The Coffs Harbour Breakers are the kings of the AFL North Coast after winning this year’s grand final against the Port Macquarie Magpies.
The Breakers capped off a stellar season with a 16.8 (104) to 11.10 (76) win in their premiership decider at Ce.x Coffs International Stadium.
A dominant final quarter saw the Breakers blow apart what had been a close game as the Breakers held a three-point lead at three quarter time.
With the game in the balance, it was all one-way traffic in the final quarter as two quick goals to start the fourth was the spark the Breakers needed to bring home the premiership cup – setting up a 26-1 final quarter which proved to be the difference.
The Breakers earnt the ultimate redemption after losing the last two premiership deciders, adding a second premiership flag to the club’s first triumph in 2016.
There were some nervous moments for the Breakers on the way to their premiership win, as a rampaging run from the Magpies to start the third quarter saw them take a 60-46 lead.
But great teams like the Breakers respond when it counts, as the minor premiers bounced back with a run of goals of their own to take back the lead and take all the momentum into the final quarter.
It was a back and forth start to the premiership decider with teams trading goals and the Magpies taking a one-point lead into quarter time.
The Breakers started to assert their authority in the second quarter as they flexed their muscles up forward.
The back and forth and even nature of the contest continued as the Magpies kept in touch with the Breakers holding a five-point halftime lead.
It would be the Breakers brilliant final quarter and finish to the third quarter which would prove to be the match winning moments for the 2019 premiers.
Shaydan Close and Liam Paige were constant threats up forward for the Breakers kicking four goals each, while Ben Gibbeson contributed three goals.
Nicklaus Stanlan-Velt finished the season with a league leading 79 goals after kicking two in the grand final.
Jesse Schmidt was the best for the Magpies kicking four goals.
The Sawtell/Toormina Saints and Port Macquarie Magpies played out an absolute classic in their premiership decider.
The grand final rematch lived up to all expectations coming down to the final frantic seconds.
The Magpies won their first ever women’s premiership by just one point, as the Port Macquarie side denied the Saints the chance for back-to-back titles.
The Magpies won the second ever AFL North Coast women’s premiership with a 2.9 (21) to 3.2 (20) victory.
The Coffs Harbour Breakers won their grand final in emphatic style with a 11.5 (71) to 3.6 (24) win against the Sawtell/Toormina Saints.
The Breakers snapped a five-match losing run against the minor premier Saints at the best time possible when it mattered the most.