More than just bragging rights at stake for Breakers
IT’S a simple equation for the Coffs Breakers. Win or say goodbye to any hopes of grabbing the valuable double chance come finals time.
Standing in the Breakers’ way is a Sawtell/Toormina outfit still smarting from the two point loss it had against its cross-town rival earlier in the year.
The Saints turned the tables in the most recent meeting but their thirst for revenge hasn’t been satisfied yet.
It’s the desperation of both teams to win that makes the anticipation ahead of this local derby so tantalising.
Breakers’ two-point win in the first meeting of the season between these teams really ignited the passions that goes with a true local derby. It stung Sawtell, who are used to being the top team in the area, and they flexed their muscles to claim a strong win in the second derby. This time around it’s Breakers that has rise to the challenge and show they have what it takes to compete on the big stage.”
The sub-plot to the derby is in the competition ladder. If Breakers win they leapfrog Sawtell into second place, if Sawtell win they move two wins clear of Breakers and will be hard to overcome for the second chance in the Finals. Today’s match isn’t just about bragging rights, it’s also going to be key to how the rest of the season plays out.
It’s been no secret Grafton has struggled enormously this year.
The Tigers are winless and are simply aiming to get through the year before spending a summer trying to gain recruits who will be coming to area while work on a new prison and the Pacific Hwy upgrade ramps up.
Until then Grafton needs to front up against teams needing not only the four points but percentage as well.
Port Macquarie makes the long road trip north today and although the tyranny of distance means the Magpies will field a weakened line-up they will still win comfortably.
AFL NORTH COAST
Coffs Breakers v Sawtell/Toormina
Grafton v Port Macquarie