A clear top four, bottom four divide appears to have emerged and there is an air of familiarity about the sides in each particular group of four.
In what is developing into a tight race at the top, the South Hobart and Devonport match looks like the game that will most impact the ladder this week, barring of course any potential upsets which in the game of football is always a chance. All games are taking place on the Saturday with a round of Lakoseljac Cup fixtures looming on the Monday.
The round begins with the ladder leading Hobart Zebras taking on Northern Rangers at the NTCA ground as Rangers enter week three of a five round homestead. Rangers have shown plenty of improvement in 2017 but having conceded 12 goals in their three games against the rest of the top four this season, whether their defence is up to the task of keeping out a potent Zebras attack is questionable.
The aerial onslaught that Zebras have inflicted on sides has been downright devastating and Rangers aren’t a team with a ton of tall timber which will make things difficult for them. At other end of the park, it’s now a month since the Zebras conceded a goal with their defensive unit looking rock solid so far so Rangers are going to have their work cut out for them trying to find a way through.
No side from the bottom four has taken points from a top four side so far this season. Rangers came close last week before conceding late goals but Zebras are rolling right now and will fancy themselves to keep that going here.
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Saturday 15 April 2017
Northern Rangers v Hobart Zebras , Saturday 15 April, 12:30pm, NTCA 2 LIVE BLOG
Kingborough v Clarence , Saturday 15 April, 2:00pm, Lightwood Park LIVE BLOG
Devonport v South Hobart, Saturday 15 April, 2:30pm, Valley Road LIVE BLOG/LIVE STREAM
Launceston City v Olympia, Saturday 15 April, 4:30pm, Buckby Landrover Park LIVE BLOG