By Gary Williamson
NEW Norfolk had a big upset win over hot favourites Kingborough in the SFL reserves grand final on Saturday, eventually winning by 15 points with the final scores 7.11 (53) to 5.8 (38). The first quarter was a typical finals battle as no side could get any easy possessions. The Eagles were matching their more fancied rivals and grabbed a handy five point lead. The second term saw the Tigers slowly start to get their running game going but the Eagles defence stood firm and they still led by two points in a low scoring tight affair.
The third quarter was the term when most people thought the fitter and quicker Kingborough would pull away but the finals hardened New Norfolk really stood up. Scoring the only three goals of the quarter, the Eagles grabbed what appeared a match winning lead of 22 points at the last change. The fourth quarter saw the game really slow down. The Eagles held firm to grab a much deserved victory over a very disappointed Kingborough who surprisingly lacked spark.
Best players for the Eagles were the experienced Triffitt and Papera, who received good support from Kelly, Browning and big forward Cashion who finished with a game high five goals.