Port Magpies to play new side Macleay Valley Eagles in AFL North Coast

Jason Smith in action for the Magpies.
Jason Smith in action for the Magpies.

THE Port Macquarie Magpies will host competition newcomers the Macleay Valley Eagles this weekend.

The Eagles are fresh off a massive win putting Grafton to the sword last week and will be eager to continue the winning run.

While the Magpies defeated the Eagles convincingly last time the two side met the Pies could be going into the match underdone.

The club's Craig Carroll said it will be the side's first game for three weeks.

"The competition had a bye weekend and then last weekend we had a club bye," he said.

"So I think the guys will be really keen to get out there and have a game but there's a good chance they could be a little rusty.

"Last time the two sides met though we won pretty convincingly so the guys will still be pretty confident at the same time."

Carroll gave credit to his opposition and said the Eagles had already performed better than they were expected to in their first season in the competition.

"They beat Grafton last weekend and only three or four years ago Grafton won back-to-back premierships," he said.

"Its good they've managed a couple of wins and it shows the competition in the area is growing from strength to strength."

Under 18s get under way at 12.30pm tomorrow at Wayne Richards Park followed by first grade at 2.20pm

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