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Colts flew the flag on a tough weekend for the Eagles

THE Eagles were back at home on Boyer Oval last Saturday for important games against the Dodges Ferry Sharks, while the women’s team was away playing OHA at Geilston Bay.

The day began with the Eagle Colts playing sixth-placed Dodges Ferry following a good win against Sorell the previous week. The game was a great opportunity to build on recent form heading into finals. The Colts played good consistent football to record a strong 60-point victory against the Sharks.

Next up were the Reserves, who were playing fourth-placed Dodges Ferry to continue their winning form heading into finals. Unfortunately, they were brought back to earth by a rampaging Sharks outfit that completely outplayed our boys to record a convincing 62-point victory. It should be noted that, due to injuries, Thomas Lovell, Bailey Wheeler, Mitchell Hay and Jayden Triffett doubled up from the Colts which was a terrific effort by the boys.

After a hard-fought victory against an improving Sorell the previous week, our injury-riddled Seniors knew they were in for a tough game against fourth-placed Dodges Ferry in an important game to consolidate fifth place on the SFL ladder and build some confidence heading into finals. Things did not turn out as hoped with the Sharks mauling the home side to record a convincing 59-point victory.

The women also suffered a loss against OHA at Geilston Bay, which may have a significant impact on their chances of participating in finals for the very first time.

All teams are on the road this Saturday with our Seniors and Reserves playing Brighton at Pontville at 2pm and noon, and our Colts playing Southern Storm at Cygnet at 4.30pm. Our Women play South East Suns Grey on Sunday at Pembroke Park at 10 am.

CHRIS LOVELL

MATCH REPORTS
Senior Report – Wayne Walker

THE Dodges Ferry Sharks were too elusive and had too many winners up forward for the injury-riddled Eagles. They recorded an impressive 52-point win over a struggling New Norfolk Eagles outfit at the big Boyer Oval on Saturday. The Sharks had too much run in their legs and used the footy better than the home side. They were always looking for the loose man where possible as they dominated possession at the centre bounce clearances and controlled the engine room for most of the afternoon.

The Eagles were missing some key personnel, with Josh Hills out for the rest of the season (injured), mobile key forward Tyler Ford (suspension), leading goalkicker Jack Crossin and Jordan Banks-Smith missing through injury. The Eagles promoted youngsters Jack Miller and Jordan George for their first Senior games along with the experienced Jake King and onballer Jordan Eiszele.

First term action saw the Sharks in attack early in the game with the talented Ben McGuinness booting an early major followed by two more goals from Angus Kenny and Sam Russell. The home side could only register a minor score for the term. Matchups early in the game had the New Norfolk on-ball unit of Jacob Wigg, Jamie Sokolski and Jordan Eiszele pitted against Josef Manix, Robbie McManus and Ben Richmond while Eagle ruckman Ashley Burgess tangled with Tim Cannan. Dodges’ tall utility Jack Siggins picked up Eagle Ben Lovell at centre half forward. The Sharks’ Jordan McDermott was assigned to Eagle speedster Jye Bearman and key defender Josh Farrow picked up Sharks’ goal kicking machine Cale Hooker. The Sharks had the early break and looked more dangerous when entering their forward 50 with quarter time scores reading (Sharks 3.3.21 to the Eagles 0.1.1).

The Sharks were busy once again in the second term with an early goal. They followed with a clever snap from the forward pocket by Robbie McManus for another six-pointer which took the visitors out to a 32-point lead. Things were looking ominous for the Eagles. It took until the 9-minute mark of the second quarter for the Eagles to kick their first major with a pass from Josh Clifford to Jye Bearman who slotted the footy through the big sticks from 40m out. The Sharks quickly answered with a goal to Sam Youl. A combined effort by Jordan Eiszele and Tyron Bailey transferred the pill to Bearman once again who slammed through the Eagles’ second goal on the run from 45m out. Dodges Ferry hit back with captain Campbell Hooker passing to his brother Fletcher for a quick reply as the Sharks held a commanding 46-point lead at the main break (Sharks 9.6.60 to the Eagles 2.2.14).

