Visitors took the points in four home games


SATURDAY was a tough day on the park for the New Norfolk District Football Club with four games at Boyer Oval for four losses. The Senior Women kicked off with a tough encounter against second-placed Lauderdale which were coming off a recent win over ladder-leader Claremont. While the Eagles suffered a 48-point loss, it was an improvement on their previous encounter where Lauderdale was the 70-point winner. The Eagles are performing well in the tougher SFLW Division 2 competition and are currently just outside the top six.

The Colts were next up against a rampaging Lindisfarne Two Blues outfit who were too big and too strong with a massive 117-point victory over the young Eagles. Then came the Reserves who had lost six players the day before the game but scraped together a side and were competitive against the fourth-placed Two Blues, losing by 42 points. This was a massive improvement on their previous encounter where Lindisfarne was a 108-point victor.

The Seniors were also up against the Two Blues who were in third place on the ladder. The Eagles were always going to struggle against their more fancied rivals but performed really well and were in the game for most of the day. They only fell away in the last 10 minutes of the game to lose by 75 points. This too was a massive improvement on their previous encounter where Lindisfarne won by 154 points.

Senior Report by Wayne Walker

THE Lindisfarne Two Blues were challenged by an enthusiastic Eagles outfit in an entertaining hard-fought contest on the big Boyer Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Two Blues jumped out to an early break in the first term but the Eagles bounced back in the second term and outscored their more fancied opponents four goals to three before the more experienced visitors steadied in the second half, led by playing coach and former Brisbane Lion Josh Green (seven goals) along with Dylan Johns (four goals) to run away with a 75-point victory.

The Eagles suffered their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Two Blues earlier in the season by a whopping 154 points, so they have shown real improvement by reducing the loss by half in their latest encounter. Playing personnel at the first centre bounce saw giant Two Blue ruckman Blake Jones against Eagle Ben Lovell (returned from injury). Eagle on ballers Tyron Bailey, Zeb Graham and Corey Kelleher went head-on with Lindisfarne’s Sheldon Smith, Daniel Blazely and Jack Anning. Eagle Captain Josh Farrow was at centre half-back on big Two Blue forward Oliver Rand, and Eagle utility Baxter Lewis was at full back on the dangerous Green.

The Two Blues had the advantage of a three to four goal breeze in the first term and soon hit the scoreboard with a Green snap that sailed through the big sticks. They followed up with goals to Anning and Mathew Phillips due to some costly turnovers by the Eagles which saw the home team trailing by 24 points. Green kicked his second goal moments later along with another from Teege Westbury which had the Eagles on the ropes late in the quarter. Big Eagle forward Jason Laycock scored a goal at the 29-minute mark to put the home side on the board. Quarter-time scores were Lindisfarne 5.7 (37) to New Norfolk 1.1 (7).

The Eagles upped their intensity in the second term and controlled the footy, displaying some great teamwork from the back half to the forward half. The Eagles had the visitors on the back foot as exciting utility Tyron Bailey goaled from a free kick. They followed-up with young gun Mitchell Hay picking up the crumbs moments later and snapping another major for the home side. Tough on-baller Jordan Eiszele gathered the footy from the next centre bounce and kicked long to the goal square which bounced through for another six pointer as the Eagles trailed by only 12 points and had gained momentum in the contest. The Eagles pushed forward once again and found Laycock in front of goal, but the big fella registered a minor score. The Two Blues answered with Green kicking a much needed goal which steadied the visitors late in the term to take a 22-point lead into the main break: Lindisfarne 8.9 (57) to New Norfolk 5.5 (35).

The Eagles were in the contest against a high-quality opponent and the message at half-time was that the young Eagles were playing to instructions and putting the team first with their decision making and their awareness around the contest. The Two Blues kicked four goals in a row in the early stages of the third quarter after a half-time bake by their coach which could be heard next door in the Eagle dressing rooms. The Two Blues increased their lead to 53 points at three-quarter time and had a stranglehold on the contest heading into the last quarter with Johns and Green leading the way up forward and Adam Hutchinson rebounding the footy from half-back. Three-quarter time scores: Lindisfarne 15.11 (101) to New Norfolk 7.6 (48).

The Eagles fought hard early in the last term with young gun Tyler Benson applying a great lockdown tackle on an opponent to be awarded a free kick which resulted in a goal. The Eagles followed up with another from the talented Bailey who kicked truly on the run from 40m out on a tight angle which was a great highlight which reduced the margin to 42 points. At this stage of the game, it looked like the Eagles may have been able to reduce the lead by more, but the Two Blues booted the last five goals to run out comfortable winners.

