Breakthrough for Breakers women
HISTORY was made when Coffs Harbour's women's team broke through for their maiden victory.
It gave Breakers a clean sweep against Port Macquarie and for the women's team the three goal victory over the high flying Magpies helped put the last couple of weeks of disappointment behind them.
The first half of the match was a real arm wrestle with neither team able to gain the ascendancy and only one point was the difference.
Breakers really stepped up in the third quarter by kicking three goals and holding Port scoreless to grab the advantage and put themselves on the verge of their first victory.
Although they couldn't kick away in the last term the Breakers defence held rock solid and limited Port to just two behinds in a scene reminiscent of the Magpies final term effort in the previous week's draw with Sawtell-Toormina.
Experienced Casey Miosge landed three goals and Katika Adams, one.
The pair not only topped the scoring but also led an extremely enthusiastic rendition of the club song.
Port's lone goal was kicked by Megan Cooper who was playing just her third match and is finding her place within the team.
Breakers senior victory over Port Macquarie Magpies kept the minor premiership race alive for at least one more week and sees them extend their winning run to four in a row.
This latest win also moves the Breakers three wins clear of Port in second and to within one further positive result of ensuring they can't finish lower than that position.
Port held a slender three point lead at the first break.
Breakers fought back in the second quarter to look forward to the main break with a three goal lead but Port maintained contact during the third.
However, the northern side eased away with a seven goal last term to record a 39 point win.
Nick Stanlan-Velt had his most productive day of the season for the winners by booting seven goals.
Shaydan Close kicked three while Josh Lansdowne and Harry Parker came up with two goals each with all playing important support roles to provide alternate avenues to goal.
Sawtell-Toormina sent an ominous warning with finals just around the corner when they ruthlessly dispatched the Grafton Tigers by over 200 points.
Tigers were under strength, missing key players in Luke Stanford, Ethan Olsen, and Callum O'Loughlin, but they were never at the races and found themselves trailing by eight goals at quarter time.
Lachlan Street did manage to kick a goal for Grafton in the opening term but that's as good as it got for the Tigers who were unable to add to this for the remainder of the contest.
Saints piled on the goals in each quarter, racking up eight, seven, eight, and ten respectively, as the Tigers found themselves chasing leather.
The winning margin was big enough but could have been even greater as Saints added 23 behinds to their 33 goals.
Captain Malcolm Trotter kicked six goals for the match,with Danniel Johnson and Jim Angel each kicking four.
A further four players kicked three goals apiece.
Victory in this match sees the Saints needing only one further win to take an unassailable lead at the top of the ladder.