The Eagles copped the biggest half-time bake of the season from coach Clifford as he demanded they lift their intensity around the contested ball and make an impression on the scoreboard. The Eagles reacted early in the third term with goals to Bearman (his third) and another from Blair Wardlaw. However, the Sharks worked the footy forward moments later hitting big Cale Hooker on the chest who kicked truly. Sharks small utility player Daniel Lewis and ruck man Tim Cannan were busy around the ground while big Sam Siggins was moved from half-back to full-back on Eagle veteran Rohan Heron. At this stage New Norfolk gained some momentum with Jamie Sokolski and Nathan Eiszele winning the hard ball from the packs. The Eagles pressed forward finding young gun Jack Miller who snapped a great goal around his body from 30m out. This was followed by another major from Sokolski who gathered the footy in heavy traffic and snapped truly from 25m out to reduce the Sharks lead to 32 points at the three-quarter time break. (Sharks 11.8.74 to the Eagles 6.6.42).

The Eagles needed a huge last quarter to turn the tables. However, the Sharks had other ideas as they opened with a goal to Ben McGuinness who was close to best player on the ground across the four quarters. The Sharks continued to find the loose man and run out the game adding four goals for the term while the Eagles ran out of options up forward, only kicking one behind. It’s been a tough time for New Norfolk as the injury toll has had a major impact on both Senior and Reserve teams.

The next two games are so important in the lead-up to the finals. Coach Josh Clifford addressed his players post game, stating that the playing personnel need to work hard on the training track to improve their set play strategies and skills heading into the business part of the season. He praised the Eagle back six who were under extreme pressure for most of the game. He was also full of praise for Eagle youngsters Jack Miller and Jordan George in their debut hit out at Senior level. The Eagles continue to hang on to fifth spot on the SFL ladder. They face a danger game against the Brighton Robins on their home deck, before facing top of the ladder powerhouse Port Cygnet in the final round at Boyer before the finals commence.

New Norfolk 6G 7B 43 points
Dodges Ferry 15G 11B 101 points

Best – Dodges Ferry: D. Lewis, R. Mc Manus, B. McGuiness, T. Cannan, S. Kennedy, A. Kenny; New Norfolk: J. Sokolski, B. Wardlaw, J. Bearman, B. Chaplin, R. Thomason, J. George.
Goals – Dodges Ferry: S. Russell 3, S. Kennedy 3, B. McGuiness 2, C. Hooker 2, B. Richmond, R. McManus, F. Hooker, A. Kenny, S. Youl; New Norfolk: J. Bearman 3, J. Sokolski, B. Wardlaw, J. Miller.

Reserves Report – Wayne Walker
The Eagle Reserves were slow out of the blocks in the first half against a more powerful opponent in the Dodges Ferry Sharks and eventually went down by 62 points. The damage was done in the second term with the Sharks piling on seven goals while the home side could only manage one major. This gave the visitors a match winning 52-point lead at the half time break. To the Eagles’ credit they held the Sharks to just three goals in the second half.
The home side struggled to get any flow into their game. When they did enter their forward 50 the Sharks backline rebounded the footy from defence and turned it into attack. Wesley Harris (2 goals), veteran forward (and senior coach) Brent Dolliver ( goals) and the hard running Jack Wilson crumbing (3 goals) were all instrumental up forward for the Sharks. Shark ruckman Mathew Young was up against Eagle Michael Murray while Eagle captain Nathan Ford was giving away size and height on Dolliver in front of the big sticks.

The home side was once again missing some key personnel. Jordan Eiszele, Jake King, Jack Miller and Jordan George all went up to the Senior side. Big forward Wade Burgess was unavailable, and Tyler Purdon was missing through suspension. Eagle youngsters Thomas Lovell, Bailey Wheeler, Mitchell Hay and Jayden Triffett doubled up from the Colts. This was a tremendous effort, and they are commended for their commitment to help the Reserves. Wheeler kicked a great goal on the final siren from 40m out on a 45-degree angle.

Matthew Jones played a great four-quarter game for the Eagles. He kicked a magnificent goal on the run in the second term after playing on breaking a tackle and then slotting the footy through from a tight angle. On-baller Andrew Minchin is in great form and continues to grab plenty of possessions. The hard-running Kyle Walker is also in good form along with the ever-reliable Torne Tangata who consistently performs every week for the Eagles.
Luckily for the Eagles they still sit third on the SFL Reserves ladder and maintain an 8-point break from Dodges Ferry. They will need to hit their straps heading into finals.


New Norfolk 2G 7B 19 points
Dodges Ferry 12G 9B 81 points

Best – Dodges Ferry: G. Morgan, E. Bailey, D. Dodge, J. Wilson, J. Broadbent, J. Chynoweth; New Norfolk: A. Minchin, M. Jones, J. Taylor-Evans, K. Walker, T. Tangata, C. Ransley.
Goals – Dodges Ferry: J. Wilson 3, B. Dolliver 3, W. Harris 2, G. Morgan, A. Press, M. Young, B. Morrisby; New Norfolk: B. Wheeler, M. Jones.

