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

NEW Nor­folk is rar­ing to get stuck into its fi­nal’s cam­paign this Satur­day when they take on Lind­is­farne at Boyer Oval.

With a round of fi­nals done, the Ea­gles start their run at the premier­ship this week­end.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the sea­son on top of the lad­der New Nor­folk earned a bye for the first week of fi­nals.

The Ea­gles will take on Lind­is­farne af­ter the Two Blues beat Clare­mont on Satur­day by 64 points.

The win­ner of Satur­day’s semi-fi­nal will go straight through to the SFL grand fi­nal and leave the loser need­ing to beat the win­ner of the other semi-fi­nal to gain a spot in the grand fi­nal.

New Nor­folk coach Matthew Smith was not sur­prised his side would be tak­ing on Lind­is­farne in the semi-fi­nal.

“It was no real sur­prise we are play­ing Lind­is­farne,” Smith said. “They have been pretty good this year.”

Smith’s side is full of con­fi­dence with the Ea­gles be­ing un­de­feated this sea­son.

“We are al­ways con­fi­dent head­ing into games be­cause we be­lieve our best footy can beat any­body,” he said.

“We have been work­ing on some stuff to get ready for this game. Hav­ing the week off has al­lowed us to do that and has given the guys a rest.”

The last time the two sides played was the fi­nal round of the home and away sea­son. New Nor­folk won by 42 points.

Given the re­ward on of­fer this Satur­day Smith be­lieves the game will be a harder con­test com­pared to the two sides clash in round 18.

“It will be re­ally dif­fer­ent be­cause there is a grand fi­nal spot to play for,” Smith said.

“Last time there was noth­ing on the line and nei­ther of us could move po­si­tions on the lad­der. This is a mas­sive game and there is a lot at stake for both teams.”

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