Victorious Sawtell-Toormina respond to the cheers of supporters after a thrilling AFL North Coast grand final victory over Coffs Swans.
Victorious Sawtell-Toormina respond to the cheers of supporters after a thrilling AFL North Coast grand final victory over Coffs Swans. Leigh Jensen

Sawtell scintillating in the rain as they take the AFL flag

SAWTELL-Toormina Saints are the champions of AFL North Coast after dominating Coffs Swans in the rain at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.

Saints won by 33 points but were forced to fight all the way.

They led by four points at the end of the first quarter but had kicked eight majors to three for a 20-points lead at half time.

 

Chasing the club's first flag since 1999, Saints stayed in contention to the end of the third quarter and trailed by just six points but last year's runners-up applied the blowtorch in the final period to earn a thrilling victory.

In the lower grades, the spoils of victory rested with Port Macquarie Magpies who won both the reserve grade and under-18 titles.

More to follow.

AFL North Coast grand finals

First grade

Sawtell-Toormina 14.7 (91) bt Coffs Swans 8.10 (58)

Reserve grade

Port Macquarie 8.6 (54) bt Sawtell-Toormina 1.5 (11)

Under 18s

Port Macquarie 16.11 (107) bt Sawtell-Toormina 1.3 (9)



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