Eagle Women down Two Blues; Reserves match cut short

| AFTER a week off, the Lady Eagles were on the road to Anzac Park last Saturday to meet the Lindisfarne Two Blues. In a scrappy first quarter, the Lady Eagles kicked two goals and four behinds to the home side’s solitary behind.

Despite this, Lindisfarne began the game strongly, with many advances forward, but the Eagle defence was standing strong. A great piece of running play from by Jorja Franklin found Dannielle Clifford for a minor score. The Eagles weren’t making good use of their opportunities and the Two Blues defence was standing up under pressure.

A great smother by Melinda Green saw Franklin kick a behind. A great tackle by Clifford and some great play by Zoie Crawford who found Chloe Ford for her first goal of the match. New Norfolk’s Olivia Harris, Sophie Farrow and Sid Skelly were playing well in this quarter. Nikki Moss sent a great kick to Jemma Hay who passed to Clifford, resulting in another behind for the Eagles. Crawford kicked her first goal after a great piece of play by Farrow.  Quarter-time scores were New Norfolk 2.4 (16) to Lindisfarne 0.1 (1).

The second quarter had another messy start with lots of tackling, free kicks and ball-ups. Lindisfarne was working hard, moving the ball multiple times into its their forward 50 without reward. The Eagles defence were playing strong hard footy and continually moved the ball back into their forward line. Some great tackling by Hay to Skelly saw Hay receive a free kick, but unfortunately the ball went forward without a score. Farrow received a free kick and her pass to Crawford to Green saw another Eagle behind. The kick-in resulted in a free kick and 50m penalty to Crawford who scored another behind.

Moss was working hard in the ruck and the Eagles midfield was keeping busy. The Two Blues entered their forward 50 for their first goal. Again, the Two Blues moved forward kicking another goal. A good piece of play by Crawford to Ashelee Green to Franklin resulted in Hay scoring a behind. Hay received a free kick with her kick going through the middle pegs for six points. Half time scores were New Norfolk 4.7 (31) to Lindisfarne 2.1 (13).

After the major break it was obvious the Eagles meant business as they kicked five goals for the quarter. A great passage of play by Farrow and Harris forced a ball-up. Moss kicked the ball to Clifford who scored the Eagles’ first goal of the quarter. The Two Blues kept trying to go forward but some excellent play by Hayley Roberts, Natalie Bearman and Sophie McNeill who passed the ball to Hay who fended off two players to go into the forward 50. Melinda Green took a great mark and kicked her first goal.

Chloe Ford was working hard and was rewarded with a great goal. A great piece of play from Gracie Kube to Chloe Ford saw her kick her second goal for the quarter. Franklin was running hard and kicked a beautiful goal. Three-quarter-time scores were New Norfolk 9.8 (62) to Lindisfarne 2.1 (13).

Lindisfarne came out running and kicked the first goal of the fourth quarter. The Two Blues went forward again but great defensive work by the Eagles forced a ball-up. Sid Skelly was working hard as was her sister Nem Skelly. The Two Blues received a 50m penalty but could only score a behind. The ball rebounded into the Eagles’ forward line with Tiarna Ford making a great play, but Lindisfarne received a free. The ball came back into the Eagles’ forward line with Chloe Ford kicking a great goal.

The ball went back into the Two Blues’ forward line but great play by Crawford and Roberts sent the ball forward. Good ruck work by Moss to Farrow who kicked the ball forward to Tiarna Ford whose kick resulted in a great mark by Melinda Green. A throw-in saw Hay pass to Melinda Green to Tiarna Ford for a great goal. Some great running play by Franklin to Tiarna Ford resulted in a behind. The Two Blues’ kick out was marked by Farrow who passed to Melinda Green for another goal for the Eagles. The game finished as it had begun with some sloppy play from both sides. The Eagles came away winners by 61 points. 

Final Scores
New Norfolk 12.9 (81)
Lindisfarne 3.2 (20)
Best – New Norfolk:
C. Ford, S. Skelly, Z. Crawford, O. Harriss, S. McNeill, S. Farrow; Lindisfarne: M. Mcleod, M. Monks, E. Kavanah, A. Read, T. Hudson, E. Gafney.
Goals – New Norfolk: C. Ford 4, Z. Crawford 2, M. Green 2, T. Ford, J. Franklin, D. Clifford, J. Hay. Lindisfarne: N. Erends 2, A. Read.


| THE Reserves game at Anzac Park came to an unexpected end when a Lindisfarne player suffered a shoulder injury at the eight-minute mark of the last term. Unfortunately, the player was on the ground for some time while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, so the umpires called the game to a close with the Two Blues holding onto a 17-point lead and declared the winners of the match.

In what was an even first term, the Two Blues kicked the first two goals but the Eagles hit back with Brodie Scanlon passing to veteran Tristan Triffett for the Eagles’ first. Eagle centre-half-back Matthew Jones marked moments later and passed to Corey Ransley who steered a torpedo punt through the big sticks for the Eagles’ second major. Quarter-time scores: New Norfolk 2.5 (17) to Lindisfarne 2.1 (13).

The Eagles followed carried on their good work in the second term with Jeremy Nichols and Luke Crosswell doing well across half-back and Ryan Bartels competing well in the ruck against a taller opponent. Onballer Tyson Eiszele booted a nice goal from 40m out on a tight angle and forward Jacob Quarrell chimed in with two great goals to give the Eagles a six-point lead at half-time. Scores: New Norfolk 5.5 (35) to Lindisfarne 4.5 (29).

The Two Blues ramped up the pressure in the third term and started to get on top, scoring three goals while holding the Eagles to just one behind to go out to a 17-point lead at three-quarter time. Scores: Lindisfarne 8.5 (53) to New Norfolk 5.6 (36). Eight minutes into the final term neither side had added to their score before the injury occurred that brought the game to a close.

Young Eagle Liam Lowe continues to impress, Ryan Bartels played a great game in the ruck, Tyson Eiszele showed some good form and Ethan Holden was good across half-back along with Luke Crosswell.

Final Scores
Lindisfarne 8.5 (53)
New Norfolk 5.6 (36)
Best – New Norfolk:
L. Lowe, R. Bartels, T. Eiszele, C. Eyles, E. Holden, L. Crosswell; Lindisfarne: K. Goninon, L. Wright, A. Clarke, J. Baker, D. Woodham, R. Hodge.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Quarrell 2, T. Eiszele, C. Ransley, T. Triffett; Lindisfarne: O. Rand 2, J. Harris 2, K. Goninon, J. Heffernan, C. Wilton, H. Mohamad.


This Saturday, May 11: All Eagle teams have a bye.

Saturday, May 18:
Women v South East Suns at Boyer Oval at 10am.
Reserves v Sorell at Boyer Oval at noon.
Seniors v Sorell at Boyer Oval at 2pm.

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