EA­GLES BOW OUT

But Colts top lad­der ahead of fi­nals time

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

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.

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