The strong play of Josh Drum should inspire North Coffs this afternoon. FILE
The strong play of Josh Drum should inspire North Coffs this afternoon. FILE

More than four points

SOME wins are worth more than the four points with this match looming as a mini-final between two evenly-matched sides at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park.

Rewind back to a month ago and it was Port Macquarie who defeated North Coffs by a solitary point in one of the best games of the season.

Since then the Magpies have gained ground on the ladder and last weekend leapfrogged the Kangaroos into second place.

The Kangaroos will be hell-bent on regaining that spot and go a step closer to securing a double chance in the finals.

Individually the Magpies are the better outfit with key players across every line.

Michael Kemp, on his day, is the best ruckman and one of the most dangerous players in the competition.

The commitment of Kurt Connolly is a worry and even with Trent Freebody as a capable secondary ruckman, the Kangaroos will struggle to challenge for the premiership without him.

The Magpies won well last weekend against Nambucca Valley.

Their forward line has greater potency with Matthew Lill playing more as a small forward and Greg Conway becoming a more regular scorer. This allows Jesse Schmidt to add some steel along with Shannon Skreja in the midfield.

North Coffs is strong in this area and were gallant in their loss to Sawtell.

Despite missing the services of Connolly, both Brad Giri and Josh Drum were serviceable against a centre division with greater depth.

For the home side to prevail, both Dean and Darren Funston need to have big games.

They are two players that help direct the Kangaroos and have the leadership capabilities to prevent the momentary fadeouts their side is prone to against the top sides.

Either way it promises to be a top day of football with all three grades on show.

Port will travel with strong numbers with both sides showcasing a wealth of experience and a desire to win.

It’s a good chance that the double chance awaits the victor.



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