CHRIS Clarke’s South Burnie Hawks will be back at full strength when they take on Queechy Penguins at the St Leonards Hockey Centre Launceston, in their Greater Northern League Hockey clash.
The Hawks have three inclusions this week that Clarke is hoping will be a boost for them, with Jordan Dart, Evan Davies and Patrick Todd all back from under 18 state duties.
The juniors were a thorn in the side of most teams last year and with the added experience of state duties they could be match winners.
Queechy coach Kahn Riley said the Hawks have always been tough opposition and with wins going both ways, he doesn’t expect to find them any different this year.
Queechy started strongly last week with all goals being a team effort when secondary touches finished the job, a play that the team has been practising.
Queechy devastated many defences last year with a formidable corner barrage and with the new style introduced by Riley they now have another weapon.
This game should be a willing affair and worth the gate admission.
The late game in Launceston is cross-town rivals Tamar Churinga and South Launceston.
Tamar was unlucky to be beaten in the dying stages by Launceston City last week and will be out to make amends and post its first points for the year.
Coach David Budgeon will be relying on Shane Ewart and Siebe Vanoorschot to get the front line firing and find a chink in the Blues defence.
Tim Reece, Nick Williams and Gene Purcell combined well last week for the Blues, their speed on the forward line should serve them well in what should be another close local encounter.
The Smithton Saints have three additions to their line up when they meet the Subbies at Meercroft Park Devonport.
Saints’ coach Kris Birtwhistle wasn’t keen to make any predictions, only to say the games between the teams have always been close and this should be no different.
The Subbies will add Mike Williams to their line up and with no injuries to report their coach will hoping to change their fortunes.
Burnie’s City Marians had a day out last week with a comfortable victory and on home turf Launceston City will need to dig deep to take the points.
The Bloods spokesman Kerry Davies didn’t think there would be any changes to their starting line-up.
Dave Towsend, Clinton Upchurch and Eddie Gates led the way last week and should trouble the Launceston defence.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.