Sawtell/Toormina veteran Mark Couzens manages to get away a handball in heavy traffic. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate
Couzens wins league Best & Fairest award a third time SAWTELL/Toormina midfielder Mark Couzens has become only the second player to win three league Best & Fairest awards after claiming the prize for 2014.
Port Macquarie Magpies 2014 Presentation night The Port Macquarie Magpies recently held their annual formal Presentation night.
The big news for the night was Isaac Brambly who took out the double by winning the ...
Lower Clarence Eagles win Under 15's The Lower Clarence Eagles have taken out the Under 15's Premiership Cup against Sawtell on Sunday.
The Eagles proved to strong around the vast open spaces of the C.e...
AFL North Coast 2014 Presentation night The 2014 AFL North Coast season will wind up with the Associations semi formal night of presentations at the C.ex Club in Coffs Harbour on Saturday 6th September from 6....

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Coffs Swans prevail in Under 13's

In a great display of running football the Coffs Swans were triumphant over cross town rival Sawtell in the Under 13's Grand Final on Sunday 24th September at C.ex Stadium.
The junior Swans were well coached by Scott Bellinger and his assistant Carl Phillips.
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Sawtell/Toormina celebrates its premiership win oover the Coffs Swans: Photo: Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coast Advocate

Saints hard work pays off when it counts

Sawtell/Toormina kicked five unanswered goals against the Coffs Swans in the final quarter to win the 2014 AFL North Coast premiership.
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Magpies super intensity delivers reserves flag

PORT Macquarie is back on top of the reserves tree winning the club's first titles in the seconds since 2010.
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Pies dominance seals a perfect under-18s season

AN undefeated season was given the ultimate icing on the cake when Port Macquarie careered away from Sawtell/Toormina to claim the under-18s premiership.
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Sawtell/Toormina's Mark Couzens gets a handball away under pressue from his Coffs Swans opponents. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Premiership decider tipped to go down to the wire

HAVE you got a coin? It might be the best way to decide your tip for this weekend’s AFL North Coast grand final.
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Sawtell/Toormina midfielder Luke Matthews is chasing an eighth AFL North Coast premiership medal. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Band of Brothers in Arms the key behind Saint's success

SAWTELL/Toormina midfielder Luke Matthews is something of a lucky charm. He's played in seven AFL North Coast premierships, five with the Saints, and he's after even more success this weekend.
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Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Swans hope forecast is for Snow with a dash of success

GRAND Final day could be the day Tristan Snow has been waiting 42 years for. There’s one prize in his entire career that’s eluded him – a premiership.
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A large crowd is expected to attend the 2014 AFL North Coast grand final between Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate

Around the Traps - Big crowd coming

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson is expecting a big crowd to the grand final which marks 20 years since the first AFL North Coast grand final has been played at the Stadium.
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Super Sawtell Saints

Last Saturday the Sawtell Saints won the Senior clash against Port Macquarie and the Under 18's v Coffs Swans.
On Sunday their Under 13's beat Bellingen and their Under 15's beat North Coffs.
Sawtell Super Saints are now in five out of five Grand Finals in their respective AFL North Coast divisions.
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Congratulations to all AFL North Coast Junior Football

On Sunday morning at around 7am, the CHCC advised AFL North Coast that the games scheduled for Leisure Park would be cancelled.
By 8.45am all Auskickers and the participants in the two Under 13 Semi finals and the Participants in the Under 15 Semi final, parents, supporters. officials and canteens coordinators were all present and ready to go by 9am at Richardson Park Sawtell
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Maybe a first in AFL Football- no centre ball up.

On Saturday we may have witnessed a first in AFL Football.
In the third quarter we didn't get to see a centre ball up.
At the beginning of the third quarter there was an infringement for player numbers inside the centre square.
Then with the driving wind and rain there was not a goal kicked.
Therefore we didn't see a ball up from the centre circle all quarter.
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Junior finals transferred to Sawtell

All junior finals games and Auskick Gala day that were scheduled to be played at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park on Sunday, August 17 have been transferred to Richardson Park.
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Daniel Johnson was one of Sawtell/Toormina's better players in the preliminary Final win over Port Macquarie. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Saints find top gear early to blast Pies

FOR the fourth time this season Sawtell/Toormina opened up a big quarter time lead against Port Macquarie and there was nothing the Magpies could do about it. The reward this time for Sawtell/Toormina's early dominance is a berth in the grand final against Coffs Swans.
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Sawtell/Toormina key forward Aaron Clarke marks strongly against Port Macquarie. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Victory and defeat poles apart in Preliminary Final

THERE’S no doubting how high the stakes are. For the victor, a berth in the grand final awaits. For the vanquished, it’s curtains for 2014.
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AFL NSW/ACT's 20 Jumpers in 20 Days

20 signed 2014 Sydney Swans jumpers are on offer for the next 20 days, as we count down to Swans' finals tickets going on sale. Here is AFL NSW/ACT's second winner which just happens to be a Northern NSW Junior Club
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The Port Macquarie players give each other a last minute rev-up prior to the Magpies clash against Coffs Swans. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Around the Traps - Pies making a late call on star

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson reveals Port Macquarie will have an anxious wait right down to the last minute before this weekend's Preliminary Final to assess star NEAFL recruit Adam Eckermann’s leg injury.
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Darren Funston won a record equalling fifth Best & Fairest award for North Coffs. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate

Funston wins Kangaroos B&F for a fifth time

A FIFTH Best & Fairest trophy for Darren Funston has seen him equal the mark set by former midfielder Brad Giri.
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The Coffs Swans miserly defence formed a key plank behind the team's success against Sawtell/Toormina in the 2nd Semi Final. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate

Swans win through to grand final

THE Coffs Swans have a chance to break the club’s longest premiership drought after a convincing 28 point victory over Sawtell/Toormina in the 2nd Semi Final.
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Sawtell/Toormina playing coach Jim Angel takes a strong mark against Coffs Swans. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Battle on for spot in the grand final

A BERTH in this year’s grand final and a week of rest is up for grabs this weekend.
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Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Around the Traps - Young Magpies taking flight

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson is looking forward to 2nd Semi Final day and has an eye on Port Macquarie's under-18 team which has not lost a game in 2014 and is firm favourite to go back-to-back.
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A Mart Sports volunteer of the week.

This weeks volunteer of the week goes to Ronda Colliver from the Macleay Valley Eagles.
This award is proudly sponsored by A Mart Sports.
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A fast start by Port Macquarie paved the way for victory in the 1st Semi Final against Grafton. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Magpies' late season charge continues with finals win

PORT Macquarie’s unlikely premiership defence continues to gather momentum after proving too classy for Grafton in the 1st Semi Final.
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A Mart Sports volunteer of the week

This weeks A Mart Sports volunteer of the week goes to a Sawtell Club member.
Alex Pearson has been involved with the Sawtell Saints for quite a few years now and has had a go at nearly every job in he football Club.
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Moment of truth for Tigers and Magpies

BOTH Port Macquarie and Grafton have won the past three premierships but when this weekend's battle is all said and done, one of them will be finished for the season.
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Around the Traps - Tigers or Pies could still win the flag

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson believes either Port Macquarie or Grafton could make a serious charge through the finals.
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Two time premiership player with the Sydney Swans, Jude Bolton, in action. Photo: Slattery Media

Head to the Planto to say 'Hey Jude'

Sydney Swans premiership star Jude Bolton will be at the Plantation Hotel, major sponsor of North Coffs, to have a chat with footy fans on Wednesday afternoon.
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Auskick kids ready for Metricon experience

Auskick particpants from the Coffs Coast about to be the major entertainment at Metricon Stadium during half time matches when Gold Coast hosts St Kilda.
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Brice Hayward played his 100th club game when Camden Haven met Port Macquarie at Laurieton Oval.

Brice joins the Bombers' 100 club

The Camden Haven Bombers welcomed another member into the 100 club at the weekend with Brice Hayward marking the milestone.
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Port Macquarie president and Craig Carroll  couldn't have been any prouder than he was on the day he played alongside his three sons Liam, Lewis and Fraser. The smile on on Mum, Cec, was just as big as Dad's.

Crackers achieves every Dad's dream

Last weekend Craig Carroll from the Port Macquarie Magpies achieved what nearly every sport mad parent can hope for - he got to play footy with all of his sons in the same game.
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A Mart Volunteer Award

This weeks A Mart Volunteer of the week goes to a quiet young man from Grafton.
Chris Leslie is one of the many volunteers who help out the Grafton Tigers Junior and Senior football Club.
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The Coffs Swans overcame North Coffs by 40 points in the final round of the season. Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate

Close games mark final round matches

DID teams simply go through the motions prior to the finals or did the lower ranked clubs have one big final crack at a win? Whatever the reason there were some close matches to finish off the 2014 home and away season.
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North Coffs will no doubt give everything in a bid to upset cross-town rivals Coffs Swans. Photo: Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coast Advocate

Rivalries add spice to final round fixtures

LOCAL rivalries come to the fore in the final round of matches before the AFL North Coast finals begin next week.
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Photo: Rob Wright / Coffs Coast Advocate

Around The Traps - Saints blessed

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson said Sawtell-Toormina taking clear top spot with a solid win over Coffs Swans makes the Saints outright premiership favourites.
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Coffs Swans Cancer Council Round

The Coffs Swans have put in a huge amount of work off the paddock to make their last home game against the might of the Sawtell Saints a huge success.
The Swans wore specially designed jumpers for the day and sold then off at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club on Saturday evening.
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Sawtell/Toormina midfielder Luke Benson tries to escape the close attention of his Coffs Swans opponent at Fitzroy Oval. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Saints wrap up top spot, Port guarantee finals berth

SAWTELL/Toormina is on track for a third successive grand final after wrapping up the minor premiership while reigning premier PortMacquarie continues its winning run to ensure a spot in the 1st Semi Final against Grafton.
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Sawtell/Toormina's Mark Couzens gets a handball away under pressue from his Coffs Swans opponents. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Who is the premiership favourite - Swans or Saints?

WHO will finish on top of the AFL North Coast ladder at the end of the season? This weekend’s top of the ladder clash between Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina at Fitzroy Oval will provide the answer.
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The Port Macquarie players give each other a last minute rev-up prior to the Magpies clash against Coffs Swans. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Around The Traps - Pies swooping toward finals

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson has had a close look at the reigning premier and believes the top teams should be wary of Port Macquarie.
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Macleay Valley under-13s Amos Gibson, Jonathon Smith and Ben Douglas say thanks to senior Eagle Tom Steward who helped out with the umpiring last weekend.

Tom doing all he can to help Eagles soar

THE fighting spirit of the new breed of AFL star out of Kempsey-Macleay is perhaps best represented by rising star Tom Steward.
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Jake Brown returns from successful RAMS tournament

Local Coffs Swans and Sydney Swans Academy player Jake Brown has returned from a very successful Under 16 NSW Rams tournament.
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The Cancer Council's Lauren Dale hams it up with Coffs Swans players Mark Wilcox, Nic Von Schill, Pat Curtain in their special guernseys to commemorate this weekend's Cancer Awareness round. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate

Swans in yellow aren't mellow about fight against cancer

This Saturday will mark two special occasions, one will determine Premiership favouritism for either the Coffs Swans or Sawtell Saints.
The other is a great initiative by the Coffs Swans to turn their last home game into a huge Cancer Awareness Round.
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Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Saints move to the top of the ladder

SAWTELL/TOORMINA is sitting on top of the ladder with only two weeks of the season remaining. The Saints demolition of Camden Haven coupled with the Coffs Swans loss to Port Macquarie has seen last year's runners-up return to the top of the AFL North Coast tree for the first time since round three.
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Saints aim to keep marching on

WITH a top-two position all sewn up, Sawtell/Toormina is looking at ensuring it has its best 22 players ready for the team’s first final.
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Grafton stalwart Dan Zacek finds some space. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Around the Traps - Tigers battle to stay in contention

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson muses on some of the issues and gossip around the local league this week.
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Jake Brown. Photo: Matthew McInerney/The Daily Examiner

Brown's RAMS experience one to write home about

Local AFL player Jake Brown has been having a great time in the Gold Coast representing the NSW Under 16 Rams.
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A Mart Sports Volunteer of the week.

This weeks A Mart Sports volunteer of the week goes to Todd Clark from the Camden Haven Bombers.
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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Port Macquarie have taken back a slender lead in the Club Championship trophy after winning Under 18's and Reserve Grade against the mighty Sawtell Saints on Saturday.
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The Coffs Swans were a step ahead of Grafton on their way to a solid 51-point victory. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Swans wary of wounded Tigers

Coffs Swans won't be taking the opposition easily. Playing coach Jay Guthrie is ensuring his team prepares for the best that Grafton has to offer.
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Mark Cowland gets a hanball away to a Grafton teammate. Photo: Matt McInerney/Daily Examiner

Around the Traps - Tigers hanging in there

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson writes about the upcoming round of matches.
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NORTHERN NSW UNDER 14 AND UNDER 16 CARNIVAL

Nelsons Bay will host this seasons carnival in the Under 14 and Under 16 age groups.
There is teams from Central Coast, Hunter/Newcastle, Mid North Coast and the North Coast.
Each side will play 3 games over 2 days in a bis to be crowned the best in Northern NSW.
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A Mart Sports Volunteer of the week.

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A Mart Sports Volunteer of the week.

A Mart Sports Volunteer of the week for this week goes to the little master from Port Macquarie, who just happens to be playing his 100th game on Saturday, John Stangherlin.
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100 up for Johnny

Local Port Macquarie identity Johnny Stangherlin will don his beloved Black and White Magpie jumper this weekend for the 100 time.
A fantastic effort by one of the true legends of AFL North Coast.
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McClure to represent NSW at National Carnival

Port Macquarie Junior AFL player Kobe McClure was last week selected to represent NSW at the upcoming All Schools AFL National Carnival to be held in Sydney in July.
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The "Rat" John Platten in Port Macquarie.

Former Hawthorn great and Brownlow medal winner will visit Port Macquarie and watch the Mighty Magpies go around on Saturday 28th June at Paul Sheldon Oval Port Macquarie.
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Sydney Swans selection for Tom

Port Macquarie junior AFL star Tom Dickson received some great news to reward his hard work this weekend.
Tom has been selected to play with the Sydney Swans Reserve grade at Blacktown Stadium on Saturday.
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Masters Game a huge success.

Last Sunday the 8th June saw an Over 35's clash between the might of Hunter Masters and the AFL North Coast.
The game was played in fantastic spirit and those that witnessed the game were treated to some great skill.
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Masters Game this Sunday 8th June

This June long weekend will see the Super Clash of the old brigade.
Coffs harbour is hosting the Over 35's challenge between Hunter/Newcastle, Sydney and the North Coast.
Saturday night will see a meet and greet at the Coffs Hotel from 6.30pm,
with games commencing at 11am Sunday at Leisure Park.
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2014 Leading Goalkickers

See the below list of all goal kickers for the AFL North Coast Seniors so far this season.
Looks like being a close tussle come August to get your name on the Leading Goal kickers trophy.
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Young Coffs Swans player Jake Brown dives to take a safe chest mark. Photo: Matt McInerney/Daily Examiner

Jake Brown makes U16 Rams Squad

Jake Brown's determination and commitment to his football has been rewarded with the Coffs Swans player being picked in the under-16 NSW/ACT state squad known as the Rams.
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Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Upset win has Bombers eyeing off finals

The benefit of Camden Haven managing to edge its nose in front of Sawtell/Toormina just before the final siren is this win may see the competition’s newest senior outfit qualify for the finals in its debut season.
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Port Macquarie's Luke Long is wrapped up in a tackle against the Coffs Swans. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Reigning premier to tackle ladder leader

Over the years many teams have travelled south down the Pacific Highway with high hopes, only to drive home from Port Macquarie sore, sorry and empty handed.
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Mitch Lolback takes a contested mark for Grafton. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Around the Traps - Tight contest for finals

WHILE the top two places are all but wrapped up by Sawtell/Toormina and the Coffs Swans the battle for the other finals spots is still tight.
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Goodes reflects on the importance of the AFL's Indigenous Round

THIS weekend's AFL Indigenous Round celebrates the contribution players, participants, fans and Indigenous communities bring to our game, both on and off the field.
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Dangerous Sawtell/Toormina forward Trent Mitchell finds some space. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Swans and Saints a step ahead of the rest

THERE'S the top two teams and then there's daylight to the rest of the field. With the halfway stage of the 2014 season fast approaching, wins to Sawtell/Toormina and the Coffs Swans on the weekend saw the top two teams virtually wrap up the double chance already.
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Coffs Swans player coach Jay Guthrie sends his team into attack. Photo: Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coast Advocate

Injection of new blood gives life to the Swans

THE graduation of the Coffs Swans' generation next to senior ranks is adding a smile to captain-coach Jay Guthrie's face.
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The late Nathan Harris in action for North Coffs. Photo: leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate

Around the Traps - Harry honoured at home

THE memory of North Coffs underage superstar Nathan ‘Harry’ Harris has been honoured at his old club in Victoria.
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Sawtell/Toormina's Daniel Johnson had an oustanding game on the wing in the season opener against North Coffs, kicking five goals. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

High flying Saints manage to stay under the radar

IT’S rare a team can win five of its opening six matches of the year yet somehow seem to be flying beneath the radar.
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Grafton stalwart Dan Zacek finds some space. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

War to be waged on neutral ground

THIS weekend's round will see two senior clashes played at the Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park's No1 oval. North Coffs will be hosting Sawtell/Toormina at 12.30pm before Port Macquarie and Grafton share the distance the two clubs have to travel to play each other with their clash starting at 2.30pm.
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Coffs Swans stalwart Scott Morgan enjoyed some time in the rooms of his beloved Western Bulldogs with Jarrad Grant showing him around.

Around the Traps - Bulldogs welcome 'Morgo' into kennel

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson reveals how a Coffs Swans stalwart had the thrill of a lifetime thanks to his beloved Western Bulldogs.
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Coffs Harbour's Kaman Malou caught up with Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides while representing NSW/ACT at the AFL KickStart championships held in Coffs Harbour.

Kaman selected in World Team squad

A Coffs Harbour teenager has been selected in the initial World Team squad to play in the 2014 NAB AFL Under -16 National Championships.
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Port Macquarie's Luke Long is wrapped up in a tackle against the Coffs Swans. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Magpies claim MNC bragging rights... but only just

PORT Macquarie can say it's the best team on the Mid North Coast but the Magpies win over Camden Haven was a hard earned four premiership points after being forced to overhaul an 18 point half time deficit.
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The Port Macquarie players give each other a last minute rev-up prior to the Magpies clash against Coffs Swans. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Magpies to host first local derby under lights

FOR the first time there will be a senior battle of the Mid North Coast when Port Macquarie plays host to Camden Haven. The clash is also significant as it's the first match for premiership points being played under lights at Wayne Richards Park with the first bounce taking place at 6pm.
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Coffs Swans Corey Waldron prepares to receive a handball against Sawtell/Toormina. Photo: Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coffs Advocate

Swans win arm-wrestle to sit on top of the ladder

COFFS Swans recorded its first ever win at Richardson Park to earn the right sit on top of the AFL North Coast ladder.
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Mark Couzens was Sawtell's best

Two undefeated teams going head to head

BOTH Sawtell/Toormina and Coffs Swans have been undefeated during the opening three rounds of the 2014 AFL North Coast season. The pair clash at Richardson Park, Sawtell on Saturday afternoon with the victor to earn the right to be called early season premiership favourites.
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Darren Funston has been appointed coach of North Coffs for 2014.

