By Gary Williamson
New Norfolk v Lindisfarne
NEW Norfolk remains on top of the ladder after the Round 14 matches but the Eagles really had to work for the four points against a much improved Lindisfarne. Towards the end of the game New Norfolk was far too strong and powerful, eventually running out winners by 59 points.
Lindisfarne was determined not to be blown away early in the game and put on a really strong defensive effort in the first term. The Two Blues were slightly the better side but turnovers late in the second half cost them dearly as they trailled their highly fancied rivals by two points in a high-class affair.
The second term saw the Two Blues again play the better football but inaccurate kicking for goal when they kicked one major and nine points to New Norfolk’s five goals and four points was the difference in the term and the accurate Eagles moved to a handy 24 point lead at half time. Lindisfarne was well in the contest and should have been a lot closer at the main break.
The second half saw New Norfolk really increase the pressure around the ball and the Two Blues' scoring really dried up as the Eagles continued to force the opposition into turnover. New Norfolk and kicked nine goals to four in the second half to run out big winners and really let third-placed Lindisfarne know the difference between them and the top two sides.
Eagles coach Jon Murray would have been pleased with his side's performance and the Eagles would have really enjoyed a side taking up the challenge, whilst Lindisfarne coach Adrian Goodwin would know the gap between his side and the best is not that far as they continue to improve in the latter half of the season.
Best players for New Norfolk were key forwards Wilson (four goals) and Michael Thompson who returned to his best form with three goals, and they were well supported by Horne, Clifford and McCulloch. Better players for Lindisfarne were McCulloch, Ford, Braslin and Howe as they have now moved into equal third on the ladder with the East Coast Bombers.
New Norfolk 3.2, 8.7, 12.10, 17.14 (116)
Lindisfarne 2.4, 3.13, 5.14, 7.15 (57)
GOALS - New Norfolk: C. Wilson 4, M. Thompson 3, J. Hall 3, J. Clifford 3, Z. Gardam 2, N. Eiszele,
J. McCulloch; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch 4, D. Blazely, J. Anning, N. Hobden.
BEST - New Norfolk: C. Wilson, M. Thompson, M. Horne, J. Clifford, J. McCulloch, B. Chaplin; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch, J. Ford, N. Braslin, M. Howell, R. Jackman, N. Hobden.
New Norfolk 1.1, 3.4, 5.5, 8.6 (54)
Lindisfarne 1.3, 3.5, 4.10, 6.10 (46)
GOALS - New Norfolk: J. Murray 2, K. Cashion 2, B. Chaplin, J. Banks-Smith, D. Triffett, T. Triffett; Lindisfarne: M. McCulloch 4, T. Bracken, T. Schlesunger-Hill.
BEST - New Norfolk: D. Walsh, B. Kaye, T. Triffett, J. Kelly, J. King, L. Menzie; Lindisfarne: J. Watson, J. Foster, M. McCulloch, R. Bradford, D. Bertoldo.
New Norfolk defeated Lindisfarne by forfeit.
New Norfolk defeated Lindisfarne by forfeit.
Sorell v Brighton
BRIGHTON demonstrated it is clearly the best team outside of the top five when it travelled down to Sorell to take on the Eagles and eventually run out winners by 59 points. The Robins required a good start and did that by kicking three goals to one in the first term as they moved to a handy 14-point lead at the first change. The Robins continued their domination in the second term and with their defence well on top they were able to hold Sorell to only two points while kicking four unanswered goals to move to a 31-point lead at half time and the game appeared to be over in a low scoring affair.
Sorell again struggled and was unable to kick a goal in the third term. It was a disappointing display as the Eagles played very defensive football and did not allow themselves to attack while Brighton continued its dominance and looked in line for a really big win. The final term saw Sorell give an improved performance but the visitors were far too strong. Brighton coach Ling would have been proud to see his side finally put four full quarters together.
Claremont v Cygnet
CLAREMONT continued its recent good form and showed lowly Cygnet no mercy as it put on a dominant display to eventually run out winners by 170 points at Abbottsfield Park. Claremont were determined not to let the young Cygnet team into the contest and with a blistering first term the Port players hardly touched the football as the dominating Magpies slammed on 12 unanswered goals and the game was practically over at quarter time.
Hobart v Huonville
HOBART produced its best performance of the year when they defeated a disappointing Huonville by 59 points in a impressive display. The Tigers were determined to record their fourth win of the season and came out of the sheds full of running to dominate the first term with six goals to one and cruised to a 32 point lead at the first change as a shell-shocked Huonville were unable to get in the contest.
Dodges Ferry v East Coast
THE fourth-placed East Coast Bombers made a real statement when they thrashed a lackluster fifth-placed Dodges Ferry by 98 points on Saturday. The Bombers are really pushing hard for third position on the ladder with the all important double chance in the finals.