Signs of success for Saints

Sawtell/Toormina's Hamish Anderson was awarded the Anzac Medal for his performance against the Coffs Breakers. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

SAWTELL/TOORMINA is taking nothing but the positives from last week’s loss in the opening round.

The Saints were comfortably beaten by the Coffs Breakers but they’ll be taking good vibes with them against Port Macquarie according to senior coach Nic Morgan.

“That fourth quarter against the Breakers shows what we’re going to get to, now it’s just a matter of following that road map to get there,” Morgan said

“I’ve no doubt we’re going to be singing our song a few times this year. A lot more than we don’t.”

Coach Nic Morgan is guiding Sawtell/Toormina in 2022. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

Alana Hanson gets a centre bounce knockout over Coffs Breakers Bella Crawley. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

Breakers and Blues back in battle

THEY’VE been the best two teams of the past two seasons and last week both the Coffs Breakers and Northern Beaches were comfortable Round 1 winners.

It bodes for another amazing contest when the two meet at Fitzroy Oval on Saturday.

The Blues strong running midfielders will look to move the ball quickly into their forward line.

The Breakers are strong in contested situations.

Coffs has won 18 of its past 19 matches. That single loss came at the hands of Northern Beaches 10 months ago when the Blues won at Fitzroy Oval by a goal.

A similar tight contest is expected this time around.

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Both Lions begin their seasons

THE Reserves will see the two sets of Lions get their 2022 campaigns underway.

Nambucca Valley had the bye last week. This week will see the Lions playing on their home ground in their first match of the season against Northern Beaches.

The Casino Lions were meant to begin their season last week but their clash against Port Macquarie was called off due to the grounds in the Hastings Regional Council area being closed.

On Saturday the Lions will be at home against Grafton.

The start times for both matches are different to when the usual first bounce is done for a Reserves match.

The match at Nambucca Heads will begin at 12.45pm to give their Northern Beaches opponents a chance to catch the start of the senior match in Coffs Harbour.

Grafton’s Reserves will be starting later with the encounter at Casino beginning at 2.30pm.

ROUND 2 – Saturday, April 30

COFFS BREAKERS vs NORTHERN BEACHES at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour
(10.00am – Under-17s [Breakers vs Grafton]; Women; 1.20pm – Women; 3.00pm – Seniors)
SAWTELL/TOORMINA vs PORT MACQUARIE at Richardson Park, Sawtell
(10.00am – Under-17s; 11.50am – Women; 1.20pm – Reserves; 2.50pm – Seniors)

CASINO LIONS vs GRAFTON at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino
(2.30pm – Reserves)
NAMBUCCA VALLEY vs NORTHERN BEACHES at EJ Biffin Fields, Nambucca Heads
(12.45pm – Reserves)

Final scores from around the grounds will be posted on Twitter and Instagram soon after the siren sounds in the senior matches – Follow @AFLNorthCoast