Jamie Coad and Matthew Crispe are first to the ball in this contest against Port Macquarie while Ben Sykes (inset) provided a target up forward for the Kangaroos.
Jamie Coad and Matthew Crispe are first to the ball in this contest against Port Macquarie while Ben Sykes (inset) provided a target up forward for the Kangaroos. Trevor Veale

Kangaroos reclaim spot

NORTH Coffs has reclaimed second place on the ladder after a dominant start-to-finish win over a sluggish Port Macquarie at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park.

In arguably their best performance of the season, it was the Kangaroos who flourished in the slippery conditions with their ability to win the contested ball a highlight of their performance.

Captain Josh Drum led the way with an industrious effort in the centre. The conditions suited his attack on the ball and he was well supported with Brad Giri and Greg Jarman also leading by example.

The Magpies were disappointing in a big game with their top-two aspirations on the line.

They seriously missed the leadership of Shannon Skreja and appeared a rudderless ship at times. Michael Kemp was well held at full-forward by Kurt Connolly and had little influence in the ruck.

In contrast, Ben Sykes was a presence up forward for the victors as was Craig Bertwistle, who kicked four goals. With Dean Nankervill missing, the Magpies relied on Craig Dicker to play a negating role in defence.

Port were close enough to strike at stages and despite the best efforts of Matthew Lill in the centre, the divide in depth and class told true in a pleasing result for the Kangaroos’ faithful.



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