Weekend off for most of the Eagles

MOST members of the New Norfolk District Football Club have this weekend free of football duties while a smaller number take part in this year’s SFL v NTFA match in Launceston. The break gives the senior team time to regroup and lick their wounds ahead of their next tough encounter against Cygnet in round 11 on June 18.

Those selected for the representative sides are Josh Clifford from the senior side and Jack Miller, Bailey Chaplin, Bailey Wheeler and Jacob Goodsell from the colts team. The games will be played at York Park (UTAS Stadium) on Saturday but can also be watched live on the AFL Tasmania YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCezV_Q3RQL9urXcz01qn22w

Direct game links:


Senior report by Wayne Walker

THE Lindisfarne Two Blues were just too big, too strong, and too good as they gave the New Norfolk Eagles a football lesson on Saturday at Anzac Park winning by a 139-point margin last Saturday. The Two Blues booted 18 goals in the second half led by former Brisbane and Essendon AFL sharpshooter Josh Green who kicked 13 goals for the match and was unstoppable throughout the game.

Green had a number of Eagle opponents throughout the game and had the huge advantage of a never-ending supply of forward entries from the Lindisfarne onballers. He was always on the lead presenting at the footy and was well supported by Teage Westbury with 3 goals and playing coach Michael Cassidy with 2 goals. Two Blue ball magnet Jack Gleeson was also instrumental in the win with numerous possessions over four quarters.

The Eagles were out pointed in most areas of the ground and although they hung in the game for most of the first half, they clearly struggled against the well-oiled machine that Lindisfarne have become. The Eagles sorely missed captain Josh Farrow in defence along with ruck man Jacob Daley, Brock Triffett and Jaythan Poulson who were all out injured. All should be available after the SFL representative game.

The Eagles once again started the game in good fashion with young gun Riley Higgins booting the first goal for the match with a clever snap in heavy traffic. The home side quickly strung 4 goals together in quick time through Jack Anning, Josh Green, Teage Westbury, and Jake Briggs to jump to an early lead. Green added another two majors as the Two Blues took a 27-point lead into the quarter time break: Lindisfarne 6.6 (42) to New Norfolk 2.3 (15).

Eagle back man Tyler Purdon had the job on Green, young Eagle Zayden Kelly picked up Jake Briggs. Two Blue Aiden Webster was on Eagle full forward Ben Lovell, ruckman Oliver Rand was pitted against Eagle high flyer Bayley Wheeler and Lindisfarne’s Matthew Hutchinson had the task on Eagle Josh Clifford. The Two Blues took over at the centre clearances’ during the second term with Jack Gleeson, Dylan Zantuck and Kase Miller dominating around the ground as they increased their lead by 50 points at the half-time break. Lindisfarne 11.12 (78) to New Norfolk 4.4 (28).

The second half was a carbon copy of the past few rounds with the Eagles dropping their intensity in and around the contested ball which gave the Two Blues too many easy entries into their forward line. They continued to channel the footy into the corridor finding the likes of Green, Westbury, Cassidy and Martin which gave the home team many avenues to goal as they booted 8 majors in the third term and slammed on another 10 goals in the last stanza to run out massive 139-point winners.

As for the Eagles, it was a game they would prefer to forget. However, it was another learning experience for the younger players within the group as to what is required at Senior level. Eagle running machine Will Banks played an outstanding game and was always in the heat of the contest along with Jake Bearman who applied plenty of
pressure in the engine room and was fierce at the contest also gaining many possessions. Tyron Bailey continued his good form and had the better of Oliver Rand when moved into the ruck in the second half. Jordan Banks-Smith held his own and kept Two Blues playing coach Michael Cassidy to just 2 goals for the game. Jayden Fisher-Cooley took a number of intercept marks across half back and Bailey Chaplin continues his good work and shows class when handling the footy. William Watts battled hard in the ruck contests in his first senior game along with Cody Neads who also had his first hit out at senior level. Full forward Ben Lovell battled hard all day and scored 3 goals from limited opportunities.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne 29.18 (192)
New Norfolk 8.5 (53)
Best – New Norfolk:
W. Banks, T. Bailey, B. Chaplin, J. Bearman, J. Eiszele; Lindisfarne: O. Rand, J. Gleeson, J. Green, D. Zantuck, M. Cassidy.
Goals – New Norfolk: B. Lovell 3, B. Wheeler, R. Higgins, J. Clifford, T. Bailey, R. Thomason; Lindisfarne: J. Green 13, T. Westbury 3, L. Hovington 2, Unknown 2, R. Martin 2, J. Anning 2, J. Gleeson 2, T. Westbury, D. Zantuck, E. Bailey.

