Lismore Swans rise to top of North Coast AFL table

The Lismore Swans maintained their position at the top of the AFL North Coast ladder after an emphatic 85-point win over Port Macquarie.The Magpies faced the longest road trip in the competition, some 358km, and the distance and the opposition proved too great to overcome.

AFL NORTH COAST – ROUND 2 RESULTS

SENIORS

SAWTELL/TOORMINA 18.20 (128) def NAMBUCCA VALLEY 0.1 (1)

COFFS BREAKERS 15.11 (101) def NORTHERN BEACHES 8.11 (59)

LISMORE SWANS 18.29 (137) def PORT MACQUARIE 8.4 (52)

GRAFTON 34.26 (230) def CASINO LIONS 1.3 (9)

WOMEN

COFFS BREAKERS 10.3 (63) def NORTHERN BEACHES 1.1 (7)

LISMORE SWANS 2.9 (21) def PORT MACQUARIE 1.1 (7)

The Swans winning margin could’ve been even greater if it weren’t for wayward kicking in front of goal.

Coffs Breakers are also undefeated after two rounds, proving too strong for new local rival the Northern Beaches.

A large crowd converged on Centennial Oval for the Blues’ first senior home game since 2006 but it was the Breakers who proved the stronger, particularly after half time.

Nambucca Valley suffered under a weight of numbers in its clash against Sawtell/Toormina. The Lions couldn’t field anybody on its bench as a mounting early season injury list takes its toll. The Saints put their foot down to ensure the victory before loaning a couple of players to the Nambucca team in the second half to ensure the match remained a contest.

The encounter at Casino between the Lions and Grafton wasn’t much of a contest. The Tigers won easily kicking a large total of 34.26 (230).

In the women’s competition, the Coffs Breakers proved too strong for the Northern Beaches to get the same result they earned in last year’s grand final.

The Lismore Swans women played their first match in the AFL North Coast after an opening round bye and got their season off to a winning start with a hard fought 14-point win over Port Macquarie.

Coffs Breakers goalsneak Amy Johanson escapes the clutches of a Northern Beaches tackle. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing

NEXT WEEK – ROUND 3 – Saturday, May 8

GRAFTON vs LISMORE SWANS at Ellem Oval, Grafton(Under-17s – 10am (Graf vs Breakers); Women – 1.20pm; Seniors – 2.50pm)

NORTHERN BEACHES vs SAWTELL/TOORMINA at Centennial Oval, Woolgoolga(Women – 11.50am; Reserves – 1.20pm; Seniors – 2.50pm)

CASINO LIONS vs PORT MACQUARIE at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino(Seniors – 2.50pm)

COFFS BREAKERS vs NAMBUCCA VALLEY at Fitzroy Oval, Coffs Harbour(Seniors – 2.50pm)

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Lead Photo: Tarryn Arnold’s attempt to take possession is spoiled by a desperate Northern Beaches defence. Photo: Green Shoots MarketingPhoto

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