NEW Norfolk is full of confidence coming into the finals after finishing the home and away roster undefeated and on top of the ladder.
The Eagles’ confidence will be even greater given they defeated second placed Lindisfarne 17.17 (119) to 11.11 (77) at Boyer Oval on Saturday.
New Norfolk coach Matthew Smith is pleased his side got the win even though he believes they can still be better.
“I still don’t think we played at our best,” Smith said.
“We still won so that is a good sign for us.
“When we do show the glimpses of our best footy we play a very good brand of football which gives us a great deal of confidence.”
The top of the table clash was controlled by New Norfolk, which led at every change and won every quarter.
Jacob Wigg was the Eagles’ best, finishing with four goals in an effort Smith was amazed with.
“Wigg was fantastic for us,” he said.
“His game was on the weekend was one of the best individual performances I have seen.”
Caden Wilson also kicked four goals and has now kicked 10 goals in two weeks after bagging six against Dodges Ferry in round 17.
Marcus Parker added three goals to his season tally to put him on 53 goals and put him in fourth place in the competition’s leading goal kickers.
The teamwork Parker has displayed this season has delighted Smith more than the goals he has kicked.
“He has sacrificed his own game a lot this season to better the team,” Smith said.
“He works hard up the ground to create space for other forwards to get in.
“I think he has probably cost himself 20 to 30 goals this season to help the team.”
New Norfolk has this week- end off and will play the winner of the qualifying final between Lindisfarne and Claremont.
Smith predicts the game to be closer than expected.
“I think Lindisfarne will probably win but I wouldn’t be surprised if the result went the other way,” Smith said.