LOCAL DERBY: The Saints will play North Coffs today at 1.30pm.
LOCAL DERBY: The Saints will play North Coffs today at 1.30pm.

Stakes are high in the run home

THERE are only four rounds of the AFL North Coast home and away season left after today, and the premiership race is down to three real contenders.

The Sawtell-Toormina Saints, Port Macquarie and Grafton are the only realistic chances in the senior grade.

In reserve grade, it is more open but again the top three, Port, Camden Haven and Sawtell, look to be the big chances, while in under-18 grade the Port Magpies are clearly the side to beat.

Having said that the Coffs Swans are not far off the pace and on any given day each of five teams could surprise.

This afternoon the Port Magpies and the Camden Haven Bombers go head-to-head in Port Macquarie in what has already developed into a fierce rivalry.

The Bombers are a pseudo breakaway from the Pies and the cuts of separation run deep.

Up at Grafton, the Tigers are hosting the Coffs Swans in a do-or-die contest with the loser of this reserve grade fixture almost destined to sit out the finals in 2013.

At Leisure Park North Coffs is home to Sawtell with the U18 game set to be the highlight at 11.15am.

The Kangaroos must win to stay alive while the Saints are clinging on to fourth spot and holding them at bay.

This will be a close one.

Not so in the senior same where the undermanned Roos suffered another cruel blow last weekend, losing their playing coach Mick Young to a season-ending ankle injury.

The Saints will win this in a canter.

The senior game starts at 1.30pm.



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