Suddenly everything is coming up roses for Coffs Breakers
AGAINST all odds, first year franchise Coffs Harbour is just one win away from a maiden AFL North Coast senior grand final.
Breakers totally dominated Grafton in the first semi final at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, winning by 116 points to book a start in the preliminary final.
They kicked 22 majors to Tigers' four and now meet the vanquished combatant from this weekend's major semi final meeting of Sawtell-Toormina and Port Macquarie.
While very few give Breakers much chance of progressing whichever team they eventually line up against, footy is a funny game and nothing is certain.
The under-18s are also through to the next stage after thrashing Grafton but the reserve grade side is out of contention following a narrow loss to Macleay Valley.
In the unusual format, the Eagles dropped back a grade after missing the senior top four cut-off the previous week.
Nobody claims it hasn't been a difficult season for Coffs, particularly after the devastating loss of player-coach Jay Guthrie just when the team was stringing some wins together.
However, it's a very bright story at junior level with the club's Auskick coordinator Steve Ryan in line for a national honour and thee club's three junior teams headed for the semi finals starting this weekend.
The under-13's are fourth on the ladder with the under-11's in third position.
However, the big hope is the talented under-15 side with seven wins from 10 games putting them in second place behind undefeated Macleay Valley Eagles.
In the first game back from school holidays the Breakers 15's took on Sawtell Saints and despite kicking into a strong breeze, took the lead by the end of the first quarter through four unanswered goals.
Sawtell found their footing and began to put points on the board.
An advantage of four goals for the start of the final quarter was too much start to peg back and Breakers went on to win by 41 points with Harry Parker and Aiden Wallace contributing multiples.
AFL North Coast
First semi finals
Seniors: Coffs Harbour 22.10 (142) bt Grafton 4.2 (26)
Reserves: Macleay Valley 8.6 (54) bt Coffs Harbour 6.4 (40)
Under 18s: Coffs Harbour 17.21 (123) bt Grafton 2.0 (12)