Two Blues loom large for Ea­gles coach

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

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.”

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