Eagles get close

Senior Report by Wayne Walker

AFTER a slow start in the first quarter the New Norfolk Eagles showed more natural improvement as they worked their way back into the contest against the Brighton Robins at Pontville Oval last Saturday. After trailing by 39 points earlier in the game the Eagles fought back to get within nine points of the Robins in the last term. The Eagles pulled up short of an upset as the Robins gained composure to get control of the footy midway through the last quarter to go on and win by 26 points.

The match was for the Barwick/Browning Shield which is now in the hands of the Brighton Robins after the inaugural cup was won by the Eagles last year. The game was played in front of a big crowd which enjoyed a highly entertaining game which raised funds for skin cancer research in memory of Brendon Browning.

The Robins were aided by a three to four goal breeze as they kicked to the highway end of the ground in the first term. They were on fire early with a 37-point lead before the Eagles showed any signs of hitting the scoreboard. Big Brighton ruckman Ryan Bailey was giving the Robins on-ball crew of Samuel Lewis-Johnson, Brady Hayden, Dylan Ford and Darcy Gardner first use of the footy.

Robin forward Max Lamb was marking everything up forward with three first quarter goals. Young Eagle Brock Triffett booted the visitors’ first at the 22-minute mark from a tight angle and Ben Lovell followed up with another goal minutes later. Quarter time scores were Brighton 8.2 (50) to New Norfolk 2.0 (12).

The Eagles needed to make the most of the breeze in the second term and opened up with Triffitt kicking his second major to kick start the Eagles. The Robins hit back with goals to Adam Collis and Mark Alberry to take them out to a 39-point lead. The game looked to be slipping away from the Eagles. Hard-working Jake Bearman, veteran Josh Clifford and busy on-baller Brayden Chaplin were getting their hands on the footy and started to wrestle back some momentum. Small forward Cody Neads found the Sherrin and kicked a much-needed goal for the visitors.

The Eagles started to set the wheels in motion. Enter high-flying Eagle Tyron Bailey who took the mark of the year head-high over the pack in the goal square to boot the Eagles’ fifth. Bailey followed up moments later with a great pass to Rohan Heron who slotted through another major which capped off a good quarter of football from the Eagles. Half time scores were Brighton 10.2 (62) to New Norfolk 7.1 (43).

The Eagles started the third term in good fashion with a strong mark to Heron who handpassed to Josh Farrow on the run who kicked truly as the Eagles trailed by only 15 points (65 to 50). The Robins answered through Darcy Gardner, but goal sneak Cody Neads hit the scoreboard once again to keep the Eagles in touch. The Robins found
elusive forward Max Lamb in the latter stages of the quarter kicking two goals to give the home side a handy 22-point lead at three quarter time: Brighton 13.8 (86) to the Eagles 9.4 (58).

The Eagles had made a number of positional changes after half time moving Lovell into the ruck to curb Robin ruck man Ryan Bailey, Rohan Heron came out to centre half forward and Tyron Bailey who was creating problems for the Robins moved to full forward. Tough on-baller Bearman opened the last term with a long drop punt straight through the big sticks and Eagle Tyron Bailey kicked his third moments later.

The Eagles were on a roll and went deep into attack with Chaplin sharking the footy and snapping a goal in heavy traffic to get the Eagles within nine points (86 to 77). With only 10 minutes remaining in the match the Eagles turned the footy over in a couple of contests at critical times which the Robins took advantage of and goals to Lamb, Jacob Best and Darcy Gardner sealed the game as the Robins held on for a 26-point victory.

It was another encouraging performance by the Eagles in what has been a tough year with only one win, but the improvement has been evident over the last month. The Eagles now have a bye this Saturday before they face Sorell in the last round of the season.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 12.7 (79)
Brighton 16.9 (105)
New Norfolk:
T. Bailey, J. Farrow, R. Heron, Brayden Chaplin, B. Lovell, J. Clifford; Brighton: D. Gardner, S. Lewis-Johnson, M. Lamb, J. Nus, R. Bailey, B. Hayden.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Bailey 3, B. Triffett 2, C. Neads 2, J. Farrow, J. Bearman, B. Lovell, R. Heron, Brayden Chaplin; Brighton: M. Lamb 6, D. Gardner 2, M. Alberry 2, R. Backhouse 2, A. Collis, S. Lewis-Johnson, L. Wakefield, J. Best.

Reserves Report by Wayne Walker

AFTER a tight first quarter the New Norfolk Eagles took over in the second quarter with a seven-goal haul while holding the Robins scoreless for the term to go out to a 28-point lead at half time. It was all one-way traffic after half time with the Eagles adding another nine last-half goals to the Robins three to run out 78-point winners.

Jake Foster was best for the Eagles racking up many possessions. William Watts was strong in the ruck contests and backed up with second and third efforts when the ball hit the deck making way for Foster, Jordan Eiszele and Andrew Minchin. Talented forward Cody Morgan continues his good recent form with six goals and big Caleb Triffett displayed his marking skills and mobility with four goals. The Robins had a wind advantage in the first term and led at quarter time: Brighton 4.2 (26) to New Norfolk 3.2 (20).

