Top spot on ladder at stake tomorrow
By CHRIS McKINLEY
TOP spot on the table is at stake tomorrow at Fitzroy Oval and it's a fair bet that the huge legion of Swans supporters that get to their matches will leave disappointed.
The Swans have a lot of class players across the park but Port are able to match them in so many areas.
Most importantly, Port have the upper hand in the ruck area.
Jon Stephens will get his hands on the ball first too many times and this will be a telling factor.
To overcome this dominance, Swans coach Jeff Reed will be left with two options.
He can either let the status quo continue all day or he move Peter Chadwick into the big man position.
Moving Chadwick will be a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul as it takes away some much needed goalkicking firepower.
The injury to Marcus Burow has already done enough of that for the Swans.
It's going to be wet tomorrow and that will make it a great battle between two men who love getting in for the hard ball.
Port's Shannon Skreja and the Swans Jay Guthrie thrive on the sort of physical contact that moist conditions create and maybe the Swans could promote another hard nut in Tristan Snow to the midfield for this very reason.
TIP: Port Macquarie by 21 points.