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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Nothing of concern" in video

THE state's anti-discrimination commissioner had viewed the Willow Court paranormal documentary and found nothing of concern, this month's Derwent Valley Council meeting was told. Approved for release two months ago, the film was forwarded to the Tasmanian anti-discrimination commissioner following an expression of concern by her federal counterpart.

Produced by the Australian Paranormal Investigation Unit (APIU) the film documents a paranormal investigation at the Willow Court historic site. Mr Mackey said he had been advised by the council's solicitor that there was nothing in the documentary of concern to the anti-discrimination commissioner.

Mr Mackey told the council meeting that a memorandum of understanding would be developed with APIU to document the terms of the release.

Monday, April 29, 2013

HopFest a roaring success

A GREAT time was had at the Derwent Valley Concert Band's annual HopFest on Saturday night, with about 100 people in attendance at the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall.

The night celebrated the music of the 1920s-40s, played and sung by members of the band with great enthusiasm. Photos and a video from the night can be seen here.

Paul Beresford reports: Saturday was certainly not "The loneliest night of the week" at the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall where Jewel and myself plus about 150 others enjoyed a "Big Band Boogie 1920s-40s style" evening.

Music by members of the Derwent Valley Concert Band and visiting musicians and singers kept everyone tapping their toes and dancing till late in the night. Lessons were given in the Charleston and other dance styles and the happy crowd enjoyed great canapes followed by  a selection of hot main courses and a wonderful variety of desserts. Yours truly got into trouble from Jewel because I spilled my bread and better pudding down the front of my dinner shirt!

Thanks to the members of the Derwent Valley Concert Band  for the fantastic efforts that went into making this a great night out in the valley.

Matron will see you shortly

Sharon Hutchison as the matron
The Friends of Willow Court
and Derwent Valley Players

Meet the Matron and Tea and Charity
Inspired by accounts from Troubled Asylum

Willow Court Barracks, New Norfolk
May 11-12, 1 & 3pm

Tickets are $15 per person, includes high tea
Book with the Derwent Valley Council

Community market - save the date

Derwent Valley Community Market

Sunday, May 19, 10am-2pm

at Derwent Valley Community House

The Avenue, Willow Court, New Norfolk

Held on the third Sunday of every month

Award for 40 years of volunteering

Mayor Martyn Evans congratulates
Pauline Bryant on her 40-year award
CONGRATULATIONS to long-standing Magra CWA member Pauline Bryant on the recent awarding of a special certificate recognising 40 years of service. Mrs Bryant joined the Country Women's Association in May 1973 and has served in various capacities over the years.

Mrs Bryant served as branch treasurer from 1975-78 and was elected president in 1990 and 1991. Another stint as treasurer followed in 1992 and then another three years as president from 1994-96.

For a great number of years Mrs Bryant helped with Meals on Wheels and she was always available to sell raffle tickets in High St. She has always been an active and willing helper at all functions held over the years. In recent years she has also been involved in selling Legacy Badges over the last few years.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fire weather warning

Fire Weather Warning

for the South East forecast district

Issued at 9.03 pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

Weather Situation
Maximum temperatures reaching the mid twenties, relative humidities lowering to around 25-30% and strong and gusty northwesterly winds averaging near 55km/h are expected on Saturday. The very high fire danger is mainly due to the expected strong and gusty winds.

For Saturday 27 April:

Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: South East
Some bushfires breaking out will spread rapidly and be difficult to control.
There is a possibility that people in the path of a fire who are not well prepared may be killed or seriously injured.

The Tasmania Fire Service advises you to:
  • Check your bush fire survival plan - Now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation on ABC radio or through
  • If power supplies fail, listen on your car radio.
The Tasmania Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Very High or Severe Fire Danger:
  • Get ready now to leave for a safe place.
  • Leave immediately if fire breaks out near you.
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared to withstand fire and you can actively defend it.

The next warning will be issued by 5am Saturday. Click here for updates:

Severe weather warning for tomorrow

Severe Weather Warning

for damaging winds

for people in the King Island, Furneaux Islands, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3.45pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

Weather Situation

A cold front is approaching Tasmania and is expected to cross the state Saturday night.

Damaging northwesterly winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts and parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands and East Coast forecast districts from around mid-morning on Saturday.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:
  •  Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  •  Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 13 25 00.

Road Weather Alert

for North-West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts

Issued at 3.41 pm on Friday 26 April 2013.

Gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous during Saturday in parts of the North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the police.

The next warning will be issued by 11pm Friday. Click here for updates:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Weekend footy preview - Eagles tipped

Southern Football League
Round 4 Preview

ROUND 4 of the 2013 SFL season is played this Saturday and the games look like they could all be closely fought contests after results from Round 3. The Eastern Shore will be humming with SFL action as Sorell, Dodges Ferry and Lindisfarne all host home games, whilst action will also return to the Twin Ovals at Kingston and Abbotsfield Park Claremont. The question will be raised as to whether Kingborough can maintain its undefeated run as dependent on results. Anyone from position 1 to 5 on the ladder could be sitting in top spot by the end of this Round 4.
Dodges Ferry v New Norfolk at Shark Park at 2pm Saturday

DODGES Ferry returns home from a win on the road in a tight game against the East Coast Bombers last weekend to host last year’s premiers New Norfolk at Shark Park this weekend. After dropping their first game against Claremont in Round 1 the Eagles have delivered a much improved performance.

There is no harder task in the competition than playing against reigning premier New Norfolk. Coach Jon Murray has the boys back in great form as they trounced Sorell at Boyer by 129 points last Saturday.

The Sharks' defenders will need to keep an eye on Nathan Ross, Clint Curtain and Zeke Gardam who have all been amongst the goals in the first three rounds for the Eagles. If Dodges can keep it tight and not allow the Eagles too many avenues to goal they are a big chance to snare an upset win at home.

The experience of Jamie Curran and Simon Lampkin will be critical and Brad Jackson is sure to be given a key shutdown task for the Sharks. It’s expected that the Eagles will be too strong and register their third win for the season.
 Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management

Anzac Day in New Norfolk

Flowers on the New Norfolk cenotaph.

Derwent Valley Concert Band. W. & C. Gleeson photo.

The Cenotaph. W. & C. Gleeson photo.

Bushy Park remembers

Students laying flowers at Bushy Park.
A BIGGER than usual turnout was experienced at the annual Anzac Day observance at Bushy Park today. A number of those in attendance travelled from New Norfolk and beyond, specifically to see the new monument that was unveiled earlier this month.

The service was organised by the IOOF Lodge and conducted by Salvation Army Lieutenant Jacky Laing in the hall at the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool. As part of the service, two students from Glenora District High School read the poems the had entered in the Sue Geraghty Memorial Prize.