Around the Traps - AFL in the City of Love

AFL North Coast president Rod Macpherson takes a look at some of the AFL North Coast gossip and reveals it doesn't matter where in the world one of the competition's best players is when it comes to getting his footy fix.
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Coffs Hotel publican Marty Phillips (right) has happily extended the pub's sponsorship of the AFL North Coast umpires. Umpires such as Dan Perry, Scott Stacey and Scott Bellamy are thrilled with the announcement.

Coffs Hotel continues its support of our umpires

WHISTLE blowers are celebrating the announcement by the Coffs Hotel that it's extended its sponsorship of the AFL North Coast umpires for another two years.
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Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Taking a stand on concussion

THE AFL North Coast is now placed at the forefront of fighting concussion in regional sport.
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NAB AFL Auskick Gala Day

Sunday 4th May will see registered Auskick participants from all AFL North Coast Junior Clubs come together for a gala day.

The NAB event will be held at Leisure Park on Stadium Drive in Coffs Harbour between 9.15am and 11.15am
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Kickstart Event a Great Success

Over the past six days boys from all walks of life, every state and territory of Australia and many different countries around the world have been in Coffs Harbour playing our great game in the 2014 Kickstart Championships.

The skills, speed, power and enthusiasm of all the athletes has been amazing. Many may be new to our country and our Indigenous game but they've loved every minute of it.
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Work on upgrading the amenities at South Kempsey Oval is moving along nicely. Photo: Paix Plumbing & Excavation

Amenities block at South Kempsey Oval progressing nicely

THE upgrade of new facilities at South Kempsey Oval is moving ahead at a rate of knots with temporary site offices from a road bypass project owned by Thiess Pty Ltd being provided for use as amenities at the ground.
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The Coffs Swans were a step ahead of Grafton on their way to a solid 51-point victory. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Swans flying high with two wins from two road trips

THE Coffs Swans didn’t win a single game in 2012 and 2013 but have started this season with two straight wins.
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Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peter Besseling kicked four goals in his AFL debut playing for the Magpies. Photo: Port Macquarie News

Besseling's four goals on debut put Pies' reserves in Mayor's Office

IT WAS possibly the most hyped debut in reserve grade in AFL North Coast history but for those who went to Wanye Richards Park, Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor Peter Besseling didn't disappoint.
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The late Paul Sheldon (left) in his element, being one of the boys with his Port Macquarie teammates.

Magpies honour a favourite son with 'Paul Sheldon Day'

THE late Paul Sheldon's contribution to football both at Port Macquarie and within the greater AFL North Coast was enormous. It is a contribution which will be formally recognised at Wayne Richards Park on Saturday when the Magpies hold Paul Sheldon Day.
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Photo: Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coast Advocate

Despite all the distractions, grand final replay is still the main show

CONSIDERING all of the activities happening at Wayne Richards Park before the first bounce of the grand final replay even happens, Port Macquarie playing coach Scott Abercrombie succinctly summed up the atmosphere of what is shaping as a big day in the Magpies' history: “THE game’s almost taken a back seat to all of the other things that will be going on.”
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Around the Traps - Magpies to honour a club great

AFL North Coast president Rod MacPherson takes a look at some of the AFL North Coast gossip and suggests anyone who knew the late Paul Sheldon will want to get to Port Macquarie's Wayne Richards Park on Saturday to help celebrate the former club president and Board member's achievements in North Coast football.
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Port Macquarie-Hastings Mayor, Cr Peter Besseling. Photo: Port Macquarie News

Magpies reserves to unveil a star recruit

WHEN it comes to high profile recruits, Port Macquarie has trumped the rest of the competition after attracting the local Mayor. Port Macquarie-Hasting Mayor, Cr Peter Besseling, will be pulling on a Magpies jumper when he makes his AFL debut against Sawtell/Toormina in the reserves.
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KING OF THE KIDS: Former Carlton and GWS Giants player Setanta Ó hAilpín with All Nations Cup players Blaise Singizwa (Kenya), Kaman Malou (South Sudan) and James Demby (Sierra Leone). Photo: Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate

Setanta giving All Nations kids something to look up to

AS THE teenage players prepared for the start of the National KickStart Championships and Australia Post All Nations Cup on Friday morning, there was no doubt former Carlton and GWS Giants player Setanta Ó hAilpín was king of the kids.
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Bishop Druitt College student Kaman Malou will be representing NSW/ACT in the All Nations Cup to be played in Coffs Harbour. Kaman is pictured with school principal Alan Ball and AFL Northern NSW regional manager Rb McKelvie. Photo: Brad Palmer - Bishop D

AFL has given Kaman a huge KickStart

A FEW years ago, there's no way Kaman Malou would've even dreamed of playing Australian Rules Football. Living in South Sudan, the 14 year-old hadn't even heard of the game let alone thought about playing it.
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Sawtell/Toormina's Daniel Johnson had an oustanding game on the wing in the season opener against North Coffs, kicking five goals. Photo: Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Swans drought breaking winner earns them respect

FORGET the scoreboard, the Swans were more than happy to show they’re a team to be respected in 2014. Coffs Swans proved too strong for AFL North Coast senior debutants Camden Haven in slippery conditions.
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Sawtell/Toormina coach Jim Angel

Fitter Saints ready to hit the ground running

SPURRED on by late fadeouts in the past two AFL North Coast grand finals, Sawtell/Toormina has spent a long summer getting fitter in preparation for this weekend's opening round of the 2014 season.
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KickStart Championships head to Coffs

COFFS Harbour is set for five days of Australian football action when the 2014 KickStart Championships begin next week. A total of 15 teams and more than 300 players from across Australia and Oceania will take part in the Indigenous and Multicultural junior carnival.
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Campbell has Tigers sharpening their claws again

GRAFTON's search for a new coach was brought to a close three weeks ago when Adi Campbell agreed to again coach the team he led to back-to-back premierships in 2011 and 12.
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Macleay Valley's juniors are ready to make the leap into the AFL North Coast senior competition.

Eagles ready to soar in first foray into AFL North Coast under-18s

IT’S been 22 years since a Kempsey team has taken the field in an AFL North Coast senior grade but the long wait is about to end this Saturday.
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Adam Goodes Talent Program

Six players from Coffs Harbour and a dozen from Macleay Valley part of the inaugural intake of Indigenous footballers from NSW/ACT in the Adam Goodes Talent Program.
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Michael "Magic" O'Loughlin

Sydney Swans superstar Mick O'Loughlin was in town during the week to cast his eye over the Northern contingent of the Swans Academy players.
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AFL 9s Summer Competition

The AFL 9s Summer competition will officially start next Wednesday 26th February after two weeks of trials so everyone could learn the rules and get used to the game. The games will be played at Fitzroy Oval next to the town pool in Coffs Street.
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Umpires Needed

YOU can have two teams pawing at the ground ready to get stuck into each other but without an umpire to blow the whistle and bounce the ball, there simply isn’t a game of footy.

The AFL North Coast Umpires Association is on the lookout for some new blood to join its ranks so clubs don’t have to find whistle blowers from within their own playing rosters to ensure the 2014 season goes ahead.
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Talented Indigenous Athlete Trials

AFL NSW/ACT invite talented Indigenous boys born in 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002 to trial for the Adam Goodes Talent Program (12y – 15y) and the U15 NSW/ACT representative squad
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Calling all Umpires to the floor

The AFL North Coast Umpire group is in need of some new recruits and coaching staff.
Please read the position description below to see if you think you would like to get paid to stay fit and healthy.
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Dan Hannebery has two beers with Greeny

Coffs Coast Advocate's and former North Coffs Captain/coach and general AFL enthusiast, Brad Greenshields caught up with Sydney Swans superstar Dan Hannebery and asked the tough questions.
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Swans stars visit the Port Macqaurie region

Sydney Swans players Ben McGlynn, Dane Rampe, Lloyd Perris and Zak Jones will visit the Mid-North Coast on February 10 and 11.
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Swans Superclinic Draws Big Numbers

TO WITNESS the increasing popularity of the Sydney Swans and AFL on the Coffs Coast, one only had to see how many kids were at Thursday afternoon’s superclinic.
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AFL North Coast Board Chairman Steps Down

THE AFL North Coast Board met on Wednesday night and was informed by Chairman, Gordon Wiegold, he would be stepping down, effective immediately from his position as Chair and Board Member.
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Australian of the Year- Adam Goodes.

Sydney Swans head coach, John Longmire discusses the impact Adam Goodes being named Australian of the year has on him.
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Sydney Swans serious about Coffs Harbour trip.

The Sydney Swans have made a return trip to continue their training schedule on the North Coast.
This is a big boost to the local AFL fraternity who get to see the elite athletes put through their paces in our region.
Please read on for more details.
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Party in the Park Development Opportunity

AFL Development staff spent time chatting and kicking footies with kids at the "Good Life" Party in the Park in Coffs Harbour today

The community event was organised to try and help children and youth from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds fit into the local community.
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New Year means new faces and New challenges

Coffs Harbour Swans AFL Club has secured the services of Jay Guthrie to help steer them back to the senior ranks of the AFL North Coast Competition.
Jay played with the Swans in 2006 when they played off in the Premiership decider only to be beaten by Sawtell.
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National Kickstart Titles Incorporating South Pacific Cup

A SMALL group of Fijian AFL players is trying to gather enough money to pay for return airfares to Coffs Harbour.

The players have been selected in an Oceania under-16 team to play in the South Pacific Cup which is being played in Coffs Harbour from April 11 to 16.
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Swans Flying into Coffs in January

The entire Sydney Swans list will fly into Coffs Harbour for a training camp in late January 2014.

As part of the visit the players will be involved in a number of community events including a Superclinic for 5 - 12 year olds on Thursday 30th January
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Cats Purring Along

AFL fans (particularly Cats supporters) have been treated to an early Christmas present with the entire squad being in Coffs Harbour for a week long training camp.
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Freddy to face up again.

The local AFL Club North Coffs have pulled of the giant signing of Darren " Freddy" Funston to coach them in 2014.
Freddy needs no introduction to anyone in AFL circles on the North Coast as his record speaks for itself.
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Angel to guide Sawtell from above.

Sawtell will look towards Jim Angel to steer their Premiership hopes around the ground for 2014.
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AFL North Coast Junior Administration Committee meeting

AFL North Coast Junior President, Scott Stacey has called the AGM this Thursday evening 14th November at 6pm at the AFL Office Board Room at the CHEC.( Uni)
Please make sure your Junior Club has good representation to enable us to move forward into 2014 without any hassles.
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AFL North Coast Administration Committee AGM

AFL North Coast President Rod Macpherson has called the AGM for 2013 at Macksville Ex-Services Club at 10am on Saturday 30th November.
With the North Coast battling through maybe the worst season of football since our inception, we are hoping to get good attendance to enable the forward planning to be put in place for 2014.
We are really looking forward to a positive transition to 2014.
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AFL NORTH COAST AGM

The AFL North Coast AGM has been scheduled for Saturday 30th November at 11am at the Macksville Ex-Services Club.
This will be the first time we have held any meetings at the Macksville Ex-Services Club and it has been chosen as it's around halfway between out most Northern and Southern Clubs.
Please make sure your Club has solid representation to discuss our future.
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Next Frontier Open Forum/Workshop

Saturday 26th October saw nearly 50 eager AFL participants take place in the first Open Forum/Workshop for future planning of the AFL North Coast.
Held at Cex Club Coffs Harbour, many ideas were bounced around before a fantastic lunch was enjoyed by those present.
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Sawtell Saints 2013 Awards.

The Sawtell Saints recently held their annual presentation night.
Please read below for full list of awards.
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North Coffs Kangaroos Presentation night

The North Coffs Kangaroos recently held their end of season presentation night at the Plantation Hotel.
From all reports a great night was had by all in attendance.
For a full list of award recipients see below.
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Premiers Port Macquarie Magpies Presentation night

The Port Magpies held their Premiership winning Presentation night at The Rydges Hotel in Port Macquarie.
With over 120 people donning the formal dress the night was a huge tribute to the success of the Club this season.
The Magpies took home both the Under 18's and First grade premiership as well as all goal kickers, Volunteer of the year and the Club Championship from the AFL NC Presentations.
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Coffs Harbour Swans Presentation night.

The Coffs Swans finished off the season with their annual presentation evening at the Pier Hotel.
Despite not winning either of their Grand Final appearances this season the Club had a reasonably successful season.
Congratulations must go to the hard working committee who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to finish the season off after having to withdraw their first grade team after 3 rounds.
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AFL North Coast Presentation Night

The AFL North Coast Presentation night was held last week on Saturday 7th September at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
This year the format was formal and it was great to see so many stunning looking men and women.
After the 2 course meal the crowd was entertained by the enigmatic Mick Bateman who played fantastic music.
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Coffs Swans Under 15's Five in a row

The Under 15's team from the Coffs Harbour Swans have capped off an amazing feat in the local AFL North Coast Junior Competition.
This season they won their Under 15's Premiership from the Sawtell Saints.
This was the fifth Premiership win in succession for the team.
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Areound the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson reviews last weeks Grand Finals at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
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Camden Haven Bombers in Grand Final

The Camden Haven Bombers have taken all before them this season and have won their way straight into this season Grand Final.
This is a big boost for the most Southern Club in our League and congratulations must go to the Bombers in their first season with the AFL North Coast.
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AFL NC Junior Preliminary Finals Sunday 1/9/13.

This Sunday will see the AFL North Coast hold the Preliminary Finals at Leisure Park starting with the Under 13's from 9am.

The Under 15's will commence at 11.30am.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Grand Finals at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
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MATTHEWS CLEARED TO PLAY IN GRAND FINAL

Sawtell Saints have been handed their best news for the season by tribunal Chairman Dave Gilmour on Monday night.
Rugged on baller Scott Matthews has been cleared of a striking charge and is free to take his place in this Saturdays season decider at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium against Port Macquarie.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Preliminary Final.
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AFL NSW/ACT appoints Northern NSW Manager

AFL NSW/ACT is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob McKelvie to the role of Manager – Northern NSW Region.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks 2nd Semi Finals games at C.ex Coffs International Stadium
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weekends first Semi Final clashes.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Round 15 games.
This is the last week before the finals.
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SUPER SUNDAY JUNIORS DAY AT BELLINGEN

Last week saw a huge day of football around the North Coast for Junior AFL.
Burdett Park was the place to be in the Bellinger Valley with Northern Beaches, Grafton Tigers and the North Coffs Kangaroos being hosted by the Bellingen Bulldogs. What we saw was a fantastic day of fun and games for all involved.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weekend round 14 games.
The "Super Saturday" is the first time it's been tried on the North Coast so get out to a game and show your support to local AFL.
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AFL North Coast Junior crossover round this week.

Sunday 28/7/13 will see the second of our Crossover rounds between the Mid North Coast and North Coast teams.
Another day of fantastic footy is assured as we get to see our immense talent in Northern NSW AFL circles.
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Super Saturday 27/7/13.

It's on this week, the first Super Saturday to be held on the North Coast.
All six Clubs will be in town for the first time and we will have Craig Bolton on hand to cast his eye over our talent. He will also be on hand to present the Clubs player awards on Saturday evening at the Coffs Hotel.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks round 12 games.
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2013 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

At the start of the season Clubs voted to play for a Club Championship Trophy to assist Clubs in fielding teams throughout the season.
With a few late withdrawals some Clubs are out of the running for the trophy.
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Sydney Swans Premiership Player in town.

Craig Bolton, premiership player with the Sydney Swans will be in town for the inaugural Super Saturday on Saturday July 27th.
Craig will visit both football venues on the day before we all head back to long time sponsors, The Coffs Hotel, for a Sportsman night.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks round 12 games.
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Hourigan spoils the Swans revival

Birthday boy James Hourigan put a damper in the Coffs Swans reserve grade game at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
With the defending premiers starting to hit their straps at the right end of the season all eyes were on the result.
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Super Saturday 27/7/13

In a few weeks time we will see the inaugural Super Saturday tried by the AFL North Coast.
Saturday 27/7/13, all six Clubs will be in Coffs Harbour for the days on field activities and are invited to attend a Sportsman's function at the long time Association Sponsors venue, the Coffs Hotel.
We have a highly prominent sportsman booked in as guest speaker for the function at the Coffs Hotel.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Mcpherson previews this weeks Round 11 Games.
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Around the traps with Rocket.

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Round 10 games.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Round 9 games.
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SUNDAY 23/6/13 JUNIOR CROSSOVER GAMES

This Sunday 23rd June 2013 will see the first ever Club games between the Mid North oast and North Coast Clubs.
The kids are excited about playing someone differetn and at a different venue. This is the first time we have tried this so lets hope it comes off without to many hiccups.
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Auskickers everywhere

Each Sunday morning on the North Coast is the time to get out and about and check out the skills and talents of all our young stars.
You will see the next Adam Goodes or Chris Judd running around for their local Club.
All Clubs promote a fantastic family atmosphere for your child to be a aprt of, and most of all it's GREAT FUN.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks round 8 games.
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AFL North Coast and Mid North Coast junior crossover rounds

The Administration committees from both Associations have got their heads together and come up with a fantastic initiative.
The Clubs from each Association has agreed to play games against each other in a first for the Northern NSW AFL.
The draw is attached below for these rounds which are Sunday 23/6/13 and Sunday 28/7/13.
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Coffs Swans juniors shine at Broken Hill State Championships

Local trio of Coffs Harbour Swans junor AFL players made the long trek to Broken Hill recently for the School state championships.
Gabe Ellicott, Jake Brown and Jack Mapleson are all important members of their local Under 15's team and play Under 18's with the Swans on Saturdays.
Mitch Dickson from Port Macquarie was also in the same team as Jack and Jake.
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Local boy Jonty Neaves makes State Under 15's team.

Jonty Neaves has been selected in the NSW team after a successful carnival at Broken Hill.Jonty plays for Sawtell in the Under 15's and Under 18's local competition.
Jonty is a local Bellngen boy who has been playing AFL since he was in Auskick.
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Luke O'Neill Touch Footy Gala day

Luke was tragically taken from us earlier this year in an accident.
Please get down to Laurieton Sporting field this weekend to help remember a fantastic young man.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson posts his article over the general bye of the long weekend.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL Identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Round 7 games.
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Paul Kelly Cup Regional Final

The Northern NSW Paul Kelly Cup Regional Final was held in perfect conditions at BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour on Monday 27th May.  Schools winning their local gala day earlier in the year had progressed to the regional final with some having to travel two hours for the event.
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ALL GAMES WASHED OUT THIS WEEKEND 25th and 26th MAY.

