Tough weekend for the Eagles

ROUND 5, 2023: LINDISFARNE v NEW NORFOLK

SATURDAY saw all three New Norfolk District Football Club men’s teams on the road to Anzac Park to meet the Lindisfarne Two Blues. The next day saw the senior women’s side travel to Lauderdale to meet Lauderdale on its home turf.

All men’s sides were in for a tough day. The young Colts were up against the more experienced Lindisfarne Colts, while the Reserves were plugging gaps to ensure they fielded a team. The young and inexperienced Senior side was also in for a tough assignment, facing up to last year’s premiers in the main game.

The women were also in for a big challenge against the strong Lauderdale side in the tougher Division 2 competition on Sunday at the Lauderdale Oval.

Senior Report by Wayne Walker

THE Lindisfarne Two Blues handed out a football lesson to the young New Norfolk Eagles outfit by a massive 154 points on Saturday, led by ex-AFL player and playing coach Josh Green who bagged 10 goals for the afternoon in a powerful display of teamwork and hard running on their home deck at Anzac Park on Saturday.

The Two Blues also had many other forward options with Alex Gaul (four goals), Dylan Johns (three goals) and 300-gamer Matthew Phillips (three goals). The young Eagles struggled to match up against their bigger-bodied opponents who were too strong around the contest and superior with their ball movement from one end of the ground to the other, running in waves and linking up for a feast of scoring opportunities up forward.

Eagles coaching staff Matthew Smith, Adrian Burdon, Hedley Thompson and Nigel Hay were kept busy all afternoon, shuffling the playing personnel around the park with limited success on the scoreboard but still taking some positives out the game.

The club knows full well where it sits at the moment and as head coach Matthew Smith beats the drum to his players about sticking to the process, structures and discipline it will take time for the group going forward before a run of success comes to fruition.

The Eagles started the game well and were breaking even with the Two Blues around the contested ball in what was a frantic start to the game with both sides tackling hard. Two Blues forward Alex Gaul booted the home side’s first major, but the Eagles answered through youngster Nick Ransley for his first goal in his debut at senior level.

The Two Blues added another from Oliver Holdsworth and followed up with another two to the elusive Green. The Eagles hit back with Josh Clifford finding Tyron Bailey on the lead who converted for the visitors from 35m out as the scores showed the Two Blues 5.4 to the Eagles’ 2.3 midway through the first term. Lindisfarne was winning the footy from the centre bounce area with Blake Lamprill, Sheldon Smith and Trey Westbury getting on top which resulted in goals to Logan Hovington and another to Alex Gaul to give the home side a 32-point lead at quarter time: Lindisfarne 7.6 (48) to New Norfolk 2.4 (16).

The second term opened with the Two Blues finding Green close to goal to kick his third, but the Eagles answered through Bailey who sailed a six-pointer through the big sticks from the boundary line 40m out. Bailey followed up with another goal moments later to keep the Eagles in the contest. The Two Blues took over at the halfway point of the second term with Smith and Gaul continuing to give the Eagles trouble and Green snapping more goals up forward which gave the home team the big break they needed to go out to a commanding 47-point lead at the main break: Lindisfarne 12.9 (81) to New Norfolk 5.4 (34).

It was one way traffic after half time as the Two Blues really got their running game going as they slammed on 10 goals in the third term and nine goals in the last to run out 154-point winners. Coach Matthew Smith addressed his team post-match, pointing out that this is the level his young side needs to aim for in the future. Smith has been working with his younger group of players in past weeks and will continue to do so going forward for their ongoing development which will take time and patience for not only the players but also everyone involved with the club and supporters.

The Eagles missed a bit of grunt around the centre contests with Jake Bearman (unavailable) along with Jordan Banks-Smith who can fill a variety of roles (also unavailable). Big Eagle Ben “the Shovel” Lovell played well for his side over four quarters around the ground and in the ruck. Tyron Bailey was one of the Eagles’ best and displayed his great high marking and kicking skills and really is one to watch each Saturday afternoon.

