INJURY WOES: Saints coach Jim Angel will rest a handful of wounded troops from today’s meeting with Grafton.
INJURY WOES: Saints coach Jim Angel will rest a handful of wounded troops from today’s meeting with Grafton.

Saints skipper goes on the trail chasing triple treat

ANOTHER task confronts Sawtell-Toormina coach Jim Angel as his senior Saints continue a relentless charge to another championship title.

With the top grade going so well, the time has come to lift the fortunes of reserve grade and under-18s so both are in a position to challenge for their respective titles.

"If there's anything extra we should aim at it's firstly to lift the support teams on the ladder and get them ready to go to the top," he said.

"Rather than focus on one team, there's still some work to do in the lower grades and now's the time to start.

"Nothing would give more satisfaction than having three teams in the end of season matches and I firmly believe it can be done."

Port Magpies are dominating reserves and under-18s.

Saints are second in the three team reserve grade competition with the juniors equal third with Macleay Valley.

Nobody is tipping a serious challenger to the unbeaten senior grade leaders but success has come at a cost.

Wear and tear will see Angel rest up to a half dozen players for today's visit by Grafton giving him the enviable task of finding places for them all in coming weeks.

Port Macquarie can consolidate second berth by beating Macleay Valley today while the bye has come at an ideal time for Coffs Breakers with a long injury toll from the Saints game including coach Jay Guthrie.

AFL NORTH COAST
Seniors
Port Macquarie v Macleay Valley - 2.20pm at Paul Sheldon Oval
Sawtell-Toormina v Grafton - 2.20pm at Richardson Park
Coffs Harbour bye
POINTS
Saints 20, Breakers 16, Magpies 12, Eagles 8, Tigers 4



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