Breakers through to Grand Finals in both Under 17 and Reserves
Coffs Harbour Breakers claimed a double over Port Macquarie Magpies in Under 17 and Reserves to knock the defending Premiers out of both grades.
In Under 17, Breakers superior playing depth proved too much of an obstacle for the Magpies who were in the contest in the early stages but ran out of steam as the match progressed. The Magpies task got even harder when their already low numbers were further depleted by a suspected broken thumb and possible concussion.
Breakers won all four quarters to run out victors by a comfortable 52 points. Despite trailing by 33 points at half time, Port battled on valiantly in the second half and even though they couldn’t eat into the lead they did produce their best scoring output in the final term.
Franklin Antonysamburuma was involved in all of Breakers best passages of play and rounded a great personal effort by kicking four goals. Quenten Close and Jayden Kennedy slotted three majors each while Aden Van Ryswyk added two.
Port’s main avenue to goal was Will Cuckson with three. Layton Gray and Hamish Leslie contributed two goals each in a gutsy team performance by the Magpies.
Coffs Harbour Breakers 16.10 (106) defeated Port Macquarie Magpies 8.6 (54)
The Reserve Grade match saw Port well and truly in the match to half time before Breakers grabbed the initiative in the third and went on with the job in the last.
Port led at the first break before Breakers nudged ahead to hold a five point advantage at the half. Breakers were able to extend that lead to 15 points by three quarter time and, although this was far from being a match winning break, the Magpies were visibly tiring and were always going to struggle to mount a fight back.
Breakers put their foot down in the last term and added three more goals whilst holding Port scoreless to record a 37 point win.
Jacob Hicks, Chris McCallum, and Gabe Ellicott were the multiple goal kickers for Breakers with two apiece.
Port’s goals were kicked by Blake Nelson, Mik Rolfe, and Sam Johnson.
Coffs Harbour Breakers 8.11 (59) defeated Port Macquarie Magpies 3.4 (22)
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