By Gary Williamson
Second Semi Final at Boyer - New Norfolk v Lindisfarne
LINDISFARNE are now clear premiership favourites after defeating New Norfolk on their home ground yesterday by 21 points, 11.10 (76) to 7.13 (55). The first term was fairly open affair as both sides moved the ball quickly and used the wide open spaces. With seven goals kicked the game looked to be a high scoring affair as the Blues grabbed a surprise four-point lead in an even contest. The second term saw Lindisfarne really close up the game and their tackling was relentless as only three gaols were kicked for the term and although they held a two point lead it was still anyone's game as the home side were frustrated with the flooding game plan of Lindisfarne, which was working well under astute coach Goodwin.
The third term was a real struggle and in perfect conditions at New Norfolk neither side could get an advantage as only two goals were kicked. It appeared the visitors may have an edge in pace and fitness going into the last term. Lindisfarne really extended the pressure in the last term and their run and spread was superb as they piled on five goals to one and raced away to a much deserved victory and book a grand final berth.
Shell-shocked New Norfolk now have plenty of work to do and will need to adjust their game style if they meet Lindisfarne again. Best players for victors were plenty in a real team effort with Clark a standout all day all over the ground and he was well supported by Ford, Fitzgibbon with two goals along with Proctor and Flood. Forward Allison was lively all day and finished with three goals. Best players for a very disappointed New Norfolk were Horne, Crane, Triffitt and Carver and with all single goal kickers the Eagles really struggled with a flooding game style and Thompson being held goalless they could not find any other avenues. They now need to regroup for this weekend's preliminary final against arch rival Kingborough.
- Mercury match report here
First semi-final at Kingborough - Kingborough v Dodges Ferry
KINGBOROUGH booked itself a grand final replay against New Norfolk in this weekend's preliminary final when they easily defeated Dodges Ferry by 70 points. They have hit top form at the right time of the season, kicking 17.14 (116) to 7.13 (55).