New Norfolk football senior game report

Eagles win battle of the birds at Boyer Oval

By WAYNE WALKER
THE New Norfolk Eagles steamrolled a hapless Claremont Magpie outfit on Saturday, with 13 players scoring goals against the visitors. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

The Eagles’ goal-fest was led by Jye Bearman who was electric throughout the afternoon with a best-on-ground performance and nine goals. He was closely followed by captain Josh Farrow who dominated around the ground as the Eagles booted a total of 32 goals to record a massive 208-point victory over the struggling Magpies.

The match was played for the Brendon “Mulga” Clayton Cup. Mulga was a great player for both clubs over many years and is a life member of both clubs. That infectious Mulga Clayton smile appeared as he entered both dressing rooms before the game to address all the players, giving encouragement to both clubs.

On the field, the Magpies simply had no answers to a polished display by the home side and it certainly was a confidence booster before New Norfolk faces the Huonville Lions this weekend, which will be a tough task.

The Eagles welcomed back playing coach Dylan Ford who has been sidelined for four weeks with a hand injury. Also back were Baxter Lewis and Bailey Wheeler. Promising youngster Liam Lowe was promoted from the reserves for his first senior game.

Ford figured in the Eagles’ first forward entry with a great pass to Ben Lovell who marked and goaled. From that point on the Eagles never looked back as Jye Bearman booted the next two goals. The Eagles were on the march as they shared the ball with some great teamwork adding another six majors for the term while keeping the Magpies scoreless. They stunned the Magpies to go in with a 62-point lead at quarter-time.

The Eagles had plenty of targets up forward with the high-flying Tyron Bailey who was taking some great high marks over packs of players along with Lovell and Hayden Moss who competed in the air and brought the ball to ground which enabled the Eagle small forwards in Josh Clifford, Jake Campbell, Mitchell Hay and Dylan Ford to mop up and take advantage for many scoring opportunities. Quarter-time scores: New Norfolk 9.8 (62) to Claremont 0.0 (0).

The home side followed its nine majors in the first term with 10 more in the second quarter. Half-time scores: New Norfolk 19.12 (126) to Claremont 0.0 (0). The Eagles added a further nine more goals in the third stanza, to bring the three-quarter time scores to New Norfolk 28.19 (187) and Claremont 0.1 (1). The home team went through the motions in the last term, adding another four majors before the final siren. The only joy for the Magpies came at the five-minute mark of the last term when Billy Phillips kicked the only goal for Claremont.

Young Eagle defenders Jamie Devine and Hayden Burns did some great work in the backline and look to be settling in to the hustle and bustle of senior football along with Bailey Wheeler who has notched up a number of games at the top level. Speed machine Tyler Benson used his pace on the wing and used the footy to great advantage with his superb kicking skills. Eagle big man Corey Ransley continues his good form in the ruck and with his presence around the ground.

It goes without saying that the Claremont Magpies are at a low point. From New Norfolk’s perspective, we certainly know how it feels to be in that situation over the last two years. However, there was something to like about how the Eagles went about their work over the four quarters and it was another step in the right direction for our rebuilding without getting too carried away with the win.

The victory was celebrated post-match as the players belted out the club song and it was great to see a number of smiling faces in the rooms after the game. The Eagles must now use this confidence-building win against a much tougher opponent in the Huonville Lions down in the Huon Valley in their round nine clash this weekend, which will be a great test as the senior squad continues to develop and build toward the future.

Final scores
New Norfolk 32.25 (217)
Claremont 1.3 (9)

Best – New Norfolk: J. Bearman, J. Farrow, T. Bailey, R. Thomason, J. Eiszele, B. Wheeler; Claremont: C. Bennett, J. Nikel, B. Braunack, K. Upton, M. Carr, J. Bradshaw.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. Bearman 9, B. Lovell 3, D. Ford 3, J. Campbell 3, J. Clifford 3, T. Bailey 2, J. Farrow 2, H. Moss 2, J. Harris, M. Ford, R. Thomason, M. Hay, L. Lowe. Claremont: B. Phillips.

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