Lions player Aaron Clarke.
Lions player Aaron Clarke.

Pride on the line

THE final match of the round features the two cellar-dwellers facing off at Grafton’s Ellem Oval.

After promising starts both sides have endured long-lasting winless runs.

The Tigers have not won since the second round, while Nambucca Valley slipped further out of the top four after losing to Coffs Swans last week.

Nambucca Valley has been blessed with good numbers this year and took the hard line stance to leave out star midfielder Luke Benson ahead of their two-goal loss to the Swans.

The Lions should have the class to win the match, with Justin Saker making an impression upon his return to the coast. However, he was outshone by Aaron Clarke last week, who almost single-handedly got the Lions side over the line with a six-goal virtuoso performance.

Grafton need a team performance to overcome the travelling Lions.

The team was competitive against the best team in the competition with Justin Darby popping up everywhere for the Tigers.

Darby is a valuable component of the Tigers’ line-up, with star playmaker Daniel Zacek absent for the rest of the season. The Lions simply need to win to keep their finals aspirations alive.

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