Saints bounce Swans to throw AFL North Coast race wide open
COFFS Swans suffered its first loss of the season after Sawtell-Toormina handed out an emphatic hiding at Fitzroy Oval.
Billed as a grand final preview between the top two teams on the AFL North Coast ladder, the Swans looked anything like premiership material as the Saints raced away in the second half to an 87-point victory.
Camden Haven made the long trek up the Pacific Highway to Grafton but made the long drive home empty handed as the home team inflicted a punishing 140-point defeat of the Bombers.
The win solidifies the Tigers spot in third on the ladder but hopes of getting within reach of the top two were dashed by the result at Fitzroy Oval.
Port Macquarie's finals hopes are still alive after a 124-point victory over the still winless North Coffs Kangaroos.
Coffs Swans 1.2 6.3 7.6 8.6 (54) bt Sawtell-Toormina Saints 6.4 9.7 14.8 21.15 (141)
Goals - Sawtell: J Angel 5, M Couzens 5, A Clarke 5, E Schmitt 2, L Benson, J Alty, M Cole, J Neaves; Swans: S Turner 3, J Guthrie 3, M Cannan, M Jones. Best - Sawtell: M Couzens, A Clarke, L Matthews, R Woolley, J Angel, J Alty; Swans: J Carey, S Burow, J Goding, J Guthrie, M Hall, S Hardes.
Reserves: Sawtell-Toormina 14.9 (93) bt Coffs Swans 7.4 (46)
Under-18s: Sawtell-Toormina 26.16 (172) bt Coffs Swans 5.3 (33)
Grafton Tigers 8.3 15.5 20.9 30.13 (193) bt Camden Haven 2.1 3.4 6.5 8.5 (53)
Goals - Grafton: L Anderson 7, M Blundell 6, S Morrison 6, L Newman 3, K Hancock 2, I Rosser 2, J Lollback , S Purton , D McGregor , J Mclaughlin; Camden Haven: B Hayward 3, J Swain 2, B Smith 2, G Wiegold.
Port Macquarie Magpies: 3.5 9.7 15.9 21.10 (136) bt North Coffs Kangaroos 0.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 (12)
Goals - Port: K Lynch 6, L Carroll 5, S Todd 2, S Dickson 2, J Wright 2, J Cullen, K Crowhurst, C Carroll, M Harris; North Coffs: J Coad, J Lansdowne
Under-18s: Port Macquarie 32.24 (216) bt North Coffs 0.1 (1)