Tigers and Saints chasing first win

Grafton will be chasing its first ever win in the AFL North Coast women's competition on Saturday. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

WHOEVER wins the women’s match between Sawtell/Toormina and Grafton at Richardson Park on Saturday is sure to sing the club song with great gusto.

Neither side is yet to win a game in 2021 so barring a drawn match, the final siren will bring jubilant scenes.

As this the Tigers first season in the women’s competition a win for them would be an historic one.

Grafton coach Warren Bagnall said a win would also be fantastic for morale.

“It just helps them if we can get a win. I know it’s all about having fun but a win makes a big difference,” Bagnall said.

“We’re trying to get into the girls that playing footy is all about having fun and making friends and working together but getting a win certainly makes a difference.”

Jess Midivaine has been a key player in the Northern Beaches midfield. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

WITH this round marking the half way stage of the home and away season, the battle between Northern Beaches and Port Macquarie shapes as an important one.

The Blues can set themselves for a top two position and the highly sought after double chance come finals time if they can get the four points. For Port Macquarie a win puts them right in the hunt for a similar position while a loss could make it hard for them to jump any higher than fourth in the second half of the season.

Magpies co-captain Astyn Kirkby said getting games under their belt the past three weeks has been beneficial for them and Port is looking forward to meeting last year’s grand finalist.

“I think every week playing another side gives us a little bit more confidence and figuring out what the other teams are like,” Kirkby said.

“We’ve got a few wins behind us and we’re excited. We’re always keen for a challenge.”

ROUND 7 – Saturday, June 5

SAWTELL/TOORMINA vs GRAFTON at Richardson Park, Sawtell
(9.20am – Under-17s; 11.10am – Women; 12.40pm – Reserves; 2.50pm – Seniors)
NORTHERN BEACHES vs PORT MACQUARIE at Centennial Oval, Woolgoolga
(11.50am – Women; 1.20pm – Reserves; 2.50pm – Seniors)
NAMBUCCA VALLEY vs LISMORE SWANS at EJ Biffin Playing Fields, Nambucca Heads
(2.15pm – Seniors)
COFFS BREAKERS vs CASINO LIONS at Fitzroy Oval/Old Camp, Coffs Harbour
(1.00pm – Seniors)

The Coffs Breakers Under-17s will be playing a cross-conference match against Inverell Saints at Inverell. The match starts at 11am.