Sawtell beats rival Coffs Swans
SAWTELL bounced back to the winners' list with a resounding 52-point thumping of cross-town rival Coffs Swans at the weekend.
The Saints raced out of the blocks to establish a four-goal lead by the first break and were never threatened after that.
Served well by full-forward Robbie Zeegers, who kicked six goals for the afternoon to match the opposition's score line, the Saints made a return in heavy conditions at Richardson Park to some of the fluid ball movement that has seen it win five of the past six premierships.
Sawtell coach Les Cohen said that Saturday's win wasn't created by the usual suspects.
Often the Saints have dominated the midfield battle but Cohen said the drive against the Swans came from a different part of the ground.
“I thought it was even in the middle,” Cohen said.
“It was our defence and run from there that won it for us I think.
"We have a set playing style that we want to stick to and because of that we were able to get a lot of drive off half-back.”
Cohen was also thrilled with the way the young players filled the breach for some experience which is missing from the line up.
“We've just got some unbelievable kids who work hard,” he said.
The Swans were made to look slow at times and they allowed the ball out of their forward 50 all too easily.
The Swans were well-served in the ruck by recruit Patrick Curtain as well as Sam Turner who finished the day with two goals as did the evergreen Tristan Snow.