Eagle Women win in windy conditions; Reserves blown away

I THE Lady Eagles travelled to Pontville Oval for a late 4.30pm start against the Brighton Robins last Saturday. The game featured milestones for Mel Green, who celebrated her 200th career game, and Grace Kube, who celebrated her 50th club game for the Eagles.

The game started in cold conditions with a strong breeze favouring the highway end of the ground. The Eagles began the game with the favour of the strong breeze and quickly put the Robins under pressure, piling on four goals and two behinds, all courtesy of Tiarna Ford, while keeping the Robins scoreless for the first quarter: New Norfolk 4.2 (26) to Brighton 0.0 (0).

The second quarter saw the Eagles’ midfield working hard to keep the ball in their forward line to enable Mel Green and Tiarna Ford to kick goals against the breeze. The Eagles’ backline was working hard to limit the Robins to two goals while kicking with the breeze. Sophie Farrow and Zoie Crawford were playing well around the ground. Half-time scores: New Norfolk 6.2 (38) to Brighton 2.0 (12)

Kicking with the breeze in the third quarter, the Eagles continued to apply pressure on the Robins with Sidonie Skelly, Sophie Farrow, Jasmine Skelly and Jorja Franklin playing well. Tiarna Ford continued to hit the scoreboard, finishing with seven goals, while Chloe Ford and Jorja Franklin also chipped in with majors. Three-quarter time scores: New Norfolk 10.4 (64) to Brighton 2.0 (12).

The game was effectively over at three-quarter time as the Eagles defended strongly against the breeze to hold the Robins to a single goal for the final term. Sophie McNeill was dominating in the ruck for the Eagles and although the they failed to score against the breeze, the Eagles still ran out easy 46-point winners in the freezing conditions.

The game was played as part of the “Pride Round” and to mark this special occasion, a six-year-old Mils Wessing legend supplied the Lady Eagles with handmade rainbow bracelets. Mils is the daughter of past player and committed supporter of the club, Jake Wessing. This is what community football is all about and the club is fortunate to have such fantastic support from our extended Eagle family.

Final scores
New Norfolk 10.4 (64)
Brighton 3.0 (18)
Best – New Norfolk:
S. Skelly, S. Farrow, T. Ford, J. Franklin, J. Skelly, S. McNeill. Brighton: T. Clark, M. Robertson, M. Booth, K. Wickham, Z. Wooley, E. Henricks.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Ford 7, C. Ford, M. Green, J. Franklin. Brighton: E. Henricks 2, K. Wickham.


| THE Eagle Reserves got off to a slow start in the earlier contest at Pontville Oval on Saturday, which was played in gusty conditions which the Brighton Robins handled much better over four quarters.

The Eagles were kicking with the breeze in the first term, but the Robins were too slick and handled the footy much better than the Eagles. The Robins played in front and judged the footy much better than the Eagles in the air taking a number of marks on their forward line, booting nine first-half goals to the Eagles’ one.

Eagles coach Corey Ransley gave his charges a spray at quarter time, but the Robins then had the aid of the breeze in the second term to seal the game by the main break, holding a 53-point lead. The Eagles had a better third term with Ryan Bartels kicking two goals while holding the Robins to three goals in the second half.

On baller Andrew Minchin was the Eagles’ best along with Thomas Lovell who chipped in across half-back. Wayne Cook continues to show good form along with youngsters Riley Triffett, Mitchell Hay and Liam Lowe.

Final Scores
Brighton 12.8 (80)
New Norfolk 5.2 (32)
Best – New Norfolk
: W. Cook, L. Lowe, A. Minchin, T. Lovell, M. Hay, R. Triffett. Brighton: D. Backhouse, R. Harris, J. McGee, A. Collis, J. Davie, J. Best.
Goals – New Norfolk: R. Bartels 2, J. Lester, R. Triffett, M. Blundell. Brighton: B. Cockshutt 4, J. Webberley 3, C. Whelan 2, C. Harback, A. McCarthy.


Saturday, July 6, at the TCA Ground, Hobart.

  • Women v St Virgil’s at 10am.
  • Reserves v Hobart at noon.
  • Seniors v Hobart at 2pm.

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