Reserves grab second win; Women suffer first loss

| By WAYNE WALKER
THE Eagle reserves had a convincing 63-point win over the Claremont Magpies at Boyer Oval on Saturday. The home side was well led by Eagle veteran Tristan “Boofa” Triffett who pulled on the NNDFC guernsey and wound the clock back, taking some strong marks and giving the Eagles a key target near the big sticks. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

In a great display, Triffett booted six goals at full forward. He dribbled through a Peter Daicos-type goal (not Nick) 15m from the point post on a very tight angle, which was a real highlight. Onballer Zane Lester had a heap of possessions using his explosive pace and had a number of centre and stoppage clearances in a solid four quarter display and must have the senior selection panel taking notice. At quarter-time the scores were New Norfolk 2.2 (14) to Claremont 0.1 (1).

The Eagles had a slow start but kicked away in the second term to take a commanding 38-point lead at the main break, by which time the scores were New Norfolk 7.4 (46) to Claremont 1.2 (8). The Magpies lifted their work rate in the third quarter, outscoring the home side two goals to one: New Norfolk 8.6 (54) to Claremont 3.2 (20). The final term saw the Eagles finish the game in good style, adding four goals to their overall score and run out easy winners.

Eagle backman Jaidyn Fisher-Cooley gained some good form taking a number of marks across half-back. Youngster Riley Triffett continues to improve and showed his skills. Ethan Holden had plenty of the ball and showed some great dash through the centre of the ground and provided a number of forward entries.

William Latham is another young Eagle on the rise and showed plenty of potential during the game. Ryan
Bartels continues to do a great job in the ruck, quite often against taller opponents in the absence of Corey Ransley while he is playing in the seniors. The Eagles now must look forward to taking on a tougher challenge in the Huonville Lions this Saturday and see if they can take it up a notch on the SFL ladder.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 12.8 (80)
Claremont 4.3 (27)
Best – New Norfolk:
T. Triffett, Z. Lester, R. Triffett, J. Fisher-Cooley, E. Holden, W. Latham. Claremont: C. Bennett, R. Conway, J. McCulloch, S. Smith, M. Grimsey.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Triffett 6, W. Cook, R. Bartels, W. Latham, N. Ransley, J. White. Claremont: M. Dwyer, M. Grimsey, J. Simpson.

WOMEN’S REPORT

| By VANESSA STEVENSON and TASH FARROW
IN a tough game on Saturday morning, Claremont defeated the Lady Eagles at Boyer Oval by 48 points. Claremont started strongly, kicking three goals and three behinds in the first quarter. They were out to retain top spot on the ladder and were hard to stop in the first quarter. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

After weeks of the ball hardly going into the opposition forward line, the Eagles defence was kept busy. The Eagles made some good plays with no rewards. At times there were only two players in the Magpies backline and the Eagles could only kick one behind for the quarter: Claremont 3.3 (21) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1).

The Eagles started stronger in the second quarter and the ball see-sawed between the forward lines. Every player was working hard but neither team could get a score on the board. The Eagles were well served by some great efforts by Sophie Farrow and hard tackling by Zoie Crawford. The Eagles youngest player, Sophie McNeill, held her own on the backline. Jorja Franklin unfortunately left the ground due to a knee injury. Claremont ended up kicking a goal and six behinds late in the quarter. Sid Skelly worked hard for the Eagles and Natalie Bearman played a great second quarter. Half-time scores: Claremont 4.9 (33) to New Norfolk 0.1 (1).

Both teams came out strongly in the third term, with no reward on the scoreboard. Both teams were attacking the ball hard with some great plays by both sides. The Eagles fought hard with some great work in the ruck, midfield, and backline, but couldn’t convert the hard work into goals. New Norfolk scored two behinds and Claremont was held to a point. Sharny Grimsey was playing her role well and Olivia Harriss, Jemma Hay, Farrow and Nicole Moss played a great quarter. Crawford received a shoulder injury but returned to the game. Three-quarter time scores: Claremont 4.10 (34) to New Norfolk 0.3 (3).

Claremont looked the stronger team in the fourth quarter, kicking away with three goals. The Eagles could only kick a behind for this quarter and finished the game without a goal. McNeill and Jasmine Skelly worked hard in defence. Dannielle Clifford was moved to the backline and together with Jaymee Mansfield took some great marks. Hay and Harriss played a great last quarter and Moss worked tirelessly in the ruck for most of the game

Final Scores
Claremont 7.10 (52)

New Norfolk 0.4 (4)
Best – New Norfolk:
J. Hay, S. Farrow, S. Skelly, S. Grimsey, O. Harriss, N. Moss. Claremont: K. Stanford, R. Duffy, K. Smith, L. Johnston, T. Corrie, B. Horne.
Goals – Claremont: A. Saunders 3, B. Horne, L. Johnston, N. Smedley, N. Heggie.

NEXT GAMES
Saturday, June 1

Women v Huonville at Huonville Oval at 11.30am.
Reserves v Huonville at Huonville Oval at 1.30pm.
Seniors v Huonville at Huonville Oval at 3.30pm.

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