After a nail-biting two-point loss in Round 1, the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos are desperate to bounce back.
A UTAS Stadium clash against the GWS Giants awaits, and vice-captain Jas Garner is confident the Roos can even the ledger with a victory.
“We were just a bit unlucky (last weekend) and probably didn’t get to play our brand of footy,” Garner said.
The wind played havoc at Casey Fields, meaning both teams struggled to assert scoreboard dominance.
“Melbourne is a good team and played well, so I think the game could have gone either way. After losing, you want to bounce back and you want to win.”
Five debutants provided a new look in the North 16 last week, with Ellie Gavalas, Sarah Wright, Aileen Gilroy, Tahni Nestor and Vivien Saad all contributing at different stages.
“The new girls that played were a big positive,” Garner said.
“Having five debutants in one game was really exciting. We learned a lot from the game which we can take into this week against the Giants.”
Borderline monsoonal conditions greeted the teams when they last met, in Sydney last year, and with rain again predicted for Launceston, Garner hopes history won’t repeat itself.
“We had wind, rain and a thunderstorm (last year). It was horrendous. Hopefully it’s not like that this weekend,” she added.
“A few of the girls are from Tasmania so it’ll be nice to get there and play. We’re excited to head to Launceston together and hopefully it’ll be a good weekend.”