Unfortunately with the amount of rain we have had the Council has closed all grounds for the weekend.
This includes both Saturday senior footy and Sunday junior footy.
All games from Grafton to Camden Haven have been cancelled.
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Round the traps with Rocket.

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson preview this weeks round of games.
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AFL North Coast Rep Footy results.

Saturday 18th May saw the North Coast team get a victory over their rivals from across the mountain from the TAFL.
Some would say the coasters got away with a lucky win if the westerners could kick straight the result may have been different.
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Round the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weekends rep game at Port Macquarie.
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Mid North Coast Under 18's Squad

The mighty Mid North Coast has announced their team to take on North Coast on Saturday in the curtain raiser to the the Seniors against the TAFL.
Coached by Port Magpies superstar Jesse Schmidt, the boys will be very determined to combine well and put their Northern rivals to the sword.
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THIS WEEKENDS REP GAMES

Please be aware that the scheduled games of Rep footy at Wayne Richards Park are still going ahead as planned. Training for the Seniors and Under 18's is tonight(Thursday) at Fitzroy Oval at 6pm.
This is sure to be a fantastic day of football with the regions best talent on show.
Come and show your support for our great game
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North Coast Swans Cup Gala Days

Three successful Swans Cup Gala Days were held recently on the North Coast with a record number of 16 teams participating.
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2013 Seniors Rep Squad names and training details.

With a few injuries and late withdrawals from Peter Chadwick's team for this weekend clash with the TAFL please note the updated team.
Training will be this Thursday at Fitzroy Oval at 6pm, followed by a jumper presentation at the Coffs Hotel at 7.30pm.
The team is listed below.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Loca AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks Round 5 games.
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Under 18's Rep squad announced.

Coach Rod Mapleson has announced his squad for next weeks Rep match against the Mid North Coast at Port Macquarie.
There is abundant talent all across the park with the majority of the boys having tasted first grade with their respective Clubs.
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Under 13's Rep squad announced.

Coach Ken Phillips is grinning like a cheshire cat with the talent he has at his disposal for next Saurday's rep game at Port Macquarie.
The squad has a mix of toughness, pace, and skill which is sure to test the southeners from the Mid North Coast.
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2013 SENIOR REP TEAM TRAINING.

Next Thursday Peter Chadwick wants to put his team through their paces at Fitzroy Oval at 6pm.
Training will be short and sharp with the focus on skills.
This will be followed by a jumper presentation at the Coffs Hotel at 7.30pm
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KANGAROO SNARES SWANS OPPORTUNITY

North Coffs Harbour Kangaroos player Lachlan Jacobs will step out onto the SCG this Saturday to represent the QBE Sydney Swans Academy U16 team against the GWS Academy.
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Under 15's Rep side announced.

Coach Matt Anderson is very excited about his teams chances against the Mid North Coast next week on Saturday 18th May at Wayne Richards Park Port Macquarie.
There is a meet the coach and Jumper presentation this Sunday at Leisure Park from 2-3pm. We know it's mothers day so we won't take long.
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2013 Senior Rep Squad Announced

The selectors for the AFL North Coast have announced a squad of players for the Rep game against the TAFL on Saturday May 18th at Wayne Richards Park in Port Macquarie.
The TAFL have been training for a few weeks and are confident of their troups against the North Coast.
Coach Peter Chadwick will organise a training run at Fitzroy Oval next Thursday at 6pm.
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Rep Footy at Wayne Richards Park Saturday 18th May

Saturday 18/5/13 will see a huge day of Rep Footy for all local AFL enthusiasts.
The Under 18's battle is between Mid North Coast and North Coast.
The Under 15's is between the Mid North Coast and the North Coast.
The Under 13's is between the Mid North Coast and the North Coast.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews round 3 games this weekend.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity Rod Macpherson previews this weeks games in the local AFL competition.
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AFL NORTH COAST JUNIOR PRE SEASON CUP

Sunday 14th April saw the first day of local junior footy at Leisure Park with most Clubs supporting the day. This was the first time AFL North Coast has tried a pre season tournament and judging from the kids enthusiastic approach it should continue.
Player numbers for the day were quite good and organisers were happy with the day and the way sides conducted themselves throughout the day.
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Around the traps with Rocket

Local AFL identity and umpire Rod Macpherson gives us an insight into Round 1
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MULTICULTURAL KIDS GET A TASTE OF AUSTRALIAN GAME

Over the past six weeks, twenty-eight students from multicultural backgrounds have experienced Australia’s indigenous sport, Australian Rules Football.

The program was conducted by AFL NSW/ACT Development Officers including Sudanese born Maryar Majak. A wide mix of backgrounds including Togo, Burma, Kenya, Sudan, India, Congo, Malawi & Afghanistan were represented.
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JUNIORS PRE SEASON CUP THIS SUNDAY APRIL 14TH

This Sunday April 14th at Leisure Park will see the first Pre Season Cup for the Under 11's, Under 13's and Under 15's held on the North Coast.
Come out and see the future stars of our great game.
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AUSKICK GALA DAY LAUNCHES SEASON

On Sunday 7th April the rain cleared and participants from North Coast Auskick Centres attended a Gala Day at Richardson Park in Sawtell to help launch the 2013 season.

As you can see the Specky Machine was in operation and as usual was a highlight for all the kids.
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Easter Holidays

With the long weekend coming up fast for the Easter holidays it might be a timely reminder that the AFL North Coast season is just around the corner. First and foremost have a safe and happy Easter.
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Exemption and Dispensation Policy

There has been a lot of questions by Junior Clubs regarding older players playing down an age group.
AFL NSW/ACT has a policy which you can follow the links through to the More Menus drop down box and under Cub Admin and Downloads.
Please read this and if you have any questions ring Jason Sincock 0407 157 166
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AFL North Coast Chairmans message 2013

With illness keeping the AFL North Coast Chairman, Gordon Wiegold from attending the season launch at the CEX Club he has delivered this message.
The message was read to the crowd of Club volunteers and Committee members by AFL Northern NSW Regional Manager Mark Heaney.
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COFFS SWANS JUNIOR FREE COME AND TRY DAY

The Coffs Swans junior committee invite anyone and everyone who wants to be involved with AFL to come and try your hand at our free day.
You will be amazed at the level of fun and enjoyment kids get out of kicking a football with their mates.
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AFL NSW/ACT Commuity Football Website

The Community Football website has been updated. Please note the new wen address.
This is a great website for all Clubs to have links to for information and news regarding all things AFL.
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Season Launch AFL North Coast 2013

Monday 11th March will see the AFL North Coast season launch take place at the CEX Club in the Rainbow room.
All AFL North Coast junior and senior Clubs are invited to send along their representatives.
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TWO BEERS WITH ADAM GOODES.

OPPOSITION players who thought Sydney might rest on its laurels this year after winning the premiership should think again.

Co-captain Adam Goodes has warned anybody trying to steal the Swans crown in 2013 will need to bring their A-game if they’re to do so.
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Funeral Service for Luke O'Neill

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR LUKE O'NEILL
FAMILY, friends and teammates of popular sportsman and student, Luke O’Neill, will gather for a memorial service and farewell on Thursday (March 7).
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Summer AFL Cadbury 9's Competition

Due to the recent inclement weather and the closure of grounds by the CHCC Cadbury AFL 9's will not be held on Monday 25th February.

Hopefully the weather will clear the grounds will drain and we'll be right to go again next week at 6pm.
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SWANS SUPERCLINIC ATTRACTS OVER 100 CHILDREN

The 2012 AFL Premiers, Sydney Swans held a Superclinic at BCU Stadium which attracted over 100 boys and girls to further enhance their status as the nations leading football club.
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SWANS BRING PREMIERSHIP CUP TO COFFS

The 2012 AFL premiers, the Sydney Swans, are heading to Coffs Harbour next week for a four day training camp with clinics and an open training session.

During the camp, the Swans will train at Coffs Harbour's BCU International Stadium, attend a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, visit local schools, and hold a free clinic for local kids.
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SINCOCK APPOINTED COMPETITION OPERATIONS MANAGER

AFL NSW/ACT is pleased to announce that Jason Sincock has been appointed Competition Operations Manager in the AFL North Coast region.

Sincock, who will step down from his current reserves coach & vice-president roles at Coffs Harbour Swans, will undertake the operation of the three leagues operating under AFL North Coast: AFL North Coast Seniors, AFL North Coast Juniors & Mid North Coast AFL J
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Sawtell Saints Xmas Party

The Sawtell Saints will hold their annual Christmas Party at Boambee Reserve on Sunday 9th December 2012 from 11am onwards. The event is a family friendly one with loads for the kids to do and even a visit from Santa.
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2013 Level 1 Coaching Course Dates

If you are planning on coaching a team next year or are interested in completing your level 1 Coaching Accreditation here is your opportunity.
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Port Macquarie Magpies Seek Coaching Applications for 2013

Port Macquarie who have been so close to an AFLNC Senior Premiership in recent years are seeking applications for coaches positions in 2013.

The Magpies have a rich history having won the Senior Premiership in 2000 and 2007 and having dominated the Reserve grade in the last decade winning 8 flags. The club is looking for a coaching group who can take them to the ultimate prize again in 2013.
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Players becoming Umpires

Jordan Bannister who played 67 games with Carlton and Essendon between 2001 and 2009 was put on the AFL umpiring list in 2012.

AFL North Coast promotes the concept of players and ex players becoming umpires within our competitions. If you have ever contemplated the possibility of umpiring please read on for further information including a link to an article by Jordan Bannister.
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North Coast mourns young AFL star

On Wednesday 24th October the funeral for Nathan "Harry" Harris, from the North Coffs Kangaroos, was held at the Hogbin Drive Crematorium and Memorial Gardens.

During what was a very emotional service, Harry's love of all sport but particularly AFL was at the forefront.
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AFLNC Senior Grand Finals and Presentation Night

The season is over for another year with the Premiers being the Grafton Tigers in the Seniors, Coffs Swans in the Reserves and North Coffs in the Under 18's.

The Presentation Night was held last weekend with all clubs in attendance. Click here to read about the Grand Finals and the winners of the various Awards given at the Presentation Night
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AFLNC Junior Grand Finals

On Sunday 26th August the AFLNC Juniors held their Grand Final Day at the BCU International Stadium.

As well as the U13 Grand Final between the Lower Clarence Eagles and Sawtell/Toormina Saints and the U15 Grand Final between the Coffs Swans and Sawtell/Toormina Saints five clubs from the U11's competition played in a Lightning Premiership.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD ROCKET MACPHERSON

The Grand Final has finally arrived and all the games could go either way which will make for an exciting day.

Rocket has all the tips and tricks for the three games this weekend.

Goodluck to all the teams!
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Woodlock Receives AFL Merit Award

AFL NSW/ACT would like to congratulate Jim Woodlock, who last week received the AFL Merit Award for his outstanding contribution to football in NSW.

Woodlock has been acknowledged for over 40 years of service to the game and 26 years with AFL North Coast.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD ROCKET MACPHERSON

Grafton have sealed the minor premiership in this years 2012 AFLNC Senior competition but the club who will play them in the 2nd semi final is still to be determined.

The game at Port Macquarie today is likely to determine who that will be, good luck to the Magpies and the Saints. Click here to see who Rocket thinks will win.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD 'ROCKET' MACPHERSON

Although this weeks two Senior fixtures could be a bit one sided there is sure to be some great games in the under 18's and reserve grades with results certainly going a long way to shaping the final four.

Thanks to Rod for his great preview and snippets from around the traps, they are a great read as always.
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Women's Round 2012 July 20 - 22

This week AFL NSW/ACT is recognising the achievements and contributions from women in all
levels of football, as we celebrate the 2012 Women’s Round across the country.

Women’s Round aims to highlight the significant role of women in Australia’s game – as players,coaches, umpires, presidents, mums and within the AFL Organisation.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD "ROCKET" MACPHERSON

Only four weeks until the finals start and all clubs look like being represented in at least one grade.

Find out how Rocket thinks your club will fair this weekend.
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FREE NAB AFL Auskick Clinic with Dipper and Gary Rohan

Although Thursday's NAB Auskick Clinic with "Dipper" and Gary Rohan was hampered by the inclement weather in the morning a very enthusiastic group of youngsters attended at Leisure Park
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Junior Representative Footy

Junior Representative Footy was held at Leisure Park on Sunday 8th July with the North Coast Juniors playing the Mid North Coast Juniors in Under 13's and Under 15's.

Although the southerly breeze caused problems at times, the weather remained fine and both games were played in great spirit.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD "ROCKET" MACPHERSON

Well some pretty nasty weather threathened to ruin this weekends footy but the only change to the fixture was the moving of the Under 18's clash between North Coffs and Camden Haven from Leisure Park to Richardson Park

Rocket has once again provided his view of the round ahead. Enjoy your footy this weekend.
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Changes to Weekend Fixtures - Sat 30th June/Sun 1st July

Due to the inclement weather over the last few days there has been a couple of changes to the AFLNC Seniors and Juniors fixtures for this weekend.

Most of the games will go ahead as planned but a couple of venues have been changed and one game in the Juniors has been cancelled.
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Junior Representative Training 29th June Cancelled

Junior Representative training scheduled at Richardson Park tonight on 29th June 2012 has been cancelled due to the recent wet weather.

Please spread the word.
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AFLNC Seniors Representative Team Fights to the End

The 2012 AFL North Coast Senior Representative team travelled to Nowra to play the AFL South Coast team last weekend on Sunday 10th June. Nowra Showground played host to the game which was the first AFL match played there for over thirty years.

Everyone involved is commended for their committment to travel, it was a very long trip down (ask Jim Angel)and an even longer trip home (ask Chadders)
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD 'ROCKET' MACPHERSON

Want to know all the upcoming news on this rounds games?

Then click below to see Rocket's newest update.
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Indigenous Round & 30th year Swans have been in Sydney

Indigenous Round celebrates the contribution players, participants, fans and Indigenous communities bring to the game. The theme this year is “Country”. Country is an important aspect of Indigenous culture and resonates strongly with Indigenous players.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD ROCKET MACPHERSON

This weekend's AFLNC Seniors fixtures are mouth watering with a Grand Final replay and a local derby sure to be full of passion.

Click here for all the latest information on the big games.
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Club Development Webinars

In late May and June AFL NSW/ACT will be conducting a series of free practical Club Development Webinars to assist clubs in all facets of running their local club.

Click here to see the topics that will be covered in the Webinars
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AFL Kids First Round

AFL junior leagues will take part in AFL Kids First round on 28 and 29 April to promote appropriate spectator behavior at junior football matches.
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AROUND THE TRAPS WITH ROD "ROCKET" MACPHERSON

AFL North Coast seniors football identity Rocket is committing to weekly newsletter for all the comings and goings of things AFL relate here on the North Coast.

Here is his exciting first instalment.
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Tragic Passing of Nathan Copeland

It is with great regret that AFL North Coast informs the football community about the tragic passing of Nathan Copeland.

Nathan had been a player with the Nambucca Valley Lions since the club's inception into the league in 2005.  Our thoughts are with Nathan's family and everyone from the Lions. 

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AFL North Coast Season Launch

Monday the 19th of March was the official launch of the 2012 season. Local coaches were invited to watch and learn from the talented coaching staff and players involved in the North Coast Sydney Swans Academy. 

Club delegates gave up there own time to stay back and take in information presented by Matt Crawley our Competition Operations Manager regarding club administration.

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Camden Haven Bombers Clean Up

The Camden Haven Bombers, North Coast AFL’s newest emerging club has gained two instances of major praise, not for sporting achievement, but for its efforts in the community.

The Bombers made a pledge this year, in keeping with their growth in the Camden Haven as a sporting identity, that the club would strive to become an even better community citizen in 2012.

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2012 AFLNC Seniors Draft Draw

It has taken longer than hoped but a draft draw has been completed for the AFLNC Seniors competition which will begin on Saturday 21st April.

Following on from the feedback and information received from the Senior Club Delegates meeting held on Monday 20th February 2012, the draw has been put together making the following assumptions

  • Nambucca Heads manages to get together a Senior team for the 2012 season  
  • Camden Haven Bombers have a team in the Under 18’s competition in 2012 (this will be subject to a review at the next AFL North Coast Board meeting to be held on Wednesday 14th March as per the feedback provided by the Club Delegates who attended the meeting on February 20th)
  • Port Macquarie manage to field three sides in the AFLNC Senior competition
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FootyWeb Training

Thanks to those of you who participated in the FootyWeb Webinars that have been run for club volunteers over the last month.  The Webinars had different focus points in them including database management and also team mangaer duties including preparing teamsheets and entering results.

All the Webinars have been recorded and can be accessed at

http://www.aflnswact.com.au/index.php?id=332

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Transfer Window Opens February 1st

As of 1st February the AFL transfer window opens for all clubs.  Although the process of obtaining transfers and permits has been much easier by FootyWeb in recent times it is important that clubs understand the regulations that must be abided by.

All transfers and permits must be completed by 30th June 2012. To find a copy of the National Player Transfer Regulations for the 2012 season please click here.

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AFL 9's comes to Coffs Harbour

AFL 9’s is fast, fun and on it’s way! AFL 9s is the AFL's alternative version of the game. It has been developed so that all Australian football enthusiasts - and those new to the game - can play matches that parallel the traditional game. AFL 9s is easier to play, less physically demanding and provides an environment whereby participation, enjoyment and safety are a priority. Coffs Harbour’s AFL 9’s trial and registration night is to be held Monday 6th February. Read on for competition details....

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Camden Haven Bombers Join AFLNC

The growth of AFL in the region has taken another step forward with another club joining the AFL North Coast in 2012.

At a meeting of the AFL North Coast board on Wednesday night, it was agreed to grant Camden Haven membership of the competition.

The Bombers will only be fielding an under-18 team in 2012 but is looking to become a fully fledged senior club that fields three teams each weekend by 2016.

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NSW/ACT Country Team 2012 - Coaches and Selectors

AFL NSW/ACT are seeking Expressions of Interest for the positions of Senior Coach, Assistant Coaches and Selectors for the NSW/ACT side to participate in the 2012 Landmark Australian Country Football Carnival which will be held in Wagga Wagga on July 19-22, 2012.

For further information click here.

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Under 18 Joss State Zone Trials

Eleven Northern NSW footballers will commence arguably the biggest phase of their young lives in January following their selection in the Under-18 Northern Coast squad for the upcoming Joss State Zone Trials being held in Coffs Harbour.

The time is now for players to impress with NSW/ACT RAMS selection up for grabs for those who standout during the three-day event, being held at BCU International Stadium from January 16 to 18.

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AFL Combine

Whilst the Under 18 State Zone Trials are being held in Coffs Harbour during January an AFL Combine will be held for Under 15 year olds.  Boys who are athletically talented in any sport are invited to attend the Combine to be held on Tuesday 17th January 2012 with a fantastic list of guest presenters that will make the day an event not to be missed.

