Corey Plumbridge, Kurt Heazlewood and Brayden Butlerfor their road trip south to play Hobart City but lost Ethan Stephenson to the Tassie Mariners.

Lauderdale regained Sam Siggins for their traditional rivalry clash against Clarence with the Roos including Jake Cox.

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