North Coast teams roar in cross conference round
IT WAS a big weekend for the AFL North Coast’s powerhouse teams with wins over their northern counterparts in the final cross conference round of the season.
In low scoring contests, Port Macquarie, Sawtell/ Toormina and Coffs Breakers all kept up their chase for a double chance berth come finals time.
After a first quarter in which only eight points were scored in total, Sawtell/Tormina found its rhythm in the second stanza to open a handy four-goal lead over Lismore by half time.
The Saints managed to keep the Swans goalless for the entire match with Luke Matthews, the returning Luke Benson and big Jim Angel shining.
The clash was played at Port Macquarie as the second match of a double header which started with Port Macquarie getting away to a good start against Ballina but being forced to defend grimly after the main break with the Bombers kicking three goals to nil in the second half to draw close but not close enough.
At Byron Bay the Breakers got off to a slow start against the struggling Tweed Coast Tigers to lead by just a goal at quarter time.
The Coffs team shook off its lethargy after the first time break to kick four goals to one in the second term before backing up to kick a further five goals in the third quarter.
This weekend Fitzroy Oval will be the venue for the third local derby of the season between Coffs Breakers and Sawtell/Toormina.
AFL NORTH COAST
Sawtell/Toormina 7.12 (54) def Lismore 0.7 (7)
Coffs Breakers 12.11 (83) def Tweed Coast 6.7 (43)
Port Macquarie 4.14 (38) def Ballina 3.7 (25)