SFL Season 2015
Round 4 Review
By BEN HARRISON
FROM the start of the clash between New Norfolk and the East Coast Bombers on Saturday it appeared in the first quarter that spectators in the Boyer crowd were in for a real first versus second encounter as at quarter time it was the Eagles holding a slender 10-point lead.
However, in the following three quarters New Norfolk showed why it has been the dominant side of the SFL competition in recent years, going on a rampage kicking 19 goals to one solitary Bombers major.
East Coast went into the match as ladder leader and was previously undefeated this season but as the second term progressed the bigger bodies of the New Norfolk forward line came into play as most of the quarter was spent inside the Eagles forward 50 and they kicked away to a 45-point lead at the long break. It wasn’t just on the scoreboard that the Bombers were getting hurt, as injury began to play a role with East Coast having no fit players through the interchange bench after half time.
For the Eagles, Rohan Heron kicked five goals all in the final quarter and Zeke Gardam kicked four majors to go six goals clear at the top of the SFL goal kicking tally.
New Norfolk coach Caden Wilson told the Mercury after the game “To East Coast’s credit their first half pressure was great, but gradually as the game went on we began to get on top and played the footy we wanted to play.”
New Norfolk also won the Reserves game by 122 points but in the Under 18 Youth League Sandy Bay defeated New Norfolk by 25 points
New Norfolk 2.6 (18) 7.12 (54) 12.17 (89) 21.24 (150)
East Coast 1.2 (8) 1.3 (9) 2.7 (19) 2.8 (20)
Goals - New Norfolk: R. Heron 5, Z. Gardam 4, N. Clayton 3, C. Wilson 3, S. Bonnitcha 2, L. Joseph, B. Wardlaw, M. Horne, R. Belcher; East Coast: C. Baker , J. Eaton.
Best - New Norfolk: M. Horne, B. Wardlaw, C. Wilson, N. Clayton, S. Moles, P. Ross; East Coast: C. Hutchison, T. Giffard, B. Morrisby, M. Walker, B. Palmer.
New Norfolk 5.4 (34) 9.10 (64) 12.15 (87) 19.21 (135)
East Coast 2.0 (12) 2.0 (12) 2.1 (13) 2.1 (13)
Goals - New Norfolk: J. Van-Lierop 5, T. Triffett 5, J. Banks-Smith, J. Adams, J. Kelly, D. Triffett, J. Duggan, J. Murray, B. King, B. Ransley, L. Browning; East Coast: J. Kopra, H. Triffett.
Best - New Norfolk: L. Browning, J. Van-Lierop, N. Lester, T. Triffett, S. Fenton, J. Banks-Smith; East Coast: D. Bell, D. Mead, J. Baker, H. Triffett, W. McNamara, P. Turner.
Sandy Bay 2.6 (18) 5.9 (39) 7.12 (54) 10.12 (72)
New Norfolk 1.2 (8) 3.5 (23) 4.8 (32) 6.11 (47)
Goals - Sandy Bay: H. Dudgeon 2, S. Kenny 2, R. Blakers 2, A. Bastick 2, J. Hudson, P. O'Keefe;
New Norfolk: J. Eiszele 2, N. Wakefield 2, B. Chaplin, S. Upton.
Best - Sandy Bay: R. Witte, J. Denehey, J. Higginbotham, P. O'Keefe, H. Johnstone, S. Kenny; New Norfolk: N. Wakefield, J. Morgan, J. Mann, H. Bielleman, B. Hyland, D. Smith.