IF DEVONPORT’S players are seeking motivation for todays’s match against the undefeated Clarence, coach Glen Lutwyche suggests they look at the first half from the last time the two teams met.
Late last season, the Magpies got the jump on the Roos, leading by eight goals at quarter time and maintaining their advantage until the main break.
While weary legs gave out in the second half, Lutwyche said it proved no contest was unwinnable.
“You always give yourself a chance,” Lutwyche said.
“We’ve made some structural changes to counter their talls and our aim is to improve.”
The winless Magpies will welcome back Kurt Heazlewood for the trip south, while youngsters Jordan Smith and Claye Symmons will make their debuts.
“Both players have good leg speed and we think their run and dash will be suited to the bigger ground,” Lutwyche said.
After a promising opening half, Devonport faded against North Launceston last weekend and eventually went down by 62 points.
Lutwyche said it was back to basics for his team on the training track this week.
“We’ve looked how we can run front and square,” he said.
“We’ve also looked at getting some quicker ball movement and improving our run and carry.”
In the weekend’s other games, South Launceston would fancy its chances to get its second win for the season against cellar dweller Hobart.
The competition’s big improver Lauderdale should bounce back from last week’s 60-point loss to Burnie with a win over the young North Hobart outfit.
Glenorchy and North Launceston should fight out a close game at KGV.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.