Eagle women clip Robins’ wings; Depleted Reserves overpowered

| IN glorious conditions on Saturday, the Lady Eagles were at home again on the big Boyer Oval to take on the Brighton Robins. The Eagles were straight into attack from the opening bounce for a behind to
Nicole Moss.

Brighton then went into attack, but great defence from Jay Mansfield resulted in the ball rebounding into the Eagles’ forward line. Jemma Hay passed to Tarn Ford who passed to Dannielle Clifford for New Norfolk’s first goal. The ruck division and midfield were too strong for the Brighton players.

A great mark by Moss and the ensuing pass to Tarn Ford resulted in another goal. The Eagles went on to kick a behind before Tarn Ford intercepted the kick-in to score another great goal. Sid Skelly and Chloe Ford were playing well and the Eagle defence in Jay Mansfield, Siobhan Smith, Sophie McNeil, Gracie Kube were playing strong defensive footy.

Sophie Farrow was playing a great captain’s quarter. The ball went forward with a Mel Green kick to Tarn Ford who, with unselfish play passed to Nem Skelly for another Eagle goal. Quarter-time scores New Norfolk 4.5 (29) to Brighton 0.1 (1).

The second quarter got underway with some great play from Olivia Harris passing to Chloe Ford who received a free kick. Chloe Ford kicked to Tarn Ford who kicked forward but Brighton took a defensive mark. The Robins went forward but a great tackle by Jay Mansfield saw the ball go back into the Eagles’ forward line. Zoie Crawford received a free and her kick found Tarn Ford who kicked a behind.

Great work by Olivia Harris forced a ball up, which was taken by Ashley Green who kicked to Tarn Ford who again selflessly passed the ball onto Maddie Krause for her first senior goal. Great play from Nicole Moss to Sid Skelly to Tarn Ford who again passed it on to Chloe Ford for a behind. The Brighton kick-out was intercepted by Sophie Farrow who kicked to Tarn Ford who posted another Eagle goal. Mel Green took a great mark and passed to Dannielle Clifford who passed to Tarn Ford for another goal.

A great tackle from Sid Skelly saw her receive a free. She sent the ball forward with Mel Green taking a great mark who kicked to Dannielle Clifford who kicked a behind. Jay Mansfield, Jazz Skelly were staunch in defence. Zoie Crawford and Olivia Harris were controlling the ball as was Sophie Farrow. Half-time scores: New Norfolk 8.8 (56) to Brighton 0.1 (1).

The third quarter started with a great tackle from Maddison Krause who passed to Chloe Ford, which resulted in a goal for New Norfolk. The ball went into Brighton’s forward line, but Jay Mansfield playing the game of her life, sent the ball back into the Eagles’ forward line for Chloe Ford to kick to Dannielle Clifford for another goal. The midfield was in awesome form and sent the ball forward for a behind.

A great tackle by Chloe Ford saw her kick to Mel Green who took a great mark. Her pass to Tarn Ford resulted in another Eagle goal.  Great play by the ruck and midfield saw the ball move forward to Tarn Ford who passed to Nem Skelly for her second goal. The ball went into Brighton’s forward line but a great mark by Zoie Crawford sent the ball back into the Eagles’ forward line. The Eagles were marking well in the forward line but could only score two behinds before another goal by Tarn Ford. Three-quarter time scores: New Norfolk 13.11 (89) to Brighton 0.1 (1).

The final term opened with some great work by the Eagles as Chloe Ford passed to Dannielle Clifford for her third goal. Brighton scored its first goal in this quarter through ex-Eagle Ellie Henricks. A beautiful tackle by Sid Skelly resulted in a ball-up. The ball moved forward and Jazz Skelly received a free kick. The ball rebounded between the forward lines before Brighton scored a behind. The New Norfolk ruck and midfield again pushed the ball forward for a beautiful goal by Tarn Ford who equalled her goal-kicking milestone of 8 goals. What an amazing effort in her 100th career game as she also assisted in five other goals and kicked five behinds. It was a great game by the Eagles who ran out winners by 92 points.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 15.12 (102)
Brighton 1.4 (10)
Best – New Norfolk:
T. Ford, S. Skelly, N. Moss, O. Harriss, J. Mansfield, M. Krause; Brighton: M. Booth, M. Robertson, E. Henricks, S. Robison, L. Gleeson, S. Smith.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Ford 8, D. Clifford 3, N. Skelly 2, C. Ford, M. Krause; Brighton: E. Henricks.


THE Eagle reserves suffered an 87-point loss on Saturday in a Boyer Oval encounter that was dominated by the Brighton Robins. The Robins had a number of options up forward with a good spread of goals to Brodie Cockshutt, Simon Bond and Hayden Zantuck, bagging 10 goals between them.

Eagle Jamie Devine played well for the home side and kicked the only Eagle goal in the first half. Tempers flared late in the first term as both sides tangled after a heavy hit on Eagle youngster Liam Lowe who left the ground to be attended to by the trainers. Quarter-time scores: Brighton 4.2 (26) to New Norfolk 1.0 (6). The Eagles could only register one behind in the second term while the visitors added five goals. Half-time scores: Brighton 8.5 (59) to New Norfolk 1.1 (7).

In the third quarter, Eagle youngster Bradley Slater booted the Eagles’ second major and was doing some good things up forward as New Norfolk held the Robins to one major themselves. Three-quarter time scores: Brighton 10.10 (70) to New Norfolk 2.2 (14). The Robins increased their lead in the last term to run away with a big 87-point win.

The Eagles lost a number of players to the senior squad which robbed them of some structure which had an effect on the overall result but they battled the game out with Jamie Devine playing a solid four quarter game. Back men Luke Crosswell and Connor Kelly-Lennox played well under constant pressure. Youngsters Liam Lowe and Bradley Slater showed some guts and determination and did some handy things and captain Corey Ransley worked hard and led from the front throughout the match.

Final Scores
Brighton 15.12 (102)
New Norfolk 2.3 (15)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Devine, L. Lowe, L. Crosswell, C. Kelly-Lennox, B. Slater, C. Ransley; Brighton: J. Lewis, A. McCarthy, M. Howlett, H. Zantuck, B. Wilton, D. Robottom.
GoalsNew Norfolk: J. Nichols, B. Slater; Brighton: B. Cockshutt 4, S. Bond 3, H. Zantuck 3, B. Wilton, J. Percey, M. Flemming, C. Whelan.

Next games – Round 4 – Boyer Oval – April 27
Reserves v Hobart at Boyer Oval at noon
Seniors v Hobart at Boyer Oval at 2pm
(Women v University transferred to July 20)

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