Women’s title race is wide open

Coffs Harbour Breakers sprung the surprise of the season when they handed the highly fancied Port Magpies their first loss of the season. That result, combined with Sawtell’s win over Northern Beaches/Grafton, sees the top three teams within one win of each other to set the season up beautifully.

Breakers held an 11 point half time lead then dominated the third term to go to the last break with a healthy 17 point advantage. Port fought back in the last quarter and held Breakers to just one behind but couldn’t post enough majors to get across the line.

Bella Crawley was outstanding for the Breakers, as were Sarah Vidler and club debutant Courtney Whitton. Full forward Takiah Pizzi kicked two goals with extras added by captain Katika Adams, Amber McRae-Mitchell, and Lisa Flick.

Port were missing several key players so Anishah Burnes stepped up with two goals and Casey Miosge kicked one on her return to her former home.

Coffs Harbour Breakers 5.2 (32) defeated Port Macquarie Magpies 3.5 (23)

Sawtell’s win over Northern Beaches/Grafton saw them assume top position on the ladder for the first time this season.

The Saints look like they’re finding their feet without a number of key players from last year’s premiership winning team and won’t give up their title without a fight.

Northern Beaches/Grafton defenders did a great job working as a unit to keep Keira Basset to just two goals for the day, however the Saints were able to find seven other avenues to goal to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Vienna Schoeffel led the way with three majors whilst Lauren Grimaldi joined Basset as the other multiple goal kicker with two.

The “Blue Tigers” were missing a number of key players and were unaccustomed to playing wet weather footy. They will be primed to play at home in Woolgoolga next week against the Breakers, knowing that they are the team that they have matched up best on to date.

Sawtell Toormina Saints 12.10 (82) defeated Northern Beaches/Grafton 0.0 (0)

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