Pies on the menu

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - STEPHANIE NEW­ING­TON

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.

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