Young Jacob Goodsell continues to improve and learn while captain Josh Farrow played his usual leadership game. Nathan Eiszele worked hard throughout the contest and Baxter Lewis performed well after a shaky start on Josh Green early but performed well as the contest unfolded. The Eagles will now head down to Pembroke Park to take on Sorell this Saturday. So, all you Eagle supporters, be there or be square, and support your team when they need it most. The club has a great history and every club experiences its highs and lows.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne 31.17 (203)
New Norfolk 7.7 (49)
Best – Lindisfarne:
D. Blazely, B. Lamprell, A. Sharp, T. Westbury, S. Smith, A. Webster; New Norfolk: T. Eiszele, T. Bailey, J. Goodsell, J. Farrow, N. Eiszele, B. Lewis.
Goals – Lindisfarne: J. Green 10, A. Gaul 4, D. Johns 3, M Phillips 3, R. Martin 2, T. Westbury, O. Holdsworth, L. Hovington, S. Smith, A. Hutchinson, R. Stocks, B. Lamprell, D. Zantuck, T. Westbury; New Norfolk: T. Bailey 5, J. Laycock, N. Ransley.

Reserves Report by Wayne Walker


THE Eagles Reserves side was held goalless by a fitter and more committed Lindisfarne unit on Saturday. After a good win against the Hobart Tigers in Round 4, the Eagles came back to earth with a thud to go down by 108 points. The Eagles had some Senior experience in their squad the week before, which certainly had an effect on the outcome over the Tigers, but it has been some time since the Reserves have been held goalless.

The Two Blues led by 19 points at quarter time and extended their lead to 50 points by half time (6.14 to 0.0). At three-quarter time the score was 10.16 to 0.0 and finally the Two Blues ran out big winners by 108 points. Eagle big man Corey Ransley battled hard all day in the rucking duals and up forward, while Zeb Graham and Jake Wessing continued to work hard displaying their skills and experience which helps the youngsters within the group.

Hayden Davis played his best game for the season and Andrew Higgins performed well over four quarters. A special mention for Michael Thompson who lined up for the Eagles but had limited opportunities up forward before coming off with soreness, and former player and senior coach John Murray having a run to help out the club which was great to see.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne 15.20 (110)
New Norfolk 0.2 (2)
Best – Lindisfarne:
J. Fisher, J. Appleby, D. Woodham, M. Paolini, B. Jones, S. Michalowski; New Norfolk: C. Ransley, Z. Graham, J. Wessing, H. Davis, A. Higgins, .J. Murray.
Goals – Lindisfarne: J. Appleby 3, D. Woodham 2, K. Roberts 2, G. Halliday, J. Heawood, M. Paolini, L. Freeman, S. Michalowski, S. Clark, J. Sowter.

Colts Report by Chris Lovell

IN only their third outing of the season, the Eagles Colts faced a difficult task on Saturday on the road against a strong Lindisfarne Two Blues. In their first two games of the season, the boys had a 21-point loss against Claremont and a 165-point loss to Brighton. Saturday’s game was going to be a difficult task for the young Eagles on the small and tricky Anzac Park.

The started in reasonable conditions considering the weather forecast. Both sides were keen to get an early advantage and the young Eagles displayed some good football to keep in touch with the Two Blues to trail by only eight points at the first change: Lindisfarne 3.3 (21) to New Norfolk 2.1 (13).

The second quarter was similar to the first as both sides had periods of good play and opportunities to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Two Blues were slightly more accurate, kicking three goals and three behinds while the Eagles scored two goals and four behinds to trail by 13 points at the main break: Lindisfarne 6.6 (42) to New Norfolk 4.5 (29).

Unfortunately for the young Eagles, the home side came out full of running after the main break while the Eagles left their form in the change rooms. The Two Blues piled on five goals and five behinds while keeping the Eagles scoreless to go into three quarter time with a match winning 48-point lead: Lindisfarne 11.11 (77) to New Norfolk 4.5 (29).

