Sawtell pushed as top three sides register wins

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Nambucca Valley

3.1

5.1

8.1

12.4-76

Sawtell/Toormina

3.6

6.11

11.12

14.12-96

Nambucca Valley

Goal Kickers: A. Clarke 2, M. Townsend 2, R. McGrath 2, E. Linares 2, B. Zutt, M. Schmidt, J. Ellis-Cluff, E. Aspiotis
Best Players: J. Ellis-Cluff, L. Benson, M. Townsend, A. Clarke, J. Angel, M. Schmidt

Sawtell/Toormina

Goal Kickers: D. Meyers 3, B. Hooke 3, S. Taylor 2, L. Matthews, C. Thwaite, C. Tune, D. Pritchard, B. Brissett, M. Rogister
Best Players: L. Matthews, S. Taylor, B. Hooke, E. Kelly, C. Tune, S. Johnston

Sawtell remain unbeaten after Round 6 of the AFL North Coast competition but were made to fight against a dogged Nambucca Valley outfit at Macksville Park.

The biggest improvers of the season; the Lions were within striking distance at every change and posed a constant threat for the normally slick Saints.

An argument could be made the Saints were not at full strength, however, Nambucca won some key duels over the park. The Saints missed the calming influence of veteran, Mark Couzens. Without the presence of Luke Matthews, the home side could well have got the spoils.

Nambucca again took their opportunities in an accurate showing. Jed Ellis-Cluff and Luke Benson were impressive in the middle, as was agile ruckman, Mick Townsend.

Dave Meyer’s side were unable to break away in the second half. Ben Hooke was kept quiet after two first-quarter goals by Karl Leplaa. At the other end, Aaron Clarke continued his strong form in an eye-opening team performance by the Lions.

 

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Q2

Q3

Q4

Grafton

3.5

4.6

5.7

10.8-68

North Coffs

7.2

10.10

15.18

22.23-155

Grafton

Goal Kickers: A. Batty 4, S. Morrison 2, J. Bagnall, J. Sword, S. Duroux, M. Norris
Best Players: G. Connolly, J. Sword, J. Darby, M. Norris, K. Windred, A. Spies

North Coffs

Goal Kickers: J. Mayer 5, B. Norton 5, R. Turner 4, D. Funston 2, T. Heather 2, G. Jarman, T. Merrick, J. Coad, B. Beer
Best Players: D. Funston, T. Heather, J. Drum, B. Norton, T. Campbell, D. Butler

North Coffs are back on the winner’s list after an emphatic 87-point win at Ellem Oval.

The victory acted as a double celebration, with club stalwart, Tim Heather capping off his hundredth match with two goals. It was another consistent showing by a player often able to sneak under the radar of opposition teams.

In an improved display up forward, Jason Mayer and Brendan Norton provided more support to Ryan Turner.

Any chances of a Grafton revival were snuffed out after half-time as Darren Funston and Josh Drum helped the Kangaroos dominate the clearances.

Grafton were aided by the return of Joel Sword in the centre. Justin Darby was again strong, while Anthony Batty contributed four goals.

 

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Q2

Q3

Q4

Port Macquarie

5.4

10.9

17.13

23.15-153

Coffs Swans

0.2

0.3

1.4

5.5-35

Port Macquarie

Goal Kickers: J Schmidt 8, B Hawtin 5, D Sheldon 2, D Nankervill 2, J Mohr, R Moore, M Long, L Carroll, B Hutchins, D Rumble
Best Players: J Schmidt, G Dean, C Dicker, D Nankervill, B Hawtin, L Carroll

Coffs Swans

Goal Kickers: K Rundell 3, S Turner, J Burow
Best Players: K Rundell, P Robinson, J Courtney, J Burow, P Hood

Port Macquarie turned in another impressive display at home, this time dispatching the Coffs Swans by 118 points.

The Magpies showcased their premiership credentials with a miserly defensive performance, with the first Swans goal coming in the third quarter. Craig Dicker and Greg Dean, in particular, were superb down back.

Their efforts were helped by the Swans persistence to chip the ball sideways and their inability to find a genuine forward target.

The absence of Michael Kemp, and Matthew Lill for the majority of the contest failed to diminish the Magpies flair as Jesse Schmidt turned in another masterclass across half-forward.  In another positive, Dean Nankervill returned well from injury and kicked a wonderful goal running from defence.

The Swans battled well with a light squad. Kris Rundell and Peter Robinson once again were the shining lights for the embattled club.




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