Eagles Reserves in first victory for the season

Reserves report by Wayne Walker

THE New Norfolk Reserves recorded a confidence-building 54-point victory over a battling Hobart Tigers at the TCA Ground on Saturday. The Eagles kicked to the grandstand end of the ground in the first term, aided by a three-to-four goal breeze in warm sunny conditions to start the contest.


Young Eagle Samuel Holloway started in the ruck against Tiger Austin Douglas. The Eagle on-ball trio of Brayden Butler, Mitch Hay and experienced campaigner Jake Wessing lined up against the Tigers’ Lachlan Plummer, Ethan Monks and Harrison Fish. The Eagles welcomed back big key forward/ruckman Corey Ransley and half-back Ethan Holden for their first games of the season.

New Norfolk broke away early with clearances from the centre finding exciting young forward Nick Ransley who bagged two goals in the first two minutes, followed by another from Josh Clifford to give the visitors an 18-point lead in the early stages of the first term. The Tigers hit back through mobile big-man Austin Douglas who snapped truly from 30m out to put the Tigers on the scoreboard.

The Eagles pushed forward from the next centre bounce with Zeb Graham bursting through the true centre-half-forward position as he slammed through the Eagles’ fourth major. The visitors were on a roll and with goals to Jacob Goodsell, Tyson Eiszele and Ben Lovell they looked dangerous early. The Eagles suffered a major blow late in the quarter with Tristen Triffett (who also coaches the Colts) suffering a serious finger injury which ruled him out for the rest of the contest and more than likely for the coming weeks ahead. Quarter-time scores were New Norfolk 7.1 (43) to Hobart 2.1 (13).

The Tigers increased the pressure in the second term by being more physical against the Eagles with Nick Freeman, Samuel Cosgrove and Trey Ramritu laying some hard tackles and bone crunching bumps. The visitors were up to the challenge with tough onballers Zeb Graham and Jake Wessing paving the way for youngsters Brayden Butler, Mitch Hay and Jacob Goodsell finishing off some good work around the ground and clearing from the stoppages.

The Eagles struggled for accuracy against the breeze kicking 1.6 for the quarter but their backline held the Tigers to just 1.1 with the breeze due to some good work by Rowan Thomason along with Ethan Holden, Luke Crosswell and Ryan Bartels who applied plenty of run and tackle to their direct opponents. Half-time scores were New Norfolk 8.7 (55) to Hobart 3.2 (20).

The Eagles failed to take advantage of the scoring end in the third term as the Tigers pushed back the numbers in the Eagles’ forward half which made scoring difficult. Youngster Jacob Goodsell marked from a Tiger kick in from full back to find Ben Lovell who kicked truly and from the next centre bounce the Eagles pushed forward to find big Eagle full-forward Corey Ransley who was proving to be a handful for the Tiger defence as he brought the footy to ground for Goodsell once again who mopped up and booted a clever goal to give the Eagles a commanding 49-point lead while keeping the Tigers scoreless for the term. Three quarter time scores were New Norfolk 10.9 (69) to Hobart 3.2 (20).

The last quarter had both teams going through the motions with neither side really getting on top as the Eagles ran out comfortable 54-point winners. The Eagles could finally sing their club song after a tough few opening weeks at all levels and can only look to improve in the weeks ahead.

For the Eagles, tough onballer Zeb Graham looked like a Rolls Royce on the TCA turf with his cool calm kicking skills and his toughness around the contest and really adds some polish bringing other players into the game. Benny Lovell competed everything that came his way in the aerial contests and played a solid four quarters. Brayden Butler racked up many possessions throughout the afternoon and used the footy to his side’s advantage.

Rowan Thomason played a great game across the backline and rebounded the footy from defence many times and Jake Wessing was important all day with his clever use of handball and short passing which helped pave the way for the Eagle youngsters. Eagle young-gun Nick Ransley showed his footy smarts around the big sticks, kicking three goals for the match.

To the Tigers’ credit they had a side on the park which was competitive for major parts of the contest, and you can only wish them well in the future as they displayed some great young talent with Isaiah and Austin Douglas, Harrison Fish and Lachlan Plummer all performing well.

The Eagles’ next challenge is a big one against the Lindisfarne Two Blues at Anzac Park this coming Saturday. Be there or be square to support the boys from Boyer (they need your support) in what will be a team-building year for the whole club as season 2023 rolls on.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 12.11 (83)
Hobart 4.5 (29)

Best – New Norfolk: R. Thomason, B. Lovell, B. Butler, Z. Graham, J. Wessing, Tyron Triffett; Hobart: L. Plummer, S. Cosgrove, H. Fish, T. Ramritu, I. Douglas, E. Monks.
Goals – New Norfolk: N. Ransley 3, B. Lovell 2, J. Goodsell 2, C. Ransley 2, T. Eiszele, J. Clifford, Z. Graham; Hobart: J. Shaw, H. Fish, A. Douglas, J. Dykes.

Next games

  • Saturday, May 6 – New Norfolk v Lindisfarne at Anzac Park: Colts at 10am Reserves at noon and Seniors at 2pm.
  • Sunday, May 7 – New Norfolk v Lauderdale at Lauderdale: Senior Women v Lauderdale at 2.30pm.

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