By Phil Edwards, The Examiner
North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn is highly likely to take an unchanged side into Saturday’s TSL grand final to the one that defeated Glenorchy by eight points in the second semi-final a fortnight ago.
The Northern Bombers will again play Alex Lee alongside Daniel Roozendaal with four senior grand final debutants making the cut in Connor Pearton, Jock White, Tarryn Thomas and Stephen Heppel.
Littlejohn said his side had a few things up their sleeve they might trial differently to the second semi-final as far as their game plan went.
“Finals footy has a unique way of winning finals footy,” he said.
“We try to pride ourselves around trying to play that really good brand of finals footy.
“We’ve done our research but we’re not sure how they will go yet or if they will make any changes from last week’s game against Burnie – Wilson didn’t play that game and I don’t know if he is in line to come in or what the go is so we will wait and see around that.
“We’ve got a few things we will trial or things we think might work on the day but again against a good side like Glenorchy you have to have your plan A, B and C set in place.
“And be able to be adaptable which is what we have been trying to work on all year.”
Glenorchy coach Aaron Cornelius said they had named a squad but had not finalised their line-up.
“We have one more training run to go and winning by such a large margin last week – but it’s a different game this weekend against this opposition compared to last,” he said.
“If there are any changes it would only be because they play a different brand of footy.
“It would just be our four emergencies that might come into the mix Sam Hall, Trad Duggan, Caden Wilson and Luke Webb.”
Cornelius said having to travel to play the Northern Bombers at Aurora Stadium for the grand final did not faze his team.
“It’s another ground but obviously a different set-up having to travel but it is a state league so we’re prepared for that and we will be ready,” he said.
“It’s a great venue and is probably the best ground in Australia and has a great surface and is a similar size to here (KGV).
“We like playing on the best venues in the state and that’s probably the one. We’re looking forward to this weekend and the grand final is no different.”
Cornelius said he had a different team compared to last year’s grand final.