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Port Macquarie Magpies Coaches Positions for 2012

The Port Magpies enter a brave new Australian Rules era by adopting a 2012 coaching staff laced with tradition and personnel that have been pillars of the club for more than 30 years.

Last weekend the Magpies unveiled their new coaching staff for 2012 and the key senior position has been filled by Michael Tritton.

Tritton was appointed a Life Member of the club in 1992, and his involvement as a player, committeeman, coach, sponsor and supporter has extended over three decades.

For further information please click on the more button below. 

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2012 Umpires Coaching Positions

The North Coast AFL Umpires Association is seeking applications for two Umpire Coaching positions for 2012.

Please click here for more information and the official notice from the Umpires Association.

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Coach of the Decade to lead Kanagroos

NORTH Coffs hasn’t won an AFL North Coast premiership since 2004 but the club feels it has taken a big step towards breaking that drought with the signing of its new coach.

Russ Matthews was named as the competition’s coach of the decade after leading Sawtell/Toormina to five titles and Kangaroos’ president Jamie Coad is hoping that the Matthews magic will work at North Coffs.

"We were very keen to get Russ to North Coffs because he’s been one of the most successful coaches in the competition in the competition," Coad said.

Story by Brad Greenshields from the Coffs Coast Advocate (and AFL North Coast Board)

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Robinson in AFL Coup

AFL NSW/ACT is delighted to announce the appointment of Troy Robinson (a high profile Rubgy League player) to coordinate the PaCE program for indigenous youth in the local area.

 

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Under 13 & 14 Joss State Zone Trials

Future stars of the AFL travelled to Albury in their school holidays for the Under-13 and Under-14 Joss State Zone Trials.

The four-day event saw over 350 budding AFL players showcase their talents in front of experienced coaches and talent scouts.

With the Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS looking for talented boys to be part of their Academies going forward, there was plenty to play for.

 

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AFL Grand Final Week

Well the AFL Grand Final has come and gone again and the quality and eveness of the game certainly did not disappoint.  The Cats prevailed in a terrific game but credit must also be given to  the Magpies for putting on a brave display with some injured troops. 

The Brownlow Medal count was also an entertaining affair with the eventual winner being Collingwood's Dane Swan.  The former bad boy has publicly thanked his coach Mick Malthouse for turning his career around with some tough love.

 

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AFLNC Seniors Presentation Night

The AFLNC Seniors Presentation Night was held on Saturday 10th September 2011 at the Coffs Harbour Hotel.

As you would assume, the Grafton Tigers and Port Macquarie Magpies dominated the night collecting a large percentage of the trophies up for grabs.

Congratulations to Daniel Zacek who added the AFLNC Seniors 2011 Best and Fairest Award to his title of Premiership Captain from the weekend before.

Click here to view detailed results and all award winners from the evening.

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AFLNC Juniors Grand Finals - Sunday 4th September

The AFLNC Juniors Grand Final Day was held at BCU International stadium on Sunday 4th September in glorious conditions for the players and the spectators who turned out to watch.

The day involved Auskick Games, the Under 13 Grand Final between the Coffs Swans and Sawtell Toormina Saints, presentation of the Under 13’s and Under 15’s Best and Fairest Awards, Coach of the Year and Rookie Coach of the Year Awards, Under 11 Games and the Under 15 Grand Final between the Coffs Swans and North Coffs Kangaroos.

Congratulations to the Coffs Swans under 13's side and the North Coffs Kangaroos Under 15 team for winning the 2011 Premierships.  Click here to see a review of the games and major award winners.

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AFLNC Grand Finals - Saturday 3rd September

Well Grand Final weekend in AFLNC footy has come and gone for another year.  History has been made with Grafton winning it's first ever AFLNC Seniors Premiership 10.10.70 to Port Macquarie 8.7.55.  The magpies got off to a flier to lead at the quarter and half time breaks but when Grafton grabbed the lead in the third quarter kicking 3 goals in 5 minutes they were always going to be hard to run down.

The reserves Grand Final was a ripper with very little in the contest all day.  The Saints and the Magpies were locked at 33 points a piece at the final siren and went into extra time.  A few sets of young legs were a big advabtage their seeing the Sawtell Toormina Saints prevail by 2 points.

The Under 18's clash was a very fast paced game between North Coffs Kangaroos and the Port Macquarie Magpies.  The Kanagroos got off to a flier and really dominated the game for the first three quarters and seemed to have the game in their control at the last change. It was a credit to the young magpies that they came out and really took it up to North Coffs in the last quarter.  After a few nervous moments the Kangaroos steadied to win 89 to 54.

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AFLNC Seniors Presentation Night

The AFLNC Presentation Night will be held from 6.30pm on Saturday 10th September at the Coffs Hotel.  The cost of $11 includes a meal,a drink and plenty of excitement on the night with the announcement of highest goalkickers and Best anf Fairest winners in all three grades.

Clubs have paid for ten tickets with their affiliation fees but more tickets are available but details must be sent to matthew.crawley@aflnswact.com.au by 5.00pm on Wednesday 7th September 2011.

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Preliminary Final - Saturday 27th August

Well last Saturday saw Grafton in the Seniors and Port Macquarie in the Under 18's and Reserves earn the week off leading into the Grand Final.

This Saturday Port Macquarie and Nambucca Valley will clash in the Seniors whilst North Coffs and Sawtell will play off in the Under 18's and Reserves to see who will be the second team to progress into the Grand Final. 

Click here to read Rod "Rocket" Macpherson's preview of the big Preliminary Final clashes.

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2nd Semi Final - Saturday 20th August

The top two teams in each grade face off this weekend with the winners booking the first spot in the 2011 AFLNC Grand Finals.  It should be a sensational day of footy out at the BCU International Stadium on Saturday with Port Macquarie taking on the Grafton Tigers in the Seniors, the Sawtell Toormina Saints in the Reserves and the North Coffs Kangaroos in the Under 18's.

All three 2nd Semi Finals look to be evenly balanced, please see Rod "Rocket" Macpherson's preview attached.

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1st Semi Final - Saturday 13th August

Well the footy finals are here an it should be a great day out at the BCU International Stadium on Saturday.  The Coffs Swans are represented in every grade which may be a disadvantage but I'm sure they will fight tooth and nail in the Under 18's vs Sawtell/Toormina Saints, the Reserves vs North Coffs Kanagaroos and the Seniors vs Nambucca Valley Lions.

All the best to all clubs represented and the umpires who will be officiating the finals.  Please see Rod "Rocket" Macpherson's preview of all three grades attached. 

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Round 14 Senior Fixtures

You can almost smell finals footy in the air and all clubs seem to be getting lots of players back into the ranks leading into this great time of year.  This week's games could well determine the final four with Sawtell/Toormina needing to win against Grafton to hang onto the hope of playing in the finals.  If the Saints can win, the game between Nambucca and the Swans takes on more meaning with these teams needing a win to secure their spot in finals footy. Port Macquarie play North Coffs and should secure the double chance at home.

Rod Macpherson's detailed round 14 preview is attached.

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Round 10 Junior Fixtures

AFLNC Junior footy gets back on track this weekend after a couple of weekends off for the school holidays.

Some of the long road trips that Junior Clubs have to make and also the different number of teams in each age group can lead to difficult decisions for the Junior Administration Committee with regards to where certain games should be played.  This Sunday was another example of this, please read further for details on the Under 15's game between Sawtell/Toormina and North Coffs

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Sheldon/Morgan Cup and Other Round 11 Results

Well, Rocket Macpherson's preview of last weekend's games was right on the money with Grafton beating North Coffs easily but the games between the Magpies and the Swans and the Saints and the Lions being decided by a goal or less.

The Paul Sheldon-Peter Morgan Cup was contested for the first time at Stuarts Park on Saturday with sons of the late club legends, Dirk Sheldon and Scott Morgan (pictured) amongst the combatants on the day. Port won the Cup with the very last kick of the day.

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Community Football NAB AFL Recognition Awards

All Leagues and Clubs have many Volunteers who do a mountain of work to enable them to function and get teams having a kick each week.

Many of these work tirelessly week in, week out during the season with little or no thanks.  Here is a great opportunity for these people to be recognised.

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Grafton Tigers lose to Swans but remain on top

Grafton have made a fantastic start to the 2011 season and sit on top of the AFLNC ladder even after losing to the Swans last Saturday.  Apparantly there is a good feeling around the Tigers club at the moment and a belief that they can match it with every side in the competition.  Lots of people are asking about the dramatic form reversal from recent years, including local media outlets who are also seeing the team as the real deal this year.

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Junior Representative Footy - Sunday 12th June

Unfortunately Sunday's representative games were washed out due to a very wet field and dangerous conditions at game time. Options for replaying the games vs MNC will be considered in the near future.

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Port Magpies Young Guns

Three of the Port Macquarie Under 18's players have taken the big step to playing Senior footy this year.  Liam Carroll, Alex Gillman and Jack Tate seem to have graduated in style and look like becoming an integral part of the Senior Line up.

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Rocket Macpherson's Round 7 Preview

Round 7 shapes up as being the best so far this season with all three games appearing very evenly matched.  Click here for Rod "Rocket" Macpherson's preview.

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Norton Get's Back to Back Games with Sydney Swans

 After a solid performance last weekend North Coffs Kangaroos player Brendan Norton has received another opportunity to play for the Sydney Swans Reserves.  This weekend he will play against the Brisbane Lions team that will consist of some experienced players who have played plenty of Senior AFL games.

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Wayne Richards Park

The turf has finally been laid on Wayne Richards Park in Port Macquarie and the Magpies are busting to get onto their new ground.  Unfortunately it is unlikely that they will play there this year as the turf needs a couple of months at least to take and be safe for play. 

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Umpire Recruitment & Training

The North Coast umpires group has now been training for a number of weeks and would like to welcome more new umpires to the group.

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Tragic Passing of Paul Sheldon

It is with great regret that AFLNC informs everyone of the sudden and tragic passing of Port Macquarie Magpie legend Paul Sheldon at Stuarts Park on Saturday 16th April.

Paul's funeral was held on Thursday 21st April at the Uniting Church in Sherwood.  Following the church service, everyone went to Stuarts Park to witness Paul's last lap before the family went to the Crematorium for a private service. Back at the Settlers Inn everyone told great stories about Paul's life whilst enjoing a drink and some lovely food.  

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NAB Challenge Success

The NAB Challenge game played between the Sydney Swans and St Kilda Saints and the BCU International Stadium on Saturday 12th March 2011 was a roaring success.

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Ticket prices announced for NAB Challenge match

All in almost in place for the NAB Cup Challenge match set for Saturday 12th March. Ticket prices have been announced, with the two teams playing at BCU Stadium to be announced after this weekend's matches.

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Wiegold joins the Board

The AFL North Coast Board is pleased to announce that Gordon Wiegold has been appointed by the Chairman, Greg Robson to fill the vacant Director’s position on the Board.

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AFL stars a hit in the Clarence

THE adoring, smiling faces told the same story as the AFL legend.

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Young Jack inducted into Academy

HE’S 11 years old but Jack Hardman could be the face of Australian football's future in the Clarence Valley.

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Swans give Port seal of approval

SYDNEY Swans AFL stars say there is no reason Port Macquarie can’t attract major pre-season games in the near future.

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Academy footballers run through paces

The sky is the limit for local footballers debuting in the inaugural North Coast Academy, according to Paul Roos.

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Coffs students meet idols

Local Coffs Harbour students couldn't contain their excitement yesterday when the Sydney Swans popped in for a visit. See more for details.

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Launch set for North Coast Academy

Paul Roos and Sydney Swans captain Adam Goodes will be on hand to launch the QBE Sydney Swans North Coast Academy on Tuesday, February 8 at the Pacific Bay Resort, Novotel, Coffs Harbour.

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Sydney Swans set for Coffs Harbour Community Camp

Four Sydney Swans players including co-captain Adam Goodes and ruckman Shane Mumford will visit Coffs Harbour on  February 8 and 9 as part of the Swans annual Telstra AFL Community Camp.

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New Appointment for AFL North Coast

The AFL North Coast would like to welcome Matthew Crawley as the new Full Time Development and Competition Operations Manager.

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Local umpire leading the way

It wasn't all confined to the players during the recent State Zone Trials, with local Coffs Harbour umpire, Mitchell Turner representing the area during the carnival at BCU Stadium.

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Financial boost for Coffs Harbour

The recent AFL NSW/ACT Under 18 Joss State Zone Trials was a success and a boom for the local economy with Coffs Harbour generating approximately $250,000 for the local economy.

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Coffs Harbour set to host AFL Festival

Coffs Harbour’s festival of football will kick off on Monday, January 17 when the state and territory’s best under-18 players come to town for the Joss State Zone Trials. The carnival will also feature some icons of the game on the sidelines including Kevin Sheedy, Nick Davis and Nick Stevens, just to name a few.
Draw attached.

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Local intake into Swans Academy

Six North Coast Juniors have been accepted into the 2011 intake of the Swans Academy.

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President in hospital

Long-serving AFL North Coast President, Jim Woodlock is currently in hospital- but is well.

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Coffs to host NAB Challenge in 2011

Coffs Harbour will hold its first elite AFL match since 2003 next year as part of the NAB Challenge series.

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Northern NSW AFL Staff Structure

The AFL Northern NSW department, in conjunction with the state and national AFL bodies, are currently working on some exciting changes to the staffing structure for 2011. See more for details.

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Coastline covers Magpies

IN another step towards the grand opening of AFL’s finest facility on the north coast, Port Macquarie Magpies president Paul Sheldon announced the Wayne Richards Park complex would include boundary line coach’s boxes thanks to the generous support of Coastline Credit Union.

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Locals selected in Under 18 Northern Heat

With the eyes of the AFL community increasingly turning to NSW, six Northern NSW players will be excited to read their name as a part of the U18 Northern Heat squad.

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Coffs Harbour to host the Sydney Swans

Coffs Harbour will host the Sydney Swans Australian Football Club’s 2011 Telstra AFL Community Camp on Tuesday February 8 and Wednesday February 9.

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Debate ensues over new 16-a-side format

The announcement, last week, of the committee decision to change the Senior competition to a 16-a-side competition has sparked debate over the credibility of the competition.

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Fresh change for 2011 season

Change is in the air, with Monday night's meeting passing a vote to change the Senior competition to 16 players per side.

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2011 Draw confirmed

The 2011 draw has been confirmed. See more for the final copy and details.

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Sawtell seeking new coach

Sawtell is seeking a new Senior coach for the 2011 season. Details of the position and to apply are enclosed in this article.

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Early starts for 2011

It may be off-season for some, but many clubs are aiming to get a head start for the 2011 season by starting pre-season training before Christmas. These pictures show the Under 18 Northern Heat Satellite Squad.

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North Coast locals claim Auskick award

The North Coast’s Dave Elliot and Wendee Cook are among the 20 winners of the NAB Auskick Coordinators of the Year award.

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Coaching Courses 2011

It might be the off-season but registrations are now open for the Annual Level 1 Junior & Senior Coaching Course to be held in Macksville on Sunday April 3.

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Record number of NSW/ACT players on AFL lists

The number of NSW and ACT players on AFL lists is on the rise following last night’s NAB AFL Draft on the Gold Coast, with four more players from the area joining the eleven already pre-listed players.

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Board AGM this Thursday

The AFL North Coast Board will hold their annual AGM this Thursday 25th November at 7pm, with the venue being the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club. All invited to attend.

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Short Shots- November

In this edition of short shots; more information about the new GWS side and a round-up of all regional and local AFL news.
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AFL to start new North-East competition

A new AFL-affiliated competition will commence next season replacing the former separate AFL Queensland and AFL Canberra competitions. This will be of interest to the North Coast AFL stakeholders.
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Whalan takes Tigers' top gong

Tim Whalan deservedly took out the Grafton Seniors' Best and Fairest Award in a tight finish.
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Magpies' new ground near completion

The Magpies hierarchy have been hard at work since the Grand Final, as work is almost complete on the new Wayne Richards' Park base ahead of the 2011 season.
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Work commences on 2011 Draw

With another season over, work is underway to construct the 2011 AFL North Coast Draw. After consulting with the clubs, a working committee will be working on the draw in the aim of releasing to the public later this month.
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Woodlock returned as President

Jim Woodlock has been returned as President of the AFL North Coast after last night's AGM.
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Magpies celebrate successful year

The Port Magpies recently celebrated a successful year in front of 100 supporters, players and sponsors at the Settlers Inn.
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Position Vacant: AFL North Coast Competition Operations Manager

The AFL North Coast is moving into a new age of professionalism with a newly created position of AFL North Coast Competition Operations Manager indicating the code's push forward in the area.

Supporting job description is enclosed.

