Sean Duroux of the Grafton Tigers taps the ball on despite the attention of the North Coffs defender, in a game earlier this season.
Sean Duroux of the Grafton Tigers taps the ball on despite the attention of the North Coffs defender, in a game earlier this season.

Roos to get going again

NORTH Coffs have been hot and cold in recent weeks but have a chance to get the ball rolling against Grafton at Ellem Oval.

The most recent speedbump the Kangaroos hit was last weekend against Port Macquarie where they went down in a one-point thriller.

To North Coffs’ credit they were missing several walk-up starters and put in a workman-like performance against the odds.

Typifying this attitude, Josh Drum and Tom Campbell have battled hard to help their side hit some form. Despite some deficiencies disposing by foot the pair have plenty of ticker and are high on handball receives.

They have strong players at either end of the ground more than capable in contested duels.

Darren Funston, while not the tallest man in the world, is dominating at half-back.

Up forward Ryan Turner who switched across from soccer team Coffs United over the summer kicked five goals against the Magpies and is a strong mark.

There has not been much to smile about up Grafton way lately.

The Tigers have fallen from the top four to last position. While still in range of the top four their finals aspirations will rest on the next few weeks.

A positive was the return of Justin Darby last week. Darby was one of the Tigers’ better players in their heavy defeat to Sawtell.

Graeme Connolly will be relied on heavily to outclass his brother Kurt in the ruck for Grafton to have a chance.

The home ground factor should help the Tigers but North Coffs should get back on the horse ahead of another winnable clash next week against Nambucca Valley.



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