Both teams currently sit equal on 44 points, and with the Strikers having a game in hand over their closest rivals, a win at Valley Road would go a long way to helping them defend their league title.

But coach Rick Coghlan is expecting a far different encounter to the last one at home which saw Devonport demolish South Hobart 4-1 in heavy conditions.

The Warriors make the trip up having strung together seven-straight wins and play a more direct, physical game-style.


They have dodged some bullets of late however, coming from behind in two of their last three successes.

“I think it’s apples and oranges a bit – Olympia are in the same mould as us where they have some really strong, physical players that have mature bodies,” Coghlan said.