Thursday, April 17, 2014

Your long weekend footy

SFL ROUND 2 Preview
BY Gary Williamson

Huonville v New Norfolk (Good Friday)
Huonville is at home for the second week in a row, trying to open their account for the 2014 season. They face a mammoth task taking on last year’s premiers New Norfolk on the rebound after a heavy loss to Claremont last Saturday under lights.
Huonville was gallant last week against an improved Dodges Ferry, going down by six points and the players should strip fitter this week after a good hard hit out and they will be competitive and determined to make up for last week’s loss.
New Norfolk will also be looking to finish off the game strongly after a good solid three quarters last week after it faded badly in the last term to be overrun by Claremont and will be determined to increase their intensity and pressure for a full four quarters. 
The Eagles should regain some key players from injury and with a powerful forward line, if they can win the centre clearances the Huonville defenders may struggle against their high marking forwards. The Lions need to get the ball to the ground at all costs to use their pace and switch the ball and create the loose man to try to run the ball through the middle of the ground to give their forwards the best chance to score in a one on one contest.
Whilst you expect Huonville be competitive for half the game, New Norfolk’s class and experience should see the Eagles record a solid victory away from home.

Brighton v Claremont (Good Friday)
Brighton stays at home for the second week in a row and will be looking to open its account for the season, but facing the in-form Claremont will be a big challenge. Brighton was easily defeated last week against East Coast Bombers and the new players in the side will take time to gel and we should expect an improved performance this week. The Magpies will be full of confidence after defeating last year’s premiers New Norfolk by 40 points in a great start to the season and they will be full of confidence and will not want to put on a poor display.

Brighton will need to play more accountable football against the powerful Magpies and will need to make sure they get their match ups correct as if they turn the ball over Claremont will score heavily on rebound. Claremont coach Kim Excell will not let his players relax or be over confident after last week’s win and he should have them primed for a big display on Good Friday to keep their momentum going early in the season. You would expect Brighton to put up a good performance early in the game but the strength and class of Claremont will prevail as they should record an easy victory on Good Friday and hopefully the local crowd come out to see what should be a good game of football.

Hobart v Cygnet (Good Friday)
Newcomers Hobart get their second home game in a row and take on Cygnet in a game where both sides will be looking to open their account after being defeated in round one. Hobart struggled in the first week at home against Lindisfarne and with another week’s training under coach Steve Woods they should show general improvement and know the standard of play required in the SFL. Cygnet was disappointing at home to Sorell and will need to bounce back this week and would set themselves for a game they believe they can win to get their first four points of the season. Hobart showed good patches of play last week and you could not fault their endeavour and attack on the football, but they need to improve their skills. The Tigers also need to restructure their forward setup as they were only able to kick five goals last week and they will need to score a lot more heavily if they are to take the points.

Cygnet was good for three quarters last week but faded in last quarter and will need a more consistent effort and more importantly their lesser players need to contribute right across the ground if they are to win the game. In what should be a really close game, perhaps Cygnet with a few more experienced players will see them sneak over the line, but Hobart will be setting itself for a big game at home in front of what should be a good crowd on Good Friday.

Dodges Ferry v Sorell
Dodges Ferry is at home to take on Sorell in what promises to be a close and entertaining game as both sides recorded surprise wins in the first week of the season. Dodges Ferry under new coach Brad Curran showed a fierce determination to win against Huonville away from home and would have gained a lot of confidence and momentum coming into this traditional big clash. The Eagles under new coach David Lewis were surprised winners away from home against Cygnet and finishing off the game strongly their fitness levels will ensure they run this game right out.

The Sharks are always hard to beat at home and play their small ground well by avoiding the wide open wings and moving the ball straight down the middle. The centre clearances will be the key to winning the game as both sides have good forwards who are dangerous in the one on one contest. Perhaps Dodges Ferry may have a few more experienced players and depth at their club and with a vocal home crowd behind them they should appear a little bit too strong for the Eagles, however a win for the away side would not surprise.

East Coast v Lindisfarne
The Bombers are at home and looking for their second win of the season when they take on Lindisfarne in what promises to be an entertaining game against two evenly matched sides. The Bombers were big winners away from home last week against Brighton and they must realise they will need to be at their best if they are to take the points. The Two Blues also had a great start to the season by thrashing the league’s new side Hobart, however it was hard to gauge the strength of their win as it appears Hobart will struggle for class and depth this season.

