Women bring it home after feast of football at Boyer


THE New Norfolk District Football Club welcomed the Brighton Robins to Boyer Oval on Saturday for a feast of football with four games on the menu. There was another good crowd in attendance in cloudy but mild conditions. Following a large crowd at the previous week’s Good Friday games it is very clear that there is great support for local community football in southern Tasmania.

The women kicked the day off with an early 8.50am start for a replay of last year’s Division 3 grand final against the Brighton Robins. The day started well with a strong first-up win by the new-look Lady Eagles. Unfortunately for the club, the Colts, Reserves and Seniors suffered heavy losses as the day progressed.

Members and supporters of the Eagles senior women’s team with their premiership flag.

There were some highlights during the day with Josh Clifford celebrating his 250th senior game and Jordan Banks-Smith marking his 100th senior game. The Reserves game saw guest appearances from former players Zeb Graham, Jake Wessing and Brandon King who stepped up to help out. Prior to the senior game, the women’s team was presented with the premiership flag for its 2022 Division 3 Premiership by SFL Board Member Christine Carr.

Senior Report by Wayne Walker

THE Eagles ran head-on into a classy Brighton on-ball brigade at Boyer Oval on Saturday. The visitors were well led by captain Samuel Lewis-Johnson, the elusive hard-running Darcy Gardiner and experienced strong-marking ruckman Ryan Bailey. The Robins kept up the supply to gun forward Max Lamb (10 goals) and half-forward Fletcher Salter (five goals) to run away with a huge winning margin of 99 points.

The visitors piled on eight goals to the Eagles’ one in the first quarter, which set up a big quarter-time lead that the young Eagles could not peg back throughout the remainder of the contest. There is no doubt it would be frustrating for the Eagle playing group, coaching staff and supporters. However, the Eagles showed some encouraging signs throughout the match which senior coach Matthew Smith pointed out post-game.

Match-ups in the first term saw eagle Ben Lovell in the ruck contests against Robins big man Ryan Bailey. The Eagles welcomed back former Essendon follower/forward and Eagle past premiership player Jason Laycock who lined up at full-forward for his first hit out for the season. Eagle onballers Jake Bearman, Mitch Hay and Brayden Butler had the big task on the Robins trio of Lewis-Johnson , Gardiner and Jacob Whitney while Eagle tall Michael Murray lined up across half-back on Robin forward Jacob Young.

The Robins were dominant in the early stages of the first term continually going forward and finding Max Lamb (three goals for the quarter). Chris McKnight and Salter were also hitting the scoreboard with majors while the Eagles slotted their only goal through 250-gamer Josh Clifford as the Robins jumped out to a 42-point lead at quarter time. Scores were Brighton 8.3 (51) to New Norfolk 1.3 (9).

The second term saw the Robins dominate at the centre bounces, particularly after the Eagles had to restructure after ruckman Ben Lovell left the ground with concussion. The Robins were clear winners around the stoppages with Lamb figuring prominently again up forward booting another three majors. Talented youngster Tyron Bailey found Jordan Eiszele 40m out as he steered through a much-needed goal for the home side.

Moments later Eiszele featured once again showing plenty of dash through the centre of the ground breaking a tackle and finding Laycock on a lead who kicked truly for the Eagles and followed up later in the term taking a strong mark in the forward pocket to boot his second. The Robins kept up the intensity and used the footy well by
changing lanes across the wide expanses of the big Boyer Oval and working the footy back into their forward 50. They were finding more avenues to the big sticks adding another seven goals to the scoreline at the main break.
Half time scores were Brighton 15.5 (95) to New Norfolk 4.6 (30).

Josh Clifford played his 250th game and Jordan Banks-Smith played his 100th.

The Eagles struggled in the third term, adding only one more goal to their score through Jordan Banks-Smith who was playing his 100th game for the club. The Robins booted five more to extend their lead to 97 points. Three-quarter time scores were Brighton 20.13 (133) points to New Norfolk 5.6 (36).

The young Eagles held the Robins to four goals for the last term while talented young Blake Ward and Jacob Goodsell kicked one goal each and key forward Laycock added another two to give him a total of four for the match.

