THE Under 12 North Coffs Roos maintained their ladder lead in junior AFL with a hard earned win against Nambucca Lions at York Street on Sunday.
The Lions won the last encounter at Macksville and again proved a worthy opposition.
The match was a low scoring encounter in the first half with the Roos leading 14 to 7 at the break.
North Coffs were struggling to play their normal free following style of football against a bigger, tougher Lions team.
In the second half the Roos started to take control of the game led by Ryan Johnstone, Darcy Homan and Jack Murat in a great team effort.
Final scores were 6-9-45 to 1-2-8 however this was not a true indication of the closeness of the game.
If their form continues these two teams appear destined to meet at the end of the season.
Among award winners on the day were Cody McCabe, Billy Rapley and Nick Stanlan-Velt.
In the other Under 12 game Sawtell defeated Bellingen 8-16-64 to 3-0-18 The Under 10 North Coffs Roos showed a great team approach to their game with skills continuing to develop each week.
Best on ground was Brandon Kelly with Joseph Whalan, Cody Bennett, Jesse Alty, Blake Kelly and Karly Amos.
The Under 7s Roos again provided great entertainment for the crowd in a great match.
Christian Christensen, Cameron McCarthy-Hick, Jackson Henry, Eli Engel, Beau Alty, Brodie Roberts, Mikayla Holwerda and Aiden Engel were among best players.
In the Under 14s competition leaders Coffs Swans defeated an undermanned Woolgoolga/North Coffs 11-8-74 to 3-6-24 and a rampaging Saw- tell were too good for Bellingen 14-7-91 to 6-1 -31.
In the Under 16s Bellingen and Woolgoolga collected the points from the Friday night games.
Next week's games:
Friday, Under 16s at Coffs Harbour Showground - 6.00pm Woolgoolga v Bellingen; 7:30pm North Coffs v Coffs Swans.
Sunday, Under 7, 10, 12, 14: Coffs Swans v Sawtell at Coffs Showground; Nambucca Valley v Woolgoolga at Macksville; Bellingen v North Coffs at Burdett Park Fernmount (No U14 game).
Under 12 - North Coffs 40, Sawtell 36, Nambucca Valley 28, Coffs Swans 12, Bellingen 8, Woolgoolga 0.
Under 14 - Coffs Swans 40, Sawtell 36, Bellingen 24, Woolgoolga/North Coffs 16, Nambucca Valley 16.
Under 16 - Woolgoolga 32, Bellingen 28, North Coffs 20, Coffs Swans 8.