New Norfolk football senior game report

Eagles hooked the Sharks at Dodges Ferry

By WAYNE WALKER
| THE New Norfolk Eagles continue to show they have what it takes to push for a finals berth in the weeks ahead after downing the Dodges Ferry Sharks by 61 points in an impressive performance on Saturday. SEE THE PHOTOS

New Norfolk put in a match-winning second term which stunned the Sharks as the Eagles slammed on eight goals to gain a stranglehold on the contest. The Sharks had no answer for Eagle sharpshooters Jye County (six goals) and Jye Bearman (five goals) who both dominated throughout the afternoon.

The Eagles brought in tough onballers Jake Bearman and Tyson Eiszele at the expense of Mitchell Hay (omitted) and Hayden Burns (concussion}. Conditions were perfect for the start of the contest with a good crowd in attendance and fans were keen to see how both sides would shape up after their first encounter in round two, which was won by the Sharks.

Early in the first term Shark forward Ashraf Addicoat was causing the Eagles some worries, taking some strong overhead marks and converting for the Sharks’ first major. The Eagles fired back through Josh Clifford who passed to Jye Bearman for the Eagles’ first goal.

Shark forward Brad Joseph pulled down a strong mark in the forward pocket and booted the Sharks’ second major, but the Eagles entered their forward line with Tyson Eiszele kicking a clever goal off the ground from a tight angle for a quick answering goal. Addicoat added another goal for the home side but the Eagles pushed forward with a high ball as Jye Bearman took a sensational grab, climbing over a pack of players and booting another goal for the visitors. Quarter time scores: New Norfolk 4.5 (29) to Dodges Ferry 3.1 (19).

The Sharks were attacking in the initial stages of the second term with forward Jamie Booth having two set shots at goal but only registering minor scores. The Eagles quickly moved the ball into their forward line, finding the classy Jye Bearman who pulled down another great overhead mark and goaled. Bearman featured again moments later, sharking the ball close to goal for another major which lifted the Eagles and gave them a 21-point lead early in the term. Talented winger Tyler Benson added another six-pointer for the visitors with a long 40m set shot and the Eagles had the game on their terms.

The Sharks managed to score two goals during the quarter, but Bearman featured once again with some great elusive work close to goal weaving his way through a number of Shark opponents to snap his third. Spearhead Jye County was also on the end of some excellent work from his Eagle teammates, booting three goals in the quarter, which gave the Eagles a commanding 48-point lead at the main break: New Norfolk 12.9 (81) to Dodges Ferry 5.3 (33).

It was an even affair in the third term with both sides bagging three goals each. Big Corey Ransley dragged down a strong mark resting at full forward and kicked truly and Benson booted two goals, one from a snap shot and another from a slick handpass from Ransley running into goal as the Eagles maintained their 48-point lead at three-quarter time: New Norfolk 15.11 (101) to Dodges Ferry 8.5 (53).

The Eagles extended their lead in the last term, booting another six goals while the Sharks added four. Eagle forward County added three goals for the quarter. Shark forward Joseph tried to lift his team with a couple of majors at the other end.

It was another good performance from the Eagles and another step in the right direction with a strong win, well-led by playing-coach Dylan Ford. Corey Ransley had a great battle in the ruck against Jake Murphy with Ransley coming out on top. Rowan Thomason has been given some big tasks on opposition key forwards throughout the year and won his battle in defence. Jake Bearman was important in the centre bounce contests and around the ground and inspirational captain Josh Farrow continues to be a major force for the Eagles every week.

The Eagles are looking much more potent up forward with the likes of County, Bailey, Bearman, Clifford, Lovell and a number of running players who can also impact the contest and apply scoreboard pressure on their opponents, which is something that the Eagles have not been able to achieve the last few seasons.

The Eagles will now face the improving Brighton Robins at Pontville who will be a much tougher opponent in what should be a great contest. The Eagles are in much better shape this time around and have more scoring power which should make them more competitive against some of the higher ranked teams on the ladder.

Final scores
New Norfolk 21.15 (141)
Dodges Ferry 12.8 (80)
Best – New Norfolk:
Jye Bearman, J. Eiszele, J. County, C. Ransley, R. Thomason, Jake
Bearman. Dodges Ferry: B. Joseph, D. Easther, M. Cusick, A. Addicoat, J. Booth, B. Tegg.
Goals – New Norfolk: J. County 6, Jye Bearman 5, T. Benson 3. J. Farrow 2, J. Clifford 2, T.
Eiszele, T. Bailey, C. Ransley. Dodges Ferry: B. Joseph 6, A. Addicoat 3, C. Howlett, D. Easther, J. Murphy.

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