Applications close Friday 29th October 2010.
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More Coast kids in State action

The growth of talented AFL players on the North Coast and Mid North Coast continues with a record number of selections in the Northern Heat Under 13 and Under 14 teams for the JOSS State Zone Trails in Albury during the recent school holidays.
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Position Vacant: Umpire Coach/Coordinator

With current incumbent, Rod Macpherson intending to step down, we are seeking applications for AFL North Coast Umpire Coach and Coordinator position. Read on for details including Job Description and Selection Criteria.
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AFL Northern NSW Regional Report

See more for the latest news on all regional news to do with football, including coaching, schools, umpiring and club news.
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Operations Manager idea on the table

The AFL North Coast Board have been consulting with Junior and Senior club personnel in recent months regarding the motion to introduce a paid Operations Manager to perform the day-to-day administration duties currently undertaken by volunteers.
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Greenhouse Tavern Auskick Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Steve and Toni Webb from the Coffs Swans Auskick Centre who claimed the final Greenhouse Tavern Auskick Volunteer of the Month award.
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Gillingham sweeps the pool at Saints B&F

Jack Gillingham will no doubt have an over-burgeoning trophy cabinet, sealing a near-flawless 2010 season with three more awards at the Sawtell Best & Fairest count.
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Skipper Schmidt claims Lions' gong

Nambucca Valley captain, Monty Schmidt capped off a stellar season with their club's Senior Best and Fairest award.
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Rundell leads from the front

Coffs Swans' playing coach, Kris Rundell claimed the Club Best & Fairest award on the weekend at the Coffs Hotel. Details of other awards attached.
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Matthews storms home on special evening

The AFL North Coast hosted their annual Presentation evening on Friday night in front of approximately eighty people at the Coffs Hotel. See more for who won.
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Juniors end their season

The AFL North Coast Juniors concluded their season with Grand Finals at BCU International Stadium last Sunday.
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AFL North Coast Presentation Night

With the football action out of the way, the attention now turns to the Annual Best & Fairest evening, set to be held this Friday Night at the Coffs Hotel. The evening is set to be more special than usual, with the naming of the inaugural Team of the Decade (2000-09). Details enclosed.
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Sawtell complete three-peat

Sawtell secured their third successive premiership with a dominant 91-point win over Port Macquarie, sealing a perfect unbeaten season in the Senior grade. Port enjoyed some success with their eighth consecutive premiership in the Reserves, while Sawtell won out in a dogged encounter against the Kangaroos in the Under 18s.
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Grand Final: Sawtell chasing history

Sawtell have only lost one match as a club; that being in the Under 18s. They will look to keep that record intact on Grand Final Day this Saturday. Their Seniors will start strong favourites against the enigma that is Port Macquarie. The Magpies will be gunning for eight straight Reserves premierships against the same opposition, while the Saints Under 18s will be tested against North Coffs.
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Good year all round for the Magpies

.....It isn't just the Seniors that the Magpies are hinging their bets on this weekend. Their Junior sides and the Reserves are chasing premiership glory. See more for details.
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Schmidt hoping for Grand Final glory

PORT Macquarie Magpies sharpshooter Jesse Schmidt won’t mind claiming the “match winner” tag again if his side can secure the AFL North Coast flag this weekend.
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AFL North Coast Juniors Grand Final

This weekend is also big for the Juniors as they host their Grand Finals at BCU International Stadium on Fathers Day. Entry is a gold coin donation. More details enclosed.
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Resilient 'Pies make Grand Final

The Port Macquarie Magpies have sealed their berth in the Grand Final against Sawtell, after coming from behind for the second consecutive match to win by the barest of margins against North Coffs. The Magpies also savoured success in the Reserves, with the Kangaroos getting some consolation by surprising the southern outfit in the Under 18s.
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Miller quartet singing to the same tune

A day at the football with the family takes on a new meaning with the Miller family. See more on how the four members of the Miller family spend their time at the footy.
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Talent returns from School Sport Championships

Young Coffs Swans ruckman, Remy Bordignon has recently returned from the Australian School Sport Championships in Perth. Read more to see how he went.
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Old foes go at it again

North Coffs and Port Macquarie will resume their rivalry at the BCU International Stadium on Saturday in all three grades. The pick of the action will be the Seniors (at 2.30pm) where the sides have an even record this season with two matches being decided by less than a goal. Gates open 10am.
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Juniors continue this Sunday

The AFL North Coast Juniors continue their finals series this Sunday at Richardson Park. Iternary attached.
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NAB AFL Auskick Volunteers of the Month- July

Congratulations go to Wendee Cook & Dave Elliott who were recently named as the Greenhouse Tavern NAB AFL Auskick Volunteers of the Month for July.
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Sawtell secure three Grand Final spots

Sawtell won in every grade to ensure their club is well-represented on Grand Final day. The Saints, aided by a strong second-half display, overcame North Coffs by 47-points in the Seniors. Next weekend now sees North Coffs take Port Macquarie on in all three grades.
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Juniors starting finals series

The AFL North Coast Juniors kick off their finals series this weekend at Richardson Park. They will continue there next weekend, before the Grand Final which will be held at BCU International Stadium on Sunday 5th September. Details of Sunday's matches are enclosed.
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Kangaroos aim to bounce back

North Coffs have their work cut out if they are to progress through to the Grand Final, when they face the undefeated Sawtell Saints in Second Semi Final action at BCU International Stadium. The two proceeding matches promise to be close, with Sawtell currently holding the edge over Port in the Reserves, while the same two sides will face off in the Under 18s. Gates open 10am.
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AFL Rules Committee seeks public view

The AFL Laws Committee has presented seven proposals for public discussion. From interchange to the advantage rule this is your chance to have a say- by end of August.
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Finals photos up

Photos from the first week of the Finals Series are viewable by clicking on 'Photo Gallery' in the right-hand menu. These will be added to in coming weeks. If you have any photos, feel free to send them for us to put up- simply email us at aflnc@bigpond.com
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Magpies made to fight by Lions

Port Macquarie progressed to the Preliminary Final but were made to fight by the Nambucca Valley Lions, in first weekend of finals action at BCU International Stadium. In the other matches, North Coffs won the Reserves and Under 18s clashes convincingly.
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Let the finals begin

The AFL North Coast Finals Series commences this Saturday at the BCU International Stadium, with the Nambucca Valley Lions looking to spring an upset as they have done once already this season against the Port Magpies. In the Reserves, Grafton start favourites against North Coffs, while the Kangaroos will also line up in the Under 18s against the Coffs Swans. Gates open 10am.
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Finals draw confirmed

The ladder and consequently, the fixture has been confirmed for the Finals Series starting next Saturday at the BCU International Stadium.
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Nambucca seal finals berth

Nambucca Valley have sealed a berth in the finals series after a strong second-half performance saw them overcome the Coffs Swans at Fitzroy Oval. In other matches, Port Macquarie let slip a strong lead to eventually lose at home to North Coffs by three points, while Sawtell rounded off a perfect regular season with a strong win away at Grafton.
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Play-off for a finals berth

The Coffs Swans host Nambucca Valley this weekend in the final round of AFL North Coast action before the finals. The winner of the clash moves through to next weekend's Elimination Final. In other matches, Sawtell are only one win away (against Grafton) from a perfect regular season record, while Port Macquarie host North Coffs with both sides needing to find some form ahead of finals action.
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Tigers off the pace

THE Grafton Tigers play their final game of the season this weekend, and for first grade coach Rod Newman it has been a frustrating year.
Article is courtesy of The Daily Examiner.
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North Coffs get out of jail

The Coffs Swans almost pulled off the upset of the season against North Coffs, with the Kangaroos getting home on the back of a nine-goal final quarter. The Swans will now need to withstand the Lions in a mini elimination-final next weekend to make the finals. In the other match, Sawtell thrashed the Magpies to maintain their flawless record.
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AFL stalwarts bid farewell

Two stalwarts of the AFL North Coast, Brett Upfield and Neil Wood were farewelled at a private function this week.
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Port next in line for the Saints

Port Macquarie are the closest team to knocking off the Saints and this weekend they have another chance before the finals, albeit at Richardson Park, where they have an unfavourable record. In other matches, North Coffs are heavily backed to bounce back against the Swans, while it is last chance saloon for the Lions when they host the Tigers.
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Greenhouse Tavern Auskick Volunteer of the Month

The AFL North Coast would like to congratulate Mr. Paul McCulloch from the Sawtell/Toormina Saints Junior football club as the Greenhouse Tavern NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Month for June.
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Two wins, and a draw

Sawtell were near their imperial best as they dismissed another North Coffs challenge to maintain their unbeaten streak in the Match of the Round. Port Macquarie fought back to overpower Nambucca Valley, while the weekend's action also saw the first draw of the season, between Grafton and the Coffs Swans
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New policies and procedures now on website

In the Club Admin/Downloads tab of the AFL North Coast website are new policies and procedures in line with the Quality League Framework. See more for details.
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Sawtell's toughest test yet?

Sawtell are guaranteed the minor premiership but will look to continue their momentum into the finals series when they host immediate contenders, North Coffs at Richardson Park in the match of the round. The other matches see Grafton host a under-pressure Coffs Swans outfit, while Port Macquarie will start strong favourites against Nambucca Valley at Stuart Park.
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Northern NSW Regional Report

In this report features articles on game development, coaching, and other topics relevant to Northern NSW.
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One way traffic as top three win

The top three sides registered big wins to further display their dominance of the AFL North Coast competition a month out from the finals series. The Saints annihilated the Swans to further their unbeaten stretch, while the Kangaroos and Magpies themselves are showcasing strong form with percentage boosting victories away from home.
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Swans look to buck the trend

This weekend marks the second of AFL North Coast's Call to Arms Rounds, with the clash between Coffs Swans and Sawtell the highlight at Fitzroy Oval. The Swans are looking to arrest an alarming slump, albeit against the best side in the competition to date. In other matches, Port Macquarie have to overcome the marathon journey to Grafton, while Nambucca host North Coffs at Macksville Park.
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Dicker key to Magpies charge

New Port Magpies recruit, Craig Dicker has been Mr Reliable down back for the side, and was a key component of the winning Interleague side. In this interview, he speaks about the standard of the North Coast competition and Port's chances heading into the finals.
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Coffs Harbour and Bellingen Auskickers experience the roar of the SCG crowd

Budding AFL juniors from Coffs Harbour and Bellingen have had a taste of life at the top of their game by sharing the pitch with the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, July 11.
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Saints keep marching on

Sawtell continued their winning run as they look to finish the regular season undefeated after their ten-goal victory over Nambucca Valley. In other matches, North Coffs posted their biggest score of the season in their win over Grafton at home, while Port easily defeated the Swans.
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Call to Arms Round

As noted in the Preview, home clubs will be raising funds for the Call to Arms initiative, over the next fortnight (starting this Round). This initiative recognises the fight against men's cancer. So please be generous and donate at the ground.
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Home sides favoured in Round 11

The three home sides are hot favourites to register wins in this weekend's Call to Arms Round. Sawtell host Nambucca Valley who have narrowly lost their past two matches. At the Coffs Coast Leisure Park, North Coffs will be confident of handling a resurgent Grafton outfit, while the Swans face a tough roadtrip to Port Macquarie.
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Juniors exact revenge

The AFL North Coast Juniors have exacted revenge on their Northern Rivers counterparts sealing a thrilling 2 games to 1 victory win in the Annual Mike Kenny Memorial Shield representative fixture at Richardson Park last Sunday.
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Top two teams ahead of the rest

Sawtell and North Coffs again showed they are the top two sides of the competition with important wins over the weekend. The Saints won a nailbiter away at Port Macquarie, while the Kangaroos notched up a big win against the Swans. Grafton secured their second win of the season, in an enthralling contest with Nambucca Valley at home.
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Clarke making his mark after code switch

There was a feel-good story in the Nambucca Guardian Newspaper regarding Aaron Clarke. Clarke is only relatively new to the code (started last year) but has been a success on the field, most recently starring in the Interleague win over Tamworth. See more for the article.
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Aims to consolidate in Round 10

Both North Coffs and the Coffs Swans will look to consolidate their respective positions on the ladder in Round 10 AFL North Coast action. Port sit just behind the Kangaroos but will need a big performance to get over Sawtell who have not lost a game in any grade to date this season. The final game sees the Lions looking to keep their finals aspirations alive when they travel to Grafton.
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New North Coffs website

Do yourself a favour and have a look at North Coffs' fantastic new website (www.northcoffsafc.com.au). Congratulations to everyone involved in the development of the website- which can also be accessed by clicking on North Coffs through the "Clubs" link.
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Coffs sides dominate Round 9

The Coffs sides dominated Round 9 of the AFL North Coast competition with North Coffs jumping back into second place after beating Port Macquarie. The Swans left Macksville with a win and a strangehold of fourth place. Sawtell continued their run with a strong win over last-placed, Grafton.
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Whistleblowers making progress

Signs are good for the North Coast Umpiring Group with improving numbers and a couple of former and current umpires getting recognised with higher honours. See more for details.
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Round 9 Preview

Round 9 promises to be the most exciting yet with second and fourth places up for grabs in this weekend's clashes. North Coffs host Port Macquarie (fighting for 2nd), while the Swans travel to Macksville to try and hold onto a finals spot. In the other match, Sawtell hold the aces against Grafton at home.
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Short Shots

In this edition: there is plenty of things happening in July with Holiday Camps and the Future Stars Program aimed for youngsters, including those who haven't tried their hand previously at AFL. See more for details.
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Junior success for the North Coast

AFL North Coast defeated a plucky Mid North Coast Juniors at Blackbutt Park recently in what is to become an annual event for the best young AFL footballers from the Lower Clarence to the Camden Haven.
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Musical chairs on the ladder

There was some movement on the AFL North Coast ladder after the results on the weekend. Sawtell all but assured themselves the minor premiership after defeating a gallant North Coffs. Port jumped to second with their dominant win over Nambucca who dropped out of the top four at the expense of the Swans.
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Spots still spare for Swans trip

There are still spots on the bus for the Half-Time Auskick and Under 12 game the North Coast are participating in at the SCG on Sunday July 11. This coincides with the Sunday afternoon AFL match between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne Kangaroos. More details enclosed.
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Round 8 Preview- Clash of Heavyweights

The top two sides in Sawtell and North Coffs again face off this weekend at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park, highlighting a round of even contests across the board. Nambucca host Port at Macksville Park, while the Swans will look to keep in finals contention when they host Grafton.
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Coffs Harbour players vying to make the RAMS team

It was a Queen’s Birthday long weekend to remember for two Coffs Harbour Under-16 RAMS players when they travelled to Sydney to take part in a talent camp.
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North Coast continues Interleague dominance

The North Coast side continued its dominance in Interleague fixtures with an impressive 120-point win over the Tamworth AFL Power side at Bellevue Oval on Saturday. PHOTOS VIEWABLE IN "PHOTO GALLERY" IN RIGHT-SIDE MENU.
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Big Bear impresses in TAC Cup debut

Former Coffs Harbour Swans player, Daley Bear made his much awaited debut in the elite AFL Under 18 TAC Cup competition on the weekend. See more for how he went.
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Greenhouse Tavern NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Month- May

AFL NSW/ACT would like to congratulate Brett Bennett & Suzi Hoff from Bellingen Bulldogs Auskick as the Volunteers of the Month for May.
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Representative clash this Saturday

North Coast will look to continue their strong Interleague record as they take on the Tamworth AFL (TAFL) at Bellevue Oval, Armidale this Saturday afternoon.
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Future brighter for AFL on the North Coast

Following a recent announcement of a $2.6 million re-development of Ellem Oval/ Fisher Park in Grafton, the Federal Minister, Anthony Albanese announced today a Grant of $2.2 million for a lighting upgrade at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. See more for what this means for AFL on the North Coast.
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Weather Watch: Latest Information on Weekend Matches

The news at present is ALL matches are cancelled (Juniors and Seniors). Enjoy the weekend off! Interleague matches to be played next weekend (more details during the week).
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Push and pull leading into mid-season break

North Coffs will look to consolidate second place in their match against Nambucca Valley, who themselves hold a game's lead in fourth place, at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. In other games, Sawtell are heavily backed to head unbeaten into next weekend's mid-season break against the Coffs Swans at Richardson Park, while Port also start strong favourites against Grafton at Macksville Park.
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Short Shots

In this edition of short shots, there are a number of resources being made available to coaches and clubs, as detailed. Also, the AFL North Coast Juniors are gearing up for their representative clash against the Mid North Coast on the June long weekend.
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Fixture Change

With the Eastern University Games hitting Coffs Harbour late next month, a draw change was the only possible option to coincide with ground unavailabilities. As a result, Round 9 will now be played as Round 10 (and vice versa). See more for details.
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Sawtell pushed as top three sides register wins

Round six of the AFL North Coast competition saw the top three sides register wins. Unbeaten Sawtell received their sternest test of the season to date, only managing a 20-point win against the improving Nambucca Valley Lions. In other matches, North Coffs easily disposed of Grafton, as did Port Macquarie at home against the Coffs Swans.
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Representative Squad selected

A 25-man AFL North Coast Representative Squad has been selected for the annual Interleague clash, this time against Tamworth AFL at Bellevue Oval, Armidale on Saturday 12th June. This group will be culled to the final 22 after Round 7.
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Competition for spots on the ladder

Sawtell are run away leaders at the top of the ladder but there is still hot competition for the all-important second and fourth positions. This weekend should pose some challenges still for the more fancied sides.
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Mid North Coast local joins the team

From the man-made beach in Japan’s Miyazaki to the seaside town of Port Macquarie, Paul Suggitt has come a long way in the past two months as he gets established in his new role as an AFL development officer on the Mid North Coast.
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North Coast locals selected in the NSW PSSA state team

Of the 280 plus students at the PSSA state carnival in Sydney during the week, the North Coast’s Remy Bordignon and Jake Brown have been recognised as two of the best players by being chosen in the NSW state team.
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Port win nailbiter

The Magpies sit just outside the top two on percentage after a nailbiting 1 point win over North Coffs at Stuart Park on Saturday. A final quarter surge helped the Magpies come from behind to finish ahead by the barest of margins. In other matches, the Swans registered their first win of the season with a gutsy two-goal win, whilst Sawtell remain unbeaten after thumping Grafton at Ellem Oval.
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Swans aim to keep touch

Nambucca Valley can go a long way to strengthening their top four position with a win over the Coffs Swans on Saturday at Fitzroy Oval. Port will host North Coffs in a battle between second and third, whilst Sawtell start strong favourites away to Grafton.
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Redevelopment of Ellem Oval

There is good news about for the Grafton community and the Tigers AFL club as it has been announced the Federal Government will contribute the majority of funds towards the $2.6 million redevelopment project of Ellem Oval and the adjoining Fisher Park.
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Norths win local derby

North Coffs came out on top in a solid encounter against the bottom-placed Coffs Swans in the match of the day. At Richardson Park, Sawtell maintained their long-standing unbeaten run with a big win over Port Macquarie. In the other match, Nambucca Valley consolidated their spot in the top four by smashing the Grafton Tigers at home.
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Round 4: Where is Port at?