Wreaths and sheaths were laid by representatives of various organisations including the lodge, pool and school. Many of the visitors stayed for a barbecue lunch and entertainment including card games and eightball into the afternoon.

Inside the hall at the Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool today.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Norfolk footy rundown - week three

Southern Football League - Round 3
New Norfolk v Sorell at Boyer Oval

THE New Norfolk Eagles stayed on the winner's list in Round 3 with the boys having a massive victory over the Sorell Eagles in their first game at home for the season. Senior coach Jon Murray would be much happier with the last three quarters of the game as Sorell had been leading at quarter time.

The game was well and truly over once the third quarter started to progress as the Eagles kicked 25 goals to Sorell’s five in the last three quarters of the game. The final scoreline was New Norfolk 28.22 (190) to Sorell 9.7 (61)

Clint Curtain led the scoring for New Norfolk with seven majors, whilst Zeke Gardam snagged five goals. Nathan Ross and Sam Hall both played excellent games.

Sorell showed some patterns of good play but still need to deliver four quarters to see them gain their first win of the season. Jed Williamson and Mykal Wiltshire were the best players and John Ferguson led the way on the scoreboard with four goals.

Huon News Best Player award votes: Zeke Gardam (NN) 3, Leigh Post (NN) 2, Nathan Ross (NN) 1.

In the Reserves game earlier in the day New Norfolk were clear victors by 71 points and also took out the Colts by three points against reigning premier Sorell. 

Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management


New Norfolk 3.4 9.11 20.15 28.22 (190)
Sorell 4.2 7.3 8.5 9.7 (61)
Goals - New Norfolk: C. Curtain 7, Z. Gardam 5, B. Booth 5, S. Hall 3, N. Ross 2, J. Hall 2, J. Murray, J. Clifford, B. Wardlaw, J. McCulloch; Sorell:
J. Ferguson 4, J. McCarthy 2, J. White 2, T. Hitchens. 
Best - New Norfolk: N. Ross, S. Hall, B. Booth, S. Moles, J. Murray, Z. Gardam; Sorell:
J. Williamson, M. Wiltshire, R. Williamson, J. Ferguson, B. Walker, C. Howlett.

New Norfolk 3.1 7.5 13.7 18.10 (118)
Sorell 2.2 3.2 5.3 7.5 (47)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 5, M. Cashion 4, M. Smith 3, A. Minchin 2, J. Kelly 2, B. Chaplin, C. Watson; Sorell: M. Walsh 3, T. Banks 2, D. Walker, M. Padman.
Best - New Norfok: J. Adams, M. Cashion, D. Wall, L. Menzie, K. Styles, M. Smith; Sorell: J. Dillon, A. Crossin, R. Gregson, T. Banks, D. Navickas, T. Rusher.

New Norfolk 2.1 3.2 8.6 8.6 (54)
Sorell 2.2 3.4 7.9 7.(51)
Goals - New Norfolk: N. Wakefield 3, J. Banks-Smith 2, H. Bielleman, C. Neads, J. Whitford-Marriott; Sorell: S. Russell 4, M. Beven 2, J. Johnstone. 
Best - New Norfolk: R. Wakefield, N. Wakefield, T. Purdon, B. Reed, D. Coppleman, B. Chaplin; R. Batchelor, J. Chynoweth, D. Chapman, M. Beven, J. Johnstone, T. McKillop.

Junior football - week three

Footy action in front of the New Norfolk, ahem, Soundshell.
Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League

New Norfolk Junior Football Club results

Central Hawks 16.6 (102) d New Norfolk Black 5.1 (31) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - New Norfolk: Hayden Burns 2, Tyron Triffett 2, Harry Morgan.
Best - New Norfolk: Tyron Triffett, J'kobi Bone, Hayden Burns, Harry Morgan, Samuel Daly-Leaman, Zavier Berry.

Brighton 12.5 (77) d New Norfolk Red 8.6 (54) at Tynwald Park.
Best - New Norfolk: Ryan Coppelmen, Titan Cashion, Brodie Scanlon, Bailey Wheeler, Jack Miller, Samuel Jackson. Goals - New Norfolk: Brodie Scanlon 4, Bailey Wheeler 2, Connor Tomlin, Jack Miller.

Lauderdale Black 12.7 (79) d New Norfolk 5.5 (35) at North Hobart Oval.
Goals - New Norfolk: R. Blackaby 2, J. Quarrell.
No other details supplied.
New Norfolk Red 17.14 (116) d Dodges Ferry 10.9 (69) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - New Norfolk: Z. Holdsworth 5, T. Scanlon 2, T. Auksorius, B. Golding, K. Booth, B. Smith, Z. Holloway, T. Bailey, W. Temple, R. Higgins, J. George, B. Lennox. Best - New Norfolk: T. Auksorius, T. Bailey, K. Booth, J. Britten, J. George, B. Golding.

Sandy Bay White d New Norfolk Black on forfeit.

Glenorchy 5.8 (38) d New Norfolk 5.7 (37) at KGV.
Goals - New Norfolk: Z. Wheeler, J. Triffett, T. Harvey, Z. Wickham, H. Davis. Best - New Norfolk: J. Triffett, H. Davis, R. Triffitt, J. Gordon, C. Kemmler, Z. Wheeler.

Sandy Bay 10.5 (65) d New Norfolk 2.2 (14) at Queenborough Oval.
No other details supplied.

New Norfolk 9.7 (61) d Southern Storm 7.2 (44) at Cygnet Oval.
Goals - New Norfolk: T. Rainbird 3, J. Bearman 2, J. Bearman 2, A. Long 2. Best - New Norfolk: T. Eiszele, J. Bearman, L. Kalbfell, R. Banks-Smith, T. Rainbird, J. Lester.
New Norfolk continued on from last week, beating Cygnet at their home ground by 17 points. In perfect conditions the young Eagles came out firing scoring two goals within the first seven minutes.
Jye Bearman scored the first and Tyson Eiszele won just about every tap he contested, while Jake Bearman, Ryan Bank-Smith and Jy Lester gave their all.
Thomas Rainbird kicked his first of three for the day, backed up by some long kicking by Adrian Long.  Each and every young Eagle put in 100 per cent in an exciting display to watch.
Last week's results: New Norfolk 10.9 (69) d Sandy Bay 3.5 (23).
Report by Donna Rainbird.

New Norfolk 23.19 (157) d Hobart 2.1 (13) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Morgan 6, J. Stevenson 4, R. Stewart 4, C. Triffett 3, B. Triffett 2, Z. Triffett , J. Mannie , C. Coleman , T. Heron. Best - New Norfolk: J. Guesdon, J. Morgan, J. Stevenson, R. Stewart, D. Coppleman, J. Graham.

