Eagles’ tall order bonus for TFL season 2024

By JOHN ANDREWARTHA
THE New Norfolk Eagles have landed two tall-timber recruits from South Australia and the talented husband-and-wife duo looks set to bolster the club’s fortunes this SFL season. Hayden and Nikki Moss moved to New Norfolk last month and have hit the ground running.

The pair bought a house in New Norfolk and said they couldn’t be happier with the club, the community and the jobs they have secured. Hayden said the pair had found their feet with work, training, their new home and the local social scene.

“Nikki’s parents helped with a few renovations on the house and I’m keen to do some more in the backyard,” Hayden said. “We love the views from our house, and the town and its market are quite like where we moved from,” Nikki said. “It’s been nice to slot back into a similar lifestyle,” she said.

Hayden, 28, is a refrigeration engineer and Nikki, 26, is a civil engineer. Both landed jobs in Tasmania with minimal fuss. As a civil engineer, Nikki’s key responsibilities are working on the new Bridgewater Bridge project’s Intelligent Traffic Systems. She said it was fantastic so many Tasmanians were involved with such a significant project. “I’ve worked on several bridge jobs but this is one of the biggest I’ve been involved with.” Meanwhile, Hayden landed the first job he applied for – a position with a firm that installs and maintains residential and civil air-conditioning systems.

Hayden and Nikki said they were looking forward to contributing as much as possible with the Eagles. Hayden (193cm) and Nikki (183cm) are both rucks/forwards. “We are not small by any means … we are tall beings,” Nikki said.

Hayden said success was a priority for the Eagles and he would be working with the club to counter recent lean years. “I’m aware that the club hasn’t been where it wanted to be during the past few years after many premierships,” he said. “I’d like my voice to be heard around the club and I am keen to help some of the younger guys come through. I’m committed to rebuilding the club in any way. I hope I come across as someone who wants to help the club out and guide our juniors through to seniors.”

Nikki said she was keen to meet new people, have a run, become part of the Eagles’ culture and enjoy the club’s camaraderie. Hayden has an impressive football background, playing most of his junior and senior football with the Willaston Football Club in the Barossa League, while Nikki played two seasons of football with the Barossa Lights in the same league after great success as a netballer, including playing state league netball with South Australia’s Newton Jaguars.

SFL President David O’Byrne said the 2024 competition looked set to be an exciting season. “With themed feature rounds, an Anzac Day blockbuster and big rivalry clashes throughout the year, it will be a football feast that we’re very excited about,” Mr O’Byrne said. “Bragging rights will be on the line in the final year of the current SFL format and we’re looking forward to seeing all the fans get back to their clubs to cheer their teams on.”

Picture: Nikki and Hayden Moss have signed with the Eagles.

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