The best contributors for the Eagles were Bailey who keeps on keeping on with his great form. Josh Clifford continued to play well over four quarters, Benson played a great game on the wing and showed his footy smarts for such a young man. Will Banks was solid and rebounded the footy from the Eagle backline with speed and dash. Jordan Eiszele was tough in the clinches and earned the hard ball and Ben Lovell toiled hard all day in the ruck contests.

The Eagles will face Sorell in their next encounter at the Boyer Oval and must give themselves a winning chance after showing some encouraging form against a top five side as they search for their first victory of the season.

Final scores
Lindisfarne 20.16 (136)
New Norfolk 9.7 (61)
Best – Lindisfarne:
D. Johns, J. Green, A. Hutchinson, M. Bird, B. Lamprill, R. Hopkins; New Norfolk: T. Bailey, J. Clifford, T. Benson, J. Eiszele, W. Banks, B. Lovell.
Goals – Lindisfarne: J. Green 7, D. Johns 4, R. Hopkins 3, T. Westbury 2, J. Heffernan, O. Rand, M. Phillips, J. Anning; New Norfolk: T. Bailey 3, J. Laycock 2, M. Hay 2, T. Benson, J. Eiszele.

Reserves Report by Wayne Walker

THE Eagle Reserves team stayed in the contest and was competitive over four quarters against the Lindisfarne Two Blues on Saturday at Boyer Oval. The Eagles have suffered some big defeats against the Two Blues in past encounters but they showed some real mettle to grind out the game. Even though the Eagles trailed at the end of each quarter, it took until the last term before the visitors gained a match-winning lead to go on and win by 42 points.

Lindisfarne led by five points at quarter time, 20 points at half time and 17 points at three-quarter time as the Eagles kept in touch and kept the visitors on edge to push for a possible win. Eagle veteran Michael Thompson booted two goals for the home side and provided a target up forward over four quarters. Samuel Holloway continues to work hard for his side in the ruck contests and around the ground. Jake Campbell performed well and Kyle Rogers got plenty of the footy and showed his skill by foot. Cousins Riley and Tyron Triffett tried hard throughout the contest.

There are a number of elder statesmen playing each week for the club and also a number of Colts players who continue to step up each week for the Eagles to put a side on the park. This shows their ongoing commitment to the club, and all concerned must be commended for their efforts. Go Eagles!

Final Scores
Lindisfarne 14.6 (90)
New Norfolk 7.6 (48)
Best – Lindisfarne:
J. Fisher, J. Sowter, O. Holdsworth, G. Halliday, R. Hodge, B. Field; New Norfolk: S. Holloway, M. Thompson, J. Campbell, K. Rogers, R. Triffett, T. Triffett.
Goals – Lindisfarne: J. Fisher 5, C, Burridge 2, S. Clark 2, C, Doran, N. Cranfield, G. Halliday, L. Freeman, D. Lashmar;
New Norfolk: M. Thompson 2, N. Wakefield, R. Graham, S. Holloway, C. Ransley, K. Rogers.

Colts Report – Chris Lovell

FOLLOWING disappointing performances against the Claremont Magpies and the Brighton Robins and a bye in the previous round, the young Eagle Colts faced another daunting task against the third-placed Lindisfarne Two Blues at Boyer Oval on Saturday.

The game started in pouring rain in very cold conditions at Boyer Oval. Lindisfarne came out full of running in the first quarter and completely outplayed the Eagles, scoring three goals and five behinds to skip out to a good 22-point lead at the first break. Inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Two Blues a much greater lead: Lindisfarne 3.5 (23) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1).

The rain eased in the second quarter but the Two Blues continued the pressure as they peppered the scoreboard, adding another four goals and six behinds while keeping the Eagles scoreless. Once again, inaccuracy by the Two Blues kept the lead to 52 points at the main break. It could have been much worse as the Eagles were completely outplayed and powerless to stop the onslaught. Half-time scores: Lindisfarne 7.11 (53) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1).

Coach Tristan Triffett changed the game plan to a man-on-man style and implored the players to stick to their opponents, be tough at the contest and try to at least break even with their opponent in every contest. Unfortunately, the Two Blues continued on their merry way, piling on another five goals and five behinds for the quarter while holding the Eagles scoreless to go into three-quarter time leading by 87 points: Lindisfarne 12.16 (88) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1).

