Swans flying high for finals
COFFS Swans will head into next week's knockout first semi-final with plenty of confidence after Saturday's big win against cross-town rival North Coffs.
The Swans will face Nambucca Valley at BCU International Stadium on Saturday following on from their first-half demolition of the Kangaroos.
An eight-goal-to-one second quarter set up the comfortable victory with the Swans taking a 10-goal lead into the main break.
North Coffs were a lot more competitive in the second half with Ryan Wooley gaining plenty of possessions in the back half while Ben Sykes took some telling marks in the attacking 50 metre arc to finish the day with seven goals.
The Kangaroos ended the season on the bottom of the ladder with only one win. The only positive to come from the long season is the club has been able to blood several under-age players who have formed the nucleus of a strong under 18 team this year.
Like North Coffs, Sawtell has also endured a fall from grace this year and the Saints will also miss the finals.
The reigning premier had a last hurrah for the 2011 season on Saturday but was unable to match Port Macquarie.
The Magpies kicked eight unanswered goals in the second term to effectively end the match as a contest.
The Magpies continued on with their assignment in the second half to run out winners by 74 points.
Matt Lill returned to his best form, kicking seven goals as he roamed around the forward line while big spearhead Damon Munt kicked six goals.
The Saints took an under-strength line-up south to tackle Port Macquarie and paid the price with the home side cementing second spot on the premiership ladder and with it the double chance in the finals.
Port Macquarie, Coffs Swans and Nambucca Valley may just be playing for second though as Grafton is looking nigh on unstoppable.
The Tigers had another good win on Saturday, overcoming Nambucca by 51 points.
Daniel Zacek has rarely been Grafton's number one go-to man in the forward line this year but on Saturday the strong-marking captain was the leading goal kicker on the day with five goals.
The Lions will need to recover quickly in time for Saturday's big match if they are to progress through to a Preliminary Final.