New Norfolk football senior game report

Eagles grounded by in-form Robins

THE Brighton Robins surged forward straight from the opening bounce at Boyer Oval on Saturday, finding star full-forward Max Lamb who goaled within the first minute of the contest. The Robins never looked back as they went on to record a huge 119-point victory over a depleted New Norfolk Eagles outfit.


The well-drilled Robins were just too slick and were well led by classy onballer Darcy Gardner, ruckman Jacob Young and key forward Lamb (nine goals). The Eagles went into the match missing some key players from the previous round, including rugged onballers Jordan Eiszele and Jake Harris (both injured), talented high-marking
forward Tyler Ford (unavailable) and utility player Brock Triffett.

The Eagles welcomed back Ben Lovell for his first hit out for season 2024 along with Jye and Zane Lester, ball magnet Josh Eyles and rugged back man Tobias Bradford for their first senior games for the club. The Eagles suffered an early blow with playing coach Dylan Ford suffering a hand injury in the first term. While he did go back onto the field a few times he eventually stayed off for most of the second half.

The Robins were on fire in the first term, slamming on seven goals while keeping the Eagles scoreless. Brighton had many forward entries looking for tall forwards Lamb and Caleb Triffett to hold a commanding 47-point lead at the first break. Quarter-time scores: Brighton 7.5 (47) to New Norfolk 0.0 (0).

The Robins continued to ramp-up the pressure in the second term, winning the footy from the centre clearances and feeding their forwards as they slammed on seven more majors. They had the game won by half-time with a lead of 76 points. The Eagles eventually hit the scoreboard through Josh Clifford passing to Josh Farrow for the home side’s first goal and the hard-working Brayden Drake putting the Sherrin in the hands of Eagle speed machine Rowan Thomason who kicked a great goal on the run for the Eagles’ second. Half-time scores: Brighton 14.6 (90) to New Norfolk 2.2 (14).

New Norfolk managed to keep the Robins to five goals in the third term while Eagle captain Farrow kicked his second, but the visitors’ breakaway speed from the contest was a highlight throughout the match, which gave their forwards easy access to goal as the Eagle back six were under constant pressure. Three-quarter time: Brighton 19.11 (125) to New Norfolk 3.2 (20).

The last term was the Eagles’ best with the hard-working Bailey Wheeler kicking the ball along the ground close to goal in heavy traffic for the Eagles’ fourth major. Dangerous small forward Mitch Hay bagged two goals and seems to have found his favourite spot close to the big sticks. Speedster Rowan Thomason showed his skill and used his pace to great effect over four quarters.

Ruckman Brayden Drake had a great duel with Robin ruckman Jacob Young and big Drake held his own in a number of contests in the centre bounce area and around the ground. Clifford continues to show his leadership, Brayden Butler had plenty of touches and showed his class and Hay was busy and looked dangerous whenever he had the footy in hand.

Once again, captain Josh Farrow ran himself into the ground putting in another stellar performance for his side. Big Ben Lovell will be better after his first run for the season and star player Tyron Bailey is due to return this weekend against the Hobart Tigers. Both sides are desperate for a win and the big question is whether the Eagles will get their first win in more than a year. We will have to wait and see.

Final Scores
Brighton 24.15 (159)
New Norfolk 6.4 (40)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Farrow, J. Clifford, B. Drake, B. Butler, R. Thomason, M. Hay; Brighton: J. Tremayne, M. Lamb, D. Gardner, J. Young, C. Morgan, S, Deverell.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Farrow 2, M. Hay 2, B. Wheeler, R. Thomason; Brighton: M. Lamb 9, D, Gardner 3, J. Saavedra 3, C. Morgan 2, F. Salter 2, J. Byers 2, R. Davie, Z. Evans-Fenton, C. Triffett.

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