FI­NALS FIGHT

Pies on the menu af­ter Ea­gles fight back

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON

HAV­ING watched his side emerge vic­to­ri­ous from a game of two halves in the SFL qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Lind­is­farne, New Nor­folk coach Caden Wil­son says the come­back win was just what was needed ahead of a trip to Clare­mont.

The Ea­gles started slowly at Boyer Oval on Satur­day and looked un­able to cope with the rapid ball move­ment of the Two Blues early on.

How­ever, the home side fought back to get within a goal of Lind­is­farne by the half­time break.

The third term is of­ten de­scribed as the “premier­ship quar­ter”, and it cer­tainly proved the case for New Nor­folk on Satur­day.

The Ea­gles kicked four goals to Lind­is­farne’s two, even though they had Jar­rod Horne sent from the ground in the 17th minute.

But de­spite the big blow, the Ea­gles kept the Two Blues goal-less in the fi­nal quar­ter as they ran out win­ners 14.10 (94) to 8.11 (59).

For­mer Wil­liam Leitch Medal­list Nathan Ross and Mark Horne were sen­sa­tional in the mid­field for the Ea­gles, while Ben Lovell — nor­mally a cen­tre-half back — thrived up for­ward and fin­ished with three goals.

The Ea­gles will now travel to Clare­mont to take on their fierce ri­vals the Mag­pies in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal on Satur­day.

Wil­son, who will miss the fi­nals be­cause of two breaks in his an­kle and one to his fibula suf­fered dur­ing the fi­nal home­and-away match against Huonville, said Satur­day’s match was a game his side needed ahead of fac­ing the Pies.

“We knew that Linds­farne were go­ing to come out strong,’’ he said.

“They fin­ished third on the lad­der, they are a good side and play a dif­fer­ent style of footy to us, but we knew if we put four qual­ity quar­ters to­gether we could over­run them in the end.

“We sort of spoke about it be­fore the game be­gan. Fi­nals is a whole new ball game, it’s to­tally dif­fer­ent — you’re go­ing to have hard games week-in, week-out.

“A game like the one we had against Lind­is­farne is a per­fect lead-in for Clare­mont down there next week­end.”

The New Nor­folk sup­port­ers’ bus leaves the club rooms at 11.15am on Satur­day for the trip to Ab­bots­field Park.

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