Reserves Report –by Wayne Walker

An undermanned New Norfolk Reserves outfit suffered a heavy loss to a slicker, more settled Lindisfarne Two Blues by 129 points in the curtain raiser to the Senior game on Saturday. The Eagles were in a tough situation missing up to half the squad with a number of players taking part in the Senior game and others injured or unavailable, names such as Aaron Papera, Jake Foster, Kyle Walker, Ethan Holden, Jordan Eiszele, Cody
Neads, Tyler Purdon, and Sam Webb which had a big impact on their structure.

The Lindisfarne small forward duo of Jayden Appleby (11 goals) and Jake Kent (5 goals) ran riot on the forward line along with Matteo Paolini, and Jarrod Fisher figuring prominently throughout the four quarters of football. The Eagles suffered an early setback with Corey Ransley leaving the ground with a knee injury which left a hole up forward and in the ruck contests for the Eagles.

The Two Blues jumped out of the blocks early and enjoyed a 36-point lead at quarter time, Lindisfarne 7.2 (44) to New Norfolk 1.2 (8). Lindisfarne added another 6 goals in the second term to lead by 73 points and had the
game wrapped up at half time. The Two Blues marched on in the second half booting another 12 goals to run out big winners on their home patch.

Backman Brett Hodge was the Eagles best player and is having a solid season, Andrew Minchin tried hard all day racking up many possessions, Jeremy Nichols continues to impress, and Luke Browning was his usual self across half back. Riley Blackaby threw himself into the contest showing plenty of courage and Shayne Upton performed well booting 2 goals in the last term.

A special mention to Jack Miller, Riley Blackaby and Toby Blyth stepping up for the Reserves after playing in the Colts earlier in the morning. The Eagles need to get as many of their playing personnel as settled as they can leading into the second half of the season and push for a finals berth which would set up a completely different contest if both sides meet later in the season.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 4.6 9 (30)
Lindisfarne 25.9 (159)

Best – New Norfolk: B. Hodge, A. Minchin, T. Eiszele, J. Nichols, R. Blackaby; Lindisfarne: M. Paolini, J. Appleby, J. Fisher, T. Currie, J. Kent, J. Polanowski.
Goals – New Norfolk: S. Upton 2, J. Nichols, R. Graham; Lindisfarne: J. Appleby 11, J. Kent 5, J. Baker 3, D. Woodham 2, M. Paolini 2, N. Raglione, M. Miles, D. Blazeley.

Colts Report by Chris Lovell

Following two good wins over the last few games, the young Eagles were on the road to Anzac Park last Saturday for a meeting with top of the table Lindisfarne Two Blues. The ground was in good condition although slightly wet underfoot.

The Two Blues jumped out of the gates quickly and had the young Eagles on the back foot from the first bounce. The Two Blues had most of the play in the first quarter, but inaccuracy saw them with 3 goals and 6 behinds on the board to the Eagles 1 goal 1 behind from limited opportunities. Quarter time scores were Lindisfarne 3.6 (24) to New Norfolk 1.1 (7).

The second quarter was similar to the first as the Two Blues continued to dominate while improving their accuracy in front of goal to add another 6 goals 2 behinds. The Eagles could only add another 1 goal 1 behind to trail by 48 points at the main break: . Half time scores: Lindisfarne 9.8 (62) to New Norfolk 2.2 (14).

