Pies on the menu
AFTER a much-needed break, the New Norfolk Eagles will come flying out of the gates when they host the SFL’s topranked side Claremont on Saturday.
Eagles coach Jeremy Parker said the bye over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend provided some welcome respite during a tough season, with training resuming in earnest last night.
New Norfolk went into its match against Lindisfarne on June 2 missing key goalkicker Marcus Parker with an oblique muscle strain and centre halfback Josh Farrow, who has been suffering from migraines.
“Josh has had some tests done and we’ll know more tonight,’’ Parker said yesterday. thrashing of Brighton on May 26.
However, the Magpies’ last game against Cygnet was a completely different affair, with Claremont suffering its first defeat of the season, going down 10.12 (72) to 15.8 (98).
Parker is determined his side can play a much more competitive game than when the two teams faced off in round two, when the Pies won by 62 points.
“They are the best side we’ve played so far, but ours is quite different,’’ he said.
“Matching up the forwards will be our main task.”
New Norfolk is in seventh place on the SFL ladder, with three wins from nine rounds.
Saturday’s game against Claremont kicks off at 2pm at Boyer Oval.