Unbeaten Blues roll Pies
LINDISFARNE’S victory over reigning premier Claremont may not ease the pain of grand final defeat last year, but coach Daniel Willing believes it has put them in a position to challenge for the SFL flag this season.
The Blues overcame Clare- mont 20.17 (137) to 17.8 (110) at Anzac Park yesterday to remain undefeated so far this season.
After taking a narrow threepoint lead into quarter time, Lindisfarne allowed Claremont into the game during the second stanza.
The Pies booted seven goals to four to take an 11-point lead into half time, but that slender buffer didn’t last long.
Lindisfarne tilted the balance in its favour during the third quarter by adding seven goals of its own to Claremont’s four.
The hosts then landed the killer blow during the fourth quarter with six goals to three. Blue Ben Van Kraanen was the match day hero with seven majors.
The win kept Lindisfarne second behind New Norfolk by percentage, while Claremont (fourth) has now dropped games against flag contenders the Blues and New Norfolk.
Willing said he was particularly pleased with the second half.
“We didn’t talk about the grand final last year beforehand at all,” he said.
“We used this as an opportunity to get two wins clear [of Claremont]. We feel we will be one of the [top] three there at the business end of the year.”
Claremont coach David Hunt conceded Lindisfarne was the classier side and con- trolled the game for longer.
“We’ve now lost by four goals to each of them [New Norfolk and Lindisfarne],” Hunt said.
Elsewhere, Dodges Ferry consolidated third spot with a narrow 86-83 win over Huonville, while Cygnet smashed Hobart 150-93 and Brighton walked by Sorell 133-56.