Great day on the road for the Eagles

IT was a great day on the road for the three New Norfolk Eagles men’s teams last Saturday with wins all round against Sorell at Pembroke Park. The women Eagles had a bye.

Saturday got under way for the Eagles with the Colts playing bottom side Sorell. This game was a good opportunity for the young Eagles to get their season back on track after some hard games against the top sides in the last few weeks. The Colts went on to score an impressive 90-point victory against an undermanned Sorell side.

The Reserves were looking to improve on a poor performance against Lindisfarne and start to build with finals just around the corner. With the return of some key players, the Reserves got back on the winning list with a good 41 point victory.

After a disappointing loss to Lindisfarne, the Seniors were trying to get their season back on track against an improving Sorell side and consolidate fifth position on the SFL ladder. In blustery conditions they recorded a strong 26-point victory against a determined Sorell outfit to get back on the winners list.

All three men’s teams are at home on Saturday for important games against Dodges Ferry, while the women travel to Geilston Bay to play OHA in another must-win game.

Saturday August 7 Games:
Colts v Dodges Ferry at Boyer Oval at 10am
Reserves v Dodges Ferry at Boyer Oval at noon
Seniors v Dodges Ferry at Boyer Oval at 2pm
Women v OHA at Geilston Bay at 10 am

MATCH REPORTS
Senior Report – Wayne Walker

The mighty New Norfolk Eagles battled hard over four quarters to earn a 26-point victory in typical wind-affected Pembroke Park conditions against an enthusiastic Sorell outfit on Saturday. It was a gutsy effort by the Eagles as they finished the game with only one interchange player left to use on the bench after key forward Jack Crossin limped off the ground half way through the third quarter. The Eagles lost defender Jordan Banks-Smith early in the first term with a hamstring injury followed by Eagle young gun Brock Triffett leaving the ground on a stretcher with a bad ankle injury as alarm bells were ringing early for the visitors.

The home side pushed the Eagles to their limit using their interchange bench to advantage with numerous rotations, while the Eagles were limited due to the injuries sustained throughout the game. However, the Eagles toughed it out and with an edge in talent and experience got away with a solid win. Sorell had the advantage of a 4-5 goal breeze in the first term and had the footy in their forward fifty for most of the quarter. However, after kicking an early major, the home side struggled to convert on the scoreboard due to some great defence from the Eagle backline led by Josh Farrow and Rohan Heron. Big Sorell key forward Corey Murfet was picked up by Farrow and the other Sorell tall forward in Bradley Mabb was covered by Heron.

New Norfolk had limited opportunities going forward in the first term. The few times they kicked the footy to the half-forward line the strong marking Ben Lovell presented well for the Eagles booting two very important goals. The Eagles held sway for the quarter with first term scores reading Sorell 2.5 to New Norfolk 2.2. Other matchups at this stage were Sorell’s Billy Pace running with dangerous Eagle Jye Bearman, Ben Walker was following Benny Lovell and Sorell full back Nicholas Baker picked up Eagle full forward Jack Crossin.

The second term saw the New Norfolk Eagles kicking with the breeze and they started well with a goal to Bearman, but Sorell answered against the breeze through Cory Murfet for his second. Conditions were difficult to handle with a strong cross breeze. New Norfolk continued to go forward registering several minor scores. However, they benefited from a Sorell kick-in error from full back, which went straight to Ben Lovell who booted his third for the visitors late in the quarter. This gave the Eagles an 11-point lead at the main break (New Norfolk 4.11 to Sorell 3.6).

The third term continued to be a scrap between the two sides, with Sorell at times looking dangerous, as they tried to channel the footy through the centre corridor to their forwards. They only managed the 1 major for the term with the wind while the Eagles added another goal from Jye Bearman as the New Norfolk backline held up under extreme pressure. New Norfolk played some tempo footy at times taking their time with the ball in hand and with some short passing took a 6-point lead into three quarter time (New Norfolk 5.12 to Sorell 4.12).

Sorell opened the final term with an early goal to Jeremy Klok to even the scores. The Eagles won the footy at the next centre bounce and Josh Clifford snapped at goal for a minor score. The Eagles followed up with a goal moments later as Jacob Daley kicked truly from a free kick after a costly fifty metre penalty was paid against Sorell. The home side answered from the busy Mitchel Anderton, who was one of Sorrell’s best players over four quarters. Eagle Captain Jacob Wigg found the footy from the next contested centre bounce and passed to playing coach Josh Clifford who kicked truly from close to goal. New Norfolk lifted around the stoppages and won more of the contested ball at crucial stages in the latter half of the quarter with the Eagles more experienced players in Wigg, Clifford, Wardlaw and Lovell leading the way. Moments later the talented Tyler Ford goaled to give the Eagles a 13 point lead followed by another from Bearman and then Wigg and the boys from Boyer were home with a 26-point hard-fought victory.

Due to the windy conditions the game failed to reach any high standard throughout the four quarters (even the seagulls left early) but the Eagles did what they had to do to grab the four premiership points and stay entrenched in the top five. It was a good effort as they had to overcome the early setbacks they had with injuries. Jacob Daley played his best game for the season. Benny Lovell was instrumental in the win with his strong overhead marking. Jye Bearman was important with his skill and dash. Brayden Chaplin was busy and applied tackling pressure at every contest. Big Ashley Burgess toiled hard all day in the ruck duals and around the ground and Jamie Sokolski worked tirelessly over four quarters.

