Women into grand final; end of the road for senior men

IT was a day of contrasts at Boyer Oval last Saturday with New Norfolk’s senior women’s side winning through to the SFLW grand final while the senior men’s side saw their season come to a sudden end. The reserves have made their way into the finals and the colts play their final round of the season this weekend.

Sorell wins battle of the Eagles – by Wayne Walker

THE New Norfolk Eagles were outpointed in most facets of the game on Saturday and clearly showed they were glad to see the end of the 2022 season as they suffered a huge 89- point loss to the Sorell Eagles at the big Boyer Oval.

Sorell put in a big second-quarter, slamming on six goals while the home side could only add three which gave the visitors a handy 31-point buffer at half-time. Big Sorell forward Jacob Smith was a key focal point kicking nine goals for the match.

New Norfolk started the game in an attacking frame of mind with Ben Lovell competing in the ruck along with Josh Farrow in the centre away from his regular position at full-back. Josh Clifford and Brock Triffett started in the middle of the ground for the centre bounce contests. New Norfolk young gun Harry Sillifant stepped up for his first senior game after playing in the Reserves to replace tough on-baller Jake Bearman who was unavailable. Another promising youngster Tyler Benson started on the bench for the home side.

New Norfolk missed a couple of opportunities at goal early in the first term. By the eight-minute mark Sorell had quickly converted three goals to grab an early break. New Norfolk hit back with Nathan Eiszele shooting out a clever hand-pass to Sillifant for their first major. The home side cleared the footy from the next centre bounce contest with Sillifant instrumental once again with a pinpoint pass to Tyron Bailey who kicked the home side’s second goal.

New Norfolk was working its way back into the contest and soon found Eiszele close to goal who snapped the Sherrin through the big sticks to even the scores at 20 points apiece. Unfortunately, Sorell answered with goals to Jacob Smith and Conor Murfet to give the visitors a 12-point lead at quarter time: Sorell 5.3 (33) to New Norfolk 3.3 (21).

Sorell gave the home side the slip in the second term. They won the footy in the clearances from the centre bounce area and got on top at the stoppages finding their forwards clear of their opponents. Sorell utility Mitch Anderton and the pacey Nicholas Baker were busy around the ground and big forward Smith was looking dangerous as they added six goals for the quarter to go out to a 31-point lead at the main break: Sorell 11.5 (71) to New Norfolk 6.4 (40).

New Norfolk struggled once again after half-time which has been a continuing problem all season. They only added two goals in the second half while Sorell skipped away with 10 last-half goals to go on and be big winners by 89 points.

After the game assistant coach Jacob Wigg addressed the playing group on the year that was. He pulled out the positives which featured many of the young players on their development throughout the season. The group including Bailey, Triffett, Butler, Higgins, Fischer-Cooley, Kelly, Banks, Thomason, Hay and Bailey Chaplin could well
take the club into its next chapter and can only get better after the experience gained this season.

Senior Captain Josh Farrow led from the front all season and the more experienced players such as Clifford, Heron, Lovell, Banks-Smith, Daley, and Brayden Chaplin have to be commended on the way that they not only performed week to week against the odds but also the way that they encouraged the young group through some tough weeks.

Hopefully this young group will stay together, some experienced players go on next season and the club adds some new recruits which will enable them to be more competitive and break their way back into finals contention in the 2023 season. We all look forward to the next chapter. Go Eagles!

Final Scores
New Norfolk 8G 6B 54 points
Sorell 21G 17B 143 points
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Clifford, B. Lovell, Brayden Chaplin, T. Bailey, J. Farrow, Z. Kelly; Sorell: J. Smith, N. Baker, M. Anderton, T. Bennett, M. Johnson, M. Bevis.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Bailey 2, J. Farrow, N. Eiszele, B. Lovell, H. Morgan, H. Sillifant, M. Hay; Sorell: J. Smith 9, C. Murfet 3, M. Anderton 2, T. Bennett 2, M. Johnson, J. Perkins, C. Riley, E. Idstrom, D. Chapman.

Reserves look ahead to finals – by Wayne Walker

THE New Norfolk Reserves have earned a spot in the Elimination Final against the Huonville Lions after a convincing win over Sorell by 43 points on Saturday. After an even first term which had New Norfolk leading by 12 points at quarter-time, the home side edged ahead by 17 points at half-time, 26 points at three-quarter time before finally going on to record a good 43-point victory.

William Watts continues to show good form with his aggressive ruck work and assisting the on-ball crew of Andrew Minchin, Jake Foster and Jordan Eiszele giving the trio first use of the footy from the centre clearance area. Watts’ second and third efforts are a real feature of his game.

