How are the ladders looking?
Sawtell lead the way in the Senior competition courtesy of their big win over North Coffs earlier in the month. North Coffs jumped another game ahead of the Swans, with the first two weeks of the finals draw almost set in stone with Port all but assured fourth spot. Grafton need to win their final two games, and need Port to lose theirs to have a chance of leapfrogging the Magpies into fourth.
Things are interesting in the Reserves too, with all but Grafton assured a finals berth. The Swans and Port will play off for a Grand Final berth, with Norths and Sawtell this time set to battle it out in an Elimination Final. This will be a repeat of the Seniors matches but on alternate weeks. The competition is close, as proven last weekend, with the Swans narrowly defeating North Coffs by one point after the siren. Sawtell have also proven themselves in this grade, but all will be out to knock off Port Macquarie who have dominated this decade.
Not much has changed in the Under 18s competition over the last few years with Sawtell and the Coffs Swans again on top and playing good football. Their Junior systems are well-established, but will face competition from North Coffs in coming years. The Kangaroos possess a young side this year yet are running red-hot in the Under 16s. Sawtell knocked off the once-unbeaten Swans twice in the finals last year and with some players experienced on the big stage are favourites to win again. In good news for the competition, Nambucca have enjoyed another good year in the under-age competition, sitting in third, and will prove a challenge for any side in August.