Mixed fortunes for the Eagles at Boyer Oval


THERE were only two games for the Eagles at Boyer Oval last Saturday. The Lady Eagles, following a good win against the Brighton ladies the week before, were looking to make it two on the trot against University. The Reserves, following a big loss to the Brighton Robins in their previous match, were looking to get back on the winners list against the Hobart Tigers. The Seniors and Colts had a bye.

The day featured “A day at the football for Izzy” which was a fundraiser organised by the Norske Skog Boyer Vision Team in conjunction with the New Norfolk District Football Club. This was a great day and was the conclusion of a week of fundraising which raised nearly $2600 – a fantastic effort by all involved.

Senior Report by Wayne Walker

INACCURACY in front of goal cost the Eagle Reserves a third victory in a low-scoring hard-fought contest against the Hobart Tigers at the Boyer Oval on Saturday. The Eagles had a number of opportunities in front of goal throughout the afternoon but failed to guide the footy through the big sticks to grab a victory.

The Eagles started the game with Brayden Drake in the ruck. Onballers Andrew Minchin, in-form veteran Matthew Jones and speed machine Rowan Thomason lined up against the high-flying Austin Douglas, the elusive Lachlan Plummer and Tiger leaders Luke Waters and Chris Sutherland who were all vying for early ascendency in the centre bounce area.

Big Eagle Drake took possession early in the contest and kicked to forward Jacob Goodsell who marked 40 metres out but kicked a minor score. The Eagles had momentum early as the classy Thomason executed a bullet-like pass to the leading Goodsell, but the young Eagle was off target once again with another minor score. The Eagles entered their forward line again finding the big frame of Drake who also missed a set shot on a 45-degree angle.

Most of the first term was played in the Eagles’ forward half but the Tigers flooded the Eagle forward line with almost every Tiger player in the Eagles forward half, which made scoring difficult. Quarter-time scores were New Norfolk 0.5 (5) to Hobart 0.0 (0).

The second term was a reversal of the first with the Tigers dominating with the footy in their forward half as the Eagles struggled to move the ball past the centre of the ground, but the Tigers also had trouble converting a score. Tiger veteran Justin Harvey was leading the way as the Tiger half-backs were on top. The Tigers also had a tag on Eagle ball-winner Andrew Minchin and Tiger Luke Waters was influential throughout the quarter. Eagle young gun Mitchell Hay had a set shot, adding another minor score and it took until the 19-minute mark of the term until the Tigers found key forward Ethan Monks who kicked truly for the first major of the game as half-time scores showed the tigers leading by a one-point margin: Hobart 1.1 (7) to New Norfolk 0.6 (6).

Neither team could gain any advantage in the third term as neither side had any standout forwards capable of taking a high mark. Both teams also made many skill errors by hand and by foot and were unable to find their team mates. Eagle ruckman/forward Sam Holloway had a shot on goal which looked like a winner but was touched on the line. Moments later Tyler Heron marked the footy from a Tiger kick in to boot the Eagles’ first goal midway through the term. The Eagles had more forward entries but only resulted in minor scores to Corey Ransley and Thomason which kept the Tigers in the contest. Moments later the Tigers found busy onballer Plummer who snapped a goal from 30m out for the Tigers’ second. Three quarter time scores were New Norfolk 1.8 (14) to Hobart 2.2 (14).

In a nail-biting finish in the last term the Eagles missed some early chances at goal from Mitch Hay and Corey Ransley whereas the Tigers goaled through big utility Troy Ramritu and Chris Sutherland to get the visitors over the line by three points. One thing that was evident late in the game was how desperate both teams were for a win in what has been a tough year for both clubs.

The Eagles gained a victory earlier in the season at the TCA over the battle-scarred Tigers, but the Tigers bounced back in the Eagles nest at Boyer in their final encounter for the season. Both sides have had a tough run so far this season as they soldier on for the remaining rounds ahead.

Big Eagle Samuel Holloway continues to impress with a solid four quarter effort. Jack Evans bulldozed his way through the heavy traffic, winning the hard ball and applying his physical presence around the contest. Tyler Heron showed his smarts around goal, kicking the Eagles’ only two majors. Shane Bonnitcha was solid across the backline and Corey Keleher battled hard throughout the contest.

Big ruckman Brayden Drake contested well in the ruck and around the ground and Rowan Thomason performed well throughout the match and tried to lift his team in a great last-quarter effort with his hard running breaking the lines and clever foot skills.

The Eagles have a bye this week and will need to prepare for the Lindisfarne Two Blues along with the Senior squad when they resume with their clash on July 15 at Boyer Oval.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 2.11 (23)
Hobart 4.2 (26)
Best – New Norfolk:
S. Holloway, J. Evans, T. Heron, S. Bonnitcha, C. Ransley, C. Keleher; Hobart: L. Waters, C. Sutherland, L. Plummer, S. Cosgrove, T. Maughan, A. Douglas.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Heron 2; Hobart: L. Plummer, E. Monks, T. Ramritu, C. Sutherland.

Women’s Report by Vanessa Stevenson and Tash Farrow

THE Lady Eagles tackled University on Saturday at Boyer Oval. In a fast, physical game both teams battled hard for the ball with University kicking the first goal of the match. Krystina Jacobs was on fire with eight possessions in the first quarter. Dannielle Clifford was rucking well and Nat Bearman was playing well in defence. Younger players Hayley James, Maddison Krause, Ellie Henricks were playing well, and captain Sophie Farrow was superb with her marking and tackling.  Quarter-time scores were University 1.1 (7) to New Norfolk 0.2 (2).

The second quarter saw the Eagles keep the University side scoreless. Beautiful play from Jacobs, Henricks, Jorjia Franklin and Olivia Harris allowed the Eagles to control the quarter. Jay Mansfield and Jaz Skelly were strong in defence. Half-time scores were Hobart 1.1 (7) to New Norfolk 0.7 (7).

The Eagles came out strong in the third quarter with great rucking and marking from Clifford. Henricks kicked a beautiful goal and University was kept to one point for the term. Jay Mansfield dominated in the backline, with Olivia Johnson, and Brandi Sokolski playing well. Three-quarter time scores were New Norfolk 1.8 (14) to University 1.3 (9).

The Eagles looked the goods in the final quarter with Harris kicking a great goal. Mansfield was staunch in defence. The Eagles could sense a victory and the excitement was building. Every player put their heart on the line and the Eagles ended up winning the game by 11 points.

Clifford, Farrow and Franklin each had five possessions each in the final quarter and were well supported by every team-mate on the ground. Krause played her first senior game and Henricks and Sokolski were presented with framed photos commemorating their recent milestones – Henricks’ 100th career goal and Sokolski’s first senior game. 

Final Scores
New Norfolk 2.9 (21)
University 1.4 (10)
Best – New Norfolk
: Sophie Farrow, Dannielle Clifford, Krystina-Maree Jacobs Hayley James,
Ellie Henricks, Olivia Johnson; University: Tarnith Kelly, Mariam Refaei, Emily Philpott, Madison Mulder, Katherine
Stellmaker, Sarah Coutin.
GoalsNew Norfolk: Ellie Henricks, Olivia Harris; University Maisey Fraser-Easton.

All four Eagles teams have a bye this weekend. The Eagles will meet Lindisfarne at Boyer Oval on July 15.

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