New Norfolk 20.13 (133) d Kingborough Gold 4.6 (30) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - New Norfolk: A. Blair 7, J. Ransley 5, C. Salter 2, B. Higgins, M. Banks, S. Upton, D. Smith, C. King, B. Gleeson.  Best - New Norfolk: A. Blair, C. Salter, P. Vout, C. Triffitt, B. Higgins, M. Banks.
In fine conditions New Norfolk made the most of their opportunities to run out easy winners over Kingborough Gold. The Eagles backline repeatedly repelled Kingborough's attacks while the forward line combined well to kick a large score. Alex Blair and Josh Ransley with seven and five goals respectively proved hard to stop.

Jack Stevenson
Next Matches – Sunday, May 5
Under 8: New Norfolk Red v Central Hawks at Kempton, 10.45am. New Norfolk Black v Brighton Robins at Tynwald Park, 9.30am.
Under 9: New Norfolk v Glenorchy White at KGV, 10.45am.
Under 10: New Norfolk Red v Cygnet at Tynwald Park, noon. New Norfolk Black: To be advised.
Under 11: New Norfolk v Brighton Blue at Gunn Oval Pontville, 1.15pm.
Under 12: New Norfolk v Glenorchy at KGV, 2.30pm.
Under 13: New Norfolk v Huonville Lions at Tynwald Park, 9.30am.
Under 14: New Norfolk v Claremont at Tynwald Park, 11am.
Under 16: New Norfolk v Sandy Bay White at Queenborough Oval, 12.30pm.

Under 14 soccer

Under 14 Red – New Norfolk played Beachside A at Sandown on Saturday 20, with the game ending in a draw.  Ryan Browning and Tayla Pelham were the standouts on ground but it was an evenly matched game with both sides consistently attacking goals and showing great teamwork. Thanks to several Under 14 Black players for subbing.

Under 14 Black – New Norfolk played New Town at New Town early Saturday morning, coming away with a 6-1 win. Daniel Groom was sensational in defence, even storming through the midfield at one point to score a goal. Jordan Bailey well earned his three goals with consistent attacks, with Britney White and Braydon Wilson also scoring well deserved goals each. It was a good team effort all over the ground and players should be very pleased with themselves. Thank you to several Under 14 Red players for subbing.

The Under 6-12 teams did not play this weekend due to school holidays.

The Under 14 teams could use more players. If you are turning 13 or 14 this year and would like to play, please contact New Norfolk Soccer Club committee member Janine White on 6261 5901 or email

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gretna Cricket Club trophy night

Peter Rainbird
THE curtain has come down on another cricket season for the Gretna Cricket Club with the annual dinner and trophy night at the Gretna Hall. About 80 people turned out to what was yet another excellent night.

During the trophy presentations Craig Cunningham, Joey Eyles and Mathew Burns collected four trophies each. Burns was later awarded life membership of the club and is a worthy recipient having been a loyal member playing a total of 22 seasons. He has won many awards and played in five premierships with Gretna I. He captained Gretna II in 2010-11 and is the 16th life member at the club.    

Club president Peter Rainbird spoke of the past season, noting that it was the first time Gretna I had played in the finals of the SCA since joining in 2008-09. He congratulated captains Ben Rainbird (Gretna I) and Todd Jarvis (Gretna II) for a top job throughout the season and noted that the juniors had now been going for three seasons and were the future of the club.

Gretna I trophy winners – Batting average: Mathew Burns, 45.75. Aggregate: Mathew Burns, 732 runs. Bowling average: Craig Cunningham, 14.06. Aggregate: Craig Cunningham 32 wickets. Most catches: Glenn Blackwell 29. Geoff Jarvis Memorial Trophy (best all-rounder): Mathew Burns, 517 pts. Players award: Mathew Burns, 24 votes. Runner up: Craig Cunningham, 16 votes. Best in finals: Craig Cunningham 43.5 pts.

Gretna II trophy winners - Batting average: Brian Smith 27.08, 36.2. Aggregate Nicholas Wakefield 327 runs. Bowling average: Joey Eyles 15.70. Aggregate, Joey Eyles 25 wickets. Most catches: Brian Smith 10. Best all-rounder: Joey Eyles 276.5pts. Players award: Joey Eyles, 16 votes. Runner up: Adam Browning 14 votes. Cecil Gray Memorial Trophy (best under 21): Cameron Emery, 225.5 pts. Captains Trophy: Adam Browning. Best Clubman: Peter Rainbird. Duck Trophy: Peter Jelkic 5.

Congratulations to the following players for reaching game milestones during the season - Club Games:  Mathew Burns 300, Glenn Blackwell 300, Damien Hack 200, Corey Ransley 100, Todd Jarvis 100, Jackson Ackerly 100, Ben Shaw 100, Rhys Browning 50, Adam Browning 50, Nick Wakefield 50, Aaron Maddox 50. Gretna I Games:  Mathew Burns 200, Craig Cunningham 100, Jackson Ackerly 50, Rhys Browning 50. Gretna II Games: Darren Lennox 100.

Mathew Burns
Life members in attendance were: Bobby Butler, Peter Rainbird, David Smith, Joey Hack, Michael Browning, Paul Jarvis, Glenn Blackwell, Micky Rainbird and Tim Lowe. It was also great to have Central Highlands Mayor Deirdre Flint present, along with many new faces in attendance which really makes the night.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors and trophy donors, it is very much appreciated. Also thank you to David Banks and Kathy Adams for taking us and picking us up on the bus - the after-party ended at 3.30am! Finally, well done to president Peter Rainbird, secretary Todd Jarvis and treasurer Ben Shaw. Top job fellas. See you all next season.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Anzac Day services


April 25, 2013


  • 5.30am - Gunfire Breakfast, New Norfolk RSL, George St.
  • 6am - Dawn Service, New Norfolk Cenotaph, Circle St (followed by breakfast at RSL Club). Marchers assemble at RSL Club at 5.45am for parade to the Cenotaph.
  • 10.45am - Anzac Day March, High St. Marchers assemble at top of Arthur Square for parade to the Cenotaph.
  • 11am - Anzac Day Service, New Norfolk Cenotaph, Circle St (followed by refreshments at RSL Club).


  • 11am - Anzac Day Service, Bushy Park War Memorial Swimming Pool, Lake Dobson Hwy (followed by barbecue lunch and crib, euchre and eightball afternoon).


  • 6am - Dawn Service, Maydena RSL Club, Kallista Rd. Marchers assemble near Forestry Tasmania Hub at 5.45am for parade to the RSL Club.


  • 6am - Dawn Service, Gretna Cenotaph


  • 11am - Anzac Day Service, Hamilton Town Hall

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Liberals visit Corumbene

THE Federal Opposition's spokeswoman on ageing and mental health, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, recently paid a visit to Corumbene Nursing Home in New Norfolk.

