Saints crunched again but Breakers hit the winning list
PREMIER team Sawtell-Toormina was expected to return to the winner's circle after the cross conference misadventure Port Magpies clearly hadn't read the script.
The Magpies were out of the blocks fast, kicking 11 goals straight in the first half to open up a nine goal lead.
While Saints were much better in the second half it was clear they'd left themselves too much to do and ultimately went down by 38 points.
It was the club's first loss at Richardson Park in several seasons and the second on the trot, something that would have been unthinkable before the season began.
Jesse Schmidt returned for Port after missing a week due to work commitments and was judged best on ground for his four goals.
The visitors were also well served by Riley Irwin and Scott Dalton, while Peter Cristoforo kicked two goals.
For Sawtell, Brendan Foote and Ryan Woolley each kicked two goals.
Saints player-coach Jim Angel isn't hitting the panic button just yet.
"Yes, there is work to be done," he admitted.
"This week's break comes at a good time for us because it means we have four sessions to focus on the things we're not doing as well as we know we can.
"Our second half today was better and we'll use that as our starting point and build from there."
Port boss Anthony Beasley was trying hard to make sure the lid is being kept on excitement levels.
"Three from three is a great start for us but we have to maintain the momentum and next week's bye could be a disruption," he said.
"We'll make sure we get the boys together next Saturday just so we can maintain our focus on what we're trying to achieve."
UNDER lights in Grafton, Coffs Breakers managed to string together four quarters of good footy to record the club's first win of the season.
The Breakers have shown excellent signs for three quarters in both opening rounds but ran out of steam at the back end.
So, this win has released a pressure valve within the club.
The Tigers' poor start cost them dearly.
They went to the main break trailing by 12 goals and while the second half performance improved, the match was already gone.
The club has the players it needs to apply pressure but has to find a way to produce a four quarter performance.
The tip of a comeback was right and the return of points machine Jay Guthrie was sensational.
He led the line well by kicking eight goals.
Guthrie received excellent support from Fraser Duryea who contributed a further six, while Jordan O'Connor and coach Nic von Schill each kicked three.
Shannon Burow and Chris Frangos came up with two each.
For Grafton, Andy Lombardo contributed four majors.
Port Macquarie (14.6) 90 bt Sawtell-Toormina (7.10) 52
Coffs Breakers (29.14) 188 bt Grafton (6.2) 38