NEW Norfolk made it 17 wins from 18 games for the SFL home and away season as they signed off on a week’s rest with a top spot finish the reward after a 48 point win against the East Coast Bombers at Triabunna on Saturday. The result saw New Norfolk declared minor premiers while the Bombers dropped out of the finals race after a turnaround season which saw them take the points in nine of their games with some big scalps along the way.
A three- to four-goal buffer for most of the day was enough to keep the Bombers at bay as the Eagles' key forwards converted their opportunities with “The King” Michael Thompson kicking five majors and Zeke Gardam finishing with four goals. Shane Bonnitcha continued his stellar form in defence while captain Luke Joseph led from the front to be in the best players for the Eagles.
East Coast Bombers coach Brett Copping would have been looking for a home ground win to stay in final five contention with a four quarter performance against the ladder leaders at the Triabunna oval. But it wasn’t to be as the valiant Bombers finished up disappointed after Huonville took their spot in the finals while Ben Allanby and Andrew Rae were clearly East Coast’s best players on the day.
In the Reserves game earlier in the day New Norfolk were victors by 204 points and in the U18s Colts the match ended up 92 points in favour of New Norfolk against Claremont.
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New Norfolk 4.4 (28) 9.5 (59) 12.7 (79) 17.12 (114)
Claremont 0.1 (1) 1.2 (8) 2.3 (15) 3.4 (22)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Banks-Smith 6, J. Foster 3, B. Hodge 2, B. Chaplin 2, D. Pearce, J. Daley, B. Elliott, B. Ransley.
Best - New Norfolk: B. Kaye, R. Wakefield, B. King, J. Foster, J. Daley, J. Banks-Smith.
New Norfolk 7.2 (44) 16.5 (101) 24.11 (155) 34.16 (220)
East Coast Bombers 1.2 (8) 1.3(9) 2.4 (16) 2.4 (16)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 16, M. Cashion 5, C. Curtain 4, D. Wall 2, A. Papera 2, P. Jelkic, B. Chaplin, S. Fenton, A. Tonks, D. Triffett; East Coast: L. Fazackerley.
Best - New Norfolk: K. Cashion, C. Curtain, T. Triffett, A. Papera, P. Jelkic, J. Adams; East Coast: E. Moore, L. Fazackerley, J. Baker, A. Broomhall, W. McNamara.
New Norfolk 6.3 (39) 9.7 (61) 12.12 (84) 18.17 (125)
East Coast Bombers 3.3 (21) 7.4 (46) 8.6 (54) 11.11 (77)
Goals - New Norfolk: M. Thompson 5, Z. Gardam 4, J. Clifford 2, N. Clayton, J. Murray, J. McCulloch, N. Ross, S. Hall, J. Hall, R. Belcher; East Coast: B. Allanby 2, L. Taylor 2, D. Mead 2, S. Nelson, T. Wiggins, J. Van-Lierop, D. Arnol, B. Rogers.
Best - New Norfolk: S. Bonnitcha, L. Joseph, J. Murray, R. Heron, S. Hall, M. Thompson; East Coast: B. Allanby, A. Rae, D. Lyden, L. Taylor, T. Dudgeon, S. Dudgeon.
SFL Finals, Week 1 - Saturday, August 24, 2013Abbotsfield Park
- U18 Colts Elimination Final, 9.30am, Huonville v Claremont
- Reserves Qualifying Final, noon, New Norfolk v Claremont
- Senior Qualifying Final, 2pm, Claremont v Kingborough
- U18 Colts Qualifying Final, 9.30am, Sorell v Kingborough
- Reserves Elimination Final, noon, Lindisfarne v Sorell
- Senior Elimination Final, 2pm, Lindisfarne v Huonville