Magpies win gruelling grand final

Wet weather football in the AFL North Coast seniors grand final. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing.

THE ultimate prize came down to the final dramatic minutes.

And it was the Port Macquarie Magpies who prevailed in a rain-drenched grand final, outlasting the Coffs Harbour Breakers by three points in torrid conditions to win the AFL North Coast seniors premiership.

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The season decider came down to the final frantic minutes, and a mad scramble in the Breakers forward 50 in the final minute, with the Magpies holding on for a three-point win.

After trailing all game, a Magpies smother in the goal square leading to a vital goal saw them take their first lead of the match 31-28 with fourteen minutes to go, in what would end up being the final score.

The Magpies won their first seniors premiership since 2013, and their fourth in the club’s history.

It was a classic case of wet weather footy having a huge impact on the game, as the two sides slogged it out in one contested possession after the other in a gruelling encounter.

With overall skills diminished due to the tough conditions, it came down to who made the least mistakes and who capitalised on the other teams the most.

It was ultimately a war of attrition with both sides ramping up their physical pressure with a premiership on the line, in an attempt to win the all-important territory battle in such trying conditions.

Contested possession was the name of the game in the premiership decider, with players showing the desperation required for grand final glory.

Down by seventeen after a Breakers goal in the first minute of the second half, the Magpies made their move in the premiership quarter scoring two goals to trail by three points at three quarter time, setting up what would ultimately be a grandstand finish.


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