Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eagles win battle of the valleys

By Gary Williamson

New Norfolk 32.2 (214) defeated Huonville 4.3 (27)
NEW Norfolk built the previous week’s thrashing of second-placed Claremont when it gave a completely dominating display over an extremely disappointing Huonville at Boyer Oval on Saturday. The home side eventually ran out winners by a mammoth 187 points in a one-sided affair.

New Norfolk was not going to give Huonville any chance of getting into the contest and dominated the first term with seven goals to one, with the game looking to be over at quarter time as the Eagles led by 43 points. The second term only got worse for Huonville as it was unable to kick a goal while the powerful Eagles slammed on another nine majors to lead by a massive 100 points at half-time and another percentage-boosting victory was there for the taking.

The Eagles could have relaxed in the second half but to their credit they continued to dominate the game and powered away to another powerful win. They now have a decisive percentage break over second-placed Claremont in the race for the home ground advantage in the second semi-final.

The Eagles had contributing players all over the ground including Horne, Clayton (eight goals), key forward Cayden Wilson (six goals), Crane and Walsh. Other multiple scorers for New Norfolk were Hall with six and Tonks with four goals in a good return to form. Kelly, Paul and Dudgeon were the best players for the struggling Lions but they lacked support from their team mates.

New Norfolk 7.7, 16.12, 23.20, 32.22 (214)
Huonville 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 4.3 (27)
Goals - New Norfolk: N. Clayton 8, C. Wilson 6, J. Hall 6, A. Tonks 4, S. Bonnitcha 2, R. Belcher 2, J. Banks-Smith 2, B. Booth, B. Wardlaw; Huonville: P. Kelly, K. Paul, A. Duggan, W. Dean.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Horne, N. Clayton, C. Wilson, S. Crane, R. Belcher, A. Tonks; Huonville: D. Thorp, J. Paul, W. Watson, K. Paul, A. Johns, S. Watson.

New Norfolk 9.4, 14.13, 19.19, 25.25 (175)
Huonville 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)
Goals - New Norfolk: K. Cashion 5, D. Triffett 4, S. Triffitt 3, P. Ross 2, J. Kelly 2, D. Triffett 2, A. Minchin, L. Browning, B. Chaplin, J. Taylor-Evans, A. Papera, B. Chaplin, D. Walsh.
Best - New Norfolk: J. Kelly, D. Triffett, L. Menzie, P. Ross, B. Chaplin, L. Browning; Huonville:
D. Woolley, D. Bester, J. Schreck, A. Cordwell, J. Penny, T. Griggs.

New Norfolk 3.6, 9.11, 14.14, 19.17 (131)
Huonville 2.1, 3.5, 4.6, 5.7 (37)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. County 8, C. Neads 4, J. Daley 2, K. Walker, B. Elliott, D. Browning, N. Wakefield, J. Whitford-Marriott; Huonville: S. Louw 3, W. Smith, S. Lopa.
Best - New Norfolk: B. Chaplin, R. Wakefield, C. Neads, D. Browning, J. Whitford-Marriott, J. County; Huonville: J. Phillips, L. Hartog, B. Wolfe, S. Price, S. Louw, A. Tatnell-Cowen.

Claremont 22.16 (148) defeated Brighton 9.8 (62)
CLAREMONT bounced back from the previous week’s loss to New Norfolk and defeated a disappointing Brighton by 78 points on Saturday. The young Brighton side came out full of running in the first term and really matched their more fancied rivals, but skill errors late in the quarter saw the home side get an eight-point lead.

The Magpies tightened up their defence in the second term and really frustrated the Robins, making scoring opportunities difficult. The Magpies were able to increase their lead to 24 points at the main break with Brighton still in the contest. The third term saw the Magpies put their foot on the accelerator and with eight goals to one the game was well and truly over at three quarter time and a 100-point win looked possible for the home side. In a gallant performance Brighton ended up kicking four last-term goals to give them some confidence into the next week whilst Claremont continue to dominate and are two games clear in second position on the ladder.

Best players for the Magpies were Barwick, Salter (four goals), Collis and Davey (two goals). Best for Brighton were Goodluck, Millhouse and Collis whilst Daley was their only multiple goal scorer with two.

Hobart 16.5 (101) defeated Cygnet 11.18 (84)
HOBART took the roadtrip down to Cygnet with a determination to win its third game of the season and despite stopping in the final quarter the Tigers were still good enough to run out winners by 17 points over a disappointing Cygnet which failed to take advantage of their home ground.

Dodges Ferry 10.11 (71) defeated Sorell 9.13 (67)
IN a close tussle between arch rivals the more fancied Dodges Ferry with the advantage of the home ground really had to work hard all day and just fell over the line for a four-point win. It was a thrilling contest with Sorell playing its best game of the season.

Lindisfarne 14.16 (100) defeated East Coast 15.9 (99)
IN the game of the round where fourth played fifth, Lindisfarne stormed home in the last quarter and with the last kick of the game registered a great goal to take a one-point victory over the gallant East Coast Bombers who had looked to have the game sewn up at half time.

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