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Bright future ahead as Junior stars shine

It’s fair to say that Lilli-Yanna Moody has taken to AFL like a duck to water! In just her second season playing with the Sawtell Toormina Saints, the former Australian Junior Basketball representative was named the Nikki Wallace Medallist as

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Breakers had a season of dominance

THE Coffs Breakers don’t have any Premiership cups to show for their magnificent 2021 season but club president Jay Guthrie said the year will still be classed as a runaway success. “From my point of view I never gauge success

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Tiger cubs roar to life

AFTER losing two of their first three games in 2021, Grafton’s under-17s team hit a purple patch of form that saw the Tigers undefeated for the rest of the season. Their strong seven goals to two second half in the

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Port juniors show strength in numbers

PORT Macquarie’s junior club had a fantastic 2021 with three minor premierships and an increase in player numbers. This season there were 126 players who made up seven teams across the four age groups at Wayne Richards Park as well

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Saints girls had a perfect season

  SAWTELL/TOORMINA’S Youth Girls team came within 24 hours of trying to complete an undefeated season when a statewide lockdown was called due to rising COVID-19 numbers in NSW the day before the grand final was going to be played.

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Medal win earns Duryea a slice of history

THE win of Fraser Duryea in the 2021 Brian Saville Medal count has placed the Northern Beaches star in rare company. Duryea has become only the second player in the 40 year history of the AFL North Coast to win

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Gina caps off a debut season to remember

TWELVE months ago Gina Cardillo had never pulled on a football boot. Now the super fit midfielder is the toast of the AFL North Coast women’s competition after winning the League Best & Fairest award. Cardillo’s ability to get from

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“On this day in September” – 27 September

In this last edition of our “On this day in September” series we take the shortest possible stroll down memory lane, going back to the Grand Finals of 2020. 2020 JUNIOR GRAND FINALS Under 11: Port Macquarie Flyers 10.10 (70)

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Unsung heroes: Displaced umpires soldiering on through the pandemic

  The following article by Vince Rugari was published on Wednesday (22 Sept) in the Sydney Morning Herald and provides a great insight to the sacrifices people make to be involved in an AFL Grand Final. Michael Barlow remembers it

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An open letter from Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO

To everyone involved in community football in 2021 – thank you! To everyone involved in community football leagues, clubs and programs across Australia, I want to say a sincere thank you for bringing the game back in what has been

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