The Norwood Football Club is looking forward to the prospect of taking the field for the first time in 2018 playing Australian Unity Fast Footy.
Norwood will open their account against Sturt on Friday night, before closing out their Fast Footy Campaign with a hit out against the Adelaide Football Club on Saturday.
In what should be a fantastic spectacle, nine teams will battle it out across two days at Coopers Stadium.
Speaking to Senior Coach of Norwood Jarrod Cotton, he mentioned that the SANFL Fast Footy Competition is the perfect opportunity to practice skills worked on at training.
“As a whole club we are really looking forward to getting out there on Friday and Saturday,” said Cotton.
“The Fast Footy competition is a really good opportunity with 12V12 to get some ball movement and method going inside 50 and defensively coming out of the back half.
“I think also we can hone in and really practice our transition out of our defensive 50, but also practice how hard we can work back when it’s 12V12.
“Overall it will be a great chance for some of our players to play in that format and give them some much needed match practice against an actual opposition.”
With the SANFL Season set to start in a couple of months, the Fast Footy competition will allow coaches to unveil some of their younger players, as well as give the fans a chance to see some of their sides latest recruits showcase their skills for the first time.
Although the game is altered slightly, Cotton mentioned that it still gives coaches a real indication of who wants to play League Football in 2018.
“As a Coach you always want the opportunity to play against an opposition no matter what,” said Cotton.
“I’ll be speaking to our playing group this week about how it’s an opportunity for some of them to put their hand up if they want to play in the seniors in 2018.
“Although there will be a large contingent of younger players some senior players will play such as Declan Hamilton, Cam Shenton, Lewis Johnston and Anthony Wilson.
“Overall, it’s about just preparing for Round 1 giving players a chance to showcase their skills as well as to ensure they give themselves the best possible chance of landing a spot in the starting 18 come Easter Monday.”
Norwood FC faces Sturt FC in Round 1 of the SANFL Fast Footy at Coopers Stadium on February 9. First bounce 8:30pm.
Norwood FC faces Adelaide FC in Round 2 of the SANFL Fast Footy at Coopers Stadium on February 10. First Bounce 5:10pm.