ANTICIPATED CLASH: Many believe today’s encounter between Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina at Fitzroy Oval will be a grand final preview. Photo: Leigh Jensen
ANTICIPATED CLASH: Many believe today’s encounter between Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina at Fitzroy Oval will be a grand final preview. Photo: Leigh Jensen Leigh Jensen

Top teams battle for supremacy

AFTER the first instalment, today's clash between the two best teams in the competition is a clash local football pundits have been waiting six weeks to see.

When the Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina met at the start of the May, it was a see-sawing affair that saw the Swans prevail by only seven points.

Expectations are that this afternoon's clash at Fitzroy Oval will provide just as much tension and entertainment.

One man who hopes today's match will be different to the last encounter is Coffs Swans playing coach Jay Guthrie.

He said he'd rather see his team play a better brand of football.

"The Saints like to go hard and probably prefer a bit of a scrap which is fine if they want to play that way," Guthrie said.

"Last time I think we got stuck in that sort of mentality for the first half. This time I'd like to think we'll let them run their game style and we'll run ours."

Sawtell/Toormina is building towards the back end of the season and is relishing the prospect knocking off the ladder leaders in what many view as a grand final preview.

The Saints boast a forward line with plenty of firepower with Aaron Clarke, Brendan Foote, Jed Ellis-Cluff and Trent Mitchell all in the top five on the AFL North Coast's list of leading goalkickers.

North Coffs will be trying to get its first win on the board when it plays on home soil against a struggling Port Macquarie.

On the other hand the Magpies will be looking for a percentage boosting win to close the gap on the top four.

On home soil, Grafton should prove too strong for Camden Haven in a battle for third spot on the ladder.

AFL NORTH COAST ROUND 9

  • Coffs Swans v Sawtell Toormina at Fitzroy Oval
  •  North Coffs v Port Macquarie at Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park No1
  •  Grafton v Camden Haven at Ellem Oval


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