The Port Macquarie Magpies are through to this year’s AFL North Coast grand final after a 51-point win against the Sawtell/Toormina Saints in their preliminary final at Ce.x Coffs International Stadium.
The Magpies qualified for their first grand final in four years with a 15.9 (99) to 6.12 (48) win against the Saints.
The Magpies took a three-point lead into quarter time before asserting their authority in the second quarter with a run of goals in what would prove to be the pivotal period, as the Magpies dominated the inside 50’s and stoppages to take a 32-point half-time lead.
The Saints responded by dominating the third quarter with free-flowing football allowing them numerous chances inside 50, which cut the lead to 21 heading into the final quarter.
But any hope of a Saints comeback was dashed after the Magpies kicked the first four goals of the quarter to seal their spot in this year’s premiership decider.
The Magpies will now meet the Coffs Harbour Breakers in this Saturday’s grand final at the Ce.x Coffs International Stadium.
The Coffs Harbour Breakers will meet the Northern Beaches Blues in this year’s grand final after their 8.9 (57) to 3.4 (22) win in their preliminary final against the Port Macquarie Magpies.
The Coffs Harbour Breakers will meet the Sawtell/Toormina Saints in the 2019 grand final after a dominant 16.10 (106) to 8.6 (54) win in their preliminary final against the Port Macquarie Magpies.