Joined by Liberal Senator for Tasmania David Bushby, Lyons candidate Eric Hutchinson and Franklin candidate Bernadette Black, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells met residents and staff at the aged care facility, including chief executive Damien Jacobs, directors of care Lois Jenkins and chairman Peter Rouleston.

“Consultation is an essential part of formulating strong and effective policies that will produce positive outcomes and that’s why I’m here at Corumbene; to listen and discuss the issues and concerns that those in the sector have, as well as the experience of our elderly,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“All the residents and the staff made us feel really welcome and put on a home cooked afternoon tea for us. It’s a really lovely facility in a beautiful setting,” Mr Hutchinson said.

Disability insurance session tomorrow

TASMANIANS can learn more about DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, at a number of upcoming information forums across the state, including New Norfolk tomorrow (Monday) afternoon.

Federal Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and Tasmanian Minister for Human Services, Cassy O’Connor, issued a statement on Friday, encouraging people with disability, their families and carers to attend the forums to receive important information on the launch of DisabilityCare Australia.

“DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, will fundamentally change the way we support people with disability,” Ms Macklin said

The series of information forums will allow service providers, people with disability, their families and carers and the general public to learn more about this important initiative. The New Norfolk session will be at the RSL Club in George St from 3.30-5pm tomorrow.

Further information about the forums can be found at or by calling the NDIS Launch Transition Agency on 6233 8551.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Councillors warned about rally

DERWENT Valley Councillors have been warned not to attend tomorrow's rally in support of the proposed major shopping centre at New Norfolk. More than 150 people on Facebook have already said they will be attending the event at Arthur Square at 2pm.

At the council's monthly meeting on Thursday night, Councillor Chris Lester asked whether all councillors were aware of the overwhelming groundswell of support for Raif and Roostam Sadri's development on the former Royal Derwent Hospital site, which had led to a rally being organised for Sunday.

General manager Stephen Mackey advised councillors not to speak at the rally as it may exclude them from voting on the development if it is considered again at a future council meeting. The meeting also heard that the Sadri application was "most possibly being withdrawn" and likely to be re-submitted.

"The best thing is not to be there," Mr Mackey said. "You are a planning authority and appeals in the planning tribunal have been lost on a technicality. We will seek legal advice but the best thing is to err on the side of caution," he said.

Planning officer Martin McCance said existing advice from planning appeal tribunal chairman Simon Cooper was that if a councillor attended a rally and was perceived as being in support of it, the councillor could not vote on the matter when it came before council.

Second week of junior soccer

Under 6 Red: New Norfolk played Glenorchy Knights Red at Glenorchy on Saturday morning. All players did well and had fun. Well done team!

Under 6 Black: Had a Friday night game versus Brighton. It was a great team effort and the kids enjoyed themselves. A special mention to Amber Rainbird for scoring 4 goals. Well done Amber! (Thanks to Chloe Gleeson for this report.)

Under 6 White: A great game against Derwent United with the boys working the ball around ground extremely well. Tristan Dunn gets a special mention this week for his great scoring ability. (Thanks to Janelle Maw for this report.)

Under 7 Red: Another great game against Brighton. Goals were shared between all players with some great defensive work from all players. (Thanks to Tameeka Ackerley for this report.)

Under 7 Black: A great game. Hamish, Jacob and Declan did some great defending and Jack was our goal scorer.  It was exciting to have the lights come on for the last few minutes of the game.  Well done boys! (Thanks to Trudie Baer for this report)

Under 7 White: A good game against Brighton. First-time player Jacob Judges-Abel scored his first goal. All played well but Brighton was too strong in the end. (Thanks to Lauren Browning for this report.)

Under 8: An awesome game against Brighton. Maiken and Cruez stopped lots of goals. Caleb kicked his first goal while Oliver, Georgia, Sam, Luke, Abby and Cody all shared the ball well. Well done guys, we are all proud of you. (Thanks to Bianca Tolputt for this report.)

Under 10 Red: New Norfolk (U9) played Derwent United on Friday night. A half each in the goals by Aidan and Brock saw some great saves made by both boys. Well done everyone. (Thanks to Renata Featherstone for this report.)

Under 10 Black: A quick game against Glenorchy Knights at Glenorchy with all players putting in 110%.  Special mentions to our goal scorer Jed and to Riley for his consistent effort throughout the game. (Thanks to Allison Young for this report.)

Under 12: New Norfolk played Derwent United Gold on Friday night. Kasey Dillon played an excellent game in goal. Although we were against a really strong side, our team kept playing consistently for the whole game and continued to bond well. Well done. (Thanks to Sharon Rayner for this report.)

Under 14 Red: There was a slow start to the game against Zebras at Queens Walk early on Saturday morning with the Zebras dominating the first half.  Our players rallied after half time and finished strongly.  Our goalies Trent Nichols and Adam Blackwell did well to deflect many shots. Nathan Coleman showed great speed in defence to cut off the Zebras attack when all seemed lost and Jack Rose refused to let the opposition past.  Thank you to several U14 Black players for subbing. (Thanks to Janine White for this report.)

Under 14 Black: The team put a good fight against Olympia at New Norfolk with Olympia just that little bit stronger. Goalies Nathan Coleman and Tom Fulton deflected well. Britney White worked tirelessly on the wing and Josh Russell and Jordan Bailey penetrated Olympia’s defence to score a goal each. Thank you to several U14 Red players for subbing. (Thanks to Daniella Fulton for this report.)

This weekend:
Under 14 Red play Beachside A at Sandown 2 at 12.30pm Saturday 20th April
Under 14 Black play against New Town Eagles at Clare Street at 9am Saturday 20th April.
There are no junior (U6-U12) games over the school holidays.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Weekend footy preview

Southern Football League
Round 3 Preview

ROUND 3 of the 2013 SFL season sees Brighton host its third home game in a row while ladder leader East Coast Bombers will be welcomed home to Triabunna to host their first home game of the season. New Norfolk will have its first roster match at Boyer Oval since winning the 2012 senior and reserves premierships.

Patrons are getting great value for money watching a very even and balanced competition so far this season. It makes all football club members and supporters keen for Saturday to come around.

New Norfolk v Sorell at Boyer Oval at 2pm Saturday

Sorell will front up at the SFL “House of Pain” at Boyer Oval this weekend after dropping their first two games against Cygnet and East Coast Bombers and the supporters will expect a much improved performance.

The task gets no easier against reigning premier New Norfolk. Coach Jon Murray has the Derwent Valley boys back in the winner’s column against Brighton after a first-round loss.

Keep an eye on Nathan Ross who bagged five against the Robins to take his season tally to nine after two rounds and watch out for 2012 leading goal kicker and William Leitch medalist Michael Thompson who will be hungry for a big haul after not taking his place in the side last week.

