Massive victory for Reserves; Women down St Virgil’s


THE Eagle Reserves side had an impressive 158-point victory over Hobart at the TCA Ground on Saturday. Key forward target Tristan “Boofa” Triffett bagged eight goals and was well supported by Bailey Wheeler with six goals in a great team effort. SEE THE PHOTOS

The first term was an even affair with the Eagles holding a three-point lead at the first break. Coach Corey Ransley was not happy with his charges at that point and stressed that they needed to wake up heading in to the second term.

Eagle back men Thomas Lovell and Conor Kelly- Lennox did some great work rebounding from defence and holding the Tigers at bay during the term. The Eagles responded to Ransley’s wishes in the second term and found a key target up forward in Tristan Triffett who made the most out of every contest at ground level and also pulled down some strong marks. The Eagles took over in the second term, booting seven goals to take a 40-point lead into the half time break while the Tigers were scoreless for the quarter.

The Eagles slammed on another 15 goals in the second half with Tristan Triffett and Bailey Wheeler finishing off the Eagles’ good work from the midfield group while keeping the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the match.

Full forward Triffett was outstanding near the big sticks and Hayden Burns had plenty of the footy. Ryan Bartels continued his good work in the ruck duals and paved the way for the midfield group and also bagged three goals, while Nick Ransley was creative across half-forward.

The Eagles will look forward to facing the Lindisfarne Two Blues at Boyer Oval this Saturday and follow up on their
round five clash which was called off early in the last term due to a player being injured on the field. The four premiership points awarded to Lindisfarne. Up until that stage of the game it had been a tight contest with the Two Blues holding a three-goal advantage.

Final Scores
New Norfolk 23.29 (167)
Hobart 1.3 (9)
Best – New Norfolk:
T. Triffett, H. Burns, C. Kelly-Lennox, N. Ransley, B. wheeler, R. Bartels. Hobart: J. Blizzard, L. Allie, M. Latham, A. Sharp-Paul, T. Farnham, D. Woodcock.
Goals – New Norfolk: T. Triffett 8, B. Wheeler 6, R. Bartels 3, W. Cook 2, N. Ransley, A. Minchin, H. Burns, T. Warden, L. Crosswell. Hobart: J. Blizzard.


THE Lady Eagles travelled to the TCA Ground on Saturday to play St Virgil’s. In a hard-fought game, the Eagles came away with a good win, beating St Virgil’s by 30 points. SEE THE PHOTOS

The game began in sunny conditions and it was seven minutes into the first quarter before St Virgil’s kicked the first goal. The Eagles responded through Tarn Ford and Zoie Crawford kicking consecutive goals. Sid Skelly, Sophie Farrow, Sophie McNeill and Sharn Grimsey were tackling well. Danielle Clifford was doing well in defence while Liv Harriss and Zoie Crawford were controlling the ball for the Eagles. Quarter time scores: New Norfolk 2.0 (12) to St Virgil’s 1.0 (6).

The second quarter started with a great pass from Jaymee Mansfield to Zoie Crawford for a goal. St Virgil’s scored a behind and continued to attack as the Eagles’ defence was working hard and repelling St Virgil’s advances. Clifford received a 50-metre penalty and sent the ball back into the Eagles’ forward line.

Crawford received a free kick and her shot for goal resulted in a behind. Jazz Skelly was working hard in defence as the St Virgil’s forwards were inaccurate, kicking 10 behinds for the quarter. Montana Percey and Ashley Green were working hard for the Eagles. Half-time scores New Norfolk 3.2 (20) to St Virgil’s 1.10 (16).

The Eagles started the second half strongly with T Ford kicking the first goal. The Eagles’ midfield was controlling the ball and a great pass from Clifford to Crawford resulted in the Lady Eagles second goal for this quarter. Hayley Roberts and Hayley James were playing well for the Eagles in this quarter. Three-quarter time scores: New Norfolk 5.3 (33) to St Virgil’s 2.10 (22).

Harriss and Jorja Franklin were working hard for the Eagles as was captain Farrow in the final quarter. The Eagles were tackling hard and wanted the ball more than St Virgil’s. Chloe Ford kicked a beautiful goal, and her sister Tarn Ford kicked the ball  over her head to score a great goal for the Eagles. James made a beautiful tackle, and her kick was marked by Mansfield who passed to Crawford for a behind. An injury to Crawford saw her leave the ground in the dying minutes of the game.  

Jaymee Mansfield played her 100th career game on Saturday. Jaymee joined the Eagles from North Hobart where she played 54 games and she has now played 46 games with the Eagles. Jaymee played in the Eagle women’s first premiership team in 2022. She is a versatile player who can play up forward, in the ruck and in defence. Her towering marks and strong kicks are her trade mark whether in defence or the forward line. She has kicked 54 career goals. Congratulations Jaymee. 

Final Scores
New Norfolk 7.3 (45)
St Virgil’s 2.12 (24)
Best – New Norfolk:
Z. Crawford, S. Farrow, O. Harris, D. Clifford, S. McNeill, J. Franklin. Goals – New Norfolk: T. Ford 3, Z. Crawford 3, C. Ford.

NEXT GAMES – Saturday, July 13

  • Women have a bye
  • Reserves v Lindisfarne at Boyer Oval noon
  • Seniors v Lindisfarne at Boyer Oval 2pm

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