Under 14s stage upset at New Town

Brayden Chaplin and Hayden Smith

THE New Norfolk Under 14s turned the tables on North Hobart with a 42 point win at New Town today. The victory didn’t come without a scare, as the young Eagles were kept scoreless in the first quarter while the Demons piled on three goals and two points in a clear sign that another big win was on the cards.

A quarter-time rev-up by the Eagles coaching staff soon had the team back in the game. The team then piled on five goals and two behinds in the second quarter to the Demons’ solitary behind. In the second half the Eagles showed they meant business, kicking seven goals to the Demons’ three and setting up their fifth win in as many weeks.
 
Best-on-ground Brayden Chaplin continued on with his great form, playing four terrific quarters of footy. When the team needed someone to stand up, Brayden led the way. He wasn’t without support and Hayden Smith was just about everywhere and at one stage looked as if he had the ball on a string. Hayden Bielleman and Josh Berry gave the team great drive all over the ground, while Josh Challenger continued on with his never-say-die attitude. Nine New Norfolk players kicked goals including Jacob Pickens whose long bomb in the second quarter spurred the team on when it needed a lift. After some terrific work, birthday boy Jahrod Locher then followed up with a great goal. Brodie Gleeson and Daniel Browning stood tall when called upon while Aaron Thorpe and Brodie Wilton worked tirelessly all day.

New Norfolk 12.11 (83) d North Hobart 6.5 (41)
Goals – New Norfolk: Hayden Bielleman 2, Joshua Raspin 2, Nathan Wakefield 2, Jordan Eiszele, Jahrod Locher, Jacob Picken, Aaron Thorpe, Kye Tomkinson, Brodie Wilton; Best – New Norfolk: Brayden Chaplin, Hayden Smith, Hayden Bielleman, Joshua Berry, Joshua Challenger and Aaron Thorpe.

At the half-way mark of the season the young Eagles now have five wins from seven matches. They face their biggest test against Brighton at Pontville this Friday night under lights starting at 6.30. Remember Eagles, hard work brings great rewards.

WADE GLEESON

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