Our Round 10 clash and last minor round game for the season against top of the table South Adelaide was always going to be a pivotal clash towards our finals prospects.
South Adelaide have been in red hot form of late with their past two outings been 80-point wins.
We knew we were going to be up against it, but our challenge only increased further as we discovered during our game that in the other match West Adelaide had upset North Adelaide.
This resulted in West drawing level with us on game points, with now percentage going to be the deciding factor as to whether we made finals.
We started the game well but two quick goals before quarter time to South saw them gain early advantage. We hung tough throughout the game though, knowing every single score could be fatal to our finals prospects.
Our chances weren’t helped with again our injury curse striking going into the three quarter time break with no interchange available and facing a 37-point margin.
The last quarter was dramatic. At three quarter time no one exactly knew how much we had to keep the margin to, we just had to keep the margin to as small as possible.
In the last quarter with no bench and under pressure we stepped up a gear and played an outstanding quarter to keep South scoreless.
We only scored one goal and one point for the quarter, but we controlled possession and territory playing some of our best football for the season.
In the end the result went Souths way by 30 points, but the way we hung in there throughout the game showed real fight and character in our inexperienced group.
Our brave effort to keep the score damage to a minimum was good enough to allow us through to the final by a small 2.6%, much to the relief of all. This season we have faced many challenges with drafting’s, injuries and form, but in a tight even competition we were rewarded with a finals position.
Our best football throughout the season was strong enough against all teams and we know if we can unlock our scoring issues, our best is capable of getting the job done.
We now look forward to taking up that challenge in a knock out final against North Adelaide with the winner going through to the Grand final on Anzac day against South Adelaide.
If we bring the same spirit, intensity and ball movement method as we did late in the game against South, we give ourselves every opportunity against North.
We look forward to seeing some support at the game.
Norwood FC: 1.1. (7)
South Adelaide: 4.10. (34)
Best: S.Riley, A. Ferrall, M.Hollick, R.McMahon, N.Burns
(Norwood FC – Womens State League Head Coach)