Two Blues loom large for Eagles coach
THIS Saturday’s game against Lindisfarne looks like it could be a preview for this season’s grand final.
Undefeated New Norfolk is sitting on top of the SFL ladder and Lindisfarne is second with its only loss coming against the Eagles.
The teams meet this Saturday at Boyer Oval in the last round before the finals.
New Norfolk coach Matthew Smith believes Lindisfarne is a real threat to his side’s premiership chances.
“Lindisfarne has been doing the same thing to teams that we have been doing,” Smith said.
“Their only loss was to us and in the rest of their games they have been just as dominant.”
Given New Norfolk’s healthy percentage, this weekend’s match will not affect the two teams’ ladder positions but that doesn’t mean there is no importance in the game.
“It’s a good chance to get a real psychological edge over them,” Smith said.
“They have some really good players and we need to stop them.”
“As a team they are very good with their run and carry like us so it should be a good contest,” he said.
The opportunity to play against the next best team in the competition just before fi- nals is something Smith is delighted to have.
“Getting to play and have a look at the side that sits second is great just before finals,” Smith said.
“The first half of last week’s game was a real physical contest and this week should be another step up for our guys.”
New Norfolk is coming off an 81-point win over Dodges Ferry.
Smith said he was pleased with the win but he wasn’t as happy with his players.
“The first three quarters were disappointing,” Smith said.
“It was good we were able to get it together in the last quar- ter and come away with the four points.”
A positive from the game was Caden Wilson who kicked six goals that all came in the second half.
“We do have many players who can kick goals for us and Caden is one of them,” Smith said. “Caden normally plays on a wing for us but in the second half we threw things around a bit and he got onto the end of a few.”