Pies on the menu after Eagles fight back
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.