The third term commenced with the Eagles scoring the first two goals to reduce the lead to 36 points and give themselves a slight chance of a comeback. The Lindisfarne Two Blues had different ideas and retaliated strongly with 3 goals 1 behind to re-establish a healthy 53-point lead at three quarter time. Three quarter time scores were Lindisfarne 12.9 (81) to New Norfolk 4.4 (28).

The last quarter was a complete demolition as the Eagles were completely outclassed by the stronger Two Blues outfit. The home side piled on 6 goals 4 behinds and kept New Norfolk scoreless as they cruised to an impressive 93-point victory. The Eagles were slightly undermanned but were well served up forward by Jack Miller and Dylan Branch who scored 2 goals each from limited opportunities. Riley Blackaby, Harry Morgan, Lachlan Blackwell, Jude Holbrook, and Liam Kenyon battled hard all game.

The young Eagles were brought back to earth by the powerful Two Blues, but have shown enough ability so far this season to indicate they can still figure in finals if they play their best football

Final Scores
New Norfolk 4.4 (28)
Lindisfarne 18.13 (121)
Best – New Norfolk
: R. Blackaby, D. Branch, H. Morgan, L. Blackwell, J. Holbrook, L. Kenyon; Lindisfarne: O. Holdsworth, W. Gaffney, B. Weeding, S. Henderson, C. Millward, R. Hopkins.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Miller 2, D. Branch 2; Lindisfarne: S. Henderson 4, O. Holdsworth 4, J. Sward 2, L. Budd 2, I. Saltmarsh, B. McCallum, T, Moore, B. Weeding, C. Doran, R. Hopkins.

Women’s report by Chris Lovell

The depleted lady Eagles travelled to Geilston Bay last Saturday to try to keep their unbeaten season intact against OHA. Although the Eagles were missing several key personnel, they managed to get the upper hand in a tight first quarter to hold a handy 14-point lead at the first change: Eagles 2.2 (14) to OHA 0.0 (0).

The second quarter saw New Norfolk begin to warm to the task as the less experienced players in the team began to gel. They piled on 4 goals 3 behinds while keeping OHA scoreless to march out to an unbeatable 41-point lead at the main break: Eagles 6.5 (41) to OHA 0.0 (0).

OHA scored its only goal of the game in the third quarter as a slightly inaccurate lady Eagles missed opportunities scoring 2 goals 5 behinds to lead by 52 points at three quarter time: Eagles 8.10 (58) to OHA 1.0 (6). The last quarter was all one-way traffic as the lady Eagles scored 3 goals 4 behinds to record a comfortable 74-point victory.

It was a good effort by the Eagles as they were missing key players Zoie Crawford, Chloe Ford Tayhlar Tangata, Jasmine Skelly, Jemma Hay, and Maddy Devine. The Eagles were well served by captain Sophie Farrow, who after spending most of her playing career on the backline, scored her first ever goal. Well done, Sophie, we hope there are many more to come. Once again, Laura Wigg stepped up through the mid field and was well supported by Annie Robilliard, Nikayla Roach, Siobhan Smith, and Maddison Tomkinson.

The undefeated Eagles now have a couple of byes to recover from injury before they prepare for the rest of the season and the run into finals.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 11.14 (80)
OHA 1.0 (6)
Best – New Norfolk:
S. Farrow, L. Wigg, A. Robilliard, N. Roach, S. Smith, M. Tomkinson; OHA: N. Lowe, A. Hoskinson, A. Johns, C. Hutt, C. Hodgman, A. Hutt.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Franklin 3, M. Temple 2, M. Green 2, S. Farrow, L. Wigg, O. Harris, A. Robilliard; OHA: A. Silva.

There is a bye for all teams this weekend, June 11. The next games are on June 18:

  • Colts v Southern Storm at Snug Park at 10am
  • Reserves v Cygnet at Snug Park at noon
  • Seniors v Cygnet at Snug Park at 2pm
  • Women have a bye

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