Andrew Tazelaar
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Juniors set up cracking clash against buzzing Hornets

THERE will be no lack of familiar faces when Western Suburbs come to Baxter Oval to take on the Ipswich Logan Hornets today.

Wests still retain a number of Ipswich raised players in their ranks.

Today they will have Steve Paulsen (brother of Hornets skipper Geoff), Marburg product Sam Truloff, Andrew and possibly Ryan Tazelaar in their line-up.

All were Ipswich juniors.

Joining Wests this year is Chris Sabburg, a Gatton product who is cousin of the Tazelaar's.

This clash should be a cracker, with Wests sitting in fourth spot on the ladder and the Hornets climbing to ninth, following their first win of the season last weekend against Sandgate Redcliffe.

It was the Hornets top order batting that laid the platform for their win over Sandgate Redcliffe.

But Andrew Tazelaar (pictured) has warned it is also a strength of Wests, with Truloff making 84 and Sabburg 74 against Valley last round.

"It should be good," the Bundamba State Secondary College teacher said.

"Their top order did really well last round, with the Wilsons (Dan and Anthony) and Nick De Giusti scoring runs.

"Their confidence will probably be high in the top order.

"So if we get a couple of early wickets we can put pressure on their middle order."

All three of the Hornets' big runs scorers from last round are left handers but Tazelaar believes Wests have the bowling attack to cover them at the spin friendly Baxter Oval.

"We've got three or four quicks and a couple of spinners," he said.

"So hopefully it will suit the conditions at Ipswich."

Tazelaar has been opening the bowling for Wests and batting at number six.

Little brother Ryan got called up to the top grade side from seconds last round.

After a couple of seasons to adjust, Marburg product Truloff is now right at home making regular runs.

"Sam has been going excellently for us," Andrew Tazelaar said.

"He's a big part of why we're going well. He's taking on a lot of responsibility."

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