Reserves topple ladder leaders; Women defeated

| The Eagle reserves had a great 19-point victory over ladder leader Cygnet in the early hit out at Boyer Oval on Saturday. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

After an even first term with Cygnet leading by three points, the Eagles got on top in the second quarter and won the second half led by the on-ball trio of Zane Lester, Josh Eyles and Andrew Minchen who racked up many possessions between them.

The Eagles rattled their opponents to the point where the visitors became undisciplined, giving away 50 metre penalties and free kicks due to the pressure that the Eagles applied. Speedster Will Banks returned from injury and looked to be in good form along with Bailey Wheeler who was solid across half back. A new addition to the side was Mikel Blundell who was instrumental up forward with three goals and showed a great deal of promise.

Ryan Bartels continues to do some great work in the ruck and snapped a great goal from a tight angle in the forward pocket which was a real team lifter. Wayne Cook continues to impress with his hard work in heavy traffic and also booted two majors.

Can the reserves strive for a finals berth and capture more wins in the second half of the season? Could this victory be a turning point for what lies ahead? Let’s wait and see.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 7.11 (53)
Cygnet: 5.4 (34)
Best – New Norfolk:
Z. Lester, J. Eyles, A. Minchin, W. Banks, B. Wheeler, M. Blundell. Cygnet: L. Auderset, E. Ross, R. Jennings, J. Caulfield, T. Ashlin, N. Denny.
Goals – New Norfolk: M. Blundell 3, W. Cook 2, N. Eyles, R. Bartels. Cygnet: R. Jennings, B, Lane, E. Ross, J. Bester, B. Bester.


ON Saturday, the Lady Eagles had their chance to cement second position on the ladder when they played equal second-placed Hutchins at Boyer Oval. However, Hutchins had other ideas and held their own all game to run out winners by 21 points. SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

The game began with both teams starting strongly playing hard and fast football. The Eagles scored the first goal. Tackling was fierce from both teams with Zoie Crawford and Sophie Farrow working hard. Tiarna Ford kicked the Eagles’ first goal and ended up with two for the quarter and for the match. Sophie McNeill was holding her own on the backline and playing a great game. The Eagles held a narrow lead at the first change. Quarter time scores: New Norfolk 2.1 (13) to Hutchins 1.2 (8).
Hutchins started the second quarter strongly, kicking three consecutive goals and three behinds. For the Eagles, there were none better than captain Sophie Farrow, Sidonie Skelly and Sharny Grimsey who played their hearts out. Jemma Hay was stretchered from the ground with an achilles injury which will most likely see her sidelined for the rest of the season. The Eagles found it hard to capitalise on their forward entries with no score recorded.  Half-time scores: Hutchins 4.3 (27) to New Norfolk 2.1 (13).

The Eagles started the third quarter strongly with some great tackles by Jorja Franklin, Dannielle Clifford and Sidonie Skelly . The Eagles could only manage a behind for the quarter from their forward entries, with Hutchins kicking one goal and a behind for the quarter even though the Eagles were playing a better defensive game but just couldn’t convert on the scoreboard. Olivia Harriss and Jorja Franklin were tackling hard for the Eagles but Hutchins were too quick. Three-quarter-time scores: Hutchins 5.4 (34) to New Norfolk 2.2 (14).
The Eagles came out fighting in the final term with Tiarna Ford, Gracie Kube, Maddi Krause and Siobhan Smith playing well. Although they went forward multiple times the Eagles just couldn’t convert any shots at goals, only kicking two behinds for the quarter. Sophie Farrow and Zoie Crawford were playing their hearts out, but Hutchins was just too strong on the day. Hutchins kicked three behinds for the quarter. Their ruck worked hard all day and stopped many forward entries from the Eagles.

The Eagles need to win these types of games to stay in the top four. They have the bye this weekend ahead of the run into finals.

Final Scores
Hutchins 5.7 (37)

New Norfolk 2.4 (16)
Best – New Norfolk:
Sophie Farrow, Sidonie Skelly, Zoie Crawford, Dannielle Clifford, Jorja Franklin, Sharney Grimsey. Hutchins: A. Badenach, M. Middleton-Miller, A. Clark, S. Boterill-James, G. Parnham, M. Garrett.
Goals – New Norfolk: Tiarna Ford 2. Hutchins: M. Crosby 3, M. Blackman, E. Burrows.

Saturday, June 22
Women have a bye.
Reserves v Dodges Ferry at Shark Park at noon
Seniors v Dodges Ferry at Shark Park at 2pm

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