Port Macquarie Magpies to clash with Coffs Harbour Breakers in final round of AFL North Coast competition

Out: Port Macquarie will be without ruckman Kye Wilson for this weekend's clash with Coffs Harbour. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Out: Port Macquarie will be without ruckman Kye Wilson for this weekend's clash with Coffs Harbour. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Port Macquarie Magpies are one team that has something to gain from their match against Coffs Harbour Breakers on Saturday.

The Magpies have only beaten their northern opponent once from five starts, and that was back in round three, so will be looking to prove to themselves that they have the ability to compete with the reigning premiers come finals time.

If they don't win at home the Port players will be expecting their time in the finals series will be short lived.

The Breakers can't be deposed from second spot on the ladder and are assured of the double chance come finals time.

They find themselves in the midst of a six-match winning streak, their best run of the season, and will be want to carry that form forward to the crunch matches ahead.

Both teams will be without key young guns with Kye Wilson (Port) and Ben Gibbeson (Breakers) on duty with the NSW/ACT RAMS team against Vic Metro in the AFL under-17 Futures series.

It was only three weeks ago that the Breakers women's team registered their first win of the season, and that was against Port Macquarie.

The two teams face off again in what should be an extremely close tussle but with Port holding the home ground advantage.

Both teams are coming off last start losses and will be looking for a change of fortunes to build momentum ahead of the finals.

The Magpies are by no means a one woman team but are certainly a better outfit when the league's key ruck, Cambridge McCormick, is in the line-up.

Britt Hargreaves missed last week due to travel and is expected to be an omission again this week, and Port will be looking to players such as Jenni Cooper and Shaarn Whitehouse to help cover that loss.

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