Top spot within reach

AFTER defeating Claremont by a whopping 89 points, the New Norfolk Under 14s now sit second on the Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League ladder. The team has won its past four games and a win over North Hobart this weekend could secure top spot.

The young Eagles again got off to a flying start, kicking five goals and behinds to Claremont’s nil score in the first quarter. Not much changed by the half time break, the Eagles leading by 59 points and keeping Claremont scoreless.  In the third quarter, New Norfolk kicked 4.4 to Claremont’s 1.1. To Claremont’s credit, they kept New Norfolk to 1.4 in the final quarter but the damage was done.

The Eagles’ confidence and ability to win the hard ball was a big factor throughout the four quarters. Hayden Bielleman continues to shine. In his best game to date, Josh “Merv” Raspin marked everything that came his way and kicked a handy three goals. Brayden Chaplin played in just about every position, running rings around the opposition. When in defence, he teamed up well with ever-reliable Josh Challenger.

Onballers Jordan Eiszele and Nathan Wakefield played their typical hard running game, while quiet achievers Brodie Wilton and Daniel Cooley bobbed up around the packs. Jacob Triffitt had some early misses up forward, but got his kicking boot on to bag three majors. Charlie Stewart kicked two while Aaron Thorpe and new player Brock Booth got one each. It was good to see backman Hayden Lester playing up forward and kicking a nice goal.

The next game is against North Hobart at the New Town bike track at 11am this Sunday. The last time the two meet was in round one, with North winning by 56 points. The Eagles only had the bare 18 for that encounter. This time with a full squad it will make for a great game. See you at the footy.

WADE GLEESON

Results – New Norfolk 13.19 (97) d Claremont 1.2 (8)Goals – New Norfolk: Joshua Raspin 3, Jakob Triffitt 3, Charlie Stewart 2, Hayden Bielleman 2, Brock Booth, Hayden Lester, Aaron Thorpe; Best – New Norfolk: Hayden Bielleman, Joshua Raspin, Joshua Challenger, Brayden Chaplin, Jordan Eiszele, Nathan Wakefield.

PICTURED is Ryan Browning who had a great game in the Under 11s the weekend before last. The game was played on his birthday and he scored his first goal.

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