Coffs Banana Benders ... oops, Comets ... defeat Sawtell
Update Sunday 5pm
A 30-all draw between South Grafton and Grafton gives the Rebels the minor premiership by one point over the Comets.
COFFS Harbour Comets have the Group 2 minor premiership in their sights after a nail-biting victory over Sawtell in the final round of the minor premiership.
Rain cleared and the coast's best weather was on display as the men wearing the historic Banana Bender jersey upstaged the Panthers 38-16 in a local derby at Geoff King Motors Oval.
A loss by South Grafton will see the Rebels finish the minor premiership in equal first place with the Comets, who would then claim the minor premier title on percentages.
More-so than the Rebels, the Comets have played consistent football throughout the season and particularly well in recent rounds.
There were errors from both sides in what was gritty game but the home side was ultimately a cut above.
The Comets, who are perhaps one of the more underrated sides in this year's competition, now have an undeniable opportunity to take out their second title in three seasons.
While it's an exciting prospect, coach Colin Speed said the team needs to remain focused on the task at hand.
"We were probably thinking about the future today rather than playing in the present and that's where we need to get back to, worrying about our own future and not what other results are going to occur," he said.
The loss by the Panthers marks the end of their season.
"We were capable of putting points on the top side but through injuries and our discipline throughout the season, we see ourselves where we are now," captain-coach Steven Spencer said.
He too has the Comets pegged as underdogs for the premiership title.
"They were obviously the better side today and prevailed in the long run.
"They'll give the competition a shake later on."
It was Old Boys day for the Comets with players donning retro Banana Bender jerseys in celebration of the club's 50 year history.
COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 38 (Billy Griffiths, Kerrod Selmes, Sam Miles, Kelcie Davis, John Oakes, Abel Lefaoseu, Matt Cheeseman tries; Nathan Curry 5 goals) def SAWTELL PANTHERS 16 (Nathan Davies, Chris Watkins, Lachlan Miller tries; Lachlan Miller, Shane Holten goals)
Nambucca Heads d Orara Valley 46-16
South Grafton and Grafton 30-all draw