It’s expected that the Eagles will be too strong and will register their second win for the season.

 Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management

Shopping centre to rise again

THE developer of a major shopping centre at New Norfolk seems poised to make a strategic withdrawal rather than fight two appeals in the planning tribunal. A revised planning application would be then be lodged with the council in the hope of a smoother development process.

This latest twist in the long-runnng story was revealed at last night's Derwent Valley Council meeting, when two senior council officers confirmed that lawyers representing developer Roostam Sadri had advised that the application approved by the council two months ago was likely to be withdrawn.

General manager Stephen Mackey said Mr Sadri had informed him on Wednesday that his solicitor would be advising the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal that his application was to be withdrawn. Municipal planner Martyn McCance said the council was continuing to prepare for the hearing set down for early May, until advised otherwise.

Mr Mackey said Mr Sadri's legal advice was that he "stood a better than 50% chance to win the case," but he went on to say Mr Sadri did not want to be tied up in a court process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars and take two years to resolve.

Mr Sadri and his brother Raif Sadri are also behind the Gateway Housing Estate as well as a motel being established in the multi-storey former nurses home on the Royal Derwent Hospital site at New Norfolk. Their proposed shopping centre elsewhere on the same site includes:
  • A large supermarket with baker, butcher and delicatessen
  • Seven retail tenancies
  • Petrol station
  • Takeaway shop
  • Future tenancy
  • Five warehouse/showrooms
Readers please note that comments on this appeal will not be published until the tribunal reaches its decision.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Junior football - week two

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League
New Norfolk Junior Football Club results

New Norfolk Red 10.10 (70) d Brighton 3.1 (19) at Pontville.
Goals - New Norfolk: Jack Miller 3, Brodie Scanlon 2, Bailey Chaplin, Bailey Wheeler, Ryan Coppleman,
Samuel Jackson, Connor Tomlin.
Best - New Norfolk: Kady Morgon, James Lathey, Lewis Spaulding, Titan Cashion, Connor Tomlin, Conna Blackaby.

New Norfolk Black: Results not supplied

Dodges Ferry 19.10 (124) d New Norfolk 6.5 (41) at Dodges Ferry.
Goals - New Norfolk: Not supplied.
Best - New Norfolk: T. Anders, H. Townsend, J. Quarrell, R. Blackaby, C. Kelly-Lennox


Sandy Bay White 8.2 (50) d New Norfolk 1.6 (12) at Queenborough.
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Cantrell.
Best - New Norfolk: C. Kemmler, J. Triffett, L. Bowerman, T. Harvey, Z. Kelly, G. Lazenby.

Clarence 11.12 (78) d New Norfolk 10.8 (68) at Howrah Primary.
No other details supplied.
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New Norfolk 8.5 (53) d Sorell 6.5 (41) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Morgan 3, C. Triffett 2, J. Stevenson, J. Mannie, C. Coleman.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Stevenson, J. Morgan, Z. Triffett, C. Coleman, B. Tomlin, R. Williams.

Clarence Roos 7.11 (53) d New Norfolk 5.9 (39) at Geilston Bay.
Goals - New Norfolk: Alex Blair 2, Aiden Russell, Connor Salter.
Best - New Norfolk: Josh Farrow, Cooper Triffitt, Connor Salter, Billy Pauly, Kye Tomkinson, Aiden Russell.

Congratulations to 100-gamers Connor and Mitchell
Next games:
Under 8: New Norfolk Red v Brighton Blue at Tynwald Park, Sunday, 9.30am.
Under 8: New Norfolk Black v Central Hawks at Tynwald Park, Sunday, 10.45am.
Under 9: New Norfolk v Lauderdale Black at North Hobart Oval, Sunday, 3pm.
Under 10: New Norfolk Red v Dodges Ferry at Tynwald Park, 10.45am.
Under 10: New Norfolk Black v Sandy Bay White at Tynwald Park, 9.30am.
Under 11: New Norfolk v Glenorchy at KGV, Sunday, 9.30am.
Under 12: New Norfolk v Sandy Bay at Queenborough, Sunday, 10am. 
Under 13: New Norfolk v Southern Storm at Cygnet, Sunday, 1pm.
Under 14: New Norfolk v Hobart at Tynwald Park, Sunday, noon.
Under 16: New Norfolk v Kingborough Gold at Tynwald Park, Sunday, 1.30pm.

New Norfolk footy rundown, round two

Southern Football League - Round 2
Brighton v New Norfolk  at Pontville

THE Eagles are back on the winners list after Round 2 with New Norfolk taking a comfortable victory on the road against Brighton last Saturday. Senior coach Jon Murray would be much happier with a positive result and victory for the Eagles who led Brighton at every change.

The game was well and truly over once the third quarter started to progress as the Eagles kicked five unanswered goals in windy conditions and Brighton failed to score. Nathan Ross led the scoring again for New Norfolk with fie majors, whilst Peter Jelkic and Zeke Gardam both scored two goals each with Ross and Josh Clifford both playing excellent games.

A disappointed Brighton coach Jamie Ling would have been looking to bounce back with an improved performance at home but was without numerous avenues to goal on this occasion as Jamie Tubb finished with fie goals for Brighton along with being Brighton’s best player on the day.

Huon News Best Player award Votes – 3 Mark Horne (NN) 3, Jamie Tubb (BRI) 2, Nathan Ross (NN) 1.

In the Reserves game earlier in the day New Norfolk were clear victors by 114 points. New Norfolk also took out the Colts match by 32 points.

 Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management
New Norfolk 5.5, 7.8, 12.11, 15.15 (105)
Brighton 0.1, 3.4, 3.4, 7.4 (46)
Goals - New Norfolk: N. Ross 5, P. Jelkic 2, Z. Gardam 2, B. Wardlaw, B. Booth, J. Murray, C. Curtain, M. Horne, B. Chaplin; Brighton: J. Tubb 5, C. Daly, M. Geard.
Best - New Norfolk: N. Ross, J. Clifford, Z. Gardam, J. McCulloch, B. Lovell, B. Chaplin; Brighton: J. Tubb, K. Clark, J. Mason, N. Daly, G. Lynd, A. Collis.
New Norfolk 2.1, 9.5, 14.6, 20.13 (133)
Brighton 2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 3.1 (19)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Styles 4, K. Cashion 3, B. Purkiss 3, C. Watson 2, T. Triffett, J. Horne, A. Minchin, J. King, M. Cashion, N. Eiszele, P. Ling, J. Kelly; Brighton: H. Parker, B. McKenzie, S. Atkinson.
Best - New Norfolk: K. Styles, T. Triffett, A. Minchin, J. Kelly, B. Purkiss, K. Cashion; Brighton: B. Howlett, T. Taylor, H. Waller, D. Percy, B. Manten, T. Brtevnik.
New Norfolk 5.4, 5.6, 6.8, 10.11 (71)
Brighton     1.1, 4.5, 5.9, 5.9 (39)
Goals - New Norfolk: A. Triffitt 5, J. Whitford-Marriott 2, N. Wakefield, B. Hodge, B. Chaplin; Brighton: J. Walker 3, H. Parker, H. Williams.
Best - New Norfolk: T. Gray, B. Hodge, B. Chaplin, T. Purdon, A. Triffitt, H. Bielleman; Brighton: T. Millhouse, J. Chapple, M. Palmer, J. Dodge, J. Walker, J. Jenkins.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Thanks to all readers

The hit counter earlier tonight
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Junior cricket wrap

WITH New Norfolk, Molesworth and Gretna now all having junior cricket teams, and in2CRICKET being run at the Glenora School and Boyer Oval, the sport has a very bright future here in the Valley and Highlands. It is pleasing to see so many young boys and girls playing this great game.

