Sawtell/Toormina's Mark Couzens gets a handball away despite pressure from the Coffs Swans opposition. Photo: Leigh jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate
Sawtell/Toormina's Mark Couzens gets a handball away despite pressure from the Coffs Swans opposition. Photo: Leigh jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen

Stage is set for a top of the ladder power struggle

WHO will finish on top of the AFL North Coast ladder at the end of the season?

This afternoon's clash at Fitzroy Oval will provide the answer.

Both Sawtell/Toormina and the Coffs Swans have been the competition front-runners in 2014 and now it's time to see which team will be considered the premiership favourite as the finals series rapidly approaches.

The pair have already met twice this season with the honours split.

The Coffs Swans have turned the club's last home game into a huge 'cancer awareness' clash.

Swans players will be sporting new guernseys in the club's traditional red and white, as well as a large amount of yellow, as a way of honouring those who have fought the disease and to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Swans forward Nick Von Schill was the catalyst behind the club's special effort.

He said the team was also looking forward to bouncing back from last week's loss to Port Macquarie.

"Having received a drubbing last weekend, the Coffs Swans are fired up to bounce back," Von Schill said.

Competition newcomer Camden Haven must win the final two matches of the season to reach the finals, starting with its home game against Grafton today.

Reigning premier Port Macquarie has found form at the business end of the season after a slow start to the season and the Magpies are expected to continue their winning run when they face North Coffs.

The Roos have managed to survive their worst season since 1998 and it's something captain-coach Darren Funston is thankful for.

"You have to tip your cap to these guys," Funston said with pride.

"We haven't won a game all year but these guys, some of whom haven't played footy before this year, have kept turning up week after week and putting in for the good of the club."

ROUND 14 MATCHES
Coffs Swans v Sawtell/Toormina
Camden Haven v Grafton
Port Macquarie v North Coffs



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