THE SEASON is only a handful of matches old, but the question must be asked: who will stop the march of Sawtell-Toormina?
The Saints coasted to beat Coffs Harbour Breakers by 81 points at Fitzroy Oval and were generally on line with the boot by landing 17 majors with another 13 one-pointers added to the card.
With the bye on Saturday, Breakers get an opportunity to freshen up and prepare to restart the campaign.
Only Port Macquarie looms as a threat to an undefeated run by the Saints to the minor premiership.
After that, anything can happen in finals footy.
The Magpies also had a gentle afternoon in the Kempsey sunshine while downing Macleay Valley by 103 points and kicking 23 majors to eight, in the process.
Short on troops, Macleay borrowed three Port players to make up the numbers which may be a worrying sign for away trips.
The biggest shock from the day was Port's heavy defeat of the Eagles in the under-18 match.
Macleay wasn't expected to move the Earth in its debut first grade season but big things were expected of the junior team and the heavy defeat by 165 points was a stunning moment.
AFL NORTH COAST RESULTS
Sawtell-Toormina 17.13 (135) def Coffs Harbour 5.4 (34)
Port Macquarie 23.20 (158) def Macleay Valley 8.5 (53)
Points: Saints 8, Breakers 8, Magpies 4, Eagles 4, Tigers 0
Sawtell-Toormina 12.15 (87) def Coffs Harbour 3.6 (24)
Port Macquarie bye
Sawtell-Toormina 14.7 (91) def Coffs Harbour 14.7 (91)
Port Macquarie 28.18 (181) def Macleay Valley 2.4 (16)
Points: Magpies 8, Breakers 8, Eagles 4, Saints 4, Tigers 0
Port Macquarie v Grafton
Sawtell-Toormina v Macleay Valley
Coffs Harbour bye