Juggernaut, Swans face off
THE Sawtell juggernaut continues to bowl over anything in its path, and the Coffs Swans are next in line when the two rivals face off at Fitzroy Oval this afternoon.
The Saints are odds-on to finish the regular season undefeated and must have one eye on the prize as they prepare for another finals campaign.
Last week they scored another strong home win over Nambucca Valley in soggy conditions.
Against a spirited competitor, the Saints had far superior skills and will be looking forward to a fast, dry track for this encounter.
In a positive sign, Mark Couzens returned from injury to have an impact up forward.
The midfield division is still miles better than any other in the competition with Jai Hardy coming in to support the consistent Jack Gillingham and Luke Matthews.
The Swans, in comparison, are struggling and effectively waved the white flag by travelling light to Port Macquarie a week ago.
There is no tougher task in football than trying to compete with the Saints and the track record is not good for the red and whites.
They have not beaten a side higher placed than them this season, and while their top six players are reliable, the quality falls away from there.
Kris Rundell and Peter Robinson have fought manfully in the last month while Ben Miller and Darby Pearce are gaining consistency as they spend more time in the senior grade.
Their undersized forward line regains Sam Turner from injury and will rely on his and Evan Duryea’s input for the bulk of the goals.
The Saints themselves are not an overly tall side, but play direct and to its strengths.
The Swans simply need to become more competitive despite the fact Sawtell have more trump cards in their arsenal.