Much-needed bye has Ea­gles ready to fly

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT -

“The doc­tor rec­om­mended against play­ing the Lind­is­farne game, so he’s rested and hope­fully feel­ing up to it.

Marcus Parker is a doubt­ful starter, still wait­ing on the re­sults of an ul­tra­sound, but Ja­cob Wigg is ex­pected to be avail­able for se­lec­tion af­ter bruis­ing his tail­bone.

“If we could get those three play­ing it would be help­ful, but at the same time it gave some of our younger play­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties to step up last week, which they did,” the coach said.

“I’m re­ally proud of their ef- forts. With­out one of our key for­wards, mid­fielder and cen­tre half-back it would have been easy to back off, but to their credit they ab­so­lutely didn’t.”

Small for­ward and cap­tain Josh Clif­ford led a valiant ef­fort against sec­ond-placed Lind­is­farne be­fore the bye, scor­ing five goals.

But the Ea­gles slowed in the fi­nal quar­ter, even­tu­ally beaten 14.12 (96) to 12.11 (83).

This week­end New Nor­folk faces a tough task against Clare­mont, which was mer­ci­less in its (195) to 2.6 (18)

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