Port Macquarie Junior Magpies are on the road to Coffs Harbour to compete in a grand final triple header this weekend.
The under 11s Magpies, under 13s Swoopers and under 15s Magpies are all contesting premiership matches at Coffs International Stadium on 9.30am, 11.10am and 2.30pm Sunday, September 27.
Port Macquarie Junior AFL club president Luke White said having a strong culture in the club has lead to the grand finals outings this weekend.
"Looking back over the last five or six years there is a good culture in the club, a good committee and good coaches," he said.
"If you have that positive culture that brings good kids and they bring in their friends. I think that's why we have had wider numbers.
"Back in 2014 we had 35 registered members, last year we had 110 and we will probably go close to that this year. The junior club is feed by Auskick and the more numbers you have, the more chance you have of retaining higher numbers.
"Even this year we have had another 62 registered Auskickers and there's probably eight or nine who will come up next year. All our money goes back to training the kids, they get free training shirts, shorts, socks and make sure they feel like part of a team."
The program for the day starts at 9.30am on Sunday with the under 11s Magpies against the Coffs Harbour Breakers.
Both teams have played 20 matches during the season with only one loss with the Breakers defeating Magpies in round three.
The Port Macquarie Swoopers will play defending premiers Nambucca Valley Lions in the under 13s game from 11.10am. The Swoopers are the only team to have beaten Lions and have two loses against fellow club mates, Port Macquarie Flyers during the season.
White said he was hopefully for three wins on the day, despite the away game fixtures.
"From my own experience, the kids are a bit sluggish after that couple of hour car ride in the morning. It's an added challenge but I don't think it will affect them," he said.
"There will be some grand final nerves but after that their skill and ability will take over. I think the three grand final wins are absolutely possible.
"They will have to play well to do it, but if they all play to the potential I've seen this year it wouldn't surprise me to see three wins.
"Obviously the premierships are important but more importantly for us it's about the kids enjoying their footy and the excitement of the day. During the season we have always said we either win or we learn."
Community football manager of North Coast and North West NSW, Paul Taylor said the under 15s Magpies match against Coffs Harbour Breakers at 2.30pm is a highlight of weekend.
"It was only two years ago that neither club was able to field a team in this age group," Taylor said.
"Last season the collective effort was four wins from 29 starts so the form reversal of each has been incredible.
"In two previous meetings this season each team managed to claim the win on home soil by a margin of three goals.
"With the grand final set down for neutral territory, this match should go down to the wire.
"Port and Breakers are two of the league's most successful clubs in this age group.
"Port last claimed the title in 2017, with Breakers crowned premiers the year prior.
"Each club will be desperate to finish the day with a win before many of the players transition into the senior competition next season."
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