Port Macquarie’s Matthew Lill in action against the Coffs Swans.
Port Macquarie’s Matthew Lill in action against the Coffs Swans. Leigh Jensen

Pies show off new home turf

THERE is no need to worry about the wet weather in Port Macquarie any more.

The Magpies had their first training run on the new home ground at Wayne Richards Park on Tuesday in heavy rain and were very impressed with the surface.

That bodes well for this afternoon's first clash on the new ground, where Port plays host to Coffs Swans.

The Magpies are very confident about their chances and will be unleashing their new giant ruckman from Armidale, who stands at a massive 207cm.

He is so tall that he has to stoop under power lines.

Swans coach Tristan Snow is lamenting the loss of more than a dozen players over the off season and expects a tough year for his young side.

On the bright side for the Swans though, former star Darby Pearce has returned bigger and hopefully better.

Snow says Pearce is topping 100kg, which must be due to all that good living on the tablelands no doubt, or mum's home cooking.

Pearce's younger brother McKinley might be only 16 but he already stands at 186cm and oozes talent.

Star Magpie forward Jessie Schmidt broke his leg again during the cricket season but has been passed fit to play today.

The Pies will be far too strong in a passionate contest for the Paul Sheldon-Peter Morgan cup.



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