Coffs Swans edge out Saints to become slight flag favourites
COFFS Swans recorded its first ever win at Richardson Park to earn the right sit on top of the AFL North Coast ladder.
The Swans were involved a pressure filled arm-wrestle all afternoon long in the top-of-the-table clash against Sawtell/Toormina.
While the win means the Swans are now the favourites to win the 2014 premiership, it's certainly not by a clear margin with the four lead changes in the final quarter evidence of how closely matched the two teams are.
Any doubts about Camden Haven's ability to handle the step up to senior football in its inaugural season in the top flight competition were dispelled with a comfortable win over Grafton.
The Bombers raced out to a 41-point lead at the main break at Gladstone Oval and were never threatened against an undermanned Tiger outfit which never had their head in the game.
Reigning premier Port Macquarie finally recorded its first win of the season and did so in style.
The Magpies ran rampant against North Coffs to win by 200 points, only letting the opposition score one behind for the match.
Next week will see two local derbies being played, one of them the first clash between the two Mid North Coast teams.
Port Macquarie will try to force its way into the top four with a victory against local rival Camden Haven while Coffs Swans will be playing host to cross-town foe North Coffs.
AFL North Coast seniors
Coffs Swans 9.11 (65) bt Sawtell/Toormina 9.4 (58)
Port Macquarie 31.15 (201) bt North Coffs 0.1 (1)
Camden Haven 16.16 (112) bt Grafton 8.8 (56)