Bounce back works for Saints
IT was hard fought but Sawtell-Toormina went on the road and emerged with a 22-point win over Port Macquarie to bounce back after the shock loss to Breakers.
Saints led throughout but weren't able to establish a decisive break and had Port's finishing been straighter there would have been even less breathing space with the visitors only having only two more scoring opportunities than their opponents.
After two consecutive away matches, Saints will be keen to get back to Richardson Park next week.
Coach Brandt Lee was pleased with the spread of goal kickers which highlights the team first ethos.
Connor Perks and Luke Matthews each kicked three majors, Mitch Napier and Josh Little each claimed two and there were four other individuals to round out the scoring.
In the northern encounter Grafton battled manfully against Coffs Harbour but couldn't quite match the intensity of the reigning premiers who seem to be building towards a strong finals tilt.
Tigers have been good over the past month and unlucky not to have claimed the victory with signs looking positive when they held a one goal lead at quarter time.
Breakers showed their class in the second and third quarters where they outscored the hosts by three and four goals respectively.
Significantly, what is being hailed the best game of 2018 was fought out in women's footy when Magpies and Saints staged a thrilling draw, 3.4 (22) apiece.
The lead changed numerous times with Sawtell-Toormina managing to take a two point lead into the final break.
In a war of attrition, Port provided two behinds to tie the score.