Magpies to host Tweed Coast

THE big guns of the Summerland AFL are making their move.

Defending premiers Byron Magpies soaked up the pressure from a rejuvenated Ballina last weekend to win by 16 points, a result that cements the Bay in third place.

The Magpies' recent run of good form will get a good workout today, however, when they host flag favourites Tweed Coast at Bangalow. The Tigers walloped Coolangatta last weekend by 90 points.

Today, second-placed Lismore host the fast-improving Bombers at Mortimer Oval, with midfield ascendancy the key to both sides' chances.

Big Tim King's ruckwork for Ballina is pivotal to his side's first use of the ball, where Travis Clarke and a returning Tim Price are likely to benefit.

While handing out a thumping to Nimbin last week, bad habits from the Swans' game plan need to be eliminated if the 2009 grand finalists are to be any chance.

An efficient Swans midfield-to-forward line needs to complement their back six, led by the reliable Gus Legoe and the hard-at-it Phil Tsourlinis, who provide Lismore with sturdy defence.

Captain George Massa is back alongside several returning uni-versity students.

Nimbin will travel to play Cool-angatta tomorrow.

All games start at 2pm.



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