Saints home streak broken by the Breakers
WITH four rounds remaining in the AFL North Coast regular season, last weekend's matches gave us the best indication yet of how the finals series will shape up.
Coffs Breakers recorded a narrow 11 point win over the Sawtell/Toormina Saints in a thrilling encounter at Richardson Park.
This result represents the first time in the Breakers' three year history that the club has beaten their fiercest rival away.
This win should give the Breakers much confidence heading towards the business end of the season when further clashes between the top two are guaranteed.
Breakers led by 25 at the first break before the reigning Saints whittled away the deficit. By half-time the Saints were just six points behind, and by three quarter time were just in front by two points, setting the scene for a classic last quarter.
Breakers lifted in the final term to post five majors against Sawtell's three to snatch a 16.6.102-14.7.91 victory that could so easily have eluded them.
Luke Valdes led the way with four goals and received excellent support from Fraser Duryea and Darcy Donnelly with three goals apiece.
There's no such thing as a good loss, but the Saints will take great heart from how close they came considering the number of players who were missing through injury.
Standing tall for Sawtell were Aaron Clarke and Jed Ellis-Cluff who each booted four majors, whilst Jim Angel also contributed two.