The final quarter was a little more even as the young Eagles fought hard to score a goal and a behind while holding their stronger opponents to two goals and two behinds to lose by 55 points. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance against a stronger opponent as it was really in the third quarter that the young Eagles were soundly beaten.

While we are only three games into the season and the young Eagles are yet to win a game, their commitment is evident and their approach to training is good. They are a very young side and with continued commitment and dedication to training will improve as the season progresses.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne: 13.13 (91)
New Norfolk 5.6 (36)
Best – Lindisfarne:
I. Saltmarsh, M. Kirkby, L. Budd, C. Doran, T. Slaidins, J. Banks; New Norfolk: Z. Holloway, R. Triffett, J. George, H. Morgan, C. Triffett, W. Jones.
Goals – Lindisfarne: J. Banks 3, A. Read 2, C. Millward 2, E. Bacon 2, K. Seabourne, C. Doran, T. Slaidins, I. Saltmarsh;
New Norfolk: J. Miller 2, R. Blackaby, S, Crockett.

The Eagles senior women in a huddle at Lindisfarne on Sunday.

Women’s Report by Vanessa Stevenson and Tash Farrow

ON Sunday, the senior women were on the road to play Lauderdale at the Lauderdale Oval with a later start of 2.30pm. The Eagles were pumped up and ready to take on Lauderdale after a tough encounter with University the previous week.

Lauderdale came out strongly in the first term, kicking five goals while holding the Eagles to two points. Eagle captain Sophie Farrow was again strong in the centre with young Maddi Devine rucking well. The Eagles had some great passages of play but couldn’t convert to goals. Quarter-time scores were Lauderdale 5.0 (30) to New Norfolk 0.2 (2).

The second quarter saw the Eagles keep Lauderdale to two goals and four behinds while scoring one goal and a point themselves. The backline was doing a great job with Dannielle Clifford and Hayley Roberts playing great games. Ellie Henricks kicked the Eagles’ only goal for the quarter. Young Hayley James, Sid Skelly and Sophie Farrow were playing well across the midfield. Half-time scores were Lauderdale 7.4 (46) to New Norfolk 1.3 (9).

Both teams came out strongly in the third term. The Eagles backline kept the Lauderdale forwards in check, restricting their scoring to three goals for the term. Haley James, Sophie Farrow and Sid Skelly kept working hard through the midfield fed by strong tap-outs by Maddi Devine. The Eagles scored a goal and a point for the quarter, bringing the scoreline to Lindisfarne 10.4 (64) to New Norfolk 2.4 (16).

Lauderdale came out strongly in the final term and kicked four goals straight. The Eagles had their chances but could only score two behinds. Hayley Roberts, Ashley Green, Dannielle Clifford and Grace Kube all played a great last quarter. Lauderdale eventually ran out winners by 70 points.

Overall, it was a good hit out for the Eagles as Division 2 is a much stronger division than Division 3. With several new players in the side, it will take some time for the side to gel. Once they all click together things will go their way and some wins will be around the corner.

Final Scores
Lauderdale: 14.14 (88)
New Norfolk 2.6 (18)
Best – Lauderdale:
Jemma Percey, Amity Chick, Chloe Duggan, Meredith Montgomerie, Maggie Goldsmith, Sophie Williams; New Norfolk: Sophie Farrow, Sidonie Skelly, Hayley James, Grace Kube, Dannielle Clifford, Hayley Roberts.
Goals – Lauderdale: Jemma Percey 5, Amity Chick 2, Charlotte Bird 2, Amy Edmund 2, Gemma Hutchison, Stefanie Harris, Jamie-Lee Bird; New Norfolk: Ellie Henricks, Jodie Mather.

  • NEXT GAMES
  • Saturday, May 13: New Norfolk v Sorell at Pembroke Park. Reserves at noon and Seniors at 2pm. Colts have the bye.
  • Sunday, May 14: New Norfolk women v South East Suns at Pembroke Park, Sorell, at 2.30pm.

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