Long trip challenges Tigers
PORT Macquarie received a rude awakening last weekend and should be spurred into action against last-start winners Grafton.
The Tigers face the longest road trip in the league after two home games, and won an important encounter against the Swans to give them a chance of victory against the wobbling Magpies.
Enigmatic Dale Beaver was at his mercurial best on the confined spaces at Ellem Oval, as was ever-consistent Daniel Zacek. The Tigers need more than these two stars to get up against what is normally a Magpies side with good depth.
Grafton will look to Tim Whalan and Justin Darby again to provide the steel sometimes lacking in their performances.
The Magpies’ imposing record at Stuart Park has all but evaporated in recent times after dominating at the ground for many seasons.
Despite this, Port’s Jesse Schmidt and Dean Nankervill are class players and are favoured to help the home side bounce back this week.