EAGLES BOW OUT
But Colts top ladder ahead of finals time
AN INCONSISTENT season for New Norfolk has finished with a defeat to a hungry Cygnet team by 18 points.
With a finals spot on the line, Cygnet came out hard on its home ground and kicked four goals to one in the first term, giving it a 19-point lead at quarter time.
The next three quarters were tight but New Norfolk couldn’t gain the lead off Port.
At half-time Cygnet led by 13 points and by the last change New Norfolk was only 11 points behind.
The final quarter continued in a similar fashion, with Cygnet eventually winning 15.15 (105) to 13.9 (87).
The win allowed Cygnet to scrape into the finals and the loss has meant New Norfolk has finished the year seventh on the ladder.
Marcus Parker finished the season as the Eagles’ leading goalkicker with 49 goals, which also saw him come in fourth for the league.
In better news for the club, the Colts team has finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder and coach Paul Clarke said the team was ready for finals action.
“The boys are confident but not over confident,” Clarke said.
“We had a loss last week but we have finished the season on top with only two losses.”
The Colts were undefeated until round 14 but have lost two of its past three games, and Clarke puts the poor form down to motivation.
“We have played three games in six weeks because of the fixture and byes,” Clarke said. “It’s hard to get the boys to training when there is no game to train for.”
The team has another bye this weekend because of finishing first, and Clarke said it was not ideal but believed his side would be able to find top form in time for its first final.
“We will work hard on the track this week to make sure we are ready in a fortnight’s time,” he said.
Caleb Triffett has been a standout for the Colts this season, kicking 50 goals in 14 matches, and Cody Morgan has also been impressive with 23 goals in 14 games.
The Colts will play the winner of the qualifying final between the Southern Storm and Lindisfarne.