Drainage work means Fripp Oval perfect for play despite rain

THE Lismore Swans travel to Fripp Oval today to take on the Ballina Bombers in local Aussie Rules and try to bridge the gap between third and fourth.

Extensive drainage works were carried out at Fripp Oval in the first half of the year which delayed home games for the Bombers but the surface yesterday was still in perfect condition despite the rain that may have otherwise put the game in doubt.

Rugged Bomber Maurice Lawless will play his 100th game, which is sure to inspire the team.

The 2014 QAFA South best and fairest player Doug North returns to the midfield and his inclusion will help cover weaknesses that were exposed against the Byron Magpies last week.

Coach Steve Huckerby has also been impressed with Craig Saad's training and he has earnt an immediate inclusion in the team, with Huckerby nominating the full forward for a big game.

Huckerby, a former Swans coach, is wary of the Lismore outfit.

"It's one apiece so far and they are a lot better team than the ladder suggests," he said.

Lismore coach Phil Tsourlinous said: "While it's never good to lose, at least last week we began to look like a footy team and competed against the very strong Tweed Tigers.

"At half-time there was less than a goal in it; we just had a shocking third quarter."

For the Swans to return to the winners' list, Shaun King and Mitch Grivins will need to be at the top of their games and the elusive Daniel Bruce, Michael Brown and Will Alexander will need to work the open spaces of the big Fripp Oval

In the other game, the Byron Magpies travelled to Robina last night for an expected win.

LADDER 

Byron Magpies 44,

Tweed Tigers 28,

Ballina Bombers 24,

Lismore Swans 10,

Robina Roos 6.


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