Eagle captain Josh Farrow showed great leadership once again and battled hard all day. Clifford played a solid four quarter game and continued to apply pressure with his hard running and tackling. He continues to be a leader at the club and must be congratulated on a great career along with Banks-Smith who was also a solid contributor throughout the contest in his 100th game.

Young gun Blake Ward continues his good form and looks to be a player for the future. Will Banks battled hard all day and was one of the Eagles best along with Laycock who provided a key target up forward with four goals. The Eagles senior squad now has two weeks off while our Reserves side take on the Hobart Tigers at the TCA
ground on April 29. The Senior side returns on May 6 to take on the Lindisfarne Two Blues at Anzac Park.

Final Scores
Brighton 24.16 (160)
New Norfolk 9.7 (61)
Best – Brighton:
M. Lamb, S. Lewis-Johnson, D. Gardner, A. Waller, F. Salter, C. McKnight; New Norfolk: J. Farrow, J. Clifford, B. Ward, J. Eiszele, J. Laycock, W. Banks.
Goals – Brighton: M. Lamb 10, F. Salter 5, J. Young 2, S. Lewis-Johnson, A. Walker, C. McKnight, D. Gardner, R. Bailey, R. Best, C. Morgan; New Norfolk: J. Laycock 4, J. Banks-Smith, J. Goodsell, J. Eiszele, B. Ward, J. Clifford.

Reserves Report by Wayne Walker

THE New Norfolk Reserves side found the going tough after a promising start in the first term. They trailed by only 10 points at quarter time but struggled for the next three quarters as the Robins ran away with a comfortable 82-point victory. A highlight for the Eagles was the return of some old familiar faces who lined up to assist the playing personnel. Past premiership players Michael Thompson and Zeb Graham along with Jake Wessing and Brandon King pulled the boots on for the Eagles and graced the Boyer turf once again. The Eagles were just hanging on at half-time, trailing by 37 points, but after the main break the Robins booted nine goals to the Eagles two to run out convincing 82-point winners.

Young Eagle Samuel Holloway continues to impress in the ruck contests and around the ground and looks to be a big improver. Brock Triffett lined up for his first hit-out of the season. Zeb Graham showed his footy smarts and skill to be one of the Eagles best. Jake Wessing battled hard all day and Thommo provided a target up forward with
limited opportunities. Colts coach Tristan Triffett continues to lead from the front with a good four quarter performance on the park for the Reserves. Andrew Higgins looks like he could play a major role in the side and may hold down a key position. Colts Blake Triffett, Tyron Triffett, Tye Oakley, Nick Ransley (two goals) and Ryan Bartels all stepped up to help out the squad.

The Eagle Reserves team must now regroup and get a few more boys from Boyer back on the training track for their clash against the Hobart Tigers at the historic TCA ground on April 29.

Final Scores
Brighton 16.13 (109)
New Norfolk 4.3 (27)
Best – Brighton:
A. McCarthy, A. Collis, B. Wilton, D. Backhouse, B. Whyte, J. Percey; New Norfolk: Z. Graham, S. Holloway, J. Wessing, R. Bartels, N. Ransley, T. Triffett.
Goals – Brighton: B. Wilton 3, M. Alberry 2, C. Harback 2, J. Percey 2, A. Morrison 2, A. Collis,
B. Cockshutt, L. Wakefield, Z. Collis, J. Trinder; New Norfolk: N. Ransley 2, B. King, M. Thompson.

Colts Report by Chris Lovell

THE Eagle Colts faced a difficult task on Saturday against a strong Brighton Colts team at home on the big Boyer Oval. Following a 21-point loss against Claremont in the opening round the week before, the young Eagles knew they were in for a tough day.

PHOTO GALLERY: 20 photos from the colts game

The game started in overcast but mild conditions with the home side kicking to the clubrooms end of the ground. A free kick to Brighton gave them the first goal of the day. The Brighton boys were moving the ball with great skill and by the 10-minute mark held a handy lead of 26 points. The Robins kept up the relentless pressure to lead comfortably by 41 points at the quarter-time break. Scores were Brighton 6.5 (41) to New Norfolk 0.0 (0).

