Big win has Saints smiling
A COMPREHENSIVE 130-point defeat of Grafton now has the Sawtell/Toormina outfit smiling after their previous two defeats.
Coach Russell Matthews has to be happy with the Saints' big win due the team committing to finishing out four quarters of football.
Matthews reminded his team at quarter time of recent game fade outs and urged all to dig deep to finish out the game.
From the first siren to start the game Sawtell/Toormina looked more dominant than the undermanned Grafton.
Luke Matthews, best for the Saints, had a great day out scoring six goals while youngster Tristan McCormack snagged five. Jai Harding a focal point up forward was too good for Grafton's Shaun Purton, booting four for the Saints.
Grafton again struggled to get their best starting line-up on the paddock and will be looking forward to their opportunity to rebuild during the week off with the region's representative games scheduled next weekend.
Port Macquarie 100
Coffs Swans 61
PORT Macquarie outplayed the Coffs Swans in all three grades, to finish the round with a clean sweep, dominating their much-fancied high-flying opponents.
The ladder leaders Coffs Swans were confident of rolling the Magpies, but got off to the worst possible start. Port captain coach Matt Newton won the toss and elected to kick with the breeze.
Within 10 seconds of the first bounce the Magpies had a score on the board, thanks to some fast thinking by Newton, who delivered to Matt Lill who kicked truly.
The Magpies piled on three more goals before the Swans could trouble the scorer.
With a six-goal wind advantage, the Magpies continued to apply pressure, scoring 11 times in the first quarter.
Swans coach Jeff Reed said 'without six key players for this game it was going to be tough'. "The commitment from Marcus Burrow and Tristan Snow was encouraging but we're happy to forget this game and look ahead," he said.
North Coffs 97
Nambucca Valley 92
IN the closest AFL North Coast game this season, North Coffs 14.13 (97) defeated Nambucca Valley 14.8 (92) at Macksville.
Nambucca Valley started the game well, winning early centre clearances and leading by four points at quarter time.
North Coffs were full of steam in the second quarter, outscoring their opponents 10 scoring shots to two.
Fortunately for the Lions, eight of the Roos' shots at goal were missed opportunities.
In the third quarter, both forward lines were on top, kicking three goals each to have Nambucca Valley leading by six points.
The running Roos in Tom Campbell, Brad Giri and Brod McDonald made the difference in the final term where North Coffs came from behind, scoring 6.2 to 4.1 to run out victors by five points.
North Coffs playing coach Darren Funston, carrying a leg injury into the game, slotted six majors for the day.
"It was just a hard day at the office but we're happy to come away with the win on a day where it was windy and the play was scrappy at times," Funston said.