Eagles hold on against Sorell
A DOMINANT third term has saved New Norfolk from undoing all its hard work in the past month.
A six-goal third quarter in a low scoring affair at Pembroke Park kept New Norfolk from a defeat to a struggling Sorell on Saturday.
New Norfolk managed only one point in the first quarter to Sorell’s one goal, leaving the visitors five points behind at quarter time.
The contest remained even in the second quarter and New Norfolk cut the margin to two points at the main break.
After half time New Norfolk looked like a different team and booted six goals to two, which provided a 32-point lead heading into the final term.
Sorell were able to win the last quarter but it wasn’t enough with New Norfolk eventually winning 12.12 (84) to 10.8 (68).
New Norfolk coach Jeremy Parker said he was pleased his side could keep its winning habit going and said the conditions played a big role in his side’s performance.
“To be honest the conditions weren’t great and when they settled down we started to play better,” Parker said.
“Sorell played the conditions better than we did early in the game.”
Heading into last weekend’s game, New Norfolk had won three out of its past four games and its loss was a valid effort against ladder leader Lindisfarne.
“We spoke before the game about the hard work we have put in over the last few weeks and the position that had put us in,” Parker said. “It was good to keep the winning going because every game for us now is pretty much a must-win if we want to make finals.
“We need to keep winning and hopefully win well to help our percentage too.”
The weekend’s victory keeps New Norfolk one win out of the top five behind Hobart and Cygnet, who play each other this weekend. New Norfolk will be taking on secondplaced Huonville at Boyer this Saturday and Parker believes his players can get the job done.
“Last time we played them we wasted our opportunities early,” he said.
“We were in it most of the day and were only a few points down heading into the final quarter but they ran away from us.”