Ea­gles sur­vive early chal­lenge

Favourites head off Port storm

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - KYLE WIS­NIEWSKI

JA­SON Lay­cock helped New Nor­folk re­cover from a tough start to a con­vinc­ing SFL win on the road against an in-form Cygnet.

Cygnet had won six of its past seven games com­ing into Satur­day’s clash with New Nor­folk, and the Port was hop­ing to end the Ea­gles’ un­de­feated streak.

The home side started the game well and were lead­ing the Ea­gles by 15 points at quar­ter-time but the be­lief that an up­set could be on the cards was soon taken away when New Nor­folk ruck­man Lay­cock helped his side dom­i­nate the game in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The sec­ond half was con- trolled by the Ea­gles, who showed why they are yet to lose a game this year. At the fi­nal siren New Nor­folk had blown the win­ning mar­gin out to 57 points, scor­ing 18.16 (124) to Cygnet 10.7 (67).

The ef­forts of Lay­cock, who fin­ished the game with seven goals, stood out to his coach Matt Smith.

“I reckon five of his goals came from when he was in the ruck,” Smith said.

“He worked re­ally hard all day and I was re­ally im­pressed with his work rate.”

Smith was also im­pressed by Cygnet’s fight early in the match.

“It was a re­ally good, hard con­test early,” Smith said.

“They [Cygnet] had a lot on the line this game, with them fight­ing for a top-three spot.”

Zeke Gar­dam was also dan­ger­ous in front of goal, fin­ish­ing with five ma­jors, and Mar­cus Parker con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form, kick­ing four goals and tak­ing his sea­son tally to 48 goals, the fourth high­est in the league.

Smith is pleased with the form his for­wards are in.

“Parker is a real fo­cal point for us go­ing for­ward but hav­ing said that we are able to spread our goals and rely on more than just a cou­ple of play­ers to kick our score,” Smith said.

Next week New Nor­folk has a bye and it gives the team a chance to pre­pare for the last two games be­fore the fi­nals.

“We won’t change much this week,” Smith said. “We will keep work­ing hard and train like we nor­mally do.”

Af­ter the bye the Ea­gles play Dodges Ferry away be­fore host­ing Lind­is­farne at Boyer in the last round.

STAND­ING TALL: Ruck­man Ja­son Lay­cock.

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