Out to beat hoodoo

Previews By CHRIS McKINLEY

NORTH COFFS v

COFFS SWANS

At Advocate Park - seniors 2:30pm, Reserves 1:15pm, under 18 11:30am

THERE have been a few bets placed around town this weekend by Swans faithful who believe that their team is finally ready to crack their North Coffs hoodoo.

If the Swans manage to beat their cross town rivals tomorrow for the first time since the opening round of 2001 expect the sales of Crown Lager to go through the roof.

One thing that will be going against the Swans is the massive defeat that North Coffs received two weeks ago at the hands of Sawtell.

The Kangaroos have been embarrassed by that display and have had to stew over it for two weeks now before they get the chance to atone for it.

North Coffs could be bolstered this week by the return of John Henry and Josh Drum to the team after both appear to have recovered from injuries.

This will help the reigning premier's chances no end as will the home ground advantage at Advocate Park.

The Swans have some runners capable of causing some troubles on the wide expanses of the Kangaroos home ground.

Nick Butcher, Brad Brennan, Damien Elks and David Colman have been among the best players nearly every week for the Swans and look likely to get first opportunity to win the ball from the centre thanks to a winning ruckman in either Leigh Maher or Shane McGrath.

A losing ruckman hasn't bothered North Coffs at any stage in the last seven years though.

The midfield of Brad Giri, Jason Bencich and Greg Jarman has still been able to get plenty of the ball regardless although a failure to man up has seen any North Coffs opponent start to get their fair share of the ball as well.

The local derbys are always keenly anticipated but North Coffs will be able to keep the Swans challenge at bay for at least another meeting.

TIP: North Coffs by 28 points.



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