BRING ON BAT­TLE OF BIG GUNS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

THE AFL Townsville mi­nor pre­mier­ship could be de­cided as soon as this af­ter­noon when Her­mit Park and Univer­sity face off in a block­buster clash at Neil French Oval.

The two sides have been locked in a bat­tle for top spot all sea­son, with their only losses com­ing against each other, but their lat­est en­counter could be the most im­por­tant.

Univer­sity ( 12- 1) cur­rently holds first place ahead of Her­mit Park ( 11- 2), but the Tigers have a far su­pe­rior per­cent­age which could put them in the box seat for the fi­nals with a win to­day.

Her­mit Park claimed a stunning 94point win over the Hawks in May, but Univer­sity still have a 2- 1 record over their ri­vals this sea­son.

The Hawks are also com­ing into to­day’s clash on a six- game win­ning streak. Lead­ing goal- kicker Leroy Lar­son is ex­pected to be back for the Tigers while Jar­ryd Gra­ham will re­turn for the Hawks af­ter the pair turned for North Queens­land last week­end.

The duo were part of the team that went down to South Queens­land at Cazaly’s Oval in Cairns.

Mean­while, the Curra Swans will be fired up for a strong per­for­mance against the North­ern Beaches Suns at Mul­doon Oval.

The Swans are yet to win a game this sea­son as they strug­gle with player num­bers, but a clash with the 3- 9 Suns could be their best chance to get on the board.

Pic­ture: SHARON WOOD­WARD

CRU­CIAL CLASH: Her­mit Park Tigers player Joel Sim looks for a way around the Curra Swans defence.

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