Blues win comeback premiership

It was a victory over a decade in the making.

The Northern Beaches Blues have completed a fairy-tale comeback in their return to senior competition by winning the AFL North Coast Reserves grand final against the Coffs Harbour Breakers.

The Blues returned to senior footy this year after a 13-year absence having last entered a team in 2006.

The Blues added another premiership to the nine seniors flags they won from 1982 to 1998 as the Woolgoolga Blues.

The Blues won this year’s premiership after holding off a determined Breakers side in a five-point thriller at Ce.x Coffs International Stadium.

The Breakers took a seven-point lead into quarter time thanks to some immense early pressure.

The Breakers continued to win the territory battle in the second quarter, but it was the Blues who made the most of their opportunities inside 50 to take a one goal lead into the main break.

The theme of the game continued into the third quarter as the Breakers won plenty of possession but were unable to apply the necessary scoreboard pressure, as the Blues took a ten-point lead into three quarter time.

The Breakers got the first goal of the final quarter to cut the lead to four, setting up a grand stand finish with just ten minutes to go and the premiership cup up for grabs.

The Blues responded to the Breakers challenge kicking a goal for an eleven-point lead.

A frenetic finish ensued as the Breakers cut the lead to a single goal with only five minutes remaining.

Despite a number of late chances for the Breakers, the Blues remained resolute holding on for a 5.7 (37) to 4.8 (32) victory and a long-awaited premiership.

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