Emerging Breakers show promise with edge over Port Magpies
COFFS Breakers knocked Port Macquarie's momentum back a notch with a narrow but pleasing 15 point win at Fitzroy Oval.
While there was only one six-pointer the real difference overall, the Magpies again created their own pressure conditions by adding six behinds to the score sheet.
Those 15 behinds by Coffs also showed player-coach Jay Guthrie may have extra accuracy drills pencilled in but the fact they created so many more possessions to be in a position to target the posts so often, suggests the right team got the money on the day.
Pressure is now on Port who collect a call from unbeaten Sawtell-Toormina on Saturday and they need to really turn it on again to keep the visiting outfit at arm's length.
Breakers will keep tabs on scores coming out of the Hastings during their visit to Ellem Oval to take on Grafton.
The Tigers broke through for the first win of the season, kicking 23 goals to two against cellar-dweller Macleay Valley.
Tricky at home, Tigers have plenty to play for but need to be near perfect to hold off a team that appears to have found a balm for those early growing pains.
AFL North Coast
Coffs Harbour 11.15 (81) bt Port Macquarie 10.6 (66)
Grafton 23.10 (148) bt Macleay Valley 2.12 (24)
Points: Saints 12, Magpies 12, Breakers 12, Tigers 4, Eagles 4
Port Macquarie 13.11 (89) bt Coffs Harbour 4.3 (27)
Points: Magpies 12, Saints 4, Breakers 0
Port Macquarie 10.11 (71) bt Coffs Harbour 3.3 (21)
Grafton 14.15 (99) bt Macleay Valley 10.9 (69)
Points: Magpies 20, Saints 8, Breakers 8, Tigers 4, Eagles 4
Grafton v Coffs Harbour
Port Macquarie v Sawtell-Toormina
Macleay Valley bye