We say a big well done to Alex Blair, Josh Farrow, Jacksyn Mann, Jack Stevenson and Ryan Banks-Smith who were selected in the Emerging Tigers squads, and also to Hannah Mann who was selected for the Southern Storm squad.

Another boy on his way up in cricket is Jordan Banks-Smith who was this season selected to represent Tasmania in the Under 17s carnival held in Hobart. Well done Jordy, you may well become the first player from the Valley to play for the Tasmanian Tigers.

While on the subject of juniors, a score that must not go unnoticed was when Gretna Under 13s made 1-235 off 20 overs at the Glenora School against Molesworth Green. In reply Molesworth made 3-129 off 20 overs! That's 364 runs off 40 overs - not a bad effort from the Under 13s!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Autumn festival tomorrow

Click image to enlarge
THE organisers haven't shared any details with the New Norfolk News but there's a great photo and preview of tomorrow's Derwent Valley Autumn Festival in the hardcopy and online versions of the Mercury newspaper today. You can read it here.

Online community backs shopping centre

MORE than 2000 people have joined a Facebook group supporting the proposed development of a major shopping centre on the outskirts of New Norfolk.

At its February meeting the council approved Gateway Estate developers Raif and Roostam Sadri's proposal for a large supermarket with baker, butcher and delicatessen; seven retail tenancies; petrol station; takeaway shop; future tenancy; and five warehouse/showrooms.

Two appeals were lodged, which are understood to relate to insufficient parking and the decision of councillors to reject the municipal engineer's recommendation of a roundabout for the junction of Hobart Rd and Glebe Rd and substitute slip lanes as a means of dealing with the anticipated increase in traffic.

The Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal will hold a three-day hearing starting on May 13 to consider the appeals.

  • Readers please note that as the legal process has now commenced, comments on this appeal will not be published until the tribunal reaches its decision.

Private enterprise reveals the tunnel

The grate covering the shaft at Willow Court
PRIVATE enterprise has got in first and provided a place to view part of the "tunnel" that once ran from Willow Court to the River Derwent at New Norfolk.

Old maps show multiple man-holes or ventilation shafts along the route of the tunnel, which was built as a sewer in colonial times. The route has been partially explored by experts hired by the Derwent Valley Council, but the full length has not yet been inspected.

One of the access points has been uncovered in the front yard of the former Nurses Quarters and an advertisement in today's Mercury newspaper invites visitors to bring their own torch and have a look.

Visitors are not able to access the tunnel, but there is a view down the shaft, which also contains a large drain pipe entering from one side.

NEW NORFOLK NEWS TIP: If the position of the sun obscures your vision through the grate, turn on your mobile phone camera and place it directly onto the grate for a better view.

The view through the grate
The notice in today's Mercury

New Norfolk tipped today

Southern Football League
Round 2 Preview

ROUND 1 certainly provided its share of upsets and Round 2 may prove no different whilst Brighton and Claremont host their second home game in a row, the dusters will be out at Pembroke Park, Shark Park and Anzac Park as Sorell, Dodges Ferry and Lindisfarne all host their first home games of the season.

After near perfect conditions for Round 1 during day and night heavy rain early in the week and further forecast showers may see players having to adapt to significantly different conditions in Round 2.

If you had asked a fellow football follower last week who would be in the top four in the Senior competition I wonder who would have picked a top four of Huonville, East Coast Bombers, Cygnet and Claremont? Needless to say that last year’s Grand Finalists New Norfolk and Lindisfarne would be in the bottom half of the ladder.

It’s great to see a really even and balanced competition and it makes all football club members and supporters eager for Round 2 to get under way.

Brighton v New Norfolk at Pontville at 2pm today

The Brighton Robins will front up at their home ground again this weekend and after dropping their first game against East Coast Bombers, the supporters will expect a much improved performance. However, the task gets no easier against reigning premier New Norfolk.

Coach Jamie Ling will need to draw on Claremont’s first up victory over the Eagles and give his players the confidence that they can compete with a list full of star players from the Valley.

Keep an eye on Nathan Ross who bagged 4 on return to the Eagles and watch out for 2012 leading goal kicker and William Leitch medalist Michael Thompson who will be hungry for a big haul. It’s expected that the Eagles will be too strong and register their first win for the season

Friday, April 12, 2013

Proud day at Bushy Park

The new Wall of Honour at Bushy Park
IT was a wonderful occasion at the Bushy Park Swimming Pool last Saturday when a brand new war memorial was unveiled and dedicated in the pool grounds.

Master of ceremonies Neville Fenton welcomed everyone to the special ceremony and introduced pool committee president Debra Crosswell who thanked everyone involved in the project that has seen a Wall of Honour erected in a little-used corner at the front of the property.

Looking for names on the monument
Committee secretary Lisa Fraser spoke about the history of the pool, which was built as a war memorial and was officially opened in 1958. Mrs Fraser said that after the passing of more than 50 years, many people were not aware of the facility's special significance. Thanks to a
Department of Veterans Affairs grant and support from the Derwent Valley Council and New Norfolk RSL, a Wall of Honour had been built to record and pay tribute to the names of servicemen and women of the district who had enlisted in World Wars I and II.

The official opening was performed by the Federal Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MHR, on behalf of the Minister for Veterans Affairs. Mr Adams said the new monument would become a focal point for the community and would enhance the significance of Anzac Day services at the pool. This was followed by a service of dedication conducted by Lieutenant Jacky Laing of the New Norfolk Salvation Army. "Painstakingly planned, detailed and boldly presented, this marker stands as a tribute, bringing honour to the names written on it, and our Lord God," Lieut Laing said.

