Eagles women head into SFLW finals

THE Eagles have finished the home and away season on top of the SFLW Division 3 ladder losing only one game for the season. Following a massive 217-point victory the week before, the Eagles senior women travelled to Pontville Oval last Saturday for a much tougher assignment against the second-placed Brighton Robins.

This was the only Eagles game for the weekend, with all three men’s teams having a bye.

The game started in wintery conditions at 4.30pm with the Eagles losing leading goal-scorer Mel Green with a minor injury in the first 40 seconds. The first quarter only lasted five minutes as a significant injury to a Brighton player stopped play while an ambulance was called.

The Eagles had one point on the scoreboard while the game was held up for 30 minutes to enable the ambulance crew to remove the injured player from the playing surface. The match resumed in the second quarter with the duration of the remaining quarters reduced to 15 minutes each.

The Eagles had the first goal on the board within the first three minutes as they were starting to look the better side. They were tackling strongly, and the backline was making scoring difficult for the Robins’ forwards. The Eagles scored their second goal a few moments later and their third within another minute to skip to a three-goal lead as Maddison Devine was controlling the ruck contests and the midfield were dominant.

The Eagles scored their fourth goal at the seven-minute mark of the third quarter as their backline continued to restrict the Robins forwards. Sophie Farrow, Zoie Crawford and Natalie Smedley were prominent for the Eagles as their midfield continued to dominate the game.

The last quarter was a little tighter as the Robins tried hard, but the Eagle defence was standing firm. A heavy collision early in the quarter saw Laura Wigg leave the ground for the Eagles. Zoie Crawford put the icing on the cake late in the game with a goal that gave New Norfolk a solid 29-point victory.

It was a good even performance by the lady Eagles with Sophie Farrow, Zoie Crawford, Olivia Harris, Maddison Devine, Annie Robilliard and Siobhan Smith named as best players. The backline did a tremendous job in restricting the Brighton Robins to three behinds.

New Norfolk has now secured a home final tomorrow (Saturday) against Brighton and the winner will go straight into the SFLW grand final. The Eagles have had a fantastic season and we now look forward to a good run in the finals. It would be great to see our supporters turn up to Boyer Oval to give the Eagles some vocal support.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 5.2 (32)
Brighton 0.3 (3)
Best – New Norfolk:
S. Farrow, Z. Crawford, O. Harris, M. Devine, A. Robilliard, S. Smith; Brighton: S. Smith, G. Pennicott, B. Oates, M. Robinson, C. Lovell, S. Whyte.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Tangata 2, Z. Crawford 2, C. Mart.

CHRIS LOVELL

NEXT GAMES
Saturday, August 13 at Boyer Oval: Women v Brighton at 10am; Reserves v at Sorell at noon; Seniors v Sorell at 2pm. The colts have a bye.

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