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Norwood v West Adelaide SANFL Macca's League: Round 10, Saturday June 9, 2018

Norwood v West Adelaide @ City Mazda Stadium

Norwood League Match Report

A Matthew Panos inspirational last quarter has helped the Redlegs secure their fifth win in a row by defeating West Adelaide in a nail biter at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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In what was the tale of two halves, Norwood came back from five goals down at three-quarter time to rescue the game in the dying minutes courtesy of youngster Cole Gerloff. Declan Hamilton gave the visitors the perfect start after crumbing the ball and kicking truly inside the first minute of play. From then on West Adelaide started to gain ascendancy generating multiple inside 50 entries through gun midfielder Kaine Stevens.

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Although the Bloods dominance was starting to show, speedster Ed Smart gave the Norwood faithful something to cheer about, stopping the Bloods run to bring the Legs 14-points behind at the first break.

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The second quarter started as a fierce battle in the midfield as Stevens continued to dominate possession of the ball. Norwood although trailing by 21-points continued to prove wasteful in front of goal, as the Redlges managed three rushed behinds in two minutes.

Despite Norwood’s frustration, Josh Glenn steadied to kick his first of the match bringing the margin back to 13. The rest of the quarter was quite physical however the Bloods went into the main break 22-points up.

After the restart Norwood started to turn the match gaining the first six scoring shots of the quarter. It proved to be costly as five of those were behinds meaning Norwood’s hard work wasn’t rewarded on the scoreboard.

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2017 Magarey Medallist, Mitch Grigg however was able to split the middle nine minutes into the third to instil some confidence into the Redlegs camp. Unfortunately Norwood’s hard work and grit to get back into the game fell not long after as Green and Noble goaled for the Bloods to increase the margin back to 23-points.

The Bloods looked in control of the contest when feisty Errin Wasley-Black gave his team a 28-point lead after intercepting a defensive pass and kicking truly from a set shot entering time-on of the third term. Trailing by five goals heading into the last quarter, Norwood had a mountain of work to do in order to overcome a tough a physical West Adelaide side.

To make matters worse, Mac Bower and Mitch Carter both didn’t return after succumbing to injuries meaning Norwood were down to two rotations for the last quarter. But then it was that man Panos, who was quick to reply with a 45m set shot goal as he set about changing the course of the contest for the visitors.

The 2014 Jack Oatey Medallist – who finished with a game-high 31 disposals, eight marks and four goals – booted three majors in the final term to give his side a chance of victory. Panos brought his team within six points when he read a clever tap from Brady Dawe in the goal square before spinning twice and kicking truly along the ground from 15m.

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Just 60 seconds later, he tied up the scores after booting a long bomb from 50m after Declan Hamilton’s unselfish handpass. First-year Redleg Cole Gerloff finished off a nice piece of overlap handball with a goal in the square which gave his team a seven-point buffer with 18 minutes gone in the fourth term.

The hosts weren’t done yet though. West veteran Jason Porplyzia cut the margin to one point when he kicked a set shot from 40m out with 23 minutes gone on the clock. It didn’t prevent Norwood from being able to steady and claim a gutsy come-from-behind triumph on foreign soil.

Norwood 3.3 | 5.6 | 7.13 | 13.17 (95)

Goals: M. Panos 4, J. Glenn 4, E. Smart, D. Hamilton, C. Shenton, M. Grigg, C. Gerloff

Best: M. Panos, W. Abbott, J. Glenn, B. Dawe, M. Wilkins, C. Gerloff

West Adelaide 5.5 | 8.10 | 12.10 | 14.10 (94)

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Norwood Reserves Match Report

Norwood Reserves fell to a 65-point defeat at the hands of West Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.

The sides opened the match locked in an even arm wrestle, with West Adelaide kicking the first two majors, but goals to Caleb Edmead and Kieran Agius quickly allowed Norwood to get back into the contest. However, the home side took control of the match in the second term, piling on four majors to Norwood’s two claiming a 37-point lead at the main break. It was a disappointing result for the Redlegs, who lost most categories only managing seven goals from their 33 inside 50s, compared to Wests 17 from 46.

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Zac Richards impressed the coaches with his composure and rebound off of halfback. Meanwhile, Darcy Pisani continued to get his hands on plenty of the footy, collecting 25 disposals and seven tackles.

Anthony Wilson managed one goal and two behinds in his third game back from an ankle injury, while Tom Forster and Chris Olsson accumulated 20 plus disposals for the match. Harry Viney was Norwood’s only other multiple goalkicker, snaring two from his 11 touches to go with five marks.

The Reserves will now face Glenelg at 11.30am next Saturday in Multicultural Round.

Norwood 2.0 | 4.1 | 6.6 | 7.7 (49)

Goals: H. Viney 2, K. Agius , A. Zeni, L. Wilson, C. Edmead, A. Wilson

Best: T. Forster, N. Pedro, C. Olsson, D. Pisani, Z. Richards, H. Fahlbusch-Moore

West Adelaide 5.2 | 9.7 | 11.8 | 17.12 (114)

Next Game: Round 11

Saturday June 16, 2018 @ Coopers Stadium

Reserves 11:30am | League 2:40pm

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