NNDFC game day notes – Round 2, April 15


IT was a great start to the season off field last week with a good crowd at Boyer Oval in attendance for the Eagles’ clash with the Claremont Magpies. Unfortunately, it was not a great start to the season on the field with all three men’s teams being well beaten by the visitors.

Today all four teams are at home on the big Boyer Oval for the first time this season. The Senior Women will play their first game of the season and will be presented with the premiership flag for their Division 3 grand final win last season. They will line up against the Brighton Robins for a rematch of that last grand final with a number of new players lining up for their first game with the Eagles.

We are at home again today as we welcome the Brighton Football Club to Boyer Oval for four games of community football. Unfortunately for our Senior side it was not a great start to the season last week as they were soundly beaten by a much stronger opponent in the Claremont Magpies. While the result was disappointing, it must be remembered that we have a very young and inexperienced side, and it will take some time for the boys to get some structure and team work into their play. We encourage all our loyal supporters will give the players time to develop and offer much needed encouragement and not criticism as we work towards improvement as the season progresses.

It was an interesting day last Saturday for the first Reserves game of the season. A lack of numbers required a lot of hard work on the day to get a team on the oval to represent the mighty Eagles. A big thank you to all those who rose to the occasion and pulled on the Red, White and Black to ensure we fielded a team.

As expected, the severely undermanned Reserves were well beaten as there were many players on the park who hadn’t played for some time. A big thank you to Colts players Ryan Bartels, Riley Blackaby, Jude Holbrook, Jack Miller, Riley Triffett and Tyron Triffett who fronted up to give their best for the club. It was also great to see Eagle veteran and Colts coach Tristan Triffett pull the boots on once again. He showed he still has what it takes along with brother Damien Triffett who added much needed experience to the group. Well done and thank you all for your commitment.

Hopefully over the coming weeks we will see more players turning up to give us sufficient numbers to become a strong Reserves line-up capable of producing some good football. Coach Nigel Hay and assistant Hedley Thomson have been working hard with the players available and will continue to endeavour to attract new players. Today’s game against the Brighton Robins will be another very tough assignment, but hopefully with some experienced players returning we will see an improved performance.

Colts coach Tristan Triffett has had good numbers at pre-season training. This is extremely encouraging as many clubs are struggling for Colts’ players. Last week the boys began slowly against a stronger but inaccurate Claremont Magpies. However, they did finish the game off well and showed enough signs to indicate that improvement is just around the corner. Once again it will be a tough assignment today, but hopefully we can see a better performance from the boys.

Following a successful 2022 season in which they won the premiership in Division 3, our women’s team under new coach Melinda Green play their first game of the season against the Brighton Football Club in a rematch of last season’s grand final. We look forward to a good performance from the team today.

Players missing from last season include Zoie Crawford, Olivia Harris and Chloe Ford (Glenorchy), Annie Robilliard (Victoria), Natalie Smedley (Claremont) and Carolyn Mart (retired). New players include 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 players).

Josh Clifford – 250 Senior Games: Today Josh Clifford plays his 250th Senior game for the New Norfolk District Football Club. Josh played his first Senior game in 2007 and has now played 250 Senior and 13 Reserve games. Josh played in our premiership sides of 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. Josh is a former vice-captain, captain and playing coach of the club and he won the club best and fairest award in 2022. Josh played mostly on the wing but now plays a more forward line role with occasional runs through the midfield. Josh is a greatly respected leader of
the club on and off the field and always puts the club first in everything he does. He bleeds Red, White and Black and the club is proud to have had Josh within its ranks for 15 years. Congratulation Josh on this massive achievement, we hope there are many more games to come.
Jordan Banks-Smith – 100 Senior Games: Today Jordan Banks-Smith plays his 100th Senior game. Jordan played his first Senior game in 2013 and has now played 100 Senior and 24 Reserve games. Jordan is one of the Club’s best utility players. He can play in any position on the field and is a respected team member. He is a leader on and off the field and has held numerous leadership roles over his 124 club games. Jordan is a former vice-captain and is part of the leadership group. Jordan is a role model for our upcoming junior players and has previously assisted with the Auskick program. Congratulation Jordan on your 100 Senior games and we hope to see you around the
club for many more.
Tyler Heron – 50 Reserve Games: Tyler played his first game in 2016 and has now played two Senior and 50 Reserve games with the Club.

The New Norfolk District Football Club congratulates all players on achieving these milestones. All players are among the most respected players at the Club. They are an absolute asset on and off the field with their leadership, commitment, and dedication. They are inspirations to the younger players commencing their senior career with our great club. They are much valued and well regarded within the Club and we hope they play many more games for the mighty Eagles.

Women have a bye.
Colts have a bye.
Reserves have a bye.
Seniors have a bye.

Chris Lovell
Vice President – Football Operations

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