A few questions surrounding where Port Macquarie sits in the premiership reckoning should be answered when they travel to face Sawtell on Saturday. In other games, the Swans face a tough task up against their cross-town rivals, North Coffs, and Nambucca Valley will start favourites at home against an injury-depleted, Grafton.
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North Coffs duo take next step

Two North Coffs players have been selected in the initial NSW/ACT RAMS squad to compete in the Under-16 2010 NAB Rising Stars National Championships at Blacktown Olympic Park starting on July 2.
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Saints keep rolling

Sawtell continued their unbeaten run with a comphrensive win over the Swans. There were no surprises this week in the other matches with the Kangaroos and Magpies bouncing back with strong wins.
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Greenhouse Tavern Auskick Volunteer of the Month: April

The AFL North Coast congratulates Paul Shellenberger as the winner of the Greenhouse Tavern Auskick Volunteer of the Month for April.
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Swans face tough task

The Coffs Swans face a battle getting themselves off the foot of the ladder when they host the unbeaten Sawtell this weekend. The matches at Macksville Park and Stuart Park will feature four sides looking to register their second win of the season.
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North Coast to take on Tamworth AFL

The AFL North Coast Interleague side will look to continue their recent success when they play the Tamworth AFL (TAFL) on 12th June at Bellevue Oval, Armidale.
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Upsets galore

Sawtell are the only unbeaten team after a sensational second round in which Grafton and Nambucca Valley upset their more fancied rivals.
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Grand Final Replay headlines Round 2

The Sawtell v North Coffs Grand Final replay clash at Richardson Park is the pick of the matches. In other matches, Grafton hosts the Coffs Swans and Port host the travelling Lions.
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Strong wins ahead of Grand Final replay

Both Sawtell and North Coffs registered easy wins ahead of their Grand Final replay next weekend. In the match of the day, the Magpies outlasted the Swans in a thriller.
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Short Shots

Enclosed are a few articles highlighting mainly some great initiatives which will reward community involvement in AFL. See more for details.
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Heat perform well

The Heat spent last week at St Ignatius' College, Riverview playing in the Under-15 and Under-16 Joss State Zone Trials.
Both age groups played gallantly throughout the course of the week, with a number of players impressing on the field and others getting a taste of AFL at another level.
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Umpire shortage becoming critical

THE season-opening round of the AFL North Coast competition is only a week away, but may not proceed unless the league is able to recruit more umpires to adjudicate games.
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Grafton Juniors off and running

This fantastic article was brought to my attention and highlights the formation of the Grafton Junior club which will debut this weekend in the AFL North Coast Juniors competition. It is what footy is all about at the end of the day!
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Juniors start next weekend

Footy season is fast approaching, with the AFL North Coast Juniors season to start Sunday 18th April. See more for details.
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Club Preview- Port Macquarie

In our next part of our club previews, we have a look at Port Macquarie. General Manager, Gordon Wiegold is optimistic of the club's continued success this season.
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Bear making an impression

Coffs Harbour local Daley Bear has traded in the beach for a pair of football boots as he follows his dream to make it onto an AFL list.
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Northern NSW Players Dominate Heat Trials

Trials for the Northern Heat Under 15 and Under 16 teams to compete at AFL NSW/ACT’s State Zone Trials were held last weekend in Newcastle. Players were vying with Central Coast and Hunter teams for selection in the team to compete in Sydney from April 12-16 in front of AFL recruiting staff and State selectors.
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Pre-Season Match Results

Over the weekend, there were four clubs in action in pre-season fixtures. See more to see how they went.
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Club Preview- Grafton

The Grafton Tigers will again look to make the AFL North Coast finals series after some signs of improvement in recent seasons.
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2010 Volunteer Grants- win up to $5000 for your club

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are now calling for applications for the 2010 Volunteer Grants program. Entries close 16th April.
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Season launch promotes collaboration

The recent AFL North Coast Season Launches in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour have emphasised the need for collaboration between all stakeholders for the game to realise its bright outlook for the future.
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Try out for Swans Academy

The Sydney Swans are holding trials for their new Junior Academy. Trials for boys aged 9 to 12 will be held in the April 2010 school holidays. More information enclosed.
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John Rantall is on the Board

In fantastic news for the development of football, former South Melbourne captain John Rantall has joined the AFL North Coast board to assist in the development and growth of the game (editor's note: John will be at the Season Launch on Monday 15th March).
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AFL North Coast Season Launch

In a new initiative, the AFL North Coast will hold a gala launch next Monday 15th March, 7pm at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club. All are welcome to attend. See more for details of the evening.
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Club Preview- Nambucca Valley

With the season fast approaching, our club previews begin with Nambucca Valley. The Lions will be looking for momentum gained from their Under 18s winning the premiership last season.
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Umpires hitting their straps

The umpires will conduct their opening group training run next Tuesday 9th March, with new umpires invited to attend.
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Coaches creating a positive environment

The AFL (NSW/ACT) has upped its emphasis on quality coaching across the board and has appointed Peter Chadwick and Scott Abercrombie to ensure the best coaching practices are being implemented at all clubs.
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Time to sign up for AFL

With the AFL season fast approaching, young players on the North Coast are encouraged to sign up with their local club over the next two weeks.
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New approach for Magpies

There is confidence down south about the Port Magpies' chances in 2010.
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AFL duo get recognised for long service

AFL stalwarts, Jim Woodlock and Mark Kelly were recognised for their services to sport on the North Coast at the recent Australia Day awards.
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Draw now on the website

This website editor has finally managed to upload the 2010 Draw! It can be found under Fixture/Results, and printed off as a one-page Excel document here or under Club Admin/Downloads. See more for features.
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Grafton growing AFL up North

A back page article in Grafton's, Daily Examiner newspaper notes Australian Football's popularity is growing in the traditional rugby league strongholds of NSW. The Grafton Tigers AFL club expects this trend to continue. More information is attached
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Review of Under 18 State Zone Trials

Northern Heat Coach, Mark Heaney gives a wrap-up of the Under 18 State Zone Trials.
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Trials Update- Day 3

It was a fitting end to the under 18 Joss State Zone Trials with the Rebels finishing the tournament undefeated and the Northern Heat recording consecutive victories after a slow start to the event.
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Trials Update- Day 2

On Rivalry Day, the Heat couldn't muster a victory and will head into Day 3 looking for their first win. The Rebels were again impressive downing the previously undefeated Cats and Stingrays.
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Trials Update- Day 1

The Heat did not get off to the best of starts, losing their three matches on Day 1 of the Under 18 State Trials. The Rebels look the team to beat, from the Stingrays and Cats, judging by early form.
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Tick of approval from Talent Manager

AFL (NSW/ACT) Talent Development Manager, Darren Denneman has given the North Coast and in particular, the BCU International Stadium a glowing endorsement as he spoke to Coffs Coast Advocate Sports Editor, Brad Greenshields ahead of the Under 18 State Trials.
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Heat to be applied in Under 18 State Trials

The Under 18 Joss State Zone Trials will commence on Tuesday and again will feature the best talent from across NSW and the ACT. Among them are a group of local players looking to make it the start of a longer journey as a professional footballer.
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Bombers eye the future

In this article, Matthew Knights offers an interesting insight into the future at the Essendon Football Club and the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Coffs Harbour.
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Mitchell looks for consistency

Merry Christmas and New Year to everyone. In the next part of our summer series, Coffs Coast Advocate sports editor, Brad Greenshields talks to Hawks captain, Sam Mitchell about the 2009 future and the aim of reaching the finals again in 2010.
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Hawks put through their paces

In the next stage of our summer series, some of the local up-and-coming Coffs Harbour youngsters were able to train with the Hawthorn side in hot and humid conditions.
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Summer Series

Over the next month, as part of the summer period, we will focus on the recent and upcoming events promoting AFL on the North Coast. In this article, we have an overview of the Hawthorn and Essendon visits before we go into more detail.
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Information for coaches

In line with AFL policy, accreditation is mandatory for coaches in all affiliated leagues and programs throughout Australia. Participating coaches MUST complete an AFL-approved coaching accreditation course. Information on courses etc. are enclosed.
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Locals to shine at Under 18 State Trials

Seven players from Northern NSW made the cut for the upcoming Joss Under 18 State Zone Trials.
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Hawthorn opens up to the public

Hawthorn Football Club are set to provide the ultimate coaching experience to all community coaches in the Coffs Harbour Region during the next week as the club heads north for a training camp.
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It's more than a game

WHEN Sydney Swans pair Kristin Thornton and Daniel Currie walked into the children’s ward of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus yesterday there was no hiding the excitement of some of the kids that were there.
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Goodes hits the North Coast

Dual Brownlow Medal winner Adam Goodes, and fellow Sydney Swans Josh Kennedy, Lewis Johnston and Taylor Gilchrist will lift AFL’s profile in the Hastings and Macleay this week.
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Saints looking for new Coach

The Sawtell Saints are looking for a new Seniors coach after Russ Matthews announced he is stepping away from the role for the 2010 season. See enclosed for more information.
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Sydney Swans coming to town

The North Coast will again host elite players from the national competition. This comes on the back of the AFL and the Sydney Swans announcing the NSW locations for 2010 Telstra AFL Community Camps, with the Sydney Swans to visit regional communities across the state in the first week of December.
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Northern NSW AFL appoints Development Manager

The continued growth of AFL in Northern NSW has resulted in the appointment of Danny McFadden to the role of Development Manager. McFadden has been employed by AFL NSW/ACT on a casual basis conducting school clinics over the past 2 years.
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Fresh change for the Magpies

THE Port Macquarie Magpies Australian Rules Football Club has a new-look engine room and is determined to sweep the organisation into a bold era of success.
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Chairman's Report

The Chairman of the AFL North Coast Board, John Rafferty in the following article summarises some of the news from a strategic level.
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AFL sides heading North

Sydney Swans players will head to all areas of Regional NSW in early December to give promotion of the game in 2010 a early start. News also suggests Coffs Harbour will also catch a glimpse of Essendon and Hawthorn, who will return to the area again.
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Consistency at the top

Recent AGM's at a Junior and Senior committee level have again not seen much change at the top. There is still a vacancy in the Seniors Secretary position- with all other posts filled. Interested persons are invited to nominate for the vacant position (see contact details for more information).
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Two new AFL sides making progress

The people behind the AFL entry of the new franchise sides; Gold Coast (2011) and Greater Western Sydney (2012) have been working away and all looks good, meaning more opportunities for local footballers hoping to realise their football dreams.
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Leave it to Beaver

Dale Beaver was a convincing winner in Grafton's Senior Best & Fairest award.
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Umpires end their season

The umpires enjoyed another successful season and some milestones, including their first year as an Umpires Assocation.
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Northern NSW Future Stars turn their hand to AFL

A team of Primary School AFL Future Stars represented Northern NSW in the AFL NSW/ACT Future Stars Gala Day at Macquarie University, Sydney during the first week of the school holidays. It was a team with a difference....read more to find out why.
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Auskick Volunteer of the Year

On North Coast Junior Grand Final day, AFL Northern NSW Regional Manager, Mark Heaney, presented the NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year award to Gordon Polkinghorne of North Coffs Auskick.
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Funston best at the Kangaroos

Darren Funston capped off another stellar season by claiming the North Coffs Best & Fairest Award during their recent Presentation Night. Other award winners enclosed.
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AGM's coming up

The Junior and Senior AGM's will be staged this month. We always need new blood to help our great game continue to thrive. More details in this article.
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Schmidt wins back-to-back Best & Fairest titles

The Settler’s Inn Magpies held a gala night of nights with 55 members in attendance as Schmidt held off the fast-finishing Justin Mohr and Greg Dean with the final vote card of the night.
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Silver lining for Swans

It was a disappointing year for the Swans in the wash in terms of results but strong individual efforts were recognised at their recent Presentation Night.
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12 North Coast players make the Heat

In another good sign for the strength of Junior development, twelve North Coast players have been selected to represent the Northern Heat in the Under 13 & Under 14 State Zone Trials at Albury in October.
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Club Review: Nambucca Valley

The Lions finished off their season in style winning their last four games, including their first senior victory in a couple of years, and another Under 18s Premiership. Their young talent was acknowledged at their Best & Fairest Night.
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Swans go bronze

Congratulations to the Coffs Swans in becoming one of the first clubs in the state to be awarded with a Bronze Quality Club achievement. See more for how they did it.
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Surrounding Leagues enjoy close Grand Finals

Searching around the various websites, I was amazed by how close the respective Grand Finals in our neighbouring Leagues were. See more for details.
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Couzens wins second B&F award

Mark Couzens claimed his second Best and Fairest Award after his joint 2007 win with Brad Giri. Jason Sincock claimed the Reserves, whilst Jack Gillingham won the Under 18s gong. Three life memberships were handed out on the night.
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Even spread at Juniors Best & Fairest Night

Three players from three different clubs took out the top award at Best and Fairest Night in the Under 12s, 14s and 16s. The night also recognised Greg Robson for his outstanding contribution to local AFL.
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Recognising talent this weekend

Best and Fairest nights will be held Friday night (Juniors) and Saturday night (Seniors). Details and previews enclosed.
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Juniors end season on the big stage

The AFL North Coast Juniors competition came to an end on Sunday at the BCU Stadium. It was a fitting finale with three well fought-out matches highlighting the class of junior football on the North Coast.
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Simply the best

Sawtell again tasted premiership success with an emphatic 70-point win at BCU Stadium on Saturday. Port claimed their seventh successive premiership, whilst Nambucca Valley were dominant in the Under 18s.
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Grand Final Preview: Chasing Dynasties

Sawtell and North Coffs are accustomed to premiership success and one side will add another to the trophy cabinet come Saturday afternoon. The Reserves and Under 18s will be interesting, as five clubs will be represented on the big day.
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Junior Grand Finals

After the finish of the Mid North Coast season last weekend, the AFL North Coast Juniors season culminates on Sunday with matches at BCU Stadium starting at 10.15am. Entry is a gold coin donation.
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AFL North Coast Newsletter

This article highlights the Finals action in the junior and senior leagues in Northern NSW. See more for details.
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Kangaroos get the job done

North Coffs, courtesy of a strong opening term, got home easily over Port. The Saints won a cliffhanger in the Reserves, whilst Nambucca Valley surprised many by overrunning Sawtell in the Under 18s.
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Preliminary Final Preview

North Coffs will need to get back on their bike after a tight tussle with the Saints last weekend in the main grade. They face another tough test against the Magpies who seem ready to challenge. The other two matches should be more than competitive.
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Saints lift to make Grand Final

The Saints were made to work by North Coffs but have made it into the Grand Final in the Seniors. The Swans won a tight Under 18s, meanwhile, Port further demonstrated their dominance in the Reserves.
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Second Semi-Final Preview

The top two sides of the regular season face off in all grades. Sawtell will start favourites with their stellar lineup against North Coffs in the Seniors, whilst the first-placed sides in the Reserves and Under 18s will look to overcome last start losses. Action starts at 11am. Preview enclosed.
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Juniors set for Finals

The AFL North Coast Juniors commence their finals series this weekend with Under 12s, 14s and 16s glory up for grabs.
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AFL North Coast Newsletter

In this article is new information about the new team in Greater Western Sydney, and also what is happening in Northern NSW.
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Hot 'Pies swoop on Swans

The Magpies turned around their recent record against the Swans to win comfortably in the first semi-final at BCU Stadium. The Kangaroos were eliminated from the Reserves and Under 18s, with the under-age match producing the tightest result of the day.
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Elimination Final showdown

There are no second chances after this weekend. The attached preview highlights the three matches on at BCU Stadium. Gates open 10am.
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Saints and Roos' keep winning

Sawtell and North Coffs both registered more than convincing wins. Down at Macksville, Nambucca Valley had their first win of the year and for a couple of seasons over Grafton.
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Round 15 Preview

The regular season finishes this weekend with the top four sides facing off with games at the Leisure Park, Macksville and Port Macquarie. Report enclosed.
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Early start at Macksville

With no Under 18s and Reserves at Macksville this weekend, both Grafton and Nambucca Valley have agreed to start their Seniors match at 1pm.
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The Future of AFLNC

Last week saw the AFL North Coast Board put forward their proposals for next year and beyond. Attached are a summary of the recommendations. Any feedback should be forwarded to your club committee by the end of the month.
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Swans celebrate in style

The Swans 10-year premiership celebrations were given a boost after the current squad got a win in a tight affair against Port Macquarie. Sawtell continued their stellar run in the only other Senior match of the weekend.
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Nambucca forfeit Seniors

Due to a critical player shortage, Nambucca Valley will forfeit this Saturday's match against North Coffs. Under 18s will be the only game played at the Leisure Park on the day.
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Round 14 Preview

Round 14 is the penultimate round with the match at Fitzroy Oval shaping as an important confidence-booster for the victor given they are all but assured of a replay in the Elimination Final. Sawtell travel to face Grafton, with North Coffs hosting Nambucca Valley.
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How are the ladders looking?

Leading into the penultimate round of the AFL North Coast competition, this article has a look at the ladders in all grades.
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Kangaroos running hot

North Coffs withstood the litmus test at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park with a dominant win over their cross-town rivals. The Saints also won easily whilst Port took another step to sealing fourth place with a big win over Grafton at home.
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Round 13 Preview

Only 3 rounds till the finals now, and there are still a few scores to settle, especially this weekend. The cross-town derby will see the Swans try and reverse their fortunes against the Kangaroos. The most important match is at Stuart Park where fourth spot is on the line. Macksville Park hosts the remaining game of the round.
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Umpires on road to finals

Like the clubs, the umpires are building up for another finals campaign. Their preparations will be aided with a visit from AFL NSW/ACT Umpiring Developing Officer, Carl Fletcher this week.
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AFL Holiday Fun for kids

AFL NSW/ACT will be holding NAB AFL Auskick Holiday Camps for 5-12 year olds during the school holidays.
For information on activities and dates are enclosed.
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Norths survive another Tigers attack

North Coffs continued their recent rivalry with Grafton with a win in another close match at Ellem Oval. The Saints flogged Port whilst the Coffs Swans held sway against the Lions.
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Volunteer and Coach of the Year Award

Nominations are being called for the AFL (NSW/ACT) Volunteer and Coach of the Year. More information enclosed.
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Round 12 Preview

The match of the weekend shapes to be the North Coffs v Grafton game at Ellem Oval. Both sides have a lot to prove. Other matches are at the Leisure Park and Macksville Park.
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AFL Academy kids face a learning curve

Eight local junior players in the AFL NSW/ACT Talent Academy are set for a steep learning curve this month.
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Swans 1999 Premiership Reunion

The Swans are holding their 10 year reunion for their 1999 Premiership win. More details plus contact details are enclosed.
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North Coast whitewashed by northern rivals

The North Coast were defeated in all three matches at Ballina and lost their stranglehold of the Mike Kenny Memorial Shield to the Far North Coast.
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Sweet revenge for Saints

The Saints are still second but stamped their authority on the competition with a resounding win over North Coffs. The Swans bounced back strongly as they defeated Grafton. The game at Port Macquarie was abandoned due to wet weather forcing the closure of Stuart Park.
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Round 11 Preview

No doubt the match of the Call to Arms Round is at Coffs Coast Leisure Park with only one loss being registered this year between the Kangaroos and Saints. Other matches are at Fitzroy Oval and Stuart Park.
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Call to Arms Round this weekend

The AFL North Coast will support the battle against men’s cancer this Saturday with its inaugural Call to Arms Round.
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NAB delivering value to you and your club

Did you know your Home Loan may mean $$$$ for your Club? See more for details.
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AFL Holiday Camps coming up

AFL NSW/ACT will conduct Holiday Camps for 5- 12 year olds in the coming holidays. Information enclosed.
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Big stage for Northern NSW schoolkids

The biggest day of AFL school football seen on the coast will take place next Wednesday July 8 at Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium & Leisure Park grounds.
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Saints the side to beat?

Sawtell have staked their claim for favouritism in the AFL North Coast competition after annihilating the Swans on the weekend. North Coffs enjoyed a strong win, whilst Grafton held off a spirited Nambucca Valley.
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No Under 18s this weekend

Unfortunately there will be no Under 18s matches played. This is the case with the Swans and Port Macquarie forfeiting due to lack of numbers, whilst Grafton do not have an Under 18s side. All other scheduled matches to go ahead at this stage.
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Round 10 Preview

It shapes up as another enticing round. Second place is up for grabs when the Swans take on Sawtell at Fitzroy Oval. Traditional rivals North Coffs and Port fight it out at Leisure Park, whilst Grafton hosts Nambucca.
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Changes to Junior Draw

The news is running hot....see attached for a summary of the new changes to the Junior draw and other information.
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Tribunal News

Swans defender, Damien Elks was found guilty by the tribunal for striking and will serve a 2 match suspension, with a further 4 week suspended sentence. Fellow Swan, Travis Christie took the prescribed penalty for striking in the same match.
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Class shows through

The top three sides all registered wins on the weekend. The Saints laid claims to the most impressive display of the weekend, accounting well for Grafton. The Swans pulled through in a physical encounter at Port, whilst North Coffs notched up the biggest score of 2009 in their win over the Lions.
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Round 9 Preview

It looks the weather gods will allow play this weekend, with all matches becoming more important in shaping the ladder as the season draws nearer to the finals. This week games are at Coffs Coast Leisure Park, Macksville Park and Port Macquarie's Stuart Park.
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Play by the Rules

Play By The Rules (www.playbytherules.net.au) is a free website which offers online training, information and resources for clubs and sporting organisations to ensure everyone involved in sport can do so in enjoyable, safe environments, free from discrimination or harassment. See more for further details.
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Bits & Pieces

In this article, we feature the promising junior development happening on the Coast, Rep Weekend news, TPP and coaching information, as well as key dates for the next couple of weeks.
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Rain forces cancellation of this weekend's matches

All games this weekend have been called off due to the wet weather. All grounds have been closed. Weather reports predict showers, possibly heavy at times till at least Monday.
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Round 8 Preview

Arguably the most defining round of this year's competition occurs this weekend. 1st plays 2nd at Fitzroy Oval, 4th plays 5th at Macksville Park and 3rd plays 6th at the Leisure Park.
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Coffs Auskicker set to play on big stage!

