The Grafton Under-18 Tigers defeated Sawtell Saints, 115-49, to save the day.
The Grafton Under-18 Tigers defeated Sawtell Saints, 115-49, to save the day.

Sawtell too strong



for Grafton TigersTHE Saints are still on top of the ladder with only one match to go after recording a scrappy 81-point win over Grafton on Saturday in the North Coast Australian Football series.

Hard men like Mark Couzens and Jai Hardy thrive on the sniff of a physical encounter. These two were again at the forefront for the premiership favourites, as was the improved player in the league this year Dave Carey. He's become more than a tap ruckman. He has started to take marks around the ground and, more importantly, has become a weapon when he pushes forward.

Grafton again put up a spirited showing at home but they really need to pick up a couple of class players over summer to turn their game around. After they made the finals a couple of years ago most thought the club would start to thrive. This hasn't been the case and it appears we'll need to wait for the generational change that their Under-18s team will provide before continued success at the senior level arrives at Grafton.

The Saints were scrappy but they got the job done. Maybe like everyone else they were looking towards next week's big clash at Richardson when they take on Port Macquarie.

nAT the start of the year not many though it was possible but Nambucca Valley will be playing finals football in their inaugural season. When the club formed at the start of the year, Lions committee members thought it would be hard slog for two or three years.

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