First win for Eagle Under 14s

Nathan Wakefield
IN a seesawing game that went right down to the wire, the New Norfolk Under 14s recorded their first win when they defeated Sandy Bay by one point at Tynwald Park on Sunday. With just two minutes remaining on the clock, Sandy Bay was awarded a controversial 50m penalty that put them within kicking distance. The shot at goal was off target and went through for a behind. The young Eagles quickly ran the ball out of defence, the siren sounded and the red, white and black was jubilant.
New Norfolk held a three-point lead at quarter time and was two points in front at the main break, but Sandy Bay never gave up and had its nose in front to lead by five points at the final change. The Eagles took a more direct approach in the final quarter and in a five minute burst they got the ball into the forward line on four occasions. Jacob Triffitt kicked three goals from four shots – one was a real gem from deep in the pocket and a pleasure to watch.
The win was a team effort, but Nathan Wakefield must have nearly got leather poisoning from all the touches he had, and full-back Thomas Gillies played his best game ever – his defence was second to none. The team is really starting to gel and coach Josh Clifford praised his charges for their efforts.
A reminder to get along to Boyer Oval this Saturday evening at 4.30 to support Josh Clifford and the New Norfolk senior team when they take on Glenorchy in a twilight game in the SFL. The colts play at noon and the reserves at 2.15pm.

New Norfolk 6.7 (43) d Sandy Bay 6.6 (42)

Best – New Norfolk: Nathan Wakefield, Thomas Gillies, Jakob Triffitt, Joshua Berry, Zoe Thurston, Hayden Smith; Goals – New Norfolk: Jakob Triffitt 3, Hayden Bielleman, Joshua Whitford, Nathan Wakefield.

Next game: Sunday, May 1, New Norfolk v Cygnet/Kermandie at Cygnet starting at 1.30pm.

WADE GLEESON

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