Courageous win for the Eagles – Wayne Marshall reports
THE New Norfolk Eagles’ senior side recorded its first victory for the season with a 21-point win over Hobart at the TCA Ground on Good Friday. The Eagles showed plenty of courage and determination. Coach Tim Butterworth was thrilled with his team’s performance and praised his players after a rousing rendition of the club song.
The coaching panel can take a bow after making the decision to play captain and key backman Josh Farrow on the forward line. He responded by booting seven goals for the game and was well supported by the ever-reliable Ben Lovell with four goals and tall forward Caleb Triffett with three to his name. The Eagles promoted youngsters Mitchell Hay and Bailey Wheeler for their first hit-outs at senior level to add to the youthful mix of Banks, Butler, Higgins, Poulson, Holden and Kelly.
In the opening minutes of the contest, Farrow nailed two quick goals, one being a magnificent long drop punt from 50m out on the run. The Tigers answered through dangerous forward Brad Joseph who marked 30m out to put the home side on the scoreboard. Direct opponents in the early stages of the game saw Eagle ruckman Jacob Daley pitted against tall Tiger Lewis Freeman, while Tiger onballers Luke Kreune, Koby Phillips and Ryan Stocks lined up against Jake Bearman, Brock Triffett and Jye Bearman in the engine room. Young utility player Will Banks had the job on Tiger goal ace Brad Joseph.
New Norfolk entered deep into their forward line once again and from a boundary throw-in Ben Lovell grabbed the ball from the ruck duel and snapped over his head for a sensational goal to give the Eagles the lead by eight points at the 18-minute mark. Tiger forward Brayden Dart quickly converted another major for the home team in what was a highly contested start to the match. The Eagles regained possession through Josh Clifford who delivered a bullet-like pass to hit big forward Caleb Triffett on the chest who kicked his first goal to give the Eagles the lead at quarter time: New Norfolk 5.3 (33) points to Hobart 5.0 (30).
After an even first term the second quarter started in the same fashion with both sides looking to move the footy quickly, but it was the Eagles who got the first advantage through Riley Higgins who marked 30m out to kick the first goal of the quarter. The Tigers hit back with another goal to Joseph which put them within one point of the Eagles. They followed with another from Dart to take the lead. It was the Eagles’ turn as Tyron Bailey found the leading Lovell to kick his third major.
Moments later Lovell figured in the play once again, marking wide on the boundary line at half-forward and centering the ball to Farrow in a better position directly in front for another six pointer for the Eagles to give them a 12-point lead. The Tigers won the next centre bounce contest and found the strong marking Dylan Huxley who kicked truly. Wheeler was finding plenty of the footy around the ground as he delivered a short pass to Farrow who with the aid of a 50m penalty kicked his fourth for the game.
Busy Tiger Alex Wiggins snapped a goal late in the term as scores were tied on 64 points at half-time. The Eagles started the third term with a mark to Wheeler who then shot out a quick handball to the fast-running Jye Bearman for a goal. The visitors controlled the play and looked more dangerous going forward but they were wasteful when shooting for goal with a string of minor scores to Farrow, Triffett, Purdon and Bearman. The Eagles kept creating opportunities as they found Farrow for his fifth major and moments later Wheeler benefited from a free and a 50m penalty and drilled the ball to Lovell for his fourth to give the Eagles a valuable 23-point lead while holding the Tigers to just three behinds for the quarter: New Norfolk 13.12 (90) to Hobart 10.7 (67).
The Tigers staged a mini comeback in the initial stages of the last term with goals to Stocks, Joseph and Huxley, and they got to within nine points. The Eagles steadied when Higgins grubbed the footy low to the goal square finding Farrow for a close in shot among the congestion to boot his sixth goal. This was followed by another moments later courtesy of another 50m penalty for his seventh which capped off a great day for the captain.
The Tigers had trouble throughout the game trying to stop the combination of Lovell and Farrow. Brock Triffett played a solid four quarter game and Tyler Purdon showed he has what it takes at senior level.
Jordan Banks-Smith mopped up across the backline and Mitchell Hay had some important touches and performed well. Bailey Wheeler played an outstanding game in the ruck when Jacob Daley left the field injured at half time.
