IN a shortened local football season, with much uncertainty and a delayed start due to the coronavirus pandemic, supporters have voted with their feet to clearly demonstrate that community football is alive and well in the Derwent Valley.
With crowd numbers limited to 500 people as a public health precaution, it is encouraging to see good numbers turning up to support the mighty Eagles at home and away games. Our Senior side, under playing coach Josh Clifford and bench coach Robbie Iles, currently sits on top of the SFL ladder.
The Reserves, under playing coach Corey Ransley, sit in fifth position and our Colts under coach Paul Clark sit in second position. The Women’s team has not won a game but is starting to show signs of improvement under coach Craig Coppleman.
It was very pleasing to see good numbers last Saturday, with 26 players to select from, after the Women’s side had to forfeit the week before. To all supporters, please remember that most of these women have not played football before. They turn up every week because they want to represent the mighty Eagles and to ensure we have a Women’s team for the girls coming through our Junior Club to play for in future years. So
please give them the encouragement and support they so richly deserve.
All in all, we are having a particularly good season so far. Tomorrow (Saturday) we travel to the TCA Ground to test ourselves against a rejuvenated Hobart Tigers and we hope to see many of our supporters there:
Women play at 10.15am
Reserves play at noon
Seniors play at 2pm
Relive last weekend’s big win over Dodges Ferry on the DuffTV match broadcast with commentary by Tubes Taylor and Reid Hooker, here.
CHRIS LOVELL, NNDFC vice-president