North Coffs Auskicker, Michael Lourens has been selected as a finalist in the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition. Michael will now take place in AFL Grand Final celebrations, including presenting a premiership medallion to a player from the premiership team.
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Change of grounds

Because Richardson Park is still closed Round 8 (Sawtell v Nambucca) and Round 9 (Sawtell v Grafton) will be played at Coffs Coast Leisure Park. As per the custom in previous years, the Port v Grafton game will be played at Macksville Park this weekend.
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Getting tighter at the top?

This weekend's matches should help form a clearer picture as to the shape of the candidates for this year's finals series. Last weekend showed Grafton and Port are becoming more competitive in the Senior competition.
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Norths get up in a thriller

It was almost one of the biggest upsets in AFL North Coast history with Grafton taking it right up to the competition leaders. Sawtell also survived a scare, whilst the Swans won easily over the Lions. Report enclosed.
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Round 7 Preview

The return to club football sees some interesting matchups. Games are hosted at Fitzroy Oval, the Coffs Coast Leisure Park and Stuart Park. Full report enclosed.
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North Coast win Rep Fixture

North Coast kept their proud Interleague record in tact with a strong win over a competitive South Coast outfit by 34 points. Full report follows.
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Umpire makes the grade

North Coast umpire, Mitchell Turner has been selected in the Under 15 V/Line Cup to be held in Melbourne later in the month.
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North Coast face southern rivals

The marquee event on the Representative calendar comes this Sunday as the North Coast takes on the South Coast at BCU International Stadium. Full story and details of day's proceedings enclosed.
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Talented High Schoolers set to invade Coffs

Elite level AFL football once again hits the North Coast with the NSW CHS (Combined High Schools) State Under 15 Championships being held at Coffs Harbour’s BCU International Stadium next week from Tuesday 2nd- Thursday 4th June.
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Pressure sets up Swans win

The Coffs Swans took a further step towards solidifying their top two placing in their win over Grafton. Port got the job done down the highway over Nambucca.
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Delay of Results

Due to computer difficulties, full details of the weekend's results may be delayed in terms of when they are put onto the website. They will be uploaded Monday, at the latest.
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FINAL Representative Squad announced

The AFL North Coast have named a formidable lineup for the clash against the South Coast AFL at BCU Stadium on the Sunday of the June long weekend.
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Round 6 Preview

The jockeying for positions on the ladder continues on Saturday with the Tigers in a battle to hold onto their top four placing in their match against the Swans at Fitzroy Oval. Nambucca host the 'Pies who currently outside the four on percentage.
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Norths v Sawtell fixture affected

The Seniors and Reserves matches between Sawtell and North Coffs have been called off due no suitable alternative to Richardson Park which is out of action due to the recent rain. The U18s clash will be moved to Fitzroy Oval and will start at the same time. See more for explanation.
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Richardson Park out of action

The rain has again had an effect on Sawtell's Richardson Park with the ground set to be out of action for around a month.
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Weather Watch: Latest Information on Weekend Matches

ALL games called off this weekend.
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Swans and Saints set up for duel

A tempting clash between Sawtell and the Coffs Swans looms as both sides easily passed tricky challenges on the weekend. They both continue to chase the Kangaroos who continued their unbeaten run.
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Round 4 Preview

This week sees games at Fitzroy Oval, Ellem Oval and the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. Preview enclosed.
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Provisional Seniors Rep Squad announced

The AFL North Coast Senior Representative Squad (provisional) has been named for the June long weekend clash on Sunday 7th June against the South Coast AFL.
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Junior Draw Change

The AFL North Coast Juniors draw has changed with the announcement Northern Beaches are pulling out of the Under 16 competition.
Further news and a copy of the amended draw can be found by clicking on the Junior AFL tab on the right of screen.
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Young players get noticed

Whilst no player made the State U15 and 16 squads, five Northern Heat players will be closely monitored by clubs as they were recently selected in the Talent Academy.
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Kangaroos extend their lead

North Coffs are a game and percentage clear of the opposition after a comfortable win over the Coffs Swans. Grafton and Sawtell also had resounding wins. See more for details.
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Round 3 Preview

The two unbeaten sides in Norths and the Swans face off at the Leisure Park this weekend. Other matches are at Ellem Oval and Macksville Park.
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Young talent gets taste of big smoke

Over the Anzac week, some of our best young talent got the chance to represent the Northern Heat at the Under 15/16 State Zone Trials. More information & photos of the week are enclosed.
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Saints recover well

The Saints rebounded with a strong win over Port in the match of the day. North Coffs lead the Swans on percentage after both enjoyed good wins today.
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Round 2 Preview

This weekend there are games are Ellem Oval, Macksville Park and the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. NOTE due to the wet Richardson Park surface, the Saints-Magpies match has been transferred to the Leisure Park.
See enclosed for preview.
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Rep News

This article contains news about the postponement/cancellation of Under 18 Rep clash and naming of the Senior Representative coaches.
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Junior Ground Changes: Round 3 and 4

The wet weather has had a lasting effect. Rounds 3 and 4 matches at Fitzroy Oval have been moved to the Coffs Coast Leisure Park (next to BCU Stadium). See article for more details.
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Norths get jump on defending premiers

North Coffs reversed the result from last year's Grand Final with a massive win over Sawtell.
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Anzac Day Match Preview

The Anzac Day blockbuster between North Coffs and Sawtell at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park will be a repeat of last year's Grand Final.
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Bits and Pieces

In this article: U15/16 State Zone Trials kick off, U18 Rep News, Northern NSW on the AFL Footy Show and Spida Night Cancellation.
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Swans and Port win

The competition kicked off with a bang on the weekend. The favourites got up but in close encounters against resilient opposition. Match reports enclosed.
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1st Round Preview: Ready for kick-off

With all the rain seeming to clear away, it seems fortunate that the AFL North Coast competition starts this weekend. Games will be at Grafton and Port Macquarie.
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Club Preview: Sawtell

Sawtell have been the consistent performers over the previous few seasons. With Russ Matthews again at the helm, the Saints will be keen to continue this culture of success.
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Swans-Grafton game moved

Due to the wet weather on the Coast and the state of Fitzroy Oval, the first round fixture between the Grafton Tigers and Coffs Swans has been moved to Ellem Oval.
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Club Preview: Port Macquarie

The Magpies will be keen to atone for an inconsistent year with another challenge for the flag. New coaches and key player departures will make it another interesting year for the Port outfit.
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Club Preview: Nambucca Valley

The Lions are looking to be more competitive this season, with a new coach and a few new recruits.
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Club Preview: Coffs Swans

A new look Swans outfit will be seeking premiership success after a derailed finals campaign last season.
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Junior games called off

The AFL North Coast Juniors competition was due to kick off this Sunday. However, due to the floods to the Mid North Coast, ALL games have been called off. The competition will now begin on Sunday 26 April.
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How about a night with Spida Everitt?

The AFL North Coast Board invites you to attend an evening with Peter "Spida" Everitt on Wednesday April 22nd.
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Northern NSW players shine at Heat Trials

Further to our previous story: The AFL NSW/ACT Northern Heat Trials has seen an unprecedented number of players form Northern NSW selected in the Under 15 & Under 16 teams to contest the State Trials in Sydney during April.
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U15 & U16 AFL TPP Northern Heat Trials

Following the success of the Northern Heat and it's North Coast representatives at the Under 18 State Zone Trials in Coffs Harbour in January, this weekend will see 30 players form Northern NSW travel to Lake Macquarie in an attempt to earn a position in the Northern Heat Under 15 and Under 16 teams.
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Club Preview: Grafton

The Northern outfit of the competition are in the best shape for many years after a productive off-season, with new recruits and sponsors joining the club. All is left is for a move into the top four.
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Club Preview: North Coffs

Back from holidays, I think it is appropriate to now look at the teams prospects in the 2009 competition. First under the microscope is last year's runners-up North Coffs who have been active over the pre-season.
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Beattie to play VFL with Geelong

Former Nambucca Valley Lions star, Scott Beattie has been selected by Geelong to play in the VFL.
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Umpire coaches gaining from the experience

North Coast Umpire Coaches, Rod Macpherson (Seniors) and Luke Turner (Juniors) went to Sydney recently to take part in the State Umpiring Network Conference.
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NAB Home Loan= money for your club

In May 2008, the National Australia Bank (NAB) formed a partnership with AFL (NSW/ACT) giving all senior and junior AFL clubs access to a potential revenue stream to tap into.
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Super Footy Weekend

A Super Footy Weekend will be held with a number of guests and activities planned for the 21st and 22nd March at John Paul College. See more for further information and how to enrol.
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Nambucca need your help

The Nambucca Valley Lions at the League Meeting tonight, conveyed they are struggling with player and committee numbers. Those able to help are encouraged to read this article for more information.
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Juniors Registration Days

The AFL North Coast Juniors season is proposed to start on Sunday 5th April. Now is the time to sign up with your local club. See more for upcoming registration days and club contact details.
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2009 Rule Changes

See article for changes to rules and intrepretations. Use discretion as some of the changes are more applicable to the elite AFL competition. This is also readable in our new Umpiring tab which will post umpire news and appointments.
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Swans Superpass on offer

A deal has come up where people can see the Sydney Swans four biggest matches of the year for only $50. See more for details.
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Damien Attwood in pursuit

Young talent in Academy Squads

Three local North Coast Juniors made their way on the Under 13 and 14 Academy Squads identifying potential stars of the future.
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Running for a good cause

Local football identity, Paul Courtney will be running for charity for the Ironman Australia Triathlon coming up in April. He is asking locals to dig deep and donate to the KIDS Foundation. More details follow.
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Locals miss out on Under 18 Rams

Unfortunately despite a good showing, no North Coast locals were chosen for the initial Under 18 Rams Squad for season 2009. There is still the opportunity for players to make their way into the squad. See more for details.
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Join us on Facebook

In addition to the Myspace AFL North Coast Social Group, a Facebook has been developed for fans of the game to talk AFL and network with other people. See more for details.
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Port have new men in charge

The Port Macquarie Magpies have secured the services of feisty on-baller Tim Donohue as coach for the 2009 AFL North Coast season.
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Heat enjoy sweet end to Zone Trials

The first two days haven't been kind to the Northern Heat but the side came out with renewed vigour and won both games on the final day of action at the Under 18 State Zone Trials.
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Day 2- Under 18 State Zone Trials

The Rebels continue to be the standout side after Day 2 action.
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Day 1- Under 18 State Zone Trials

Find out more for results and news from the opening day's action in the Trials.
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Set for action

Coffs Harbour is set to host the Under 18 State Zone Trials for the third successive year. This article also includes everything you need to know, including times, fixtures and team lists.
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Jeremy Kirkwood (right, courtesy of Queanbeyan Age)

Who else to look out for?

The Under 18 State Zone Trials will be littered with talented youngsters who have represented their state and also hold scholarships with AFL clubs. Read more to see who are the A-grade footballers to keep an eye on next week.
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Locals ready to perform

North Coast will be heavily represented in the upcoming Under 18 State Zone Trials next week in Coffs Harbour.
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Annual Publicity Report

Reflecting on the 2008 season, it has been a successful time in which the AFL North Coast has broadened and intensified its publicity efforts to help the game grow, and with many new ideas and innovations, 2009 is set to build upon last season's feats.
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Good Sports Team good for you and the League

The AFL North Coast has struck up a mutual partnership with a business called the Good Sports Team which offers deals and discounts to members at selected stores and in return the League and individual Clubs benefit with extra revenue streams.
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New Regional Manager

Come the 5th January a new man will be taking over the role as Regional Manager for Northern NSW AFL. Mark Heaney will step into the role vacated by Shane McAloon who will move to Tasmania to take on a teaching role.
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Coaches looking on

Training to learn as Bombers open their doors

As part of their one week stay, the Essendon Bombers hosted a Player and Coaches Clinic at their Pacific Bay Training Base last Saturday. It was well attended as 55 players and 28 coaches registered from far and wide to learn from the expertise of the coaching staff.
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AFLNC Board ready to go

The AFL North Coast Board was officially presented on Monday and are keen to start work in the New Year to improve the strategic direction of the game in the area.
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2009 Season Draw Finalised

The Senior AFL North Coast Executive have finalised and approved the draw for the 2009 season. Read on to access the final copy.
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Five make Northern Heat

Good news for the North Coast as five made the recent 24 man squad for the Northern Heat Under 18s who will compete in the State Trials in late January.
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Paddy Ryder- one of the Bombers players partaking in the Pre-Season camp

Essendon set to descend on Coffs

The Essendon Football Club will be in Coffs Harbour next week as part of their 2009 Pre-Season Camp. They will be accessible to the public, on the 19th and 20th December. See more for details on this.
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McAloon moving on

News has arisen that Northern NSW Regional Manager, Shane McAloon, has chosen to resign from his position effective mid December 2008.
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Young Talent Time

The best Under 18 talent from the North Coast will be contesting for a place in the final Northern Heat squad to contest the U18 State Selection Series at Coffs Harbour in January (20th-22nd).
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Bits and Pieces

Little bits and pieces of information has circulated over the last week. In this article:
* Coaches Applications
* Article on former AFLNC umpire
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Thomas (middle) was one of leading umpires in 2008

Local umpire moves home

The umpiring stocks have been hit with Darren Thomas deciding to move back to his native Victoria next season.
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Beattie (centre left) pictured with his former Lions teammates

Update: Scott Beattie

See more for a update to the Scott Beattie football story.
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Junior President's Report 2008

In this article is an excerpt of Tony Linnett's Junior President Report delivered at the AGM.
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Pearce still kicking on

Young Swan, Hamish Pearce has still got football on his mind, as he prepares for an upcoming training camp with the Under 18 Rams in Sydney.
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Senior President's Report 2008

Rod Macpherson, as interim president, delivered his President's Report for 2008 at the Senior AGM on Monday Night. The transcript is enclosed in this article.
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Macpherson (Right) is the AFLNC President for 2008/09

AGM Musical Chairs

The Senior AGM saw the same faces bob up with some moving into new positions within the League Executive.
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Tigers look to the future

The Grafton Tigers held their annual AGM last Wednesday night, with a strong showing demonstrating players and fans up north are keen to see the club progress.
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Few changes for the Juniors

The Junior AGM threw up few surprises with the majority of last year's committee continuing their terms into 2008/09.
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Recreational Footy almost here!

Recreational Football starts next Wednesday 15th October, 6pm at Advocate Park, Coffs Harbour. There is still time to enter as individuals or as part of a team. See more for details.
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AGM- Junior and Senior Associations

The Junior and Senior League Association AGM's are fast approaching and with some long-standing board members signalling their intention to step away, new ideas and fresh faces are needed to step up. See more for dates and further details.
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Swans AGM

The Coffs Swans Seniors AGM will be on Monday the 6th October at 7pm at the Coffs Hotel.
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Whistle blowers call end to their season

Rarely are the umpires mentioned or given praise, but in many ways they are the seventh club in the AFL North Coast competition and pride themselves on consistency. The group was able to achieve many great feats this season with the youngsters leading the way.
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Want more Grand Final pictures?

More photos of the AFL North Coast Grand Final can be found by accessing the Coffs Coast Independent website. See more for details.
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Thrill for youngster at Grand Final

Young Coffs Harbour Auskicker, Joshua Oliver experienced a dream yesterday presenting a premiership medallion at the AFL Grand Final.
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Rec Footy making a resurgence

Recreational Footy is back and due to start mid next month. It is a great social activity for footy nuts to socialise and keep fit during the off-season. See more for details.
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What do you think?

