NNDFC game day notes – Round 7, May 20

NEW NORFOLK DISTRICT FOOTBALL CLUB
CLUB NOTES – MAY 20

IT has been a mixed season so far with all three men’s teams struggling against bigger and stronger opponents while the senior women are performing well in the tougher SFLW Division 2 competition after being promoted from Division 3.

Today all teams are at home on the big Boyer Oval against the Huonville Lions. Once again, all teams will be in for a tough day as the Lions are undefeated on top of the Senior ladder, their Reserves are sitting in equal-second and their Colts are also in second position.

The average age of the Senior squad is 23 years with the youngest being 16 and oldest being 38. There are 18 players aged 23 and under, which makes it difficult against the older and bigger bodies of the other clubs. However, the boys are gaining valuable experience and learning new skills as they commence their Senior journey as was demonstrated in last weekend’s performance against Sorell.

The Huonville women sit in fifth position on the SFLW Division 2 ladder, only percentage points above the Eagles. Our women have a good chance of claiming another victory in what will be a tough but entertaining encounter.

Supporters are encouraged to get along to the games and get behind all teams this season to give them much-needed support.

RISING STAR
IT was great to see young gun Nick Ransley nominated for the SFL Rising Star Award for his first Senior debut against Lindisfarne on May 6. Nick performed admirably in his first-ever Senior appearance at the ripe old
age of 15 years (he turns 16 in June). He had four tackles, kicked a goal and set up another. Well done Nick on a fantastic start to your Senior career with the New Norfolk District Football Club. We hope to see you play many more games in the Red, White and Black.

SENIOR NOTES
THE Seniors are at home to the undefeated Huonville Lions today coming off an improved performance against the Sorell Eagles last weekend at Pembroke Park. Following heavy losses against Claremont, Brighton and Lindisfarne in the first three games of the season, the Eagles put up a game performance against Sorell. After working their way back into the game to be within seven points of Sorell at the halfway mark of the final term, they failed to maintain the pressure in the last minutes of the game to lose by 21 points.

While overall the results this season look disappointing, it must be remembered that we have a young and inexperienced side, and it will take some time to get some structure and teamwork into their play. Last weekend showed that there is talent within the team that will develop as the season progresses. We encourage all our loyal supporters to give the players time to develop and offer encouragement and not criticism as we work towards improvement as the season progresses.

RESERVES NOTES
THE Reserves have been struggling for consistent numbers this season and as a consequence have only one win on the board. After scraping together a side for the first game of the season, players have returned to the club which is starting to give the team more certainty moving forward. With several Colts players stepping up and players returning, it is hoped that the Reserves will start to show some consistency as the season unfolds. Hopefully, with the return of players and more training under their belts, wins may be in store prior to the end of the season. Today’s game against Huonville will be another very tough assignment, but hopefully with experienced players returning we will see an improved performance.

COLTS NOTES
While the Colts have not won a game at this stage of the season, they have good numbers on the training track and have shown glimpses of good football at various stages in the games played so far. The Colt’s roster is compromised due to a lack of teams and as a consequence the boys have only played three games to date. The number of byes has made it difficult for the players to get consistency into their games. Coach Tristan “Boof” Triffett has good numbers at training, which is extremely encouraging as many clubs are struggling for Colts’ players. Once again it will be a tough assignment today, but hopefully we can see a strong performance from the boys.

WOMEN’S NOTES
After stepping up to the SFLW Division 2 competition this season, the Eagles under new playing coach Melinda Green, have performed admirably. To date they have two wins and two losses on the board from four games played. They currently sit in seventh position on the ladder but are only separated from fourth place by percentage. Today they meet the Huonville Lions in a game that should be another good test, but one which I am sure they are looking forward to.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • iPod Shuffle tonight (May 20) at The Valley Sports Bar – 6.30pm for 7pm start.
  • June 11 at The Valley Sports Bar – presentation of framed jumpers to recognise Derwent Valley sportspeople who have achieved the highest level of success including Graeme Hinchen, Jason Taylor, Scott Direen, Cameron Clayton, Geoff Hill, Noel Taylor and Peter Hudson. More details to follow.
  • June 17, Mulga Clayton Cup v Claremont
  • June 26, Browning Memorial Day v Brighton.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS TODAY

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