Saints and Swans gear up for finals

Coffs Swans 17.7-109 def. North Coffs 10.13-73

Goal Kickers

Coffs Swans: E. Duryea 10, S. McGrath 4, H. Pearce, J. Burow, S. Adams

North Coffs: M. Crispe 2, G. Golsby-Smith 2, J. O''Connor 2, B. Giri 2, S. Dawes, L. Abercrombie

Best Players

Coffs Swans: E. Duryea, H. Pearce, P. Chadwick, J. Burow, A. Landini, F. Duryea

North Coffs: B. Giri, S. Dawes, G. Connolly, T. Merrick

 

The Coffs Swans, on the back of a 10 goal masterclass from Evan Duryea, took the points and exacted revenge over North Coffs.

The Swans were initially slow out of the blocks, but Duryea lifted Swans spirits, leading the way as the Swans enjoyed a six goal second-quarter to have all the momentum running into half-time.

Ill-discipline seeped through the Kangaroos ranks during this time but it was mainly the quick transition and efficient disposal that helped the Swans dominate in a intense clash played in a finals-like atmosphere.

North Coffs came out after half-time and started to move the ball better with Brad Giri winning the clearances and moving up forward to kick some vital goals. Sam Dawes was also influential as he notched up the possessions in the midfield. A lack of targets put the 'Roos under pressure telling a tale with their inaccuracy on the scoresheet.

Up the other end, Duryea after a five-goal second quarter, continued to boot goals from every angle, with some wonderful snap shots and strong leading a feature of his play deep in the forward line. Peter Chadwick was arguably the best player in the second half as the Swans eventually shot to an unassailable lead. He became more dangerous moving up forward with his marking ability too much for his direct opponent.

The youngsters of the Swans stood up after quarter-time. Jarryd Burow was impressive, as was Hamish Pearce in the centre. Both sides missed key players, with the Swans without Dave Box and Zac Bullivant and the 'Roos missing Darren Funston and Josh Drum.

The game was a great entree for the finals with the Swans prevailing to further their finals aspirations.

 

Sawtell/Toormina 20.13-133 def. Port Macquarie 7.8-50

Goal Kickers

Sawtell/Toormina: L. Draper-Bell 6, D. Bienefelt 4, M. Elliott 2, D. Meyers, M. Couzens, S. Prior, B. Matthews, E. Schmitt, C. Tune, T. McCormick, K. Schwartz

Port Macquarie: M. Newton 2, D. Bylsma, J. Hart, D. Nankivell, J. Schmidt, O. Kozminski

Best Players

Sawtell/Toormina: L. Draper-Bell, T. Matthews, M. Couzens, C. Tune, D. Pritchard, M. Elliott

Port Macquarie: S. King, C. Miechel, M. Newton, M. Lill, J. Schmidt

 

Sawtell finished the regular season as minor premiers with only two losses to their name after another strong display against Port Macquarie.

A 15 goal first half set the platform for the Saints with their forward line running rampant against the slow-starting 'Pies. Lachlan Draper-Bell was best for the Saints, kicking six goals, with smaller forwards in Damon Bienefelt and Matt Elliott also getting on the scoresheet.

It was a scary performance by the understrength Saints; further denting the Magpies premiership hopes. Steven King was strong for the black and whites and got some support from the usual suspects in Clayton Miechel and Matthew Newton.

Todd Matthews and Mark Couzens had another day out in the midfield as the Saints narrowly won the second half. The damage was already done, however, with the Saints running into the finals at the peak of their powers.

 

Grafton 20.13-133 def. Nambucca Valley 2.8-20

Goal Kickers

Grafton: D. Zacek 4, S. Purton 4, D. McGregor 2, L. Chard 2, D. Adams, D. Beaver, D. Gordon, D. Cameron, Z. Edwards, C. Wiggins, J. Darby, R. Sheather

Nambucca Valley: Z. Maitland 2

Best Players

Grafton: S. Onus, J. Darby, Z. Edwards, R. Sheather, D. Zacek, D. McGregor

Nambucca Valley: D. Linares, T. Baade, S. Moorcroft, T. Mann

 

Grafton ensured Nambucca Valley finished winless for the season with a ruthless win at Ellem Oval.

Daniel Zacek and Sean Purton were prominent in attack and got great supply from hard working midfielders in Scott Onus and Justin Darby who got rewarded for their tireless efforts this season. The duo were more effective with the benefit of Zac Edwards' superiority in the ruck.

Zac Maitland booted the lone goals for the Lions, with Daniel Linares and the returning, Trent Baade trying hard for the Nambucca side. The game was effectively over by half time with the Tigers extending on their lead with the help of even contributions from their squad to enjoy a happy ending to their season.

 

Ladder After Round 17 Seniors

POS

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

B

FF

For

Ag

PC

PCWon

1

 

Sawtell/Toormina

15

13

0

2

0

0

2163

744

290.73

86.67

2

 

Coffs Swans

16

12

0

4

0

0

1865

1000

186.50

75.00

3

 

Port Macquarie

15

9

0

6

0

0

1540

1167

131.96

60.00

4

 

North Coffs

15

8

0

7

0

0

1414

1225

115.43

53.33

 

5

 

Grafton

16

4

0

12

0

0

1198

2162

55.41

25.00

6

 

Nambucca Valley

15

0

0

15

0

1

453

2335

19.40

0.00

 

Ladder After Round 17 Reserves

POS

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

B

FF

For

Ag

PC

PCWon

1

 

Sawtell/Toormina

14

12

0

2

0

0

948

434

218.43

85.71

2

 

Port Macquarie

14

10

0

4

0

0

855

491

174.13

71.43

3

 

Coffs Swans

15

9

0

6

0

0

849

596

142.45

60.00

4

 

Grafton

15

8

0

7

0

0

888

760

116.84

53.33

 

5

 

North Coffs

14

3

0

11

0

0

456

1333

34.21

21.43

6

 

Nambucca Valley

14

1

0

13

0

6

255

637

40.03

7.14

 

Ladder After Round 17 Under 18’s

POS

 

TEAM

P

W

D

L

B

FF

For

Ag

PC

PCWon

1

 

Coffs Swans

10

10

0

0

4

0

1161

161

721.12

100.00

2

 

Sawtell/Toormina

10

6

0

4

3

3

721

302

238.74

60.00

3

 

Nambucca Valley

10

6

0

4

4

0

781

768

101.69

60.00

4

 

Port Macquarie

12

3

0

9

3

0

350

1576

22.21

25.00

 

5

 

Grafton

12

2

0

10

3

3

623

829

75.15

16.67

 

First Semi Final- Saturday 9th August 2008

Under 18s- Nambucca Valley v Port Macquarie

Reserves- Coffs Swans v Grafton

Seniors- Port Macquarie v North Coffs




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