Weekend of shock results
IT WAS a weekend of upsets in the final round of the AFL North coast competition with North Coffs surprising third placed Sawtell/Toormina while premiership favourites Grafton went down to Port Macquarie.
At Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park the Kangaroos put in a mammoth 44 point third quarter to shock the Saints 101-92.
North Coffs went into match determined to show they deserved to be in the finals with the home side racing out to an early 20 point lead at quarter time.
While Sawtell managed to bounce back in the second quarter nothing could have prepared them for what they would face in the third.
Kicking seven goals and limiting the visitors to only one, the Roos delivered some of the best footy of their season to lead 95-63 at the start of the final period.
While Sawtell managed to claw its way back to within 10 points the deficit was just too much for them.
The result provides plenty of extra spice to next week's first elimination final between the two sides with North Coffs sure to be full of confidence ahead of the sudden death clash.
In the weekend's other match the competition's longest road trip proved too much for minor premiers Grafton with Port Macquarie winning 78-64 at Wayne Richards Park.
Neither side gave an inch in the first half and went to the break with the Magpies leading by only one point.
Grafton put the foot down in the third kicking four goals to take a 62-48 lead into the fourth quarter however at the Tiger's dismay everything just unraveled in the final stanza.
Limited to only two behinds for the entire final 25 minutes the Tigers looked a shadow of its former self as the Pies delivered an inspired performance to snatch an unlikely win.
NORTH COFFS: 5.2 8.3 15.5 16.5 (101)
SAWTELL/TOORMINA: 2.1 9.2 10.3 14.8 (92)
At Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park
PORT MACQUARIE: 4.4 5.8 6.12 10.18 (78)
GRAFTON: 2.4 5.7 9.8 9.10 (64)
Goal Kickers: Port Macquarie (M Lill 3 M Gallagher 2 G Dean 2 D Munt B Hennessy D Nankivell) Grafton (S Purton 3 E Duryea 2 D Zacek 2 L Anderson C Holder)
At Wayne Richards Park, Port Macquarie.