It’s on at KGV this Saturday as fierce rivals Glenorchy and Lauderdale square off in a massive 1 v 3 clash.
There has been much publicity about who the Magpies are missing at the moment, but the playing group has made it clear they’ve got what it takes to shock the league and win.
“We don’t talk about who is missing, we have belief in who is playing,” coach Paul Kennedy said.
“In the first half last week we didn’t put our best foot forward, but the response in the second half was sensational, they showed heart and fight.
“We’ve got some really good experience coming into the team this week and some x-factor as well, we are ready to defend our turf.”
*Mothers are admitted free today with kids wearing their local football gear or Palena netball gear
The return of long-time absentees Sam Hall and Trad Duggan has been celebrated around The Nest, the pair having last played senior football two and three years ago respectively.
“Those two have been exceptional in their rehab from injury and the selflessness in building themselves up to be ready to play seniors,” Kennedy said.
“They’ve now had a big chunk of development league football and they are ready to step up in a really high-intensity game to give us hardness and leadership.”
Hall and Duggan aren't the only inclusions however, with premiership forward Tyler Bowden making his long-awaited return.
Bowden has been on the steady road back to fitness, but the past two weeks has stood out at development league level and earned a call-up, completing his return from a year at Claremont in the SFL.
Another returnee from Abbotsfield Park is Bayley Bester, a mainstay of the Glenorchy forward line in the second half of last season, and after missing pre-season has impressed in the early game.
“Bayley will bring speed and pressure, he was an important part of our forward line last year and we look forward to him bringing that spark again,” Kennedy said.
“Tyler is a great target, with excellent hands and he knows how to finish. His workrate in the other areas of the game has really picked up in recent weeks so he is ready to go.”
The other potential change is vice-captain Josh Arnold, who is unlikely to recover from an injured shoulder and chest last week, opening the door for Tim Butterworth to return and match-up with some of the Bombers’ big bodies.
Mother’s Day comes early to KGV
First bounce is at 2pm, mothers are admitted free with kids wearing their local football gear or Palena netball gear, and will receive a free glass of champagne or cup of coffee.
For the big kids there is Gladiator Showdown on the Anfield St wing and free WiFi in the Kids Zone, while for little kids there is a jumping castle along with TV and activities in the Kids Zone.
*All children under 16 are admitted free