The final quarter was again all one way traffic as the Two Blues scored four goals and seven behinds to run out winners by 117 points. The young Eagles could only manage a single behind for the final quarter to double their score to two behinds. It has been a tough season for the Eagle Colts. They are a young group of players compared to most other clubs and are finding it difficult against older and bigger bodies. The compromised Colts roster hasn’t helped with the number of byes making it difficult to get any continuity into their play. They have also had a reasonable turnover with players due to injury and unavailability. They have done a great job in supporting the
undermanned Reserves in making up the numbers each week and have shown glimpses of what they are capable of in some games. They will be a much better outfit next season for the experience gained this season.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne: 16.23 (119)
New Norfolk 0.2 (2)
Best – Lindisfarne:
D. Scott, H. Mohamad, O. Holdsworth, J. Sowter, C. Millward, H. Menzie; New Norfolk: H. Morgan, J. George, S. Jackson, C. Triffitt, B. Slater, R. Triffett.
Goals – Lindisfarne: O. Holdsworth 5, H. Mohamad 4, D. Scott 2, A. Read 2, C. Doran, J. Dillon, J. Banks.

Kimberly Slater (centre with knee brace) was welcomed back to the playing squad by Gracie Kube, left, Sophie Farrow, Jasmine Skelly, Nemesia Skelly and Dannielle Clifford.

Women’s Report by Vanessa Stevenson and Tash Farrow

THE Lady Eagles welcomed back Kimberly Slater on Saturday for her first game in a year and a half. She has been runner this year but we are all excited that she is back in the red, white and black.

The game started in cold and windy conditions. The first quarter was very scrambly with Lauderdale scoring the first goal. Maddie Devine was great in the ruck and Ellie Henricks looked dangerous around the forward line. Lauderdale was fast and focused around the ground. Hayley James and Jorjia Franklin were tackling well for the Eagles. Defenders Jay Mansfield and Dannielle Clifford were playing well and saved many goals as Lauderdale kept moving the ball forward. The Eagles could only manage one behind for the quarter while Lauderdale kicked three goals and three behinds. Quarter-time scores: Lauderdale 3.3 (21) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1). 

The Eagles returned fired-up in the second quarter with Henricks kicking their first goal. The smaller Eagles were playing well and tackling hard with Kristina Jacobs, Brandi Sokolski and Henricks standing out. Gracie Kube and Mia Temple were playing well, while Sophie Farrow played a great captain’s quarter. Jaymee Mansfield and Dannielle Clifford were great in defence, especially marking right on Lauderdale’s goal line. Jodie Mather played a great second quarter with strong marks and kicking into the Eagles’ forward line. However, the Eagles couldn’t capitalise, kicking three behinds while Lauderdale scored two goals and a behind for the quarter.  Half-time scores: Lauderdale 5.4 (34) to New Norfolk 1.4 (100).

Lauderdale came out strongly in the third quarter, moving the ball around the ground and looking faster, stronger and physically fitter than the Eagles. Henricks again kicked the only goal for the Eagles while Lauderdale added a goal and a point for the quarter. The whole Eagle backline was playing its part, with strong marks and tackles. Maddison Krause and Hayley Roberts played well in this quarter. Three-quarter time scores: Lauderdale 6.5 (41) to New Norfolk 2.4 (16).

The last quarter saw Lauderdale use its their bodies well to outplay the Eagles. Devine was rucking well for the Eagles, as was Ash Green when she went into the ruck. Farrow kept taking beautiful marks and would have to be one of the best marks in the competition. Kube and Green played a great last quarter tackling well as did Krystina Jacobs. Lauderdale took advantage of the wind  in the final term to kick three goals and five behinds while keeping the Eagles scoreless.

This game saw two more underage players selected as emergencies. Congratulations to Kodi Stevenson and Kyah Abel. Hopefully we will see you both playing in the woman’s team in the near future. It is important that we nurture and look after these future champions of the club. It was also great to see two underage juniors running water for the Eagles. They not only looked after the Eagles but the Lauderdale players as well. Well done girls, we really appreciate your help.  

Final Scores
Lauderdale 9.10 (64)
New Norfolk 2.4 (16)
Best – Lauderdale:
J. Percey, J. Bird, R. Pacey, M. Goldsmith, C. James, G. Cleaver; New Norfolk: D. Clifford, J. Mansfield, S. Farrow, J. Mather, H. James, B. Sokolski.
Goals – Lauderdale: J. Percey 3, R. Pacey, A. Edmand, E. Waller, M. Montgomerie, C. James, J. Bird; New Norfolk: Ellie Henricks 2.

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