Round 14: Four games of footy at Boyer Oval

ON Saturday, July 15, we see football return to Boyer Oval for a bumper day with four games on offer. The New Norfolk men’s teams will square off against the Lindisfarne Two Blues while the Senior Women will tackle Lauderdale.

It will be a tough assignment for all teams. The Colts will be up against an opponent that sits third on the ladder. In their last encounter, the Two Blues were strong 55-point victors on their home turf. It is difficult to see the young Eagles turning the tables on the big Boyer Oval, but we hope they can be competitive and show signs of improvement.

The Reserves have been struggling for numbers all season and suffered some heavy losses. It will be hard to get back on the winners list against the Two Blues who sit in fourth place on the ladder. While the Eagles have had narrow losses in their last two games, their last encounter with the Two Blues saw a 108-point loss at Anzac Park.

The Senior Men will also be in for a tough day against a third-placed Lindisfarne side. Their last encounter at Anzac Park saw a 154-point victory for the Two Blues. The young Eagles have shown glimpses of good play in some of their games and will be more competitive on the Boyer Oval, but it is hard to see them troubling the Two Blues.

The Senior Women will also be in for a tough game against second-placed Lauderdale, which beat top-of-the-table Claremont in the last round. The Lady Eagles currently sit one game and percentage outside the top five, so this is an important game to keep their finals hopes alive. In their previous encounter the Lady Eagles lost to Lauderdale by 70 points. With some improvement from their first encounter and the aid of their home ground, we hope to see the Eagles close the gap on their more fancied rivals.

We urge all Eagles fans to come along to Boyer Oval on Saturday, July 15 to show support. The Women’s game is at 8.50am, the Colts at 10.30, Reserves at 12.30pm and Seniors at 2.30pm.

CHRIS LOVELL

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