The Bombers have a dangerous forward line with a good mixture of talls and small goal kicking players and if they can win the midfield battles and move the ball quickly into their forward line the Two Blues may start to struggle to contain their goal kicking power. Lindisfarne also has a lot of experienced players who have played a lot of finals football and their strength and pressure around the contest will give them a solid advantage around the ground. Both sides like to play a fast brand of football however we expect a much closer contest between two sides that look evenly matched. Perhaps the away side Lindisfarne may have a little bit more class towards the end of the game that must be at their best as if the Bombers get in front on their home ground they are very hard to run down.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Change to footy roster

THE Southern Football League season is only a week old but here's the first change to the roster.

The Round 2 New Norfolk v Huonville game set down for this Saturday, April 19, at Huonville, has been brought forward to Good Friday, April 18, still to be played at Huonville.

Match times remain 10am for the colts, noon for the reserves and 2pm for the seniors.

Eagles thrashed in season opener


Claremont v New Norfolk night game
Claremont 15.12 (102) d New Norfolk 9.8 (62)

CLAREMONT showed on Saturday night that it has improved immensely from last season with a comprehensive display thrashing of last year’s premier, New Norfolk, by 40 points in a blistering display under nights at their Abbotsfield Park home ground.

Whilst it may have been sweet revenge for last year’s grand final loss to the powerful New Norfolk outfit, the Magpies must now be confident they have recruited well and covered their weaknesses of last season and that will give them confidence to attempt to go all the way in the 2014 season.

With a strong home crowd behind them, the Magpies started full of fire and took the early advantage in the first term and had control for the first 20 minutes until, as good sides do, New Norfolk fought back to trail by just a goal at the first change. The next two quarters became a real one-on-one contest throughout the game as both sides applied plenty of pressure and looked like they were in for a close finish to the game.

Claremont looked to be the fitter side and finished the game full of running in the last quarter with a barnstorming finish and fully deserved the big win over a gallant New Norfolk which appeared to run out of steam and should be nearing peak fitness in the next couple of weeks.

A very happy Magpie coach Kim Excel told the Mercury that the indications of a first win were positive, but added “...we won this round last year and all we have done is win round one this year. We have still got another 17 rounds to go." Excell also said: “it will be bloody interesting when we head to New Norfolk in round 10”.

Excell was really proud of the finish. “We were able to do it because 22 guys applied themselves for the full four quarters and we got over the line”. Defeated New Norfolk coach Jon Murray admitted that Claremont was the far better side of the day. “I think we were a little bit physically under-done with fitness and they got the jump on us. We pegged them back in the second quarter which was fantastic. In the second half we started to get heavy legs ... we made mistakes and they capitalised”.

Claremont centre-half-forward Jake Gillie had a night out kicking five goals while big ruckman Simon Spencer was the dominant big man on the ground and gave his players first use of the ball. New Eagle skipper Mark Horne was superb all night and led from the front in the midfield and new recruit Caden Wilson kicked two goals and battled hard all day against two opponents.

Claremont 6.2 6.5 9.9 15.12 (102)
New Norfolk 1.3 5.5 7.6 9.8 (62)
GOALS - Claremont: J. Gillie 5, D. Hunt 3, N. Brown 3, T. Arnold, A. Bennett, A. Arnold, T. Kelly. New Norfolk: C. Wilson 2, A. Tonks 2, R. Belcher, B. Booth, M. Thompson, Z. Gardam, J. McCulloch.
BEST - Claremont: S. Spencer, T. Butterworth, J. Grant, J. Gillie, N. Matthews, P. Bedford. New Norfolk: S. Hall, M. Horne, S. Bonnitcha, R. Heron, J. Papera, A. Tonks.

CLAREMONT 17.15 (117) d NEW NORFOLK 4.7 (31)
GOALS - Claremont: W. Booth 5, B. Nightingale 3, J. Taylor 2, R. Martin 2, W. Byers 2, N. Burdon, A. Triffitt, M. Bird. New Norfolk: B. Coppleman Z. Graham, L. Horne, K. Cashion.
BEST - Claremont: W. Byers, B. Nightingale, W. Booth, S. Bennett, M. Bird, S. Woods. New Norfolk: Z. Graham, L. Horne, J. Kelly, J. King, L. Menzie, K. Cashion.

