By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON Tigers were mauled 207-0 by a rampant Port Macquarie Magpies in an AFL game at Stuart Park, Port Macquarie on Saturday.
And not even the team's bus driver could save the hapless Tigers who suffered one of the club's worst defeats in the history of the North Coast Australian Football League.
The Tigers could only muster 14 instead of 18 players against premiership favourites Port Macquarie and paid with the embarrassing scoreline.
"Very disappointing," Tigers stunned coach Leith Basset said. "We were forced to use our team bus driver and two other players we managed to wrangle up for the day who had never played Aussie Rules."
Sadly, Grafton failed to trouble the score sheets all day ? not one goal or behind was scored by the visiting team. In fact the team hardly managed to get the ball past the attacking centre line.
"We were just outmanned and outnumbered," Basset said.
"To be honest the scoreline could have been worse. Other clubs have copped heavier defeats but it's not good for the club. We had a number of players who for one reason or another didn't make the trip. One thing I will say is full credit to those who did show up."
Taking advantage of the extremely undermanned Grafton, Port Macquarie ran rampant all over Stuart Park.
Dean Geddes was the main beneficiary of the advantage in player numbers, finishing with 13 goals, 78 points, which is the biggest single individual haul this season.
Port's Craig Roberts continued his form in front of goal grabbing another five majors (30 points) in a match that turned out to be little more than a glorified training run for the home side.