Acid test for Swans

By CHRIS McKINLEY

LAST week the Swans proved beyond all reasonable doubt that they're a good team in 2006 now they have the opportunity to prove that they're the real deal.

There's no greater challenge in AFL North Coast than traveling to Port Macquarie and walking away with the points, particularly the week after the Magpies have suffered a loss.

A win against the reigning premiers has proven the Swans credentials but a big come from behind win also proves the fortitude brewing within the group.

Any time since their last premiership in 1999, the Swans would've fallen six goals down and that would've seen the fat lady walking into Rex Hunt's commentary box to sing 'It's Over'.

This is a different breed of Swan and a big win at Port Macquarie tomorrow will prove it.

Playing coach Jeff Reed knows that he has the potential of something special in his grasp but he's being very careful to ensure the lid stays well and truly on at this stage of the season.

Reed says this will be the toughest test so far this season.

"We have a couple of blokes out which make the job even tougher," he said.

"But, having said that the resolve from the guys last week against Sawtell was outstanding."

The Magpies will be fired up to stay in touch with the all important top two positions on the ladder and they know that a loss will see their aspirations of grabbing a double chance in the finals get a serious kick in the posterior.

Matt Newton chugs along beautifully through the middle and then proves a threat up forward with his strong hands.

The loss of cousin Tim through a broken arm is a severe blow to their chances and if the Swans field a full strength line-up then that will be good enough to get the points.

TIP: Coffs Swans by 23 points.



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