|Best on ground: Nathan Ross.|
NEW Norfolk easily defeated a gallant Claremont in Saturday’s SFL grand final, running out winners by 83 points in a display that showed once again why the Eagles are the dominant side in the competition.
Everyone expected Claremont to come out firing in the first term if they were to win this game and they had full ascendancy for most of the quarter, kicking seven goals and grabbing a 20-point lead at the first change.
After a blast from coach Murray the Eagles responded like the champion side they are in the second term, kicking seven goals to one as they moved to a 15-point lead at the main break. They were starting to win the centre clearances and with the onballers creating havoc their key forwards were starting to dominate the game.
|Michael Thompson and his|
dad Hedley Thompson.
The last term faded out as it appeared the New Norfolk boys were already celebrating their win and Claremont was able to kick six goals in junk time to make the scoreboard more respectable. There is no denying New Norfolk’s third premiership in a row and five flags in the last six years prove what a dominant side they are and all avenues point to more success for this powerful club.
Claremont was clearly the second best side in the competition this year but they were not able to match New Norfolk's depth and experience on the big stage.
|Brothers Josh and Sam Hall|
Best players for Claremont were Grant, Butterworth, Spencer and Kamaric whilst Bennett was their leading goal scorer with three goals all kicked in the first term.
New Norfolk 4.0, 11.2, 23.4, 28.9 (177)
Claremont 7.2, 8.5, 8.6, 14.10 (94)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Hall 8, N. Ross 6, Z. Gardam 5, B. Booth 3, N. Clayton 2, T. Rainbird, M. Thompson, B. Wardlaw, J. Clifford; Claremont: A. Bennett 3, D. Hunt 2, N. Brown 2, N. Matthews 2, T. Kelly, T. Arnold, S. Jones, J. Gillie, P. Bedford.