The Eagles now travel to Abbotsfield Park on Saturday (April 23) to take on the Claremont Magpies in the search for another victory to build their season ahead.
New Norfolk 17.15 (117)
Hobart 14.12 (96)
Best – New Norfolk: J. Farrow, B. Triffett, T. Purdon, J. Bearman, J. Banks-Smith, J. Poulson; Hobart: K. Phillips, A. Wiggins, R. Stocks, B. Joseph, B. Daniels, L. Kreune.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Farrow 7, B. Lovell 4, C. Triffett 3, Jye Bearman 2, R. Higgins; Hobart: B. Joseph 4, B. Dart 2, D. Huxley 2, R. Stocks 2, L. Freeman, L. Kreune, A. Murfet, A. Wiggins.
Reserves lose a close one – By Wayne Marshall
THE Eagle Reserves were pipped at the post by one point by the Hobart Tigers last Friday after leading for the majority of the match. This followed a disappointing two-point loss the week before against Cygnet. The unlucky Eagles lost their way in the last term as the Hobart Tigers just snuck home in the final minutes to win by the slimmest of margins.
Big Eagle ruckman Corey Ransley was the Eagles’ best player over four quarters and battled hard in the ruck.
Nathan Eiszele is finding the form we all know he can produce while Thomas Lovell was a handy player and was instrumental in many forward entries as a backup ruckman. It was good to see familiar faces return to the
side such as busy onballer Cody Neads along with Richard Graham who bagged two goals in a low-scoring game. Luke Crosswell was handy down back.
The Eagles were missing Jordan and Tyson Eiszele along with Tyler Purdon (who was promoted to the senior squad) which had an impact on the normal structure of the side but the Eagles are not far away from putting a win on the board. The Tigers had a slight wind advantage kicking to the main grandstand end of the ground in the last term and managed to go forward when it counted to snatch the victory. Assistant coach Bradley Chaplin spoke to the players after the game telling his players to stick to the game plan and up the tempo on the training track and the wins will come.
Hobart 6.9 (45)
New Norfolk 6.8 (44)
Best – New Norfolk: C. Ransley, N. Eiszele, A. Minchin, T. Lovell, J. Miller, L. Crosswell; Hobart: A. Henderson, M. Hale, C. Pearcey, T. Spriggs, A. Donovan, S. Broomhall.
Goals – New Norfolk: R. Graham 2, N. Eiszele, C. Needs, J. Miller, J. Holbrook; Hobart: A. Donovan 3, A. Henderson 2, C. Pearcey.
Women’s Report – by Zoie Crawford
EARLY morning Good Friday footy was at Boyer Oval, starting with a jumper presentation to Maddi Devine – one of our young guns and also daughter of one of our recruits, Mel Green. Maddi has had a big pre-season and at only 15 she has a huge future. We were all proud to be part of having our first mother-daughter duo on the ground together.
The girls got the game going with another huge first quarter. Green was huge down forward and finished the game with seven goals. Jaz Skelly and Bree Sullivan made their return to the side and both showed great attack on the ball. The combination of Maddi Tomkinson and Maddi Devine in the ruck gave the midfield first use and captain Sophie Farrow was a workhorse all day.
The Claremont girls were hard at the ball and despite the scoreline we were made to work for every possession.
In a consistent four-quarter performance the girls came away with a 140-point win which secured top spot with a healthy percentage.
New Norfolk 21.15 (141)
Claremont 0.1 (1)
Best – New Norfolk: S. Farrow, M. Green, C. Ford, G. Kube, J. Skelly, O. Harris; Claremont: A. Abrahams, S. Barron, H. Rice, E. Siely, J. Grimsey, O. Smith.
Goals – New Norfolk: M. Green 7, C. Ford 5, Z. Crawford 3, T. Tangata 3, J. Mansfield 2, O. Harris.
Saturday, April 23:
Women v St Virgils at New Town Bike Track Oval, 9am
Reserves v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park, noon
Seniors v Claremont at Abbotsfield Park, 2pm