Sawtell/Toormina made the most of its opportunities in front of goal to sneak past Port Macquarie in the top of the ladder clash at Richardson park.
Sawtell/Toormina made the most of its opportunities in front of goal to sneak past Port Macquarie in the top of the ladder clash at Richardson park. Claudia Jambor

Saints on top but they’re no good things

REIGNING premier Sawtell/Toormina continued it's strong run of recent form to claim top spot on the AFL North Coast ladder.

The Saints overcame Port Macquarie at Richardson Park in the top of the ladder clash but in no way can the result be read as making Sawtell/Toormina a clear premiership favourite.

In fact when these two meet at some stage in the finals, it will be a toss of the coin to try and pick a winner.

Port Macquarie will be rueing inaccuracy in front of goal which proved costly in the end.

The Magpies had more scoring chances but weren't able to convert their opportunities while the Saints kept their noses in front by more often than not getting a maximum return in front of goal.

The writing was on the wall that Grafton was in for a long day by the time the siren blew to signal quarter time.

Coffs Breakers had racked up 16 goals in the opening term against an undermanned Tigers team to have a 99 point lead at the first break.

In front of goal the Breakers had plenty of players willing to shot at the big sticks.

Fraser Duryea led the goalkicking charge with eight majors while Jay Guthrie finished the day with seven. Brett Vella, McKinlay Pearce and captain-coach Nic Von Schill all finished with five goals next to their name.

The Breakers' final score of 48.19 (307) is one of the largest in AFL North Coast history but fell short of the 51.18 (324) that North Coffs kicked against Woolgoolga in 2003.

Next week will see the final cross conference round for the year with the Breakers and Grafton travelling to Byron Bay to play while Port Macquarie will play host to Ballina as well as being the venue for the match between Sawtell/Toormina and Lismore.

AFL NORTH COAST
Sawtell/Toormina 13.9 (87) bt Port Macquarie 10.16 (76)
Coffs Breakers 48.19 (307) bt Grafton 2.2 (14)



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