Ea­gles re­spond un­der pres­sure

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - Sport - GARY WIL­LIAMSON

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.

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