IN their final home games of the season, the Manning Valley Mustangs took on the Macleay Valley Eagles, at Johnny Martin Oval in North Coast Junior AFL
The under 11 Mustangs started inaccurately with just the one goal and eight behinds in the first quarter to trail 25-14.
Ruby Luke found an early goal, before brother, Isaac, booted three further goals aiding a narrow lead to the Mustangs at the half time break, 41-39.
A blazing third quarter saw goals from Tadhg Brislane, Riley Hill along with Arabella Roohan. The Mustangs seemingly had the game well in hand with a 98-40 lead.
The Eagles had other ideas though with nine goals in the final quarter setting up a frantic finish. The Mustangs could only find one more goal but it was enough to secure a nine-point highly entertaining victory, 104-95.
The Mustangs 13s kept up the exciting pace with 39 unanswered points in the first quarter of their match. Quinn Carmichael made an early break with a goal in the opening minute, with Sonny Gilbert and Ben Drewitt also booting long range goals in the superb conditions.
A more settled second quarter ensued with the only goal coming from Adam Drewitt, on the back of a second ably constructed assist from Angus Roohan. The Mustangs took a commanding 38 point lead to the half time break, 48-10.
The second half saw a plethora of goals with Vykan Hart, CallumTaylor, Sandi Jones and Jackson Griffin all among the points.
Zak Houston showed exceptional speed in the middle throughout the match and was well supported by Adam Tull and Ruben Avelin. The all-round team performance resulted in a comprehensive 99-16 victory for the Mustangs.
The under 11s will likely just miss the semi- finals despite this weekend's resounding victory. Both teams will travel to Wayne Richards Park next weekend for the final round against the Port Macquarie Flyers.