Jarrod Cotton- Match Report Analysis:
Round 7 Norwood FC vs Woodville West Torrens Eagles, Coopers Stadium
The Norwood Football Club has delivered a memorable four quarter performance, upsetting the SANFL league leaders, Woodville West Torrens by 31-points at the Parade on Friday night.
In what was an eagerly anticipated clash, the Eagles started the match the more convincing hitting the scoreboard early through forward, Angus Rowntree.
Norwood’s skills throughout the opening term were a bit untidy, however as the match went on the Redlegs intent and tackle pressure came to fruition dominating in all aspects including the scoreboard.
Norwood FC, Head-Coach, Jarrod Cotton, mentioned after the match that he challenges his side to put pressure on the opposition at all times and to carry out all team first acts for the whole of the four quarters.
Norwood’s pressure was evidently shown laying over 100 tackles, 60 more than the week previous against Glenelg.
“I think going off our stats we had over 100 tackles which was pretty good and that for us was a real focus going into the match,” said Cotton.
“Another aspect for the week which we wanted to bring was pressure around the ball carrier at all times, but also pressure acts as well.
“So, I think they executed that very well it wasn’t just four or five players doing it, it was the whole 21.”
The match itself was clearly dominated in Norwood’s favour however, the scoreboard at half time saw the Redlegs kick 9.9 with inaccurate kicking allowing the Eagles a chance going into the second half.
Cotton, who although was frustrated with the chances missed, remained calm knowing his side’s intent was there and believed it was only a matter of time until the match broke in the favour of the Redlegs.
“I was a little bit frustrated I suppose when we missed the shots, but I wasn’t too concerned because I could just tell that our intent was excellent,” Cotton explained.
“I knew if we were able to continue pressuring the Eagles, our fortunes would turn eventually and that our players would step up when it counted.
“So, as a coach it was always going to turn, it was just a matter of being patient and going through the process of putting the opposition under enough heat to force turnovers and then punish when given the chance.”
After a remarkable win over the ladder leaders, the Eagles, Norwood now face a tough match against the reigning premiers Sturt at Peter Motley (Unley Oval) this Saturday.
When asked about his side’s ability to be consistent from one week to the next, Cotton stated that it’s a challenge within itself to be consistent over long a long stretch and knows that nothing but the best will be enough to defeat Sturt this weekend.
“Without a doubt, that’s the challenge now to be really consistent with our effort in every game that we play,” Cotton responded.
“We have been in every game so far, this year, but now to bring it at that level again is the challenge and we want to be an elite football team and you have to come with that attitude and effort every week.”
“It’s always tough to win at Unley at any stage of the season, so it’s going to be a really good challenge for us and if we can play like we did last week anything is possible.”
Norwood FC 1.4 6.7 9.9 9.13 (67)
Woodville West Torrens Eagles 2.1 4.4 5.5 5.6 (36)
BEST – Norwood: Baulderstone, Georgiou, Johnston, Shenton, Panos, Grigg, Webber, Kirwan, Mckenzie.
GOALS – Norwood: Dawe 2, Johnston 2, Bampton, Fuller, Levicki, Panos, Roocke.
NFC News Writer