Grafton claim minor premiership
GRAFTON has claimed the 2012 AFL North Coast minor premiership with a 195-44 victory against Coffs Swans at Fitzroy Oval.
In typical Tiger's fashion the visitors raced out to an early lead and never looked threatened.
It was another hard day at the office for the Swans who could never be found guilty of not trying.
Tigers captain Daniel Zacek praised his players following the win.
"We were a bit flat before the game but the boys stood up when it counted," Zacek said.
"Last year we lost this game and it's the only match we had lost in two years so that was in the back of our mind going in to the game.
"Five or six of our regulars were missing today so it was a great chance to give some of the other guys a bit of a run and they all performed well."
An eight goal first quarter from Grafton set the tone for the match and the visitors continued to stretch the lead at each break.
With the minor premiership wrapped up Zacek looked forward to next week's bye round before a final round duel with second placed Port Macquarie.
"Even though top spot has been decided we are still focusing on each week as it comes," the Grafton skipper said.
"Hopefully during the bye the boys can get over any niggling injuries and we will have a full contingent to pick from in the final round against Port."
In the round's other match it went from bad to worse for North Coffs who fell to its second 200 point defeat in as many weeks going down 219-6 to Port Macquarie at Richards Park.
A first half goal was the only points the Roo's would post all day as the Magpies booted an incredible 33 majors in the emphatic win.
The Magpies have a tough run home with matches against third placed Sawtell next week and Grafton in round 15 which is sure to see the battle for a top two spot go right down to the wire.
GRAFTON TIGERS: 8.4 13.9 20.16 29.21 (195)
COFFS SWANS: 2.0 4.1 5.1 7.2 (44)
Goal Kickers: Grafton (S Morrison 6 C Boehme 5 D Zacek 5 R Sheather 3 E Duryea 3 C Holder 3 R Newman 2 L Hayman S Duroux goals) Coffs Swans ( D Dickson 3 A Munro 2 T Snow M Pearce goals)
At Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour.
PORT MACQUARIE MAGPIES: 8.4 16.10 25.15 33.21 (219)
NORTH COFFS KANGAROOS: 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (6)
Goal Kickers: Port Macquarie (M Lill 8 D Munt 5 B Hutchins 5 D Nankivell 3 M Newton 3 B Hennesy 2 M Gallagher 2 O Temoso 2 G Langlois G Chapman C Dicker goals)
At Richards Park, Port Macquarie.