Sawtell hold on to unbeaten record
SAWTELL kept their unbeaten record for 2010 intact, but only just.
The reigning premiers managed to hold on in a thriller against Port Macquarie to win by five points.
If it wasn’t for some errant kicking in front of goal by Port Macquarie in the dying minutes, the result could have been different.
Matt Lill was one of Port Macquarie’s better players kicking three, but he had two shots on goal late in the game that failed to register a score.
The Saints midfield was weakened by the absence of Mark Couzens and Todd Matthews, but the slack was more than picked up by Luke Matthews, who played his best game of the season and Jack Gillingham who was exceptional in the frantic last quarter.
Greg Dean was outstanding for the Magpies in defence while Craig Dicker held the competition’s leading goalkicker, Ben Hooke, to only two.
Elliott Schmidt was Sawtell’s defensive hero as he successfully tagged Jessie Schmidt for four quarters to quell his usual influence.
Admittedly the Port talisman sustained a heel injury and was hampered all day.
The close result shows the rest of the competition that Sawtell are beatable but the Saints will take plenty of confidence from being tested in a close tussle and coming out the other side with a win.