North Coast boys make late surge to topple TAFL
SUCCESS has arrived for the AFL North Coast senior representative team with a 13-point win over Tamworth-Armidale AFL in a gripping encounter played at Armidale.
The North Coast boys began slowly and struggled with handling for most of the first quarter.
Tamworth made the most of their opportunities and piled on four goals in the opening passage to take a strong lead with the visitors only managing two behinds.
As the weather warmed up from the overnight low of minus six degrees, the wheels began turning in the opposite direction.
The Coast players started to hit their straps in the second quarter.
With the aid of a 50m penalty, the team posted its first major score and this provided the impetus to dominate and head to the main break leading by a single point.
The third quarter was an even tussle with both teams exchanging goals to set the tone for the back end of the game.
In the final quarter North Coast managed to get away to a three goal lead, only to see this pegged back by one goal, followed by a second from the ensuing centre bounce.
Digging deep, North Coast responded with a major to settle the nerves, and then kicked the final goal in the dying minutes to seal a hard fought victory.
At full time the scoreboard showed North Coast 11.10 (76) to TAFL 9.9 (63).
Goal scorers for AFL North Coast were Gus Faithful (3), Jim Angel (2), Jesse Schmidt (1), Kyle Lynch (1), Scott Matthews (1), Mark Couzens (1), and Daniel Johnson (1).
Best players for AFL North Coast were Daniel Johnson, Dylan Beasley, Nathan Johnson, Riley Connor, Mark Couzens and Matt Cannan.