Ea­gles undefeated

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

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.

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