New Norfolk v Claremont at Boyer – 2pm Saturday
THE Claremont Magpies will be hoping to start the second half of their 2013 season campaign with the same result as Round 1 against reigning premier New Norfolk in a game where both sides will be keen for an additional four points and bragging rights from their meetings in the roster season, as they could be sure to meet at some stage in the 2013 finals.
The Magpies have excited the competition in the first half of the 2013 season with eight wins and have executed their game plans well under coach Kim Excell and you would expect another disciplined performance against the ladder leaders at Boyer Oval. Nathan Brown is the prime mover for Claremont and will need to be well held along with the highly rated young ruckman Ashton Arnold.
New Norfolk has an outstanding record at home and they should continue to be the pacesetter this season in a close fought encounter. New Norfolk’s younger players have been sharing the load to ensure that the likes of Roger Belcher, Nathan Ross and 2012 William Leitch medallist and leading goal kicker Michael Thompson don’t have to always 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.
Report provided for publication by Ben Harrison
SFL Football Operations Management