Representative AFL North Coast vs Tamworth at C.ex International Stadium Coffs Harbour.Photo Emily Burley / Coffs Coast Advocate
Representative AFL North Coast vs Tamworth at C.ex International Stadium Coffs Harbour.Photo Emily Burley / Coffs Coast Advocate Emily Burley

AFL North Coast too strong for Tamworth League

A BLISTERING second quarter paved the way for the AFL North Coast’s representative team to record another victory over the Tamworth League.

The AFL North Coast team held a 51-point lead at the main break after kicking six unanswered goals in the second term.

Led by captain Luke Matthews who had 22 possessions to half time and a goal to boot, the AFL North Coast’s finest players produced a dazzling display of attacking football while restricting the Tamworth team to only a single behind for the stanza.

TAFL coach Tony Bishop said his side were unable to match North Coast’s intensity in this crucial period.

“Their clearance work was outstanding and we struggled to get our hands on the ball,” Bishop said.

“We tried to make changes on the run but it didn’t make any difference and we were left to play catch up.”

The Tamworth combination used their bigger bodies to advantage in the second half to turn the contest into an arm wrestle which suited them but try as they could to create a miracle comeback, the margin was too great to overcome.

Late in the game the difference between the sides was reduced to only three goals but as the heavens opened shortly before the final siren, AFL North Coast steadied the ship to win by 25 points.

North Coast coach Marty Garoni was proud of the team’s effort.

“We played some exceptional footy in the second quarter which was a pleasure to watch,” Garoni said.

“We had the option of going defensive and putting players behind the ball when TAFL got on a roll but we stayed with the same structure and allowed the players to learn from what was going on.

“They were able to work through the challenges and this should help them grow as players which is what we set out to achieve when this program stared.”

AFL North Coast 12.19 (91) def Tamworth AFL 10.6 (66)



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