New Norfolk football senior game report

Blue day for the Eagles at Lindisfarne

By WAYNE WALKER
THE New Norfolk Eagles ran into a serious contender for the 2024 SFL flag in a fast–running, high scoring Lindisfarne Two Blues unit at Anzac Park on Saturday. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY HERE

Jye Bearman marking.

The Two Blues found their forward targets with slick, clean ball movement from half-back to deep into their forward 50 with spearhead Ed Stanley booting 12 goals and Sam Adams six goals to run out 104-point victors which proved too much for the Eagle backline which battled hard all day.

The Lindisfarne forwards had plenty of supply with 2023 William Leitch medalist Sheldon Smith leading the charge along with busy onballers Dylan Fyfe, Sam Adams and Dylan Johns who were instrumental in the win. The Eagles are still missing a few key personnel in playing coach Dylan Ford (injured), Tyler Ford (unavailable), Jacob Daley (unavailable), Jake Bearman (suspended) and youngster Tyler Benson (unavailable).

The Eagles started the contest with Tyron Bailey taking on giant Two Blue Blake Jones and Eagle speed machine Rowan Thomason lined up on Sheldon Smith. Young Eagle Bailey Wheeler picked up Two Blue forward Rohan Martin and New Norfolk youngster Hayden Burns had the tough task on the very dangerous Ed Stanley.

Brayden Drake in a rucking contest.

The Eagles were under extreme pressure in the early stages of the contest with Lindisfarne onballers Adams and rover Fyfe creating headaches that resulted in multiple goals to Ryan Martin and Ed Stanley to give the home side an early break.

The Eagles hit the scoreboard later in the term through Josh Clifford who received a free kick in front of goal to boot the Eagles’ first major followed by a well-executed pass from Rowan Thomason to Eagle speedster Jye Bearman who kicked truly for the Eagles second goal. Quarter time scores: Lindisfarne 6.4 (40) to New Norfolk 2.2 (14).

The Two Blues continued to dominate in the second quarter slamming on nine goals with rover Fyfe racking up many touches of the footy along with Matteo Paolini and gun forward Stanley kicking four goals for the quarter. The Eagles battled hard for goals to Josh Farrow, Hayden Moss and Baxter Lewis but found themselves trailing by 63 points at the main break: Lindisfarne 15.6 (96) to New Norfolk 5.3 (33).

Eagles captain Josh Farrow, left.

The home side increased the margin to 89 points in the third term with just too many options going forward as Stanley, Adams, Paolini and Martin continued to steer the Sherrin through the big sticks. The Eagles showed some patches of good footy with Jake Harris slotting through a magnificent goal from 40m out on a tight angle and the ever-reliable Clifford bagging two majors for the visitors. Three-quarter-time scores: Lindisfarne 22.10 (142) to New Norfolk 8.5 (53).

The Eagles fought hard in the last term, scoring four goals while the Two Blues added another six to go on and record a big 104-point victory. It was always going to be a tough task against the Two Blues who will more than likely finish in the top three, but the Eagles can take a few positives out of the game.

Jamie Devine kicking into the forward line.

Last year the Eagles struggled to score more than 50 points per game, averaging six to seven goals per match. This year they have a bit more firepower and while it was a heavy defeat they managed to kick 12 goals against tough opposition.

Younger Eagles such as Hayden Burns, Mitchell Hay, Jacob Goodsell, Bailey Wheeler and Brayden Butler continue to develop as they take on some of the more mature and powerful clubs that sit toward the top of the table.

Tough onballer Jordan Eiszele continues his good form, Ben Lovell is clunking a few overhead marks which suggests he is working his way back into form, Jye Bearman has added extra spark within the playing group along with Josh Farrow and Josh Clifford who lead from the front every week.

Braden Drake in another rucking contest.

The Eagles now have a bye which should help the club to get over any niggling injuries and take advantage of working on their game plans and skills on the training track before they take on their next challenge against Sorell at Boyer on May 18. Go Eagles!

Final scores
Lindisfarne 28.16 (184)
New Norfolk 12.8 (80)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Eiszele, J. Bearman, H. Burns, J. Harris, J. Clifford, T. Bradford; Lindisfarne: E. Stanley, M. Paolini, T. Westbury, D. Fyfe, S. Smith, S. Adams.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Clifford 3, J. Bearman 3, J. Farrow, B. Lewis, H. Moss, B. Lovell, J. Harris, J. Goodsell;
Lindisfarne: E. Stanley 12, S. Adams 6, M. Paolini 4, R. Martin 3, D. Johns 2, R. Stocks.

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