THE question as to which of the two Northern NSW AFL competitions is the stronger may get answered this afternoon.

The second of the cross conference rounds throws up some interesting match-ups and after the teams from the Northern Rivers competition won three of the four clashes against their AFL North Coast counterparts in the inaugural clashes, local pride is on the line today.

The AFL North Coast teams are looking to square the ledger this afternoon with a few wins. It won't be an easy task though.

The Northern Rivers teams took quite a bit of pride from its wins earlier in the season and are looking to continue holding bragging rights after today's two double headers.

In today's double header to be played at Fitzroy Oval, the top of the table Coffs Harbour Breakers will face a real test against the highly rated Byron Bay Magpies which also sits on top of the ladder up north.

MAGPIES: The Byron Bay Magpies suffered a bitter defeat on the weekend. Photo Contributed
TOUGH CHALLENGE: The Byron Bay Magpies are expected to provide a stern test for the top of the ladder Coffs Harbour Breakers at Fitzroy Oval this afternoon. Contributed

The opening match at Fitzroy Oval has Port Macquarie taking on the Lismore Swans.

Port will be looking to halt its run of two consecutive losses and this looks to be a good opportunity to do just that.

While Lismore won in the opening round of cross conference footy, the Swans have only managed one win since and will also have to contend with a long road trip.

At the Round Mountain ground at Bogangar, home team Tweed Coast Tigers takes on Sawtell/Toormina in a battle of the two reigning premiers.

Neither team have hit the heights of 2015 yet but the Saints seem better placed with their recent upturn of fortunes while Tweed Coast is yet to win so far this season.

Grafton has a tough ask against the in form Ballina Bombers.

Ballina has lost only once this season to the white hot Byron Bay outfit while Grafton will also have to overcome a long road trip in an attempt to notch its first win of the season.