Swans want revenge against Magpies
THE AFL North Coast season kicks off today with the Swans looking for revenge against the Magpies at Fitzroy Oval.
The Magpies taught the Swans a lesson in finals football during the first semifinal last year, with the Port outfit eventually falling just short of a grand final berth.
The Swans head into 2010 with a new playing coach in Kris Rundell.
At only 22, Rundell has brought a fresh attitude to the training paddock as the club looks to make more of an impact in the finals race this year.
Lachlan McLean is another new face to the Swans after his transfer from across-town rivals North Coffs.
Inconsistency has been a constant problem with the red and whites. In previous seasons, they have often shown strong form against the lesser sides only to be outclassed against more-fancied opposition.
Their hopes will rest on their younger brigade. Darby Pearce and Sam Turner will need to cover the loss of Daley Bear and Blake Ford. Ben Miller is an exciting prospect and will feature up forward and in the ruck this season.
Port Macquarie enter each season as an unknown quantity. The Magpies should be better placed and more disciplined with Scott Payne entering his second year at the helm.
They have key players on every line with Jesse Schmidt and Greg Dean the standout players last year. Former Newcastle City goalkicker, Beau Hawtin, as well as Craig Dicker join the club.
The Magpies will have to overcome their poor travelling record to start their season off well. The lack of a pre-season trial for the Swans is disconcerting, making this one even harder to pick.