Huge win for Eagles over Port Women; Reserves show promise

By VANESSA STEVENSON & TASH FARROW
WITH the return of some players from the 2022 premiership team and some new inclusions, the Eagles were pumped up and ready to take on the Port Women at Cygnet on Saturday after tough encounters against them last season.

The Eagle women came out strongly in the first term, kicking four goals and four behinds while holding the Port scoreless. Eagle recruit Nicole Moss kicked her first goal for the club during this first quarter. Quarter-time scores: New Norfolk 4.4 (28) to Port 0.0 (0).
 
The second quarter saw the Eagles keep Port Women scoreless again, with some strong defence from Sophie Farrow and Dannielle Clifford. The Eagles were kicking to what appeared to be the non-scoring end in this quarter and could only manage one goal to go into half-time with a good 35-point lead. Half time scores: New Norfolk 61 to Port 0.0 (0).
 
Both teams came out strongly in the third term with the Eagles backline restricting Port to one goal and one behind. Kicking to the scoring end, the Eagles piled on the pressure and peppered the goals to score nine majors and slip out to a commanding 85-point lead at three-quarter time. Scores: New Norfolk 14.8 (92) to Port 1.1 (7).
 
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles add another two goals to the scoreboard. Port had its chances but could only score another goal and 1 goal and a behind. The Eagles eventually ran out winners by 90 points.

The Eagles are looking strong with the return of Zoie Crawford, Jemma Hay, Olivia Harris, Chloe Ford and newcomers Tiarna Ford and Nicole Moss.
 
 
Final Scores
New Norfolk 16.8 (104)
Port 2.2 (14)
Best – New Norfolk:
Zoie Crawford, Sophie Farrow, Dannielle Clifford, Jemma Hay, Tiarna Ford, Nicole Moss; Port: A. Sharp, G. Jones, J. O’Neill, E. Ashlin, S. Kluga, B. Gordon.
Goals – New Norfolk: Zoie Crawford 3, Tiarna Ford 3, Jemma Hay 2, Sophie Farrow 2, Chloe Ford 2, Sidonie Skelly, Olivia Harris, Mel Green, Nicole Moss; Port: I. Sharp, T. Darwin.

RESERVES REPORT

By WAYNE WALKER
A NEW-LOOK New Norfolk reserves side showed plenty of promise in its first hit-out for the season against a more powerful opponent in Cygnet on a sunny Saturday at Cygnet, going down by 61 points. Port put its stamp on the game in the first half, booting eight goals to the Eagles’ three, but the Eagles fought the game out to the end with Port only kicking three goals in the second half as it went on to record a convincing first-up win.

There are many new faces in the Reserves line-up and we all look forward to what coach Corey Ransley has in his playing squad to work with in the weeks ahead after more on-field training for his players to get to know each other on a personal basis and the various skills and strengths they may have to structure-up a side that can strive for more wins than losses and compete for a finals berth.

The Eagles were in the contest to some degree at half-time, trailing by 36 points [Cygnet 8.8 (56) to New Norfolk 3.2 (20)] but ran out of legs in the second half. Eagles newcomer Josh Eyles played a great four-quarter game along
with forward Jacob Goodsell (two goals) while Bailey Wheeler was solid across the Eagle backline. Another new player, Tobias Bradford, did some handy work along with Jamie Devine and the consistent Corey Ransley led from the front and battled hard throughout the game.

Tyler Heron started the game in fine fashion, booting an early goal, and looked to be in great early season form but had to leave the ground near the end of the first term with a wrist injury. Keep an eye out for newcomers Wayne Cook, Timothy Curtis, Blake Eyles, Cody Eyles, Conor Kelly-Lennox, Liam Lowe, Adam Moloney and Timothy Warden in the weeks ahead.

The Eagles face the reigning reserves premier Dodges Ferry this weekend in what will be a big test for the new look Eagles.

Final Scores
Cygnet 12.18 (90)

New Norfolk 4.5 (29)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Eyles, J. Goodsell, T. Bradford, J. Devine, B. Wheeler, C. Ransley; Cygnet: L. Taylor, K. Russell, R. Jennings, C. Gane, B. Lawless, J. Bester.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Goodsell 2, T. Heron, L. Lowe; Cygnet: L. Taylor 3, C. Walter 3, B. Lawless 3, B. McDermott, J. Doyle, M. Coulson.

Next games – Round 2 – Boyer Oval – April 13
Women v Dodges Ferry at 10am
Reserves v Dodges Ferry at noon
Seniors v Dodges Ferry at 2pm.

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