The second quarter was much the same as the first with the talented Brighton displaying good teamwork to continue to punish the scoreboard while the young Eagles were still looking for their first score. The Brighton boys went into half time with a commanding 85-point lead, 13.7 (85) to 0.0 (0). The third quarter got under way with a slick Brighton outfit continuing on its merry way. The Eagles kicked their first goal at the 17-minute mark of the quarter to get onto the scoreboard. Three-quarter time scores were Brighton 18.10 (118) to New Norfolk 1.0 (6).

The final quarter was a master class with the slick Brighton outfit playing a good brand of run-on football to completely overrun the young Eagles to score an emphatic 165-point victory. To their credit, the young Eagles did not give in against a much bigger and faster opposition and fought out the game to the finish. While it is only two games into the season, it may well be that Brighton is the benchmark for the 2023 season. The young Eagles may have been outplayed by a more experienced outfit on Saturday, but their commitment is evident and their
approach to training is good.

With continued commitment and dedication to training they will improve as the season progresses and if they stick together will be a strong combination next season.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 1G 0B 6 points
Brighton: 26G 15B 171 points
Best – Brighton:
M. Read, C. Cleaver, R. Davie, P. Haremza, J. McKay, M. Fleming; New Norfolk: T. Newton, C. Triffett, R. Blackaby, H. Morgan, C. Blackaby.
Goals – Brighton: P. Haremza 4, M Fleming 4, H. Zantuck 3, M. Read 3, C. Cleaver 2, C. Whelan 2, R. Davie 2, J. McKay, B. Sullivan, R. Harris, J. Rolls, J. Blyth, R. Browne; New Norfolk: T. Triffett.

Women’s Report by Chris Lovell

The 2023 SFLW Division 2 season started on Saturday with a replay of last season’s Division 3 grand final with New Norfolk lining up against Brighton for the re-match. There was much interest in this game to see how these two sides would handle the more competitive Division 2 competition.

PHOTO GALLERY: 33 photos from the women’s game

The game got under way early with an 8.50am start in overcast but mild conditions with the Eagles kicking to the changerooms end of Boyer Oval in the first quarter. The home side got away to a very fast start showing great skills and team work to skip out to a good 39-point lead at the first break. Quarter time scores were New Norfolk 6.3 (39)
to Brighton 0.0 (0).

The second quarter saw Brighton steady and begin to play some good football to outscore the Eagles, three goals to two, reducing the lead to 35 points at the main break. Half-time scores were New Norfolk 8.5 (53) to Brighton 3.0 (18). Following some words of encouragement from coach Melinda Green at the half-time break the Eagles came out firing in the third term. They attacked constantly and scored easily in the first four minutes. The Robins fought hard to contain the home side, but the Eagles were full of running as they skipped away to a commanding
59-point lead. Three quarter time scores were New Norfolk 12.6 (78) to Brighton 3.1 (19).

The final quarter started with both teams going hard at the ball. After five minutes, the Eagles led by 66 points and were starting to push really hard. Playing coach Mel Green snared a couple of goals to take her tally to six for the match. Captain Sophie Farrow was winning all over the ground and kept pushing the Eagles forward as they eventually won by 84 points.

It was a great first up performance from the Eagles and with new players in the squad this season including Ellie Henricks, Jaz Bartels and Amber Rainbird (NNJFC), Mousey Jacobs (Claremont) Jade Honner and Amy Hoskinson (Lauderdale), Sid Skelly, Ashlee Green and Taylah Squires (Claremont JFC), Hayley James (NNJFC & Glenorchy), Nem Skelly, Kiarne Stocks and Hayley Roberts (first year), we hope they can continue to be competitive against the stronger competition this season.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 16.7 (103)
Brighton 3.1 (19)
– New Norfolk: S. Farrow, G. Bailey, K. Jacobs, G. Kube, M. Devine, E. Henricks; Brighton: K. Wickham, K. Morgan, M. Robertson, S. Robison, T. Hepburn, L. Salerno.
Goals – New Norfolk: M. Green 6, G. Bailey 4, E. Henricks 3, S. Farrow 2, M. Percey; Brighton: G. Smith 2, T. Walker.

  • April 22: All Eagles teams have a bye.
  • April 29: Reserves play Hobart at the TCA and Women play University at University. Bye for the Seniors and Reserves.

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