Port Macquarie teams are using their home field advantage to charge ahead during the second day of The NSW State Cup.
The NSW Touch Football event kicked off at The Regional Sporting Complex and Tuffins Lane Fields in Port Macquarie on December 6. Day two continued with fairer conditions and coastal breezes.
The Port Macquarie Makos Men's 20 side started Saturday with convincing wins over Macksville Falcons (9,4), Hills Hornets (4,1) and Peninsula Piranhas (4,1).
They will play Beresfield Bandits later today, followed by a bye game.
The Makos Women's Open B team were defeated by Sydney University Stingers (0,6) and Penrith Panthers (0,3) on Friday.
The team continued in a tough pool on Saturday with defeats against Forster Tuncurry Tornadoes (1,5) and SWS Raptors (1,3) before facing off against Parks Pumas and Carlingford Cyclones on Saturday afternoon.
Port Makos Women's Open team manager Lynn Newby said the team was rebounding after facing a tough pool of teams.
"The defeat to the Stingers was expected because we had identified them as the 'gun-side' to beat in the competition," she said.
"We do expect to come up against these harder teams from Sydney and such because it is the State Cup.
"I think we are used to the smoke having had to deal with it for months and months. The change to the 12 minute halves have been really good for us. To have that break and a chance for the girls to talk has been good.
"The team has trained hard for months and months for this but unfortunately we did lose one of our players who is a firefighter. We were down before we took to the field but we're changing things to adapt."
The Makos Women's Masters began Friday with a draw to Newcastle City Knights (3,3), they received a stunning defeat from Manly Sea Eagles (1,8) and will next face Hills Hornets and another Manly Sea Eagles side on Saturday afternoon.
Makos Men's 55 team had another close shave after two draws with Newcastle City Knights (2,2) and Manly Sea Eagles (2,2) on Friday. They managed to claim a Saturday win over Beresfield Bandits (2,1) before taking on Moruya Sharks that afternoon.
Makos Mixed Masters team are scheduled for a Sunday clash against Peninsula Piranhas. The team downed St George Dragons (6,0) and Berkley Vale Panters (9,0) today after drawing with Forster Tuncurry Tornadoes (3,3) on Friday afternoon.
Makos Men's Masters team face SWS Raptors this afternoon after an early defeat to Hills Hornets (3,5) and Manly Sea Eagles (1,4) in the morning (December 7).
They had previously been given a touch up in round four on Friday by Nelson Bay Neptunes (0,4).
The Port Macquarie Makos Mixed Seniors side are scheduled for an early morning clash with Gunnedah at 8am on Sunday. The team is one of the Makos most promising finals possibilities as they capitalise on Saturday wins against Carlingford Cyclones (4,2), Doyalson Dragons (7,2) and Hills Hornets (7,0)
The Makos Women's 20s team have continued their second day of matches with losses to the Doylason Dragons (2,4), Central Coast Dolphins (2,6) and a draw to Manly Sea Eagles (1,1).
They face Nelson Bay Neptunes and Ballina Bull Sharks on Saturday afternoon.
The Makos Mixed Open team continued their championship campaign on Saturday with crucial early wins over Wallsend Wolves (6,2) and Penrith Panthers (3,1) before facing Manly Sea Eagles.
The Port Makos Men's Seniors team have a chance to get some much needed rest as they start Sunday with a bye round.
The team has fallen to Ballina Bull Sharks (0,2) in round four on Friday,West Magpies (2,7) on Saturday morning, Wallsend Wolves (0,5) and Sydney University Stingers (1,3) on Saturday afternoon.
There were previously defeated by Dubbo Devils (2,3), Maitland Redbacks (1,2) and Newcastle City Knights (3,6) in Fridays matches.
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