CRUNCH TIME: Breakers and Saints have one more chance to feel the other out before the play-offs.
CRUNCH TIME: Breakers and Saints have one more chance to feel the other out before the play-offs. Matt Deans

Toormina local derby could decide minor premiership

THE minor premiership goes on the line today as Sawtell-Toormina and Coffs Harbour do battle.

The equation is simple with a Saints' victory securing top billing while a win to Breakers closes the gap to eight points with two rounds remaining.

More important with finals just around the corner the winner takes a strong psychological advantage into end of season matches.

Saints have lost only one match and that was to Breakers who are in the midst of their most consistent form with a current run of four consecutive wins.

These were preceded by a loss to Saints, something that club avenged in round 10.

Saturday's meeting will be a beauty with neither team prepared to take a backward step.

Both should be close to full strength and with a near perfect forecast, spectators are guaranteed a hard, fast and skilled display.

In the women's match, Breakers are buoyed by last week's maiden win and will be keen to give a good follow-up.

Sawtell were disappointed to be held to a draw by Port last outing and will be motivated to return to winning ways.

Saints haven't lost to Breakers yet and will be keen to go through the home and away season without having dropped a local derby match.

Grafton host Port Macquarie and while their season is effectively over with no chance of playing finals the Tigers will be looking for a scalp as a highlight of this year's endeavours.

Their form had been good until last week when the club experienced a shortage of troops.

Surprisingly, Port have had less struggles on road trips to Grafton than they have playing

the Tigers at home.

The last clash at Ellem Oval was in round eight and saw Magpies claim a 115-point win.

Port has endured a lean season where the majority of performances have been good but haven't been converted into positive results.

They will be looking at this match as the start of their finals series and will be desperate to record the win that can start a premiership tilt.



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