The Eagles will now face another finals contender in the Dodges Ferry Sharks in this weekend’s game at the big Boyer Oval in what should be a great contest. With only three games to go it will be a crucial encounter as the Eagles will need to overcome some injury problems and will be forced to make some changes to their lineup.

New Norfolk 2.2 4.11 5.12 10.18 (78)
Sorell 2.5 3.6 4.12 6.16 (52)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Sokolski, J. Farrow, J. Bearman, B. Wardlaw, J. Daley, R. Heron. Sorell: M. Anderton, N. Baker, J. Young, C. Murfet, A. Butterworth, J. Klok.
Goals – New Norfolk: B. Lovell 3, J. Bearman 3, J. Clifford, T. Ford, J. Daley, J. Wigg; Sorell: C. Murfet 3, B. Mabb, M. Anderton, B. Klok.

Reserves Report – Wayne Walker
A five-goal first quarter to the Eagles was the major reason for their win against Sorell in gusty windy conditions at Pembroke Park on Saturday. The visitors ran out 41-point winners and returned to the winners list after a disappointing loss to Lindisfarne in the previous round.

The Eagles welcomed back goal kicking ace Clinton Curtain, who was unavailable in past weeks, along with experienced campaigner Luke Browning. Big key forward Wade Burgess was lively early in the first term taking some strong marks in the forward fifty and booting an early goal. The visitors looked on top early with Jordan Eiszele showing great form since returning for the Eagles along with Andrew Minchin, who continues to add some extra ball-winning ability around the ground. Jake Foster looks to be working back into form after a long layoff with injury. Other Eagles to hit the scoreboard during the first term were Jack Miller, Jake Foster, Torne Tangata and Jordan George all with one goal each.

Sorell hit back in the second term kicking three majors to the Eagles one as the home side went into attack on several occasions with a 4 to 5 goal breeze but Eagle half backs in Tyler Purdon and Luke Browning stemmed the tide as the Eagles went into half time with a 23-point lead (New Norfolk 6.5 to Sorell 3.0). The third term saw the Eagles increase their lead with a goal to Curtain and 2 important goals to Jake King while the home team was held scoreless. Young Eagle Colts Jaiden Triffett, Thomas Lovell and Jordan George applied themselves well as they stepped up to help the Reserves squad. The last term saw both sides battling gusty wind conditions adding only one goal each for the term.

Reserves Assistant Coach Bradley Chaplin told his players that the gusty conditions made it an ugly game, but the Eagles committed themselves to the task and got the four points.

New Norfolk 5.4 6.5 9.10 10.12 (72)
Sorell 0.0 3.0 3.0 4.7 (31)

Best – New Norfolk: J. Eiszele, T. Tangata, T. Purdon, A. Minchin, J. Fisher-Cooley, J. George. Sorell: R. Prouse, B. Wright, L. Nicholls, J. Bunyan, J. Campbell, T. Barr.
Goals- New Norfolk: C. Curtain 3, J. King 2, T. Tangata, J. George, W. Burgess, J. Foster, J. Miller. Sorell: B. Westbury 2, T. Pears, A. Stewart.

Colts Report – Chris Lovell
The New Norfolk Colts were on the road to Pembroke Park last week after a difficult assignment against a strong Lindisfarne outfit at Anzac Park the week before. The young Eagles were looking to return to the winners list after some tough games over the last few weeks. The game commenced in good conditions with a breeze favouring the bottom end of Pembroke Park. Unfortunately, the home side could only manage to field 15 players so coach Paul Clark had to rotate seven interchange players.

The first quarter saw the New Norfolk boys jump out of the gates quickly and begin to put their stamp on the game with some impressive passages of play. They went into the first break with a solid 20-point lead (3.2 to 0.0). The second quarter was much the same as the first with the young Eagle outfit showing how much improvement they have made over the last few weeks by dominating the quarter. They added another 5 goals 2 behinds while keeping the home side scoreless to hold a strong 52-point lead at the main break (8.4 to 0.0 points).

The flood gates really opened in the third term as the visitors had complete control of the match. They slammed on another six goals and two behinds, while once again holding the home side scoreless to establish a massive 90 point lead at three-quarter time (14.6 to 0.0). By mutual agreement, the final quarter was called off as the lead was massive and the home side needed to utilise some of their Colts players in their Reserves side.

It was a great effort by the young Eagles after some difficult recent games against strong sides. The win showed the improvement the young Eagles have made as they improved on their previous win over Sorell by 24 points with a quarter of football not played.

New Norfolk 3.2 8.4 14.6 (90)
Sorell 0.0 0.0 0.0 (0)
Best – New Norfolk: B. Wheeler, T. Lovell, C. Keleher, Z. Wheeler, J. George, C. Knight; Sorell: S. Cate, D. Arnold, J. Campbell, F. Peterson-Stanton, C. Watson, M. Brimfield.
Goals – New Norfolk: C. Keleher 6, S. Hine 2, B. Scanlon 2, Z. Wheeler 2, B. Wheeler, J. George.

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