IT WASN'T an easy win by any stretch of the imagination but Port Macquarie has placed itself neatly in second place on the AFL North Coast ladder.
In a tight tussle, the Magpies kicked the last four goals of the match to topple reigning premier Grafton 18.14 (122) to 15.9 (99).
The Tigers were left to rue missed opportunities late in the match and could've easily walked away with the four points if they had one more forward capable of taking a mark close to goals.
The clash, played at Coffs Coast Sport and leisure Park, was the annual meeting on neutral turf to minimise the travel the two clubs face each year.
It was a part of Super Saturday where all six AFL North Coast clubs played in Coffs Harbour on the one day.
The festivities ended with the clubs returning to the Coffs Hotel for a post-match function where two senior AFL (NSW/ACT) officials were on hand to discuss the day's play.
Deputy general manager Craig Bolton and the manager for planning and operations, Joe La Posta, also spoke in front of the gathering where many forthright opinions were aired as a robust discussion on the future of the game in the area took place.
AFL North Coast Round 14 Results:
Port Macquarie 18.14 (122) def Grafton 15.9 (99)
Port Macquarie 18.10 (118) def Grafton 2.2 (14)
Sawtell/Toormina 8.7 (55) def Coffs Swans 4.6 (30)
Camden Haven 8.11 (59) def North Coffs 5.2 (32)
Coffs Swans 17.13 (115) def Sawtell/Toormina 7.2 (44)
Camden Haven 13.6 (84) def North Coffs 9.9 (63)