Port Macquarie Magpies ensured that the Grafton Tigers' trip home was as long as possible by recording a routine victory over the struggling Tigers.
Down on troops and playing the second placed team the Tigers knew they were in for a long day.
The Magpies showed them no mercy, kicking 13 goals in the opening term to flex their muscles and set the tone for the day in a comfortable 34.21 (225) to 1.2 (8) demolition job.
Port continued the blitz in the second and third terms, only slowing slightly in the last quarter, which is when the Tigers registered their sole goal of the game.
Kaleb Crowhurst was chief destroyer for Port with ten goals, whilst Tom Marmo also helped himself to eight.
Jesse Schmidt added four, Fraser Carroll three, and Dylan Beasley two to round out the majority of the scoring for the Magpies.
In the women's competition, Port Macquarie steadied their ship after back to back losses by recording a comfortable 9.8 (62) to 0.4 (4) win over Northern Beaches/Grafton.
Heading into this match the Magpies would have been nervous about their form with finals just around the corner but they quickly dispelled those nerves to lead by four goals at half time.
Port continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were able to accelerate their scoring during this phase of the match.
Casey Miosge had a prolific day in front of goal for Port, kicking five goals.
Four other players kicked one goal each but Port would have been most pleased with the way their defence stepped up and held Northern Beaches/Grafton goal less for the match.
The Blue Tigers have been valiant in their debut season but the wind appears to have gone out of their sails since it became evident that they wouldn't be playing finals footy in 2019.
However, the team has made a positive mark on the competition this season, especially considering that it has given the other three teams 12 months head start, and should be a force to be reckoned with next season.
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