SFL reports – round eight
By Gary Williamson
East Coast v New Norfolk
NEW Norfolk travelled to Triabunna but had no trouble away from home and continued their recent rich form when they thrashed a disappointing East Coast by 125 points, 28.17 (185) to 9.6 (60). The Eagles were never going to let the home side into the game as they slammed on seven unanswered goals in the first term to blow away their opponents and moved to a match winning lead of 44 points at the first change. The second term was a real surprise as the Bombers really played attacking football and after a scoreless first term they kicked six goals to reduce the gap to 39 points at half time and it appeared we may have a competitive game on our hands.
The third term saw New Norfolk respond as good sides always do in piling on nine gaols to kill off the game and finished off with a further eight majors as the Bombers’ disappointing second half showed how far away there a are from the top sides this season. Best players for the Eagles were plenty with Thompson unstoppable up forward with 12 goals and he was well supported by Barwick with four majors along with Belcher and Papera. Better players for the Bombers were hard to find with Lyden, Rae and Arnold their best, with Lemm scoring four gaols.
Central Hawks v Dodges Ferry
DODGES Ferry continued its good recent form and had no fears travelling to Oatlands thrashing an out of form Central Hawks by 118 points, 23.18 (156) to 6.2 (38). The first term saw the visitors really come out of the sheds full of running. They did not give the home side a chance to settle and held them scoreless while kicking five goals as they cruised to a very handy 35 point lead at the first change. The second term was the same affair. The Hawks managed one goal but Dodges Ferry’s defence was rock solid as they continually forced the ball forward and fully deserved their match winning lead of 66 points at half time. The second half was again all the Sharks. The Hawks did manage to kick five goals in an improved display, but they were totally outclassed by a very good opposition. Best players for the Hawks were Matthews, Horne, Braynt and Gibbs.
Claremont v Kingborough
CLAREMONT showed they have really improved this season and finally grabbed a big scalp by defeating last year’s premiers, Kingborough, by 16 points at home in a major upset. Scores were 14.13 (97) to 12.9 (81). The first term was a tight affair and you could sense the Magpies were up for it as they contested every stoppage and restricted the Tigers’ lead to a solidary point. Kingborough piled on four goals to two in the second term and looked to be taking control. The third term was a real surprise as Claremont kicked a couple of quick goals and really had their confidence up and finished the term with seven goals and they grabbed a 19 point lead at the last change. They held that lead throughout the last term for easily their best win for the season.
Cygnet v Sorell
CYGNET stayed in touch with the top six and celebrated Greg Gordon’s tribute day in fine style, thrashing a listless Sorell by 65 points, 13.13 (91) to 3.8 (26).
Huonville v Lindisfarne
LINDISFARNE kept its unbeaten run intact, recording a comfortable win of 34 points over an improving Huonville with scores of 12.8 (80) to 6.10 (46).