Colts Report – Chris Lovell
The New Norfolk Colts were back home on Saturday after a successful road trip to Pembroke Park the week before. The young Eagles were looking to consolidate their season after a good win on the road against the Dodges Ferry Sharks.

The game commenced in overcast conditions with rain threatening. The first quarter was a scrambly affair with both sides trying to establish their brand of football on the game. The home side had plenty of opportunities, but poor kicking for goal resulted in a narrow 2-point lead to the Dodges Ferry Sharks. (Dodges Ferry 2G 0B 12 points to the Eagles 1G 4B 10 points).

The rain came in the second quarter as the Eagles stepped up the pressure and began to get their game flowing. They applied considerable pressure to the Sharks and started to worry the scoreboard attendant with many forward thrusts. The home side held a good 13-point lead at half time (Eagles 4G 8B 32 points to Dodges Ferry 3G 1B 19 points).

After some encouraging words from coach Paul Clark at half time, the young Eagles really applied the pressure in the third term. They started to show how much they have improved by peppering the scoreboard and adding four goals and three behinds while keeping the visitors scoreless to go into three-quarter-time with a comfortable 40-point lead (8G 11B 59 points to 3B 1B 19 points).

The final term was a matter of how far as the home side continued to impress with good skills to add another three goals and two behinds while once again keeping the visitors scoreless for the term. It was an impressive four-quarter effort by the young Eagles and a credit to their defence that they held the visitors scoreless in the second half of the match.

This win shows the improvement the young Eagles have made this season as their previous encounter with Dodges Ferry resulted in a 5-point victory (13G 5B 83 points to 11G 12 B 78 points). Credit to Thomas Lovell, Bailey Wheeler, Mitchell Hay and Jayden Triffett who doubled up for the Reserves after playing the Colts game. This shows tremendous commitment to the club, and we appreciate this greatly. Well done boys.

New Norfolk 11G 13B 79 points
Dodges Ferry 3G 1B 19 points
Best – New Norfolk
: B. Scanlon, B. Wheeler, Z. Wheeler, R. Blackaby, Jayden Triffett, M. Hay; Dodges Ferry: R. O’Connell, E. McShane, S. Blackley, D. Brunskill, D. McPherson, J. Cooke.
Goals New Norfolk: Z. Wheeler 4, Jayden Triffett 3, T. Triffett, B. Tomlin, T. Scanlon, B. Scanlon; Dodges Ferry: E. McShane 2, C. Chatterton.

Women’s Report – Chris Lovell
The New Norfolk Women were also on the road again, playing OHA at Geilston Bay in a game that would consolidate fourth position on the SFL ladder and ensure a finals appearance for the very first time. The first quarter was an even affair with both sides struggling to get the ball into their respective forward lines. OHA managed to get the ball forward for two behinds while the Eagles did not manage to bother the scoreboard attendant. Quarter time scores were OHA 0B 2B 2 points to the Eagles 0G 0B 0 points.

The second quarter saw OHA up the tempo and move the ball more efficiently into their forward fifty. They scored two goals and one behind for the quarter while holding the Eagles scoreless to go into the half time break with a good 14-point lead (2G 3B 15 points to 0G 1B 1 point). The third quarter was a tight tussle with the Eagles trying to get back into the game. Although they could only manage to add one behind to their half time score, they held OHA to two behinds to trail by fifteen points at three quarter time (2G 5B 17 points to 0G 2B 2 points).

The Eagles had everything to play for in the last quarter. However, OHA were up to the task. The Eagles managed to get their first and only goal for the game through Bella Cree. The home side managed to also score a goal and added another three behinds to run out convincing 16-point winners. The game was slightly disappointing for the Eagles, and they must win this weekend to secure a finals appearance. The women remain in fourth position on the SFL Division 3 ladder, six points clear of OHA. However, the Eagles only have one game to play while OHA have two games to play. A win next week for the Eagles is a must.

New Norfolk 1G 4B 10 points
OHA 3G 8B 26 points
Best – OHA:
A. Cormie-Bradford, B. Keep, A. Hutt, I. Stoye, Amanda Silva, Anita Silver; New Norfolk: D. Clifford, S. Farrow, J. Franklin, T. Tangata, M. Temple, K. Keleher.
Goals – OHA: S. Schultz, Amanda Silva, I. Stoye; New Norfolk: B. Cree.

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