BACK IN FORM
Eagles respond under pressure
NEW Norfolk bounced back after last week’s loss to Kingborough by defeating a gallant Dodges Ferry at Boyer Oval by 39 points at the weekend.
The Eagles kicked 19.12 (126) to defeat the Sharks 12.8 (87).
New Norfolk had the better of the first term but nothing really separated the sides in a fast-paced first term and the Eagles knew they would be in for a real fight as they edged to an 11-point lead at quarter time
New Norfolk really applied the pressure in the second term and the Sharks could not respond as the home side piled on six goals and moved to a very handy 28-point lead at the main break.
In the third quarter, a determined Dodges Ferry came out with all guns blazing, and outplayed their more fancied rival and reduced the gap to 17 points and an upset loomed.
However as good sides always do the Eagles responded magnificently with seven last-term goals to blow the game away and again showed why there are very dangerous.
While the visitors would be disappointed in their finish as they again failed under extreme pressure which is a worry for new coach Miller.
Best players for the Eagles were Horne, Clifford, Wardlaw and Joseph whilst Thompson bounced back to form with four goals.
Best players for the Sharks were Tennick, Millers, and Martin with five goals along with Cusick as they still remain without a win after two rounds.
Next week’s game
THIS weekend New Norfolk will travel to take on Brighton on their home turf.
With the home-ground advantage Brighton has a real chance to grab a big scalp this season when they host New Norfolk who are not at their best as yet.
The Eagles will need to play improving football to defeat the Robins on their home ground.
The Robins were disappointing last week away from home against Lindisfarne and need to maintain consistency for the full four quarters if they are to defeat the top sides.
The powerful New Norfolk side produced a good second half at home last week to defeat highly rated Dodges Ferry and will be looking to build on that performance especially away from home but realise they have a real battle on their hands.
Both sides have very strong marking forwards capable of kicking plenty of goals and the side that can win the midfield battle and stoppages should take the points.
Both sides like to run the ball out of defence and create the loose man so match ups and accountability will be crucial to the result.
You would except a fiery clash from these two neighbours, with Brighton always hard to beat at home.
New Norfolk, however, should have too much strength and class and take the points but will have to work really hard against an improved home side.
The Eagles’ supporters bus will leave for Brighton at 11.30am on Saturday from the New Norfolk Football Clubrooms.
PACE: Eagles’ player Luke Browning outruns his opponents and sends the ball down field. Pictures: MEGAN JACKSON
HIGH FLYER: New Norfolk’s Brad
Carver takes a mighty mark.