WITH only three rounds remaining in the home and away season, only percentage separates the top three teams on the AFL North Coast ladder.

The Coffs Breakers are the new competition leaders after coming from behind to defeat Port Macquarie by 28 points.

At quarter time the Breakers looked anything but premiership material.

The Magpies kicked six opening quarter goals to jump out to a 23 point lead but that's where the good times ended for Port Macquarie.

The Coffs side kicked 11 of the next 15 goals to stretch the lead to 24 points at the final break.

Breakers coach Nic von Schill was happy with his team's performance.

"Port jumped us at the start and I'm really pleased that we stuck to the game plan and didn't drop our heads," Von Schill said.

"It's great to be on top of the ladder but we've been here before this season and it only lasted one week, so our focus now is on making sure we stay here."

Port's loss coupled with a resounding victory by Sawtell/Toormina meant the Magpies dropped from top spot to third.

Grafton's drastically improved performance last week proved to be a false dawn rather than a re-emergence from the shadows.

Sawtell/Toormina turned on a master class in ruthless footy to blow Grafton away from the outset.

If the match wasn't over by quarter time, it surely was at the long break. By this stage Sawtell had passed the century mark and Grafton were yet to trouble the scorers.

Leif Stuart had an absolute field day playing at full forward, kicking 16 goals for the Saints.

AFL NORTH COAST
Coffs Breakers 14.17 (101) def Port Macquarie 11.7 (73)
Sawtell/Toormina 32.19 (211) def Grafton 1.1 (7)



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