With the season at its end, there is still plenty to happen over the next few months. We always want to improve and we need your feedback to make this happen.
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Umpires delighted with grant

The AFL North Coast Umpiring Group are one of only 60 national recipients of the Bakers Delight Top Sports Club Grant.
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Toormina fall short of Semi Final berth

Toormina High School fell short of progressing to the semi finals of the Statewide Combined High School (CHS) Championships against a red-hot Bulli side at Fitzroy Oval.
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Locals make Northern Heat squad

The local football season is over, but now is the time where most of the selection trials begin on the road to regional and state honours. Last weekend, the Under 13 and 14 Northern Heat Trials were held at Lake Macquarie with some local kids making the side.
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Darby takes top prize

Justin Darby took out the Senior Best & Fairest Award at Grafton's Annual Presentation Night last Friday. See more for award winners and an amazing story as a footnote to this article.
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Swans legends steal the show

Evan Duryea may have won the Swans Best & Fairest however it was a moving presentation to two of the Swans Seniors stalwarts that stole the show at the club's annual Presentation Night.
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Sawtell scoop the pool

At the Junior Best & Fairest Night, Sawtell's players were rewarded for a dominant season claiming the highest honour in all grades. See more for report and all award winners.
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Junior season finishes with Saints dominant

The Saints have again dominated the Junior competition winning the Under 14 and 16 premierships well. North Coffs got some revenge taking out the closest match of the day in the Under 12s.
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Dawes wins Best & Fairest

In a well-supported night, it was Sam Dawes who triumphed to claim the Senior Best & Fairest award in his first year in the North Coast competition. Several other feats were recognised on the night, see more for details.
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Junior Grand Finals

It is the big day on Sunday for the Junior Grades with Premierships to be won in the Under 12s, 14s and 16s at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. NOTE: This venue has changed from Richardson Park that was deemed unfit for play due to the recent heavy rain.
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Top gong up for grabs

The League's Presentation Night is on this Saturday at the Coffs Hotel. We will have a look at the possible contenders for the respective awards and other important information. See more for details.
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Sawtell reign surpreme

The Sawtell Saints became Seniors premiers with a resounding win over North Coffs. Despite the narrow loss to their Reserves side, the Under 18s also won, capping off a great day for the club.
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Grand Final Preview

It all comes down to one game this Saturday for the three respective grades. Finalist specialists Sawtell and North Coast will battle it out for the Senior flag, with Sawtell again represented in all three grades.
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Finals Weather Forecast

The weather predictions look encouraging heading into Saturday and Sunday. See more for the Weather Forecast.
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Keys to the Flag

Looking at both teams on paper in the Seniors, there is class in most positions over the field. Here, we take a closer look as to the potential match winners for either side.
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Juniors finals are up and running

The Juniors finals commenced last weekend. For all the latest news and information, including results and the upcoming Best & Fairest Night, click on the AFL North Coast Juniors link on our webpage.
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Roos romp into decider

It was the Kangaroos day as they get another shot at premiership glory. They annihilated the Coffs Swans to set up a date with Sawtell. Port and the Swans won the other grades. See more for full report.
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Blake Ford- vital for the Swans in the Under 18s and Seniors on Saturday

Preview- Finals Wk 3

It's Preliminary Finals time and a cross-town rivalry is set to lead action this Saturday, with the Swans in danger of falling out the Finals race in the Seniors. They are also represented in the Reserves and Under 18s.
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Matthews wins Club Best & Fairest

Mercurial midfielder, Todd Matthews won Sawtell's Best & Fairest Award last Sunday.
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Strategic Board Function a success

Last week, a function was held, in which potential members of the new AFL North Coast Strategic Board met with current members of the Junior and Senior committee. Read more for details.
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Mark Couzens was Sawtell's best

Golden day for Saints

The Sawtell/Toormina Saints continued their dominance of the local competition winning all three grades and booking their place in the Grand Final.
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Peter Chadwick will need to lead by example for the Swans

Preview- Finals Wk 2

A chance for a streamlined path to the Grand Final awaits the victor of this weekend's games. Sawtell (3 grades) and the Coffs Swans (2 grades) are heavily represented, whilst Port will look to continue their strong tradition in the Reserves.
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Evan Duryea is one of the youngsters needing a big finals series (Photo: Fraser Young)

Swans look for youngsters to lead the way

With over a third of their squad being players under the age of 18, youngsters will be given the responsibility of guiding the Swans to premiership success.
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Mitchell (right) pictured with fellow Senior umpire, Neil Wood

Young umpire continues breakthrough year

Sixteen-year old North Coast umpire, Mitchell Turner, has marked a successful 2008 season with selection to the panel to officiate the Swans Cup Final at ANZ Stadium.
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Sawtell aim to return to the top

They tasted premiership glory in 2005 and 2006 and now Sawtell are well placed to do the same this year after a nail-biting loss in the decider last year.
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Norths keep dream alive

North Coffs kicked off the finals series with a bang as they produced an inspired performance against the Magpies. The Swans advanced in the Reserves, whilst Nambucca got a free ride in the Under 18s. Read more for details.
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Brad Giri will be vital (photo courtesy of Fraser Young)

Preview- Finals Wk 1

After six months of hard slog on the track and seventeen home and away matches behind them and it all comes down to one game on Saturday at BCU International Stadium. That's the proposition facing the sides in this weekend's Elimination Semi Finals.
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Port under the pump

Defending premiers, Port Macquarie face an uphill task to make an impact in the finals with recent form suggesting the fall of the Magpies. The black and whites, however, are a proud club and the side, under Matthew Newton and Paul Sheldon, always produce their best football at the BCU Stadium.
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Gillingham returns from Nationals

NSW/ACT AFL Under 16 Representative, Jack Gillingham has just returned from his sojourn to the Under 16 National Championships in Brisbane. See more for how he and his team went.
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Grafton to cause a scare

The Grafton Tigers head into the Reserve finals with form under their belt having won their last three matches.
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Nambucca’s cubs look to beat benchmark

The Swans have been the benchmark in the Under 18s this season, but the Nambucca Valley Lions look poised to challenge for their first under age premiership since 2005.
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North Coffs to thrive on finals pressure

It’s all or nothing as the North Coffs Kangaroos face the possibility of the elimination at every stage of the Senior finals series, but this is something the side will thrive on, one feels.
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Changes to AFL North Coast Website

Our website now has a new address. Access the AFLNC Website through www.aflnorthcoast.com.au
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Saints and Swans gear up for finals

Sawtell and the Coffs Swans both enjoyed good wins to finalise their preparations for the Finals Series starting next weekend. Grafton also finished off their season with a win. See more for full details and final ladders in all grades.
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Round 17 Preview

The final round has the action hotting up with the top four sides to use this week as good preparation for the finals series. North Coffs host the Swans, the Saints will face a tough trip to Port, whilst Grafton play home to the Lions.
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Swans stun Pies

The crucial clash of the round subsided into another strong win for the Swans at Fitzroy Oval. Sawtell won well against the Tigers whilst North Coffs cooled their heels after the Lions forfeited.
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Wet Weather News

With the steady recent fall of rain, all Under 18 and Reserves matches have been cancelled. Senior matches at this stage are scheduled to go ahead. See attached for changed match times.
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Round 16 Preview

It is now the business end of the season where form is paramount for the top four sides. The Coffs Swans v Port Macquarie clash at Fitzroy Oval will go a long way to deciding second spot on the ladder. It is a round of matches in Coffs Harbour, with other games staged at Richardson Park and Coffs Coast Leisure Park.
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Macpherson named interim president

The league executive last night appointed Rod Macpherson as interim president of the AFL North Coast.
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Woodlock resigns as president

Long-serving league president, Jim Woodlock, announced his immediate resignation late last week.
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Ben Hooke

Sawtell switch to cruise control

It was another weekend of dominant wins, with Sawtell headlining the act with a thorough display against the Kangaroos. The highlight was Ben Hooke kicking his 100th goal of the season. The Swans and Port also won easily.
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Gillingham makes final cut

Jack Gillingham is the sole North Coast player to make the Under 16 NSW/ACT Rams Squad to compete in the upcoming National Championships.
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The Board needs members

The AFL North Coast and AFL (NSW/ACT) is calling for interested individuals to help drive Australian Football by nominating as a member of the board. See more for details.
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Round 15 Preview

North Coffs will be looking to overcome their poor recent record against Sawtell at Richardson Park on Saturday. Other matches are crucial for the final position in the top two and are held at Ellem Oval and Stuart Park.
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Under 18 and Reserves Progress Report

With only three weeks till the finals series, it is a good chance for us to look at the shape of the Under 18 and Reserves competitions.
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Sawtell at their devillish best

Sawtell maintained their stronghold over the AFL North Coast competition with a resounding win over reigning premiers, Port Macquarie, at home. North Coffs and the Coffs Swans also enjoyed easy wins.
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Round 14 Preview

The top two has experienced great change over the last few weeks. In this week's top of the table clash and grand final replay, two seasoned rivals in Sawtell and Port battle it out at Richardson Park. Other interesting clashes take place at Macksville Park and Ellem Oval.
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Clean sweep for North Coast

The future of AFL is in great hands as was proven on Sunday. Despite the best efforts of the Northern Rivers who must be credited with playing an exciting brand of football, the North Coast won all three games and regained the Mike Kenny Shield. See more for details.
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Roos back in town

North Coffs are back into premiership reckoning after easily beating the Coffs Swans in another physical local derby. Sawtell and Port Macquarie are now first and second respectively after strong wins.
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Sawtell hold a good record over Nambucca Valley in recent years

Round 13 Preview

The cross-town derby between North Coffs and the Coffs Swans at Fitzroy Oval will be a true acid test for both sides. Other games are south down the highway at Macksville Park and Stuart Park.
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Hamish (R) is set to line up with Luke Brennan

Pearce to play Swans Reserves

The good news keeps on coming, as North Coast representative, Hamish Pearce has been selected in the Swans Reserves side this weekend.
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Juniors to hit the ground running

The AFL North Coast Juniors will be looking to continue their recent dominance in their representative fixture against AFL Northern Rivers this Sunday at Richardson Park, Sawtell.
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Amalgamation Update

Work is still continuing to ensure the alignment of Junior and Senior leagues occurs later this year. See more for details.
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Experience proves the key

Premiership experience proved invaluable as Sawtell and Port Macquarie notched up crucial wins in a tight round of AFL North Coast action. Grafton also broke their winless drought at Centennial Oval.
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Sawtell coach, Russ Matthews will be urging his charges for a strong effort this weekend

Round 12 Preview

A top of the table clash between the Swans and Saints at Fitzroy Oval headlines what is expected to be a tight round of matches in the AFL North Coast competition. Other matches are at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park and Centennial Oval. See more for details.
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TIO Stadium

Local Juniors off to Darwin

Jack Gillingham and Dylan Burkitt have been selected in the U16 NSW/ACT Rams squad to make the journey to Darwin to play the Northern Territory on Saturday.
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Fitzroy Oval to host gala day this Saturday

The much-anticipated Swans v Sawtell fixture on Saturday will incorporate both Junior and Senior matches, and will run throughout the entire day. For more information, click on the Events section of the website.
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Swans break decade long Port drought

The Swans won at Port Macquarie against the defending premiers for the first time in over a decade in an epic encounter. Sawtell and North Coffs also pressed their finals claims with strong wins.
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Jarrod Brian (L) and Hamish Pearce (R) will be crucial in Port v Swans match

Round 11 Preview

The complexion of the top two will possibly change this weekend with Port Macquarie aiming to knock off the Coffs Swans in the match of the round at Stuart Park. Other matches are at Richardson Park and Macksville Park.
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Swans and Sawtell extend their lead

It looks more and more like a Swans v Sawtell Grand Final after both sides overcame tough propositions on the weekend. Port Macquarie enjoyed the other win to consolidate their spot in the top four. See more for details.
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Ground update

The match between Sawtell/Toormina and North Coffs has been moved to No 1 Oval Stadium Drive (North Coffs home ground) because Richardson Park is closed due to the state of the ground.
All other matches are as scheduled.
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Round 10 Preview

The return to local footy this weekend features some cracking matches. The feature will be Sawtell against North Coffs in a traditional showdown at Richardson Park. Other matches are away at Ellem Oval and Macksville Park.
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Mixed results for North Coast

The North Coast Senior Representative side were competitive against seasoned performers throughout the Regional Championships.
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Regional Championships Preview

As local football has a general bye this weekend, all the focus is on the Representative side which is travelling all the way to Wagga to represent the North Coast against the best country AFL has to offer in the 2008 NSW/ACT Regional Championships.
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Final Representative Squad named

The coaching staff are excited to name the final 24 man squad for the long weekend carnival at Wagga Wagga.
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Port flex premiership muscle

In a competitive round, the Magpies kept their strong home ground record in tact to defeat Sawtell. Other matches saw win for North Coffs and the Coffs Swans, who now jump to first on the ladder.
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Motion passed regarding amalgation

A motion was passed at last night's AFLNC Seniors Special General Meeting which enacted an amalgation between the Junior and Senior leagues.
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Final decision on Rep Squad due soon

Selectors have reduced the Senior representative squad that will partake in the Regional Championships in Wagga over the June long weekend to 32 names. A final decision on the final composition of the squad is due early next week.
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Saints and Swans cement top two positions

Sawtell and the Coffs Swans had strong performances to consolidate positions at the top of the ladder. In the other match, Port silenced their critics with a dominant display against Grafton.
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North Coast the new hotspot

After the successful staging of the PSSA Carnival, the Coffs Coast is showing it is a popular attraction for events recognising talented players in the state.
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Round 8 Preview

Another weekend of football promises some enticing clashes. The cross-town derby highlights action between North Coffs and Coffs Swans. Other matches are set to be held at Richardson Park and Macksville Park.
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AFL Future Stars to decend on Coffs

Almost 300 of the states best junior Australian Footballers will arrive in Coffs Harbour this week to battle it out for the 2008 PSSA AFL State Championship.
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Brave North Coast side goes down

Despite their best efforts, the North Coast Under 18 Representative side was narrowly defeated against a well-established Black Diamond squad.
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Sawtell jump to top of the standings

Sawtell took full advantage of a weakened Swans lineup to comfortably win in their top of the table clash at Richardson Park.
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No Under 18 games this weekend

Due to representative commitments straining the player numbers for numerous teams, the decision has been made that no Under 18 matches will be played this Saturday.
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Young Saints make the grade

Further to their selection in the extended U16 State squad, Simon Taylor and Jack Gillingham have been named in the 24 man side in their first official state game.
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New Photos

We have added some new photos from Rivalry Round last weekend which celebrated 150 Years of Australian Football.
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Swans take over as Premiership favourites

The rest of the competition are now chasing the Coffs Swans after they smashed Port Macquarie on the weekend. Other matches saw strong wins for Sawtell and North Coffs. See more for details.
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Round 6 Preview

In what promises to be a great round of football, the feature match involves a top of the table match at Fitzroy Oval. In other matches, AFL returns to Woolgoolga, whilst North Coffs is at home at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park.
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Representative Squad Information

Training sessions have been organised for the North Coast U18 and Senior Representative Squads as they gear up for their respective games in coming weeks.
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AFL Juniors Report- Round 4

Junior football returned to the field last Sunday with North Coffs and the Swans prevailing in some competitive matches.
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Swan to visit Coffs Harbour this weekend

Sydney Swan, Luke Brennan will be at Fitzroy Oval when the Swans take on Port Macquarie on Saturday as part of Community Weekend celebrations.
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Last quarter again hurts Kangaroos

A strong finish from Sawtell saw them overcome North Coffs in the match of the round. Other matches saw wins for the top two sides.
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Two players make Under 16 State Squad

Sawtell duo, Simon Taylor and Jack Gillingham have made the 34 man Under 16 State Squad.
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Initial Senior Representative Squad named

Selectors have recently named an initial 43 man squad in preparations for the NSW Country Championships to be held in Wagga over the June long weekend.
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Local players impress for the Heat

In atrocious conditions, the North Coast players selected for the Northern Heat squad performed admirably against high quality opposition at the Under 15/16 State Trials at Riverview.
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Final decision made on games

Due to the recent torrential weather; all games have been called off this weekend.
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Round 4 Preview

The Grand Final replay between Sawtell/Toormina Saints and Port Magpies headlines Round 4 action. The other matches will be staged at Fitzroy Oval and Macksville Park.
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Early season form continues for 'Pies and Swans

The Port Magpies and Coffs Swans are entrenched in the top two after strong victories on the weekend.
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Round 3 Preview

In what is becoming a tight race for the top positions, this weekend matches will be staged at Fitzroy Oval, Ellem Oval and Macksville Park with the highlight being the cross-town clash between the Coffs Swans and North Coffs Kangaroos.
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Have your say!

Our recently added 'Poll' and 'Forum' features are designed for you, as supporters of the league to add your input on the direction and issues regarding the league.
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AFL Juniors Report- Round 3

The final round of Juniors competition before the school holiday break saw Sawtell and the Coffs Swans dominate preceedings.
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Local umpire going to Sydney

Young umpire, Mitch Turner will be joining the 14 North Coast Juniors in making the trip to St Ignatius College to participate in the Under 15/16 State Trials.
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Surprises as home teams get the spoils

Coffs Swans and the Grafton Tigers both overcame losses in the first round to win strongly against more established rivals at home in Round 2.
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Round 2 Preview

This week should feature home matches for the Coffs Swans, Grafton Tigers and Port Magpies. This round looks on paper, potentially, as one of the most hardly fought for this season.
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AFL Juniors Report- Round 2

The strong rivalry between Sawtell and North Coffs continued on the weekend with some competitive matches being played in the Under 12s and 14s.
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Fourteen local kids to represent Northern Heat

Indicative of the talent in our local competition, a total of 14 players have been selected to represent the Northern Heat in the Under 15 and 16 State Zone Trials in Sydney.
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Big guns fire in opening round

Port Macquarie, North Coffs and Sawtell enjoyed big wins in the opening round of Seniors competition.
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Footyweb Issues

Footyweb, the mode in which the league posts results and updates the ladder after each game, is currently experiencing some difficulties. We hope to be able to rectify this problem in the next day or two.
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The big boys set to kick off

The AFL North Coast competition is ready for a big start this weekend with Round 1 matches to be played in Sawtell, Port Macquarie and Macksville.
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Round 1 Junior Review

The Junior competition kicked off on the weekend with some great matches being played and some new stars coming through the ranks.
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Players to Watch

There are always those players who demand special attention or draw people to the footy each weekend. We take a look at each club and who can be expected to perform strongly in 2008.
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Port look for back-to-back premierships

Our last club preview features last year's premiers, the Port Macquarie Magpies. The side will be looking to continue their strong form and win the title all clubs will be gunning for in AFL's 150th year.
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AFL legend to visit Coffs Harbour

Former AFL champion Chris Grant will travel to Coffs Harbour on Saturday April 5 as part of the Australian Football 150 years experience. See article and attached PDF file for full details on the day.
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We need your help!

To help promote the profile of our league, we need your support every now and again to ensure we give our code the best chance to prosper in the local area. Read full story for details.
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Swans set for success with star signings

The Coffs Swans, boasting new star recruits and a fit and healthy captain-coach, are ready to fly up the ladder this season.
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Lions face uphill battle

Nambucca Valley will need to overcome injuries and a slide down the ladder over recent years if they are to find their way into finals contention this season.
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Local sides satisfactory in Tablelands Cup

The Sawtell Saints and the Nambucca Valley Lions competed in the Tablelands Cup over the weekend in Armidale as part of their preparations for the 2008 AFL North Coast season.
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Fresh 'Roos outfit ready to pounce

North Coffs, with a sense of rejuvenation and some more luck, believe they will be a strong threat to the top teams this season.
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150 Year Roadshow coming to Coffs

An all-day event is being planned to celebrate 150 years of AFL on Saturday 5th April at the Jetty Foreshores.
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Saints to soldier on without big names

Despite losing three key players, the return of a club identity and well-respected coach, has the Sawtell faithful confident of continued success this season.
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Coaches Course coming to town

A Level One Coaching Course will be held this Sunday 16th March at the John Paul College School Hall.
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Young umpire gets his chance

Young umpiring prodigy, Mitchell Turner has been selected in the Northern Regional Umpiring Squad.
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Time to sign up for the Juniors

With the Junior season is fast approaching, details on club sign-on days are enclosed, as we encourage prospective junior players to join a club now.
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Final draft of AFLNC Constitution released

The final draft and enclosed letter by Chris Mintern encompasses the changes to the structure of the AFL North Coast envisaged for the start of the 2009 season.
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Representative coaches announced for Seniors

Rod Macpherson and Paul Sheldon will coach the Representative side that will be looking to impress at Wagga during the June long weekend.
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Team Updates in Juniors and Seniors

With the junior and senior seasons fast approaching, it looks like all clubs will field sides in most grades.
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Local AFL player makes Rising Rams Squad

Young Coffs Swans player, Matthew Johnson, will represent the North Coast after he was named in Under 18 Rising Rams Squad.
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Learning the web with Footyweb

Club officials recently participated in a Footyweb training session that will lead to more greater efficiency when it comes to entering results.
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Under 18s to face a stern test

Exciting news has emerged with the Under 18 Representative Squad rostered on to face their Black Diamond counterparts in Newcastle on Saturday 17th May.
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