Swans hope to make hard work payoff
By CHRIS McKINLEY
A RECORD crowd is expected at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium tomorrow for a grand final that promises to be an absolute classic. The last two matches between local rivals Sawtell and the Coffs Swans have been absolute nail-biters and this one promises to be no different. Excitement at the Swans has reached fever pitch over the past two weeks as the club has reached it's first grand final in five years and has a chance to win it's first flag since 1999. This result is a credit to the hard work done off the field over the last couple of years by president Steve Shelley and his hard-working committee. The Swans wouldn't want to be already counting their premiership chickens before they hatch though as facing them tomorrow is a very tough, hard-working unit by the name of Sawtell. Speaking of tough, footy fans who go tomorrow are going to be treated to some real hard-at-it stuff, particularly in the centre. The Saints will have Scott Matthews, Mark Couzens and Jai Hardy, who love going hard at the ball, but the Swans midfield can match them in this area with players like Jay Guthrie, Tristan Snow and Kelly Lane, who returns tomorrow from suspension. Up forward both sides have potential match winners who can kick a quick brace of goals to break open the match. The Swans and Sawtell also have rock-solid defenders who can exert enough pressure to nullify their immediate opponent's influence. Both teams are so evenly matched that it's difficult to pick the winner. When pushed to make a choice, it's probably easiest to lean in the direction of the team with the most recent grand final experience under their belt. Make sure you get there as this will be a belter. TIP: Sawtell by 5 points.