Early in the second term Tyler Purdon passed to Caleb Triffett for a set shot goal. Triffett followed moments later from a boundary throw in grabbing the footy from the ruck contest and kicked truly for his second goal. The Eagles continued to go on the attack which resulted in three goals to Cody Morgan who was becoming a real handful
for the Robins defence. Half time scores: New Norfolk 10.7 (67) to Brighton 4.2 (26)

The Eagles extended their lead to 52 points at three quarter time with Jake Foster and Andrew Minchin dominating the clearances. They were creating a number of scoring opportunities up forward for Morgan, Triffett, Corey Ransley and Zac Wheeler. Three quarter time scores: New Norfolk 14.9 (93) to Brighton 6.5 (41).

The Eagles had a strong finish to the game not letting the Robins back into the contest to go on and have a confidence building win by 78 points. Eagle half back and winger Tyler Purdon set up many attacking moves in the forward fifty. Harry Sillifant used his pace to good advantage and looks to be a classy player. Brett Hodge continues to perform well on the Eagle backline. Samuel Holloway played a solid game and booted a great goal from forty metres out to boost the Eagles in the last term.

The Eagles now have the bye and then face Sorell in the last round in a must win to grab a spot in the finals race.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 19.12 (126)
Brighton 7.6 (48)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Foster, W. Watts, C. Morgan, T. Purdon, A. Minchin, C. Triffett; Brighton: J. Hope, B. Whyte, A. McCarthy, E. Bowe, J. Pyke, B. Cockshutt.
Goals – New Norfolk: C. Morgan 6, C. Triffett 4, C. Ransley 2, J. Eiszele 2, Z. Wheeler 2, J. Foster, S. Holloway, H. Sillifant; Brighton: B. Cockshutt 2, D. Jetson 2, T. Taylor, A. Ransley, J. Trinder.

Colts Report by Chris Lovell

FOLLOWING a great 78-point win over the Dodges Ferry Sharks at Boyer Oval the week before, the young Eagles were on the road to Pontville Oval last Saturday against the Brighton Robins in a must win encounter to keep their slim finals hopes alive. The game started at 4.30pm in crisp conditions. The conditions got considerably colder as the game progressed.

The Robins jumped out of the gates quickly and soon established a comfortable lead. They were in complete charge scoring 6 goals in the first quarter to establish a 32-point lead at the first change. The young Eagles tried hard but could not make any impression on the Robins lead and eventually lost by a significant 55 points.

Best players for the young Eagles were Blake Triffitt, Hayden Burns, Jordan George, William Watts, Harry Sillifant and Riley Triffett. Harry Sillifant was the Eagles leading goal scorer with three for the game.

The young Eagles are now out of finals contention with two games to go before the end of their season. They have a bye this week before lining up for their penultimate game against the Huonville Lions on August 13 at Boyer Oval. The boys have the opportunity to train hard over the next week to try to finish the season on a high note.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 5.5 (35)
Brighton 14.6 (90)
Best – New Norfolk
: B. Triffitt, H. Burns, J. George, W. Watts, H. Sillifant, R. Triffett; Brighton: B. Smith, T. Stacey, J. Whitney, M. Read, R. Jones, J. Lewis.
Goals – New Norfolk: H. Sillifant 3, T. Triffett, J. Goodsell; Brighton: T. Stacey 5, R. Harris 2, P. Haremza 2, D. Backhouse, J. McKay, H. Zantuck, B. Fisher, C. Devine.

Women’s Report by Chris Lovell

AFTER a bruising game on the road against St Virgil’s the week before, the lady Eagles were back on their home turf at the Boyer Oval last Saturday against Lauderdale. The Eagles certainly enjoyed the wide-open spaces of the big ground as they had a field day against the depleted Lauderdale outfit piling on a massive 33 goals to score
a 217-point victory.

It was a very even display by the Eagles as they scored eight goals in the first term, nine in the second, nine in the third and seven in the last quarter while holding the visitors scoreless. The Eagles had winners all over the field as Melinda Green (14 goals), Natalie Smedley (eight goals) and Chloe Ford (five goals) led the goal charge. Best players for the Eagles were Melinda Green, Natalie Smedley, Chloe Ford, Sophie Farrow, Zoie Crawford and Olivia Harris.

The Eagles have now secured top spot on the SFLW Division 3 ladder, eight points clear of second-placed Brighton. They now play Brighton this Saturday at Pontville Oval in a match that has no bearing on the makeup of the finals.
The Eagles have had a fantastic season and can now look forward to finals with confidence. It would be great to see our supporters turn up to Pontville Oval at 4.30pm on Saturday to see the lady Eagles in action.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 33.19 (217)
Lauderdale 0.0 (0)
Best – New Norfolk
: M. Green, N. Smedley, C. Ford, S. Farrow, Z. Crawford, O. Harris.
New Norfolk: M. Green 14, N. Smedley 8. C. Ford 5, A. Robilliard 2, Z. Crawford, G. Kube, T. Tangata, M. Percey.

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