Nerves end Colts’ finals campaign
IT was a disappointing finish to a promising year for the New Norfolk Colts side on Saturday, with the Eagles being knocked out of the finals by Southern Storm.
Having finished on top of the ladder and only losing two games for the home and away season, New Norfolk was the team to beat heading into the finals.
After suffering a 46-point loss to Lindisfarne in its first final, New Norfolk would need to beat Southern Storm to make the grand final but couldn’t do so, eventually losing 13.8 (86) to 0.3 (3).
New Norfolk had the first score of the game when Rowan Thomason kicked a point to open proceedings but it was all Southern Storm from then.
The Storm kicked two goals and missed plenty of other opportunities to gain a 15-point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was again dominated by Southern Storm, except this time the Eagles paid the penalty with its opposition kicking five goals to none and taking a 27-point advantage into half time.
The third quarter was a tight tussle but New Norfolk couldn’t peg back the deficit, with South- ern Storm kicking the only goal for the term and pushing the lead out to a formidable 54 points.
New Norfolk continued to fight in the last quart but the realisation its season was over started to sink in and Southern Storm kicked five goals in the last 10 minutes to blow the margin out to 83 points.
New Norfolk coach Paul Clark said his side didn’t deal with the nerves as well as their opposition.
“It wasn’t much of a game, we couldn’t score,” Clark said.
“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”
Clarke is hopeful this is a learning curve for the players.
“I don’t really judge juniors on wins,” he said.
“As long as they are improving and if we get a few players to push for the senior side then that is a success.”
Earlier on in the day North Hobart won against the South East Suns by 30 points, booking the Demons a spot in the women’s SFL grand final.
Claremont overcame Dodges Ferry in the reserves by 19 points but its senior side went down to Huonville by 22 points.
All the winners will take on Lindisfarne this weekend in their respective grand finals.