Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

No Do or Die Efforts A[euro][approximately]were' Needed; Upsets Are Not Uncommon in Finals, but It Will Take a Miracle for the Saints Not to Win the First Grade Flag

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

No Do or Die Efforts A[euro][approximately]were' Needed; Upsets Are Not Uncommon in Finals, but It Will Take a Miracle for the Saints Not to Win the First Grade Flag

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IT wouldn't come as surprise to learn I am not the most popular person among the folk at Sawtell Saints footy club at the moment.

A couple of weeks ago in this column I highlighted the fact the Saints were on the verge of achieving a rare feat a going through the home and away season undefeated in all three grades.

I use the word were deliberately.

The Saturday after that column, Sawtell's under-18s side went down by a goal to Port Macquarie, and they forfeited the final match of the regular season.

However, the first and reserve grade sides kept their unbeaten records intact with wins in the final two rounds and head into the finals series, which begins this weekend, as overwhelming favourites.

The under-18s are also the side to beat.

In first grade, it's hard to see any side challenging the Saints in their run to the flag.

They finished the season with 121 and 147-point victories respectively. The former came on the road against Port Macquarie, one of only two sides even close to capable of knocking over Sawtell.

Upsets are not uncommon in finals, but it will take a miracle for the Saints not to win the first grade flag.

They look good things in the minor grades as well.

It's worth noting all clubs are represented in the finals.

Finals race

FINALS are still three weeks away in the AFL and while the makeup of the top four looks set, the race for the final two spots in the eight will not be decided until the final

round.

There's four teams vying for two spots a Sydney, Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Melbourne.

The Swans, currently in sixth place and with a reasonable percentage (103.85), probably only need one more win to book their finals berth.

I reckon that win will come this weekend over in the west when they take on the Dockers, who are limping into the finals. …

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