Jarrod Cotton- Match Report Analysis:
Round 1 Norwood FC V North Adelaide, Coopers Stadium
Norwood hold off North in SANFL season opener
The Norwood Football Club has started it’s 2017 SANFL campaign with a spirited 22-point victory over North Adelaide at the Parade on Friday night.
The match started in a fierce and tough manner, with North Adelaide applying the early pressure which allowed Jordie Mckenzie to kick the opening score for the visitors.
However, the Redlegs were not to be denied, rebounding from their defensive 50 moving the ball quickly for Brady Dawe to score the first of his three goals.
Norwood FC Head-Coach, Jarrod Cotton, commended Norths willingness to apply pressure in terms of tackling, however admitted that he was proud of his players in withstanding the pressure North applied whilst also working to swing momentum back in their own favour.
“There were some real positives out of the game and we were a little bit inconsistent with our finishing in front of goal and making the right decision going inside 50,” said Cotton.
“We probably struggled in the first quarter to get our hands on the footy at stoppage and our tackling pressure was a little bit low.”
“After quarter time we addressed that, and I thought the boys really improved in that area and gave us first look at it.”
Norwood in the end topped North Adelaide with inside 50’s reading 59 to 32. With the amount of inside 50’s it showed Norwood’s ball movement throughout the match was pleasing however, the Redlegs were inconsistent in front of goal.
“In the end, I’m happy that we are creating opportunities to score which is a real positive, and our ball movement at times was quite pleasing,” Cotton stated.
Our transition was also fantastic, we would go from our defensive 50 to our forward 50 pretty quickly which has been a real focus for us over the preseason.
“On the flip side, we obviously want to score more. We had opportunities in the last quarter to really put the game away and we just made poor decisions going inside 50 especially kicking to their plus one.”
Overall, Cotton was pleased that his side handled the pressure of the opening game perfectly. Cotton mentioned that in particular the back six worked well with one another and that the teams ball movement was pleasing throughout the course of the match.
NORWOOD 3.5 7.8 10.9 12.16 (88)
NORTH ADELAIDE 2.5 5.9 7.12 9.12 (66)
BEST — Norwood: Webber, Jefferies, Baulderstone, Dawe, Wilson, Smart, Georgiou, Terlich.
GOALS — Norwood: Phillips, Dawe 3, Jefferies 2, Johnston, Forster, Wilson, Smart.
CROWD — 3800