Port hold off fast finishing Roos
PORT Macquarie has held on for a close 22 point win over North Coffs at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park in a match which the visitors struggled to hit top form.
Despite racing out of the gates with 11 first half goals, the Magpies were nearly caught napping in the second stanza as the Kangaroos mounted a spirited comeback.
While North Coffs outscored its opposition 50 -43 in the second half, Port Macquarie's big first half lead was too much for the home side to chase down.
"I am very happy with the players, they should plenty of determination to fight back the way they did," Kangaroos coach Russ Matthews said.
"We had a few players pull out before the start of the match due to injury but the boys who played put in plenty of effort."
Magpie's coach Michael Tritton gave his players a good dose of the blow dryer treatment at three quarter time telling them they'd just played their worst quarter of the season.
The approach didn't do much for the visitors on the paddock as North Coffs continued its fight back.
While unable to chase down the Magpies 37 point half time lead and snatch a surprise upset, Russ Matthews believed his team was on the right track for the second half of the season.
"We are slowly starting to get everything together and the side is building nicely, "he said.
"We are showing gradual improvement week to week which should have the boys really competing with top sides like Port and Grafton.
"Hopefully we will be able to sneak into the finals and cause an upset or two."
PORT MACQUARIE 5.5 11.6 14.6 18.10 (118)
NORTH COFFS 2.4 5.7 9.10 14.12 (96)
Leading goal kickers - North Coffs :( J Landsdown 3 D Funtston 3 J McIntyre 3 goals) Port Macquarie (M Gallagher 6 D Munt 3 goals)
At Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park, Coffs Harbour