Nerves end Colts’ fi­nals cam­paign

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

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.

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