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COTTS' CORNER: Round 5 Norwood FC vs Central Districts
8/05/2017 4:01:42 PM

We rallied from 42 points down to defeat Centrals by 24 points in a classic at Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon.

In what was a tail of two halves, Centrals started strong, surging to a 28-point lead at quarter time.

Norwood were then dealt a heavy blow in the early stages of the second quarter as Dean Terlich was forced from the field and was unable to return after the incident.

The Dogs restricted Norwood with tackle pressure and winning the contested possessions, however the Redlegs kicked some crucial goals reducing the margin to 15 points at half time.

Head Coach Jarrod Cotton admitted that although he was slightly worried about the uphill battle Norwood had to face to gain ascendancy, the game was still up in the air with another half of football to be played.

“Not going to lie, I was a bit frustrated being down by 42 points,” said Cotton.

“We had some good patches of play but we just weren’t able to sustain it for very long which lead to Centrals kicking goal after goal.

“But like I said to the group after, the thing that’s really exciting about this group is you feel like you’re always in the game.

“So, as much as I was getting a little bit worried and a little bit frustrated, I knew that we still had another half of footy to go.”

We came out of the blocks early in the third term, kicking four goals in a row. We started to find momentum against the Dogs which then allowed big bodied midfielder, Matt Panos to kick a clutch goal just on three quarter time to give the Redlegs a three-goal lead heading into the final break.

In the last quarter, the Redlegs continued to show their class piling on another four majors, which allowed Norwood to kick 19 goals for the match and more importantly seal the two Premiership points, leaving the My Money House Oval as 24 point victors.

After the match, Cotton explained how proud he was of his sides ability to continue to fight after trailing by such a large margin.

“I was most impressed with our ability to be really resilient I suppose as a group, no matter what situation we get ourselves into,” said Cotton.

“For us, coming from where we have come from scoring has been an issue. But, this year we have been able to score ten goals a game and obviously 19 at Elizabeth is something that doesn’t happen very often.

“So, from that point of view our ball movement and the way we want to attack is getting better all the time, defensively we don’t want to give the opposition so many goals especially early, so that’s something we still need to improve on.

“I said to the group after the game, the exciting thing for me is we have a lot of improvement left and we are still playing some good footy. So, if we can improve in certain areas we will be better again.”

SCOREBOARD

Central District 7.4 11.5 12.8 14.12 (96)

Norwood 3.0 9.2 15.4 19.6 (120)

BEST – Norwood: Panos, Grigg, Kirwan, Roocke, Phillips, Wilson, Shenton.

GOALS - Norwood: Johnston, Phillips, Roocke 3, Shenton, Panos, Grigg 2, Wilson, Baulderstone, Dawe, Smart.

UMPIRES – Hundertmark, Sobieraj, Crosby.

Injuries – Norwood: Terlich (ankle).

NFC Media Writer

Joseph Marciano


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