Sawtell aim to keep fire burning
WITH the changing fortunes and fluctuating form of the other sides, one thing remains constant; the great form of the Sawtell/Toormina Saints.
They will be looking to add to their five-match winning streak against the North Coffs Kangaroos at Richardson Park.
They hold a strong record over the 'Roos, winning their previous two encounters by an average of 80 points. There is no doubt the blue and whites come in with much better form and should give the Saints a greater test.
Brad Giri and Sam Dawes are building a strong combination in the midfield, with Josh Drum and Tom Merrick happy to do all the dirty work.
Dawes, in particular has been in sterling form but even he has an opportunity for improvement with his set shooting average last week.
They will need to tighten up their defence with Sawtell averaging 20 goals in their past clashes.
Mathew Gleeson and Kirt Connolly will be among those needed to stand up, whilst Andrew Pitzen and Michael Glaetzner are good fringe players and will need to play well again.
Sawtell are like Geelong with their ability to rebound and spread the load in attack. Sure, Ben Hooke is a notable target, but the likes of Les Cohen and Lachlan Draper-Bell are good in the air and on the ground up forward.
It's hard to see many weaknesses with the young and inexperienced players showing they are more than capable of playing finals-like football in previous weeks.
Todd Matthews and Mark Couzens were their best last week and are representative of the Saints dominance in the middle.
Darren Funston should return for the 'Roos and will need to hit the ground running.
It is hard to see them winning against the side that has the bookies turning the totes down on their odds on a weekly basis.