The Coffs Harbour Breakers have shown they will be a big threat to defend their title after a six-point win against this season’s minor premiers the Grafton Tigers.
The Breakers head into this weekend’s AFL North Coast finals series on the back of four straight wins and their statement victory – a 10.10 (70) to 9.10 (64) triumph against the Tigers in Grafton.
It was the first time a side had beaten the Tigers on their home turf this season, and should provide a big psychological boost for the Breakers who look to defend their 2019 premiership.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead to be up by 20 points at quarter time, before the Breakers fought back to cut the lead to 9 at half-time.
The Breakers headed into the fourth quarter holding a slender three-point lead, and a grand stand finish was on the cards.
The Breakers would come through in the clutch to win by a goal and record their first win against the Tigers this season.
The Breakers now host the Sawtell/Toormina Saints in their elimination semi-final this weekend, with the winner to play the Grafton Tigers in this year’s grand final.
The Saints finished their home and away season with a big 13.23 (101) to 3.8 (26) win on the road against the Port Macquarie Magpies.
The Coffs Harbour Breakers finished their home and away season undefeated, capping off a dominant season with a 62-point victory against the Northern Beaches Blues in Grafton.
The Nambucca Valley Lions also had an unbeaten home and away season, recording their ninth straight win in a 33-point victory against the Northern Beaches Blues.