Andrew Minchin has had a great season and continues his good form along with Jordan Eiszele with his break-through style of game going hard at the footy. Harry Sillifant showed his class by booting three majors, and the ever-reliable Luke Browning turned back many Sorell forward entries ably backed up by Luke Crosswell .

Brett Hodge and Tyler Purdon controlled the backline as they held Sorell to just one goal and four behinds after quarter time. Tyson Eiszele returned to the side gaining many possessions over the four quarters and showed that he is an important player to the side with his strength around the footy and his precise kicking skills.

New Norfolk has a number of players who can kick goals such as key forwards Corey Ransley, Richard Graham, and Caleb Triffitt along with a number of smalls such as Cody Neads, Jordan Eiszele, Tyler Heron, Jack Miller and Tyson Eiszele. This could stand them in good stead in the do-or-die final.

There may be a few changes to the side leading into Saturday’s game against the Lions, but the Eagles are in there with a real chance, and you never know what can happen in a final.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 11.6 (72)
Sorell 4.5 (29)
Best
– New Norfolk: W. Watts, A. Minchin, L. Browning, T. Eiszele, J. Eiszele, L. Crosswell; Sorell: L. Hitchens, T. Pace, C. Workman, L. Dance, A. James, A. Harrison.
Goals – New Norfolk: H. Sillifant 3, C. Neads 2, C. Triffett 2, C. Morgan, J. Eiszele, T. Eiszele, J. Miller; Sorell: T. Pace 2, B. Pace, S. Jackson.

Lady Eagles win second semi-final – by Chris Lovell

AFTER a good win against the Brighton Robins in an injury shortened game the previous week at the Pontville Oval, the Eagles were at home against the same side on the big Boyer Oval on Saturday. There was a lot riding on the game as the winner would go straight into the grand final and the loser lining up against the winner of the St Virgil’s v South-East Suns game.

Despite showery conditions around much of Hobart, the game at Boyer was played in surprisingly good conditions with the ground in excellent order. As expected, the first quarter was an arm wrestle early with both sides trying to gain the advantage. The Eagles scored the first goal, but the Robins replied to even the scores before New Norfolk began to exert pressure all over the ground. The Eagles began to attack the scoreboard relentlessly, but inaccuracy saw them lead by only 11 points at the first break: New Norfolk 1.5 (17) to Brighton 1.0 (6).

The second quarter was all the Eagles as they controlled play and continued to attack relentlessly adding another two goals and two behinds for the term. The New Norfolk backline was strong in its defence and kept the Robins scoreless for the quarter to go into the main break with a comfortable 25-point lead: New Norfolk 4.7 (31) to Brighton 1.0 (6).

New Norfolk continued to control the match in the third term, scoring another three goals and two behinds while the backline held the Robins to a single goal to finish the third quarter with a match-winning 39-point lead: New Norfolk 7.9 (51) to Brighton 2.0 (12).

The last quarter was much the same as the Eagles piled on another two goals and a behind to the Robins’ single goal to run out convincing 46-point victors. Once again there were familiar names in the best for the lady Eagles in Sophie Farrow, Zoie Crawford, Olivia Harris, Annie Robilliard, Nikayla Roach, and Natalie Smedley.

However, that does not tell the whole story as it was another very even display by the Eagles as they have developed into a very strong outfit all over the ground. Coach Dean King and assistant coach Zoie Crawford have done a great job with the playing group this season and the women have developed into a strong, unified and
capable group with a good spread of experience and youth.

They have had a great season only losing one game and now have the opportunity to create history in the SFL Division 3 grand final in a week’s time. We wish them all the best in their final game for the season and encourage all supporters to get along to North Hobart Oval to support the team on August 28.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 9G 10B 64 points
Brighton 3G 0B 18 points
Best – New Norfolk:
S. Farrow, Z. Crawford, O. Harris, A. Robilliard, N. Roach, N. Smedley; Brighton: G. Pennicott, D. Triffett, A. Knowles, B. Oates.
Goals – New Norfolk: M. Green 2, C. Ford 2, N. Smedley, S. Farrow, T. Tangata, J. Hay, M. Percey; Brighton: J. Davenport, G. Pennicott, G. Smith.

  • Next Games
  • Saturday, August 20: New Norfolk Colts v Southern Storm at Cygnet at 10am; New Norfolk Reserves v Huonville at Dodges Ferry at 11am
  • Sunday, August 28: Eagle Senior Women in grand final at North Hobart at 10am

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