Pride goes on the line for Seniors

Coffs Harbour Breakers have the chance to seal top spot in the local derby with Sawtell Toormina Saints.

Breakers will be playing at home against their biggest foe and it is hard to imagine that the team in teal will see this as anything other than a chance to flex their muscles. They are yet to taste defeat against the Saints in the 2019 season and will want to complete the clean sweep in the home and away rounds.

The Saints appeared to have a great chance to start a serious run towards the Finals last week against Port but appeared to be a couple of players short of being able to compete for 100 minutes. They have secured a spot in this season’s Finals but will expect that to be short lived if they can’t prove to themselves that they can beat a top two team, which is a feat they haven’t accomplished yet this year. Saturday’s match represents the last chance saloon to achieve such a win before the spotlight of Finals arrives.

Port Macquarie Magpies returned to winning ways last week. Questions were being asked about their premiership credentials after the loss to Breakers in the previous round, but last week’s win reminded everyone that it’s far too soon to write off the Magpies chances.

The Magpies host Grafton Tigers who have to overcome the disappointment of a lean season and the challenges of travel before they can even contemplate challenging Port. The Tiger creed is to have a go even when things are tough and this has been exemplified by the younger troops this season. These youngsters have shown the club’s future promise and it’s up to all Tigers to rally now and lay a foundation for 2020.

Round 14 fixtures – Saturday 10 August

Coffs Harbour Breakers v Sawtell Toormina Saints at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour (Under 17 at 10:00am, Women at 11:50am, Reserves at 1:20pm, Seniors at 2:50pm)

Port Macquarie Magpies v Grafton Tigers / Northern Beaches Blues at Wayne Richards Park, Port Macquarie (Under 17 at 10:00am, Women at 11:50am, Reserves at 1:20pm, Seniors at 2:50pm)