|Josh and Jack with the cup.|
IN an absolute thriller, New Norfolk won the Under 16B premiership by defeating Kingborough Gold by 15 points in an entertaining STJFL grand final. In very warm conditions at North Hobart Oval on September 7, the young Eagles played their hearts out in what was a close encounter from start to finish.
At half-time New Norfolk trailed the Tigers by just one point. At three-quarter time the Eagles were three points up and in the the final quarter they kept playing outstanding football. With about 90 seconds to go New Norfolk led by the barest of margins, two points. Not to be outdone the mighty Eagles slammed on two more goals to clinch an amazing victory.
Coach Michael Graham was all phrase for his charges after the game. "The boys really played their hearts, out they truly did. It's a credit to them, especially on how hot it was," coach Graham said. The temperature reached around 20 degrees, with many players needing extra water to get themselves through the match.
The Eagles victory is an excellent achievement in more ways than one. The team started in Under 16C but was moved up to B Division during the season, but without the points they already had at that stage. To their credit the young Eagles against all odds finished on top of the ladder and now have won the premiership.
Well done boys, the Valley is very proud of you and your coach Michael Graham and his assistant Paul Clark. The boys have worked hard over many seasons and the victory is richly deserved.
New Norfolk 10.8 (68)
Kingborough 7.11 (53)
Best - New Norfolk: M. Noisier, Zac Triffett, Torne Oates, Patrick Vout, Jaidyn Fisher-Cooley, Josh Farrow. Goals - New Norfolk: Jesse Morgan 4, Jack Guesdon 2, Billy Pauly, Reece Williams, Jake Campbell, Josh Farrow.