New Norfolk Returned and Services League vice president Stephen Ball congratulated the pool committee on its initiative. Mr Ball marveled at the fact that more than 300 men and women from the Bushy Park district and surrounds had enlisted in World War I and a similar number in World War II. He remarked that many of the local men and women who served in Europe during World War I would not have left the Derwent Valley prior to enlisting. Following Mr Ball's remarks, a stirring Last Post and Reveille were performed by bugler Arthur Jones from the Derwent Valley Concert Band. Wreaths were laid at the base of the new monument by the pool committee, New Norfolk RSL and Glenora District High School.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Junior soccer off to a good start

Coach Ben Rainbird and Under 6 Black
THE coaches of New Norfolk's junior soccer teams report on last weekend's season opening matches.

Under 6 Red: “I was so proud of our team – what a fantastic start to our season! Campbell started the game well, scoring the first goal for our team and was well supported by Jade who scored three goals and showed great ball control. Hunter demonstrated a powerful kicking style with this kick-ins and Tristan showed some great speed on the field.  A great team effort everyone. I am very proud of you all – well done team!” Coach Lisa Fraser.

Under 6 Black: “All players gave it their best and it was a really good first game. Great team effort, all nerves had disappeared by the second half and they all enjoyed themselves!” Coach Ben Rainbird.

Under 6 White: Had a great start to the season, showing great team work. Tristan Dunn was the super goal scorer, Anthony Volta showed speed, Liam Maw and William Blackwell moved the ball around the ground with great control.

Under 7 Red: A fantastic game against Brighton, with goals shared between Nayte, Caitlin, Makayla, J'Khobi & Daniel. Great team effort.

Under 7 Black: A great game and all played well together.

Under 7 White: New Norfolk had a great game.

Under 8: “An awesome first game against Dominic drawing 7-all. Special mention to Georgia and Caleb on a great first-ever game.” Coach Bianca Tolputt.

Under 10 Red: New Norfolk (U9) went down to Metro, 4-0, but it was great first game by all players. Huge congratulations to our boys who filled in for Metro - fantastic sportsmanship. Well done to Luke and Ostyn who had a half each in the goals.

Under 10 Black: New Norfolk was defeated by Brighton Maroon, 6-5. A special mention to Ella for her fantastic efforts. New Norfolk came together well as a team with some great footwork by all players.

Under 12: New Norfolk had a great game to start their season. Although it wasn't a win all players contributed well, with lots of first-game nerves overcome. A great team effort guys and girls.

Under 14 Red: New Norfolk had an exciting game against University, keeping the ball in the forward zone for much of the game and making many attempts to goal. Great skills were shown by all players with Braydon Wilson, Josh Russell and Tayla Pelham the goal-scorers. Thanks to several Under 14 Black players for substituting.

Under 14 Black: It was an exciting game with New Norfolk and Nelson evenly matched and great teamwork shown by all. Trent Nichols and Thomas Fulton were great in goals with Billy Hawkins always the stalwart in defence. All players contributed to the win with Jordan Bailey and Aynsley Daft the goal-scorers. Thanks to several Under 14 Red players for subbing.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Junior football - week one

Southern Tasmanian Junior Football League
New Norfolk Junior Football Club results

UNDER 16s: In ideal conditions the New Norfolk Under 16s were easily defeated by a bigger and faster Sorell side. The New Norfolk boys were second to the ball and rarely played as a team. Hopefully with more match practice the team will improve and the boys will start to believe in themselves more. Congratulations to Mitchell Banks on playing his 100th game for the club.

Sorell 14.22 (106) d New Norfolk 3.7 (25) at Tynwald Park.
Goals - Sorell: B. Cripps 4, L. Zeitzen 2, H. Whitney 2, B. Crisp 2, J. Williams, R. Staples, J. Green, T. Richardson; New Norfolk: Alex Blair 2, Connor Salter.
Best - Sorell: B. Klok, B. Russell, T. Cowle, B. Crisp, K. Johnson, J. Williams; New Norfolk: Patrick Vout, Aiden Russell, Josh Farrow, Cooper Triffitt, Alex Blair, Wade Lockley.

UNDER 14s: New Norfolk 16. 13 (109) d. Claremont 4. 6 (30) at Cadbury Oval.
Goals - New Norfolk: Z. Triffett 5, B. Triffett 4, J. Morgan 4, R. Stewart 3; Claremont: J. Marshall , B. Percey, J. Simpson, J. Hazelwood.
Best - New Norfolk: Z. Triffett, J. Morgan, D. Miller, R. Stewart, B. Triffett, J. Stevenson; Claremont: J. Simpson, B. Martin, H. Fish, L. Arbuckle, B. Percey, J. Hazelwood.

UNDER 13s: Glenorchy 11.8 (74) d New Norfolk 1.2 (8) at Abbotsfield Park.
Goals - Glenorchy: R. Oakley 4, J. Bradshaw , S. Deverell , B. Kelly , T. Gamble, B. Westcott, S. Berry, C. Hart; New Norfolk: J. Bearman.
Best - Glenorchy: R. Oakley, B. Westcott, S. Berry, J. Bradshaw, D. Cooper, L. Jenkins; New Norfolk: R. Franklin, T. Nation, T. Rainbird, R. Banks-Smith, J. Bearman, T. Eiszele.

Next games:
Under 8 – New Norfolk Red v Brighton Red at Ferguson Park #2, Pontville on Sunday at noon.
Under 8 – New Norfolk Black v Brighton Blue at Ferguson Park #1, Pontville on Sunday at noon.
Under 9 – New Norfolk v Dodges Ferry at Dodges Ferry on Sunday at 1.45.
Under 10 – Bye.
Under 11 – New Norfolk v Sandy Bay White at Queenborough Oval on Sunday at 1.15pm.
Under 12 – New Norfolk v Huonville at Franklin on Sunday at 1.15pm.
Under 13 – New Norfolk v Sandy Bay at Tynwald Park.
Under 14 – New Norfolk v Sorell at Tynwald Park on Friday at 6.30pm.
Under 16 – New Norfolk v Clarence at Geilston Bay on Sunday at 12.30.

New Norfolk footy rundown, round one

Southern Football League - Round 1
Claremont v New Norfolk at Abbotsfield Park

THE Claremont Magpies may have pulled off the upset of the season in the first round with a pulsating come-from-behind win over reigning premier New Norfolk at Abbotsfield Park on Saturday. The Magpies had the Claremont supporters in fits of joy as Justin Wood kicked the final goal of the game to put the home side a point up. From the next centre bounce, Magpie Ashley Bennett took a mark from a quick kick, and kicked a behind to give Claremont a roaring two-point victory, 12.24 (96) to 14.10 (94). Even though New Norfolk had led for most of the day, it was almost appropriate that Claremont kept battling away and took the points.

