Third-term he­roes

Ea­gles hold on against Sorell

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

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.”

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