Swans, Lions to clash
THE first round of matches concludes this afternoon with an interesting clash where Coffs Swans host the in-form Nambucca Valley at Fitzroy Oval.
Often the whipping boys of the competition in the past, the Lions have been the surprise packets of the competition but now with two wins under their belt, they are a game ahead in fourth place and look every chance of making the finals.
Look at their list and they have benefited this year from more of their premiership under 18 side playing in the main grade.
Jed Ellis-Cluff is a classy midfielder most comfortable up forward while Aaron Boatfield is also growing in stature for the Lions.
The experience is still holding strong for Nambucca Valley.
Original club members Jimmy Angel and Daniel Linares are marshalling the defence with distinction and with a more competitive midfield, they are proving to be a tougher unit for opponents to break down.
Add these ingredients to Aaron Clarke, who is arguably the form big man of the competition, and the Lions are forming a potent mix worth respecting.
The Swans are winless but played their best match of the season last week against North Coffs.
They deployed players behind the ball and frustrated the Kangaroos.
Their attack is still suspect but there are positive signs moving forward.
Peter Robinson had another strong game down back in the absence of Rob Eddy.
Kris Rundell was again dynamic in the midfield and formed a strong combination with Ben Miller who dominated the ruck contests.
Their side will be fresh again this week with no reserves fixture set down.
There’s no doubt that this afternoon’s encounter is a big game for both clubs.
The Swans need to win to keep any aspirations of a top four finish alive. Meanwhile, a win for the Lions would go a long way towards them cementing a finals spot.