NNDFC game day notes – Round 3, April 20, 2024


Today we welcome the Brighton Robins to Boyer Oval for our second home game in a

After a very tough opening encounter with against last season’s premiers Cygnet on the road and an improved performance against the Dodges Ferry Sharks at home last weekend, today we hope to see some more improvement from the Eagles against another tough opponent. The Robins started the season in fine fashion with a 180-point drubbing of the Hobart Tigers. They were well beaten by 47 points on the by Lindisfarne last weekend, and so will be eager to get back on the winning list. We thought last week’s game would give us a better indication of what lies ahead for the rest of this season and this proved to be correct. In a tough encounter, the Sharks proved too strong in the end, winning by 23 points. However, after some unsettling moments in the first half, the Eagles got their act together in the second half to outscore the visitors and get within 17 points in the latter half of the final term. It was an encouraging effort by the Eagles and coach Dylan Ford will be confident that the youngsters are on the right track and that a win is not far away. As we keep saying, we think that our best is still a few games away and that from about Round 6 the Eagles will start to show consistent football. However, following last week’s encouraging effort, we look forward to some further improvement against the Robins with some hopes of causing an upset.

The reserves lost the first two games of the season but have performed admirably in both encounters. An influx of players just prior to the start of the season has given the reserves good numbers to choose from. However, a lack of training together has made it hard for coaches Corey Ransley and Nigel Hay to get to know the players and implement game plans. There is no doubt that there is significant talent in the reserve ranks and wins will come as the players get to know each other. The Brighton reserves are coming off a 109-point win over Hobart and a 20-point win over Lindisfarne in their first two games of the season and will be confident of another good showing today. However, the Eagle reserves may have other ideas.

The Lady Eagles have started the season extremely well under new coach Josh Clifford, with two convincing wins to sit in second place on the Division 2 ladder. Today the Eagles are up against the Brighton Robins. The Robins won their first game of the season against Lindisfarne last weekend and will be looking for another good showing today. The Eagles are looking particularly strong all over the ground and should be too strong for the Robins in what should be a good game.

Last week Luke Crosswell played his 50th club game for the Eagles. Luke now has five senior and 45 reserve games under his belt. Congratulations Luke, we look forward to many more games in the red, white and black.

Women v Brighton at Boyer Oval at 10am.
Reserves v Brighton at Boyer Oval at noon.
Seniors v Brighton at Boyer Oval at 2pm.

Saturday, April 27
Women v University, game transferred to July 20.
Reserves v Hobart at Boyer Oval at noon.
Seniors v Hobart at Boyer Oval at 2pm

Chris Lovell
Vice President – Football Operations

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