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Benefit of home ground gives Lismore an edge

FAVOURITISM tilted Lismore's way when the Round 7 Summerland Australian Football League game between the Swans and Ballina was moved from Ballina to Lismore yesterday.

The two teams are locked in a two-horse race for top spot on the SAFL ladder.

They each have a 5-1 win-loss ratio but Lismore holds the advantage by percentage.

The teams have only lost to each other this season and hostilities will resume from 2pm today at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, where the Swans are yet to drop a game.

Ballina's Fripp Oval has become something of a graveyard for visiting teams, where the Bombers haven't lost this year and for much of last year.

The Swans were flying in the first three rounds but came unstuck by an intimidating Bombers side in Round 4 by 43 points.

Though the venue switch tilts the match in Lismore's favour, it is hard to gauge exactly how the sides are travelling with the SAFL's stop-start year.

The game is the second split round this season (Byron and Nimbin played last week).


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