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North Coast sides out for revenge in Cross-Conference action

FLYING HIGH: Grafton Tigers will be hoping to reverse the result of their first Cross-Conference outing against Byron Bay when they meet Lismore Swans tomorrow.
FLYING HIGH: Grafton Tigers will be hoping to reverse the result of their first Cross-Conference outing against Byron Bay when they meet Lismore Swans tomorrow. Debrah Novak

AUSSIE RULES: C.ex Group Cross Conference action returns tomorrow as North Coast clubs look to exact revenge on their Northern Rivers counterpart who claimed three of the four matches in the first fixtures of the season.

Grafton Tigers are desperate for a win to reverse their recent fortunes. After recording their first win in two seasons the Tigers have been on the receiving end of three big losses and really need to address that slump.

Lismore Swans represent a great chance to return to the winners circle but travelling is often the Tigers Achilles heel and is likely to negate any advantage that they had.

This is a must win clash for both clubs and will come down to whichever team shows the greatest commitment on the day.

Sawtell Toormina Saints were the only North Coast team to win at the last attempt and will be looking to keep that good form going at home against Ballina Bombers.

Sawtell have won three in a row and will be primed to keep that run going. Ballina are good at home on their smaller oval so the expanses of Richardson Park might prove a challenge for them.

Coffs Breakers only loss of the season came in the first round of C.ex Group Cross Conference matches when they went down to the Bombers away from home.

This time around they play at home, which should guarantee a strong line-up, facing off against the Tweed Coast Tigers who overcame travel and the injury of a player to beat Port Magpies in the first round.

Tweed will provide a tough test for the Breakers but will have to lift their game above the level that had them claim the victory over Port.

Breakers at full strength will be favoured to win but won't want to take anything for granted.

Port Macquarie are winless for the season, which is foreign territory for the proud club. The chances of that run being broken this week are extremely slim as they face the toughest test in the competition, the Byron Magpies at Byron.



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