Tigers hunt win No.10

Grafton Tigers’ Justin Darby has the ball against Sawtell Saints at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
Grafton Tigers’ Justin Darby has the ball against Sawtell Saints at Ellem Oval on Saturday. Debrah Novak

THE Grafton Tigers Aussie rules team is searching for its 10th consecutive win when it takes on the Coffs Harbour Kangaroos at Coffs Harbour today.

Despite the absence of full forward Shawn Purton, who kicked five goals last weekend, and coach Adrian Campbell, who is away on business, the Tigers are favoured to win.

Club publicity officer Jon Winters said the team was looking forward to a good hit-out against the Roos.

"If Grafton can win it will be the club's 10th in a row, going right back to round seven last year, when the Tigers were beaten by the Swans in their only defeat of 2011," Winters said.

One of the key match-ups will be big identical twins, Grahame Connolley for the Tigers and Kirt Connolley for the Kangaroos, who will square off in the ruck.

Although the Tigers will start favourites, the players won't be taking the game lightly and will be focused on fine tuning their attack and player combinations, especially in the midfield, where there are some new players who are still gelling together.

The Roos are expecting to have a stronger team this year, with some new players recruited in the off season.

The team is still an unknown factor because this will be its first game of the year after it received the bye in round one.


Tigers line-up

FB Jake Bagnall Will Darby Justin Darby

HB Ryan Sheather Kelly Thompson Dion McGregor

C Ben Holder Scott Onus Chris Holder

HF Tim Wahlan Dan Zacek (c) Sean Duroux

FF Rod Newman Lee Anderson Carl Boehme

R John Chapple Sam Morrison Ronald Davis

INT Luke Hayman Grahame Connolly

Topics:  afl aussie rules football kangaroos tigers

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