The Norwood Football Club claimed their first win at Hickinbotham Oval since 2013 on Sunday, defeating South Adelaide by 8 points in Round 10 of the SANFL Maccas League.
The Redlegs fought off a spirited last quarter comeback by the Panthers to claim redemption against South Adelaide who knocked off Norwood back in Round three.
Cameron Shenton and Lewis Johnston hit the scoreboard with three majors each, while Brad McKenzie gathered 29 disposals including nine tackles.
The start of the match worked in Norwood’s favour, dominating the contest and forcing a number of inside 50 entries.
The Redlegs not only dominated the clearances and marks but also hit the scoreboard early kicking the first four goals of the match.
However, the Legs were dealt a harsh blow midway through the first term. Tim Webber was forced from the ground with a suspected knee injury leaving Norwood with one less rotation.
Although Norwood were down personnel, their endeavour and contest work wasn’t to be denied.
Early in the second term, youngster Matt Nunn who was a late replacement for gun midfielder Mitch Grigg, kicked a vital goal on an acute angle, handing the Redlegs a comfortable 24-point lead.
The majority of the second term was dominated by the Panthers, however Norwood continued to mound pressure adding to their tally late in the quarter through goals from Shenton and Johnston.
After the main break, South’s Abe Davis kicked an early goal closing Norwood’s lead to 18 points.
Defensive midfielder, Andrew Kirwan continued to battle in the middle for Norwood and the Redlegs hard work paid dividends, as speedsters Anthony Wilson and Ed Smart kicked crucial goals extending the Legs margin to 36 points.
In the final term South fought back kicking five goals for the quarter, however Norwood were not to be denied holding on to a priceless eight-point win.
“I thought for three quarters we played some really good footy,” Cotton said.
“Obviously we ran out of legs in the last quarter which had a little bit to do with injuries and rotations off the bench.
“But I thought our effort and character in the way we moved the footy, especially in the first quarter was really positive.”
Cotton also went onto praise some of his younger less-experienced players, acknowledging how well they stood up with key personnel injured.
“The good thing about the group is that we are getting games into players that don’t normally play a lot of league footy,” Cotton explained.
“Players such as Mac Bower, Tom Forster, Peter Bampton and obviously Matt Nunn who got his opportunity at the expense of Mitch Grigg.
“So, it was fantastic to see those guys step up and really enjoy their footy at league level.
SOUTH ADELAIDE: 8-12- (60)
NORWOOD FC 10-8- (68)
BEST: McKenzie, Bode, Nunn, Johnston, Fuller, Bartlett, Georgiou
GOALS: 3 Shenton, 3 Johnston, 2 Wilson, Smart,
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