NEW NORFOLK 10.7 (67) d CLAREMONT 9.8 (62)
GOALS - New Norfolk: J. Banks-Smith 3, J. Foster 2, H. Bielleman 2, J. Eiszele, B. Ransley, T. Purdon. Claremont: T. Goodsell 4, M. Baker, A. Kaye, D. Harrison, D. Cassidy, C. Connors.
BEST - New Norfolk: B. King, R. Wakefield, K. Walker, J. Foster, J. Whitford-Marriott, T. Gillies. Claremont: J. Brown, R. Alforte, A. Kaye, N. Saville, C. Jetson, J. Gadd.

OTHER GAMES (seniors)
Lindisfarne 20.15 (135) d Hobart 5.12 (42)
LINDISFARNE started the season in fine form with an away win over newcomers Hobart by 93 points in a dominant display, however it was hard to gauge whether the Two Blues were that powerful or whether Hobart look to be in for a long season after being remitted back into the SFL.

Sorell 16.11 (107) d Cygnet 12.4 (76) 
IN the clash of two teams that had lost several key players from last season, both teams played a good fast brand of football and it appeared a fitter Sorell finished the stronger team and defeated Cygnet by 31 points in a great win away from home.

Dodges Ferry 14.7 (93) defeated Huonville 12.13 (85)
DODGES Ferry started the season under new coach Brad Curran with a courageous six point win away from home against Huonville, which will give the side a lot of confidence coming into the season with a new bunch of players joining to the club.

East Coast Bombers 19.10 (124) defeated Brighton 9.10 (64) 
THE East Coast Bombers opened their season with a road trip down to Brighton and they certainly looked to have improved with a polished display against the Robins, eventually winning by 60 points in a great confidence booster to start their season.

More high school memories

Names provided by Steve Balmforth. Back row from left: Lester Jones, Ray
Rainbird, Greg Mitchell, Ray Ackerley, Ian Oakley,Peter Olechwski, Tony
Richards, John Eadie, Steve Balmforth. Middle row: Mr Singh, Gerald Russell,
Charles Sinesi, Brian Townsend, Peter Marriott, Michael Braslin, Christopher
Dando, James Stewart, Shane Thorpe, John Plunkett, Miss Voss; Front row:
Julie Graham,Lynette Revell, Judy Triffitt, Jennifer Young, Jillian Triffitt, Anne
 Triffitt, Sue Ransley, Sandra Strong and Ruth Davis. 
THIS picture was taken at New Norfolk High School of the Grade 8, D3 Class of 1965, with class teachers Mr Singh and Miss Voss who was the physical education teacher at the time.

During the 1960s the school had a large number of students from the Hydro towns of Tarraleah, Wayatinah and Strathgordon who boarded at the Carinya Hostel and amongst this class picture are some of those students. They would travel to New Norfolk on a Sunday evening and return on Friday to their homes in the highlands. Many of those students would leave the school when the Hydro scheme their parents were working on had been completed. Many were from eastern European backgrounds and some may have travelled back to their homelands.

Steve Balmforth who was a member of this class is trying to locate as many of his classmates as possible, mainly from an personal interest point of view and to see just what the class members have been up to in their lives. He would like to briefly document as much information as possible on the class members to include in his recording of his time growing up in the Derwent Valley.

If anyone has any information on any of those in the photograph, including their contact details, Steve would be most appreciative of any information. He can be contacted on email or via post at 101 Field St, Clifton Hill, VIC 3068.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Big price on old invoice

Image from eBay. View listing here.
A 150-YEAR-OLD invoice for medical treatment at Willow Court is being offered for sale in an online auction. A seller on eBay has listed the Hospital for the Insane invoice with a starting bid of $499 or a "buy it now" price of $750.

The invoice is dated October 1864 and was made out to Mr Charles H. Leake in respect of patient W.M. Leake for "medical treatment and maintenance" from September 1-30, at a charge of five shillings (50c) per day.

The listing can be viewed on eBay here. Items relating to Willow Court are fetching big prices both online and elsewhere. Most recently, a copy of Troubled Asylum by the late Ralph Gowlland attracted 40 bids and sold for $310 on eBay.

Palm Sunday

St Matthews Singers perform tomorrow

Palm Sunday Service
‘Behold your King’ 

9.30am this Sunday, April 12 (Palm Sunday)

St Matthews Church
Bathurst St
New Norfolk