Claremont had dominated the majority of the general play but suffered from poor goal-kicking, having 36 scoring shots to 24. Magpies coach Kim Excell told the Mercury the win was not the result of one tough preseason, but a much greater commitment. "We've worked for 18 months to get to this position and to be playing the best team in the competition - they are well coached and well drilled - we just persisted all day," a delighted Excell said. "We missed a few and bad kicking and bad footy but we just had to believe and we got over the line because 22 guys had a bit of a go. You start to wonder but I said to the guys I believe we were meant to win because they worked so hard."

In the third term, the Eagles led by as much as 21 points and seemed on track for a win, but despite kicking 7.18 after half time, the Magpies never lost faith. Justin Wood finished with three goals, including two in the final term, while Scott Jones kicked two majors playing on the ball. 2011 William Leitch medallist Nathan Ross didn't take long to stamp his authority on the game for New Norfolk, kicking the first of the day and finishing with four for the match. New Norfolk senior coach Jon Murray's first game in charge might have ended in defeat, but he can take heart from the fact the Eagles lost the season opener last year before going on to win the flag.

But for Claremont, Excell told the Mercury this win was worth more than just the four points. "There is more to it than just this game today, there are some good people around this club," he said. "This club will be around for many years where it looked like it was going to fold. We - everyone of us - has had that little input and made sure that the future is secure."

In the Reserves New Norfolk were victorious by 15 points and in the Colts it was again the Eagles coming out on top by 36 points.

Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management

Claremont 4.4, 5.6, 9.15, 12.24 (96)
New Norfolk 3.4, 6.6, 12.6, 14.10 (94)
Goals - Claremont: J. Wood 3, S. Jones 2, M. Martin 2, S. Salter, N. Brown, D. Ross, J. Gillie, D. Fewkes; New Norfolk: N. Ross 4, J. Clifford 2, B. Booth 2, C. Curtain 2, M. Thompson 2, A. Tonks, N. Clayton.
Best - Claremont: J. Price, B. Barwick, S. Jones, N. Brown, A. Lockley, J. Wood; New Norfolk: J. Clifford, N. Ross, R. Heron, L. Post, R. Belcher, S. Hall.

New Norfolk 4.3, 5.5, 10.6, 14.7 (91)
Claremont 4.1, 9.2, 10.3, 12.4 (76)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 5, J. Horne 2, T. Triffett, J. Hall, M. Cashion, N. Lester, C. Watson, A. Papera, J. Kelly; Claremont: T. Cockshutt 4, A. Arnold 3, J. Sweeney 2, T. Pennicott 2, D. Woodcock.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Hall, S. Bonnitcha, A. Papera, J. Horne, K. Cashion, J. Adams; Claremont: A. Arnold, N. Burdon, S. Ladic, J. Atkin, T. Cockshutt, J. Sweeney.

New Norfolk 2.4, 6.5, 9.8, 14.8 (92)
Claremont 2.1, 5.4, 7.4, 8.8 (56)
Goals - New Norfolk: T. Purdon 4, D. Pearce 3, B. Chaplin 2, N. Wakefield, J. Daley, D. Adams, M. Thurston, J. Whitford-Marriott; Claremont: Z. Graham 4, D. Jetson 2, J. Young, J. Young.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Whitford-Marriott, D. Coppleman, H. Bielleman, B. Hodge, B. Kaye, B. Chaplin; Claremont: D. Jetson, Z. Graham, Z. Barisic, J. Young, A. Kaye, A. Smith.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Edwards named state Olympic president

THE Australian Olympic Committee has named Molesworth's Anthony Edwards as president of the Tasmanian Olympic Council. The five-time Olympian and triple Olympic medallist retired from competitive rowing after the London Games.

The State Olympic Council presidents are charged with the task of fundraising, education and promoting the Olympic Movement in the lead up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The Tasmanian Olympic Council works with athletes of all ages promoting sport and the Olympic movement and is actively involved in assisting Tasmanian athletes to achieve their goal of competing in Olympic Games.

  • Anthony Edwards' official Olympic profile here.

New Norfolk's shock loss at Claremont

CLAREMONT pulled off a first-round coup defeating New Norfolk by two points in the SFL season opener on Saturday. There was better news for the Eagles in the reserves and colts, with 15 and 36-point wins over Claremont respectively.
  • The Mercury newspaper has the story here.
  • Earlier preview article at the Mercury here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Where to see the Eagles fly this winter

SFL roster for 2013 (check for updates

Round 1

Saturday 6th April
New Norfolk
at Abbotsfield Park 

Round 2

Saturday 13th April

New Norfolk
at Pontville

Round 3

Saturday 20th April
New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 4

Saturday 27th April
Dodges Ferry
New Norfolk
at Shark Park

Round 5

Saturday 4th May

New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 6

Saturday 11th May

New Norfolk
at Twin Ovals


Round 7

Saturday 25th May

New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 8

Saturday 1st June
New Norfolk
at Cygnet

Under 23 Rep Game

Round 9

Saturday 15th June

New Norfolk
East Coast
at Boyer
Round 10

Saturday 22nd June

New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 11

Saturday 29th June

New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 12

Saturday 6th July

New Norfolk
at Pembroke Park

Round 13

Saturday 13th July

New Norfolk
Dodges Ferry
at Boyer

Round 14

Saturday 20th July

New Norfolk
at Anzac Park

Round 15

Saturday 27th July

New Norfolk
at Boyer
Round 16

Saturday 3rd August

New Norfolk
at Huonville

Round 17

Saturday 10th  August

New Norfolk
at Boyer

Round 18

Saturday 17th August

East Coast
New Norfolk
at Triabunna


There will only be a Final Five this season:

Week 1: Saturday 24th August.

Week 2: Saturday 31st August

Week 3: Preliminary Final Saturday 7th September.

Week 4: Grand Final Saturday 14th September.

Eagles should win first outing

ROUND 1 of this year's Southern Football League competition kicks off this Saturday, April 6, with reigning premier New Norfolk meeting the Claremont Magpies at Abbotsfield Park at 2pm. Both sides will be keen for the first points of the season. Football continues to evolve in Tasmania and the recent decision of the Central Hawks to withdraw sees a new 10-team competition in the seniors and reserves and eight teams in the Under 18 competition.

After exiting the competition in week one of the 2012 finals, Claremont has recruited some handy players under coach Kim Excell and you would expect an improved and disciplined performance. They have had a big pre-season, with plenty of numbers, and they should be very fit first up.

New Norfolk has an outstanding record at Abbotsfield Park and this ground will hold no fears. The Eagles should continue to be the pacesetter this season under first-year coach Jon Murray. New Norfolk’s younger players would be expected to start sharing the load to ensure that the likes of Roger Belcher, Brad Carver and 2012 William Leitch medallist and leading goal kicker Michael Thompson don’t have to be the match winners.

This should be a close encounter for most of the day but perhaps the reigning premiers may prove a little too strong towards the end of the game.