No rest for Eagles

Full steam ahead as coach seeks match fit­ness

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

NEW NOR­FOLK coach Matt Smith won’t be let­ting his top play­ers rest be­fore a big fi­nals cam­paign.

The Eagles have two games left of the home-and-away sea­son be­fore fi­nals start and given they are yet to lose a game they could use the next two weeks to rest some bet­ter play­ers but Smith will not have a bar of that ap­proach.

In­stead he will be keep­ing his stars on the park to en­sure the side keeps top spot and gains a home pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

New Nor­folk take on Dodges Ferry and Lind­is­farne in the fi­nal two rounds and Smith will be us­ing the games to pre­pare for the fi­nals cam­paign.

“With the bye last week­end we will be look­ing to try and get games into the guys be­fore fi­nals,” Smith said.

New Nor­folk take on Dodges Ferry this Satur­day at Shark Park and Smith con­sid­ers the game will be a good way to wake up his team af­ter the bye.

“This week at Shark Park will be a real phys­i­cal test for the team,” Smith said.

The last game of the home­and-away sea­son is a block­buster home game against sec­ond placed Lind­is­farne.

“Play­ing them [Lind­is­farne] be­fore fi­nals al­lows us to try a few things and see what we need to fine tune be­fore fi­nals,” Smith said. “Given we are both guar­an­teed first and sec­ond it will be in­ter­est­ing but we will go out there and play our nor­mal footy.”

Un­de­feated New Nor­folk has dom­i­nated so far this sea­son and Smith is happy for his team to be con­sid­ered as pre­mier­ship favourites.

“I’m happy for us to wear the favourites tag,” Smith said.

“If teams think that we are the favourites and the best team then we will wear that.”

Al­though he is happy to be la­belled as the favourites, Smith knows there are a few sides who can win the pre­mier­ship this year.

“The fi­nals will be pretty even this year,” Smith said.

“Lind­is­farne and Clare­mont played in the grand fi­nal last year so they are dan­ger­ous.”

“I think there is a sleep­ing gi­ant in Cygnet. They could re­ally shock some teams in the fi­nals. We played them a few weeks ago and they were re­ally hard at the ball.”

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