Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Claremont wins minor 2015 SFL premiership

SFL Season 2015
Round 18 reviewed by Ben Harrison

New Norfolk 15.14 (104) d Huonville 3.11 (29) 
At quarter time in this game where second played fourth it looked like a fairly even contest. However, as the game progressed the slow starting Eagle machine got moving and the Lions simply had no answers and their previously super-accurate forwards could not find their goal kicking radar.

After quarter time New Norfolk had kicked 13 goals to Huonville’s two and should they meet again this season Huonville coach Tim Lamprill will have to find some new ways to win the contested ball and also apply some scoreboard pressure … but that opportunity is still only a possibility.

Zeke Gardam and Nic Clayton both kicked four goals each for the Eagles and both players were clearly the Eagles’ prime movers for the day. For the Lions there were no multiple goal kickers and classy veteran James Lange tried hard all day to keep his team in the hunt to no avail.

New Norfolk won the reserves by 55 points.

Claremont 22.19 (151) d Brighton 11.6 (72) 
It's not very often that both clubs are delighted with the result after a game of footy, but that was the outcome at Pontville in the final round of SFL season 2015 after Brighton went down to Claremont. Claremont needed the win to officially secure the SFL minor premiership, while Brighton had set their sights on an unlikely win or hope for results elsewhere to go its way to play finals.

At the final siren it was celebrations for Claremont as a 79 point win delivered its first minor premiership since 1997, but as the results from other grounds arrived and it emerged that Hobart had shocked East Coast for the second time this season by three points the Robins joined in the celebrations.

Claremont won the reserves by 59 points.

New Norfolk 15.14 (104) d Huonville 3.11 (29) 
At quarter time in this game where second played fourth it looked like a fairly even contest. However, as the game progressed the slow starting Eagle machine got moving and the Huonville Lions simply had no answers and their previously super accurate forwards could not find their goal kicking radar. New Norfolk won the reserves by 55 points.

Cygnet 13.7 (85) d Sorell 6.7 (43) 
The celebrations at Cygnet have been few and far between this season, but they surely would have been “up and about” on Saturday following their dual victories over Sorell in their final fixture for the season at home in the Port. Cygnet won the reserves by 38 points.

Lindisfarne 17.16 (118) d Dodges Ferry 7.13 (55) 
Dodges Ferry fans must have felt a sense of deja vu in their final match of the season as in the same
fashion as last week they raced out of the blocks to lead by five goals against Lindisfarne at Shark Park. Then once again they simply went missing and for the next three quarters Lindisfarne kicked 17
goals. Lindisfarne won the reserves by 68 points.

Hobart 6.5 (41) d Brighton 4.14 (38)  
They say in football poor kicking really costs you and that was definitely the case for the East Coast
Bombers, who after sitting on top of the ladder after four rounds of the season will now miss the finals after going down to Hobart by three points at Lauderdale on Saturday. East Coast won the reserves by 34 points.

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