SFL MATCHES, ROUND 11
By Gary Williamson
Lindisfarne v New Norfolk
NEW Norfolk showed why it will be the team to beat again this year, moving to outright premiership favourite when it easily defeated the previously unbeaten Lindisfarne on their home ground by 60 points at the weekend, 18.6 (114) to 6.18 (54). The first term was a real grind as both sides were desperate to get an advantage and while the Eagles kicked the only three goals for the term the Blues were well in the contest but kicked six behinds to trail by 14 points at the first change.
The second term saw New Norfolk really step up a gear and the Blues could not match their intensity as they kicked seven goals to race away to what appeared a match winning lead of 36 points at the main break. The third term saw Lindisfarne match their more fancied rivals but they again fell away in the last term and would have been disappointed with their loss whilst the Eagles performed at their best when it counted.
Best players for the winners were in-form forward Thompson who kicked 10 goals in a magnificent performance. He was well supported by Moles, Heron, Carver and Booth in an even team performance.
Best players for Lindisfarne were Clark, Allison, Bester and Hobden and they now know what will be required to beat the Eagles.
Claremont v Brighton
CLAREMONT really showed they are a top six finals contender when they
staged a great fightback to defeat Brighton by a slender two
points, kicking 10.9 (69) to 10.7 (67). In a low-scoring first term Brighton kicked a late goal to grab a
seven point lead but neither side could get any advantage and a real slog was in order to take the points. The second term saw the Robins slowly start to pull away as they kicked
five goals and seemed to have the game in control at half time, leading
by 19 points.
The visitors increased their lead to 24 points at the last change and
the game appeared to be over but the Magpies really rallied in front of
their home crowd and kicked the only four goals of the quarter to
snatch victory from an unlucky Brighton in a great performance under
pressure. Best players for a valiant Claremont were Cowley, Kamaric, Bedford and
Bennett whilst Curtain kicked three valuable goals up forward. Better players for a very disappointed Brighton were Howlett, Whitford,
Tubb with four goals and Triffitt and they now drop to sixth on the
East Coast v Kingborough
KINBOROUGH continued their good recent form and easily defeated the East Coast by 76 points, 21.11 (137) to 9.7 (61).
Huonville v Sorell
HUONVILLE recorded its second win of the season and moved above Sorell
on the ladder after defeating them by 21 points, kicking 18.5 (113)
to 13.14 (92).
Cygnet v Dodges Ferry
DODGES Ferry staved off a gallant Cygnet and moved to third on the ladder with an important seven-point victory, 13.8 (86) to 12.7 (79).