The Grafton Tigers don?t lack commitment, but they have failed to live up to early promising in the 2006 North Coast AFL seaso
The Grafton Tigers don?t lack commitment, but they have failed to live up to early promising in the 2006 North Coast AFL seaso

Tigers may need rethink



THE corner may have been turned at Macksville as Nambucca Valley have recorded their first victory of the year, defeating Grafton by 48 points, the biggest margin of the weekend.

After making the finals in the debut season last year, the Lions five losses to open the season have been a disappointment, but Saturday's win may just turn their season around as they look forward to playing the next two matches on their home ground.

Jumping out to an unassailable 33-point lead at the main interval, the Lions went on with the job in the third quarter to build a 10-goal lead.

Terry Baldwin led the goalkicking for Nambucca with four goals, but Scott Beattie was outstanding with his work around the ground and collected three goals himself.

Grafton were missing some key players in Warren Bagnall, Scott Onus and Carl Boehme, but the loss means that Grafton now need to re-evaluate their progress as their performances over the last three weeks have been a let-down after a promising start to the season.

GRAFTON: 0.3 2.7 4.9 8.14 (62)

NAMBUCCA VALLEY: 2.1 8.4 14.9 16.14 (110)

Goals: N Vall - T Baldwin (4), S Beattie (3), M Ward (2), J Angel (2), T Baade, R McGrath, N Parker, T Mann, B Fortescue. Graf - P Raithby (2) D Gordon (2), S Purton, W Seewald, A Vassallo, M Blundell.

Best: N Vall - S Beattie, L Benson, T Baldwin. Graf - M Blundell, S Purton, B Kurtzman, K Thompson.

Reserve grade: Nambucca Valley 5.10 (40) d Grafton 3.6 (24)

Under-18s: Grafton won on forfeit.



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