By Gary Williamson
NEW Norfolk bounced back from last week’s loss at home to Lindisfarne and grabbed some revenge for last year’s grand final loss when they thrashed a disappointing Kingborough in very windy conditions in the preliminary final by 68 points, kicking 13.17.95 to 3.9.27.
The first term saw a strong swirly breeze blowing down the KGV ground mainly to the forward pocket area and Kingborough won the toss and kicked with the breeze and immediately kicked the first goal of the game. The term saw a real battle as surprising New Norfolk kept the ball on the city side of the ground and were too strong around the stoppages and kicked the next two goals to grab very handy 10 point lead a the first change. The second term saw the powerful Eagles really build on confidence and momentum and they ground out four unanswered goals to take the initiative with the breeze and grab what appeared a match winning lead of 33 points in very difficult conditions.
The third term was the only chance the Tigers had to get back into the game with the breeze but the Eagles kept them to only two goals whilst kicking one themselves against a really strong breeze and the game was well over as they lead by 23 points. The last term saw New Norfolk really finish off the game full of running as they piled on six goals and missed many easy opportunities as Kingborough gave up the chase as their season ended.
Best players for New Norfolk were Moles who was outstanding all day and he received good support from Crane, Heron and fellow onballers Belcher and Barwick. Special mentions to Carver and Thompson although he never kicked a goal he presented all day to keep the ball on the ground where the Eagles dominated the contested possessions. Best players for a very disappointed Kingborough were Appleton, Humphrey, Mitchell and Foale whilst Lamprill battled all day against the odds and wind up forward.