Eagle women cement top spot

SFL ROUND 8

Women’s Report by – Chris Lovell

LAST Saturday the NNDFC’s much-improved senior women’s team travelled to Abbotsfield Park to play Claremont for the second time this season. The Eagles were looking to continue their winning streak to maintain top spot on the SFLW Division 3 ladder.

After beating Claremont by 140 points in their first encounter this season it was expected that the lady Eagles would record another comfortable victory. They jumped out of the blocks quickly and peppered the goals recording seven majors and three behinds to skip away to a 45-point lead at the first change: New Norfolk 7.3 (45) to Claremont 0.0 (0). The second quarter saw an inaccurate Eagles hold Claremont scoreless again while adding five goals and six points for an 81-point lead at half-time.

Claremont managed to score its only goal of the match in the third quarter but the Eagles were still dominating around the ground and added another six goals to lead by 112 points at three quarter time: New Norfolk 18.10 (118) to Claremont 1.0 (6). The last quarter saw the Eagles once again flex their muscles, scoring six goals and six behinds, which was an exact repeat of the previous week, while keeping Claremont scoreless and scoring a strong 154-point victory.

The Eagles had winners all over the ground and looked particularly sharp as they cruised to another comfortable victory. Supporters have been asking why the big improvement this season after some tough years where they Eagles were being beaten by over 100 points consistently. The answer has been recruitment and a lot of hard work.

New coach Dean King has been working on the players ‘techniques and game plans. The recruitment of Zoie Crawford and Jemma Hay (Glenorchy), Olivia Harris and Chloe Ford (Brighton), Melinda Green (Lindisfarne) and new players Annie Robilliard, Siobhan Smith, Montana Percy, Maddison Devine, and Nikayla Roach has given the Eagles much needed firepower up forward and significantly more grunt around the ground.

The natural improvement of a number of the core players from the previous couple of seasons has them playing a good brand of football which is really showing on the scoreboard. New Norfolk now sit two games clear on top of the SFLW Division 3 ladder. There is still much work to do, and King will continue to work with the players with the aim of getting the team deeper into finals.

This Saturday the Eagle women travel to New Town to play St Virgil’s at the Bike Track Oval. This will be a tough game as St Virgil’s defeated Brighton last weekend and will be eager to turn the tables on the Eagles following a loss in their first encounter. The game starts at 9.30 am.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 2416 (160)
Claremont 1.0 (6)
Best – New Norfolk:
M. Green, O. Harris, Z. Crawford, C. Ford, S. Farrow, N. Bearman; Claremont: H. Rice, A. Mitchelmore, C. King, S. Croswell.
Goals – New Norfolk:
M. Green 7, C. Ford 5, C. Mart 3, N. Roach 2, D. Clifford 2, O. Harris 2, Z. Crawford 1, J. Franklin 1, M. Percey 1; Claremont: not named.

Colts Report by Chris Lovell

FOLLOWING a disappointing loss to the Brighton Robins the previous weekend at Boyer Oval, the young Eagles travelled to Pontville Oval last Friday night to try to turn the tables on the Robins when the met again. There was a large crowd in attendance to watch these two evenly matched teams do battle.

The Robins kicked to the highway end of the ground in the first quarter and had the majority of play in the first quarter, scoring three goals and one behind to fly to a handy 19-point lead. It was looking like the Eagles were in for a tough night. With only five minutes remaining in the quarter, New Norfolk scored its first major through Jack Miller. In the space of five minutes the Eagles piled on three goals and a behind to level the scores at quarter time. We had a game on our hands.

The Eagles started the second quarter in fine form kicking the first two goals to take a handy lead. The Robins fought back with two goals in a seesawing game before the Eagles consolidated with another two goals to lead by 11 points at the main break: New Norfolk 7.3 (45) to Brighton 5.4 (34).

The third quarter was a repeat of the first as the Robins had the majority of play and peppered the goals, but they were slightly inaccurate, kicking two goals and five behinds. Again, the Eagles were outplayed until the last five minutes of the quarter when another goal from Miller started the recovery. Some fine play from Bailey Wheeler on the half forward line and a great pass to Tyron Bailey for a goal restored a six-point margin for the Eagles: New Norfolk 9.3 (57) to Brighton 7.9 (51).

The scene was set for a big last quarter, and it didn’t disappoint. The Eagles started well and had the majority of play early for a goal and a behind. The Robins then struck back scoring a goal to bring them within striking distance. In a desperate last few minutes, the Eagles were under pressure and defending doggedly. The Robins were attacking relentlessly but fell short by three points.

The last two games have shown that the two teams are evenly matched. Once again, the Eagles were very accurate in front of goal, kicking 10 goals and four behinds while the Robins were again inaccurate, kicking eight goals and 13 behinds.

The inclusion of Brayden Butler, Tyron Bailey, and Bailey Wheeler who have played the majority of Senior football this season together with the experience gained by some other Colts players who have tasted Senior football improved the young Eagles on Friday night. It was a good game of football and both clubs should be excited about the future as the two teams have displayed great skills over the last two games and there is no doubt we will see a number these players in the Senior teams in the near future.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 10.4 (64)
Brighton 8.13 (61)
Best – New Norfolk:
B. Butler, T. Bailey, J. Devine, R. Blackaby, J. Holbrook, H. Burns; Brighton: J. Blyth, R. Backhouse, P. Haremza, J. Smith, R. Harris, D. Matthews.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Bailey 4, J. Miller 3, M. Hay 2, B. Scanlon; Brighton: R. Backhouse 2, D. Matthews 2, M. Read 2, J. Blyth, C. Burgess.

Next Games – Saturday, May 28:
Colts v Huonville at Huonville Oval at 10am
Reserves v Sorell atPembroke Park at noon
Seniors v Sorell at Pembroke Park at 2pm
Women v St Virgil’s at New Town Bike Track Oval at 9.30am

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