Round 8 Sturt FC vs Norwood FC, Peter Motley Oval
A misfiring Norwood blew an opportunity to solidify a spot in the top three on the SANFL ladder, succumbing to Sturt by 57 points at Peter Motley Oval.
The Redlegs got within three goals midway through the third quarter at Unley, however weren’t able to keep up with the Double Blues who ran out eventual winners.
Norwood was without a host of key players and conceded 21 goals in tough windy conditions away from home.
Callum Bartlett finished the match with three goals, while Tim Webber had 27 touches and 8 tackles.
Sturt came at the Redlegs from the get go kicking six goals straight in the opening term to Norwood’s two.
Sturts’ accuracy was the key to their success, kicking goals from outside 50 and on tough angles.
Norwood FC had its chances to wrestle back momentum, finishing the game with a clear advantage in hit outs, but continually fell to basic skill errors.
Sturt’s midfielders in Hone, Riley and Battersby continued to dominate the clearances allowing the Double Blues to gain territory inside 50.
Norwood finished the match two down, as Patrick Levicki left the field with a corked thigh, while Mitch Grigg came off with a corked knee.
Coach of Norwood FC, Jarrod Cotton praised Sturt’s overall performance, and conceded that Norwood’s wasn’t good enough.
“They are a very good team with a full-strength side, but we just didn’t come to play,” said Cotton.
“Mentally, there were a few things we were meant to do in the first quarter but we weren’t switched on, they out-hunted us, they wanted the ball more, they spread harder, so overall they were just better than us.
“In the end, they had over 100 marks, which means we didn’t defend, our tackle pressure was down as well, so it just wasn’t what we were after.
Norwood, although falling to Sturt, still sit third on the SANFL Maccas ladder, and now face the Adelaide Crows reserves in Multicultural Round on Saturday.
Cotton, who although knows it was a tough loss to swallow, admits that they are looking forward to playing this week and is adamant that his side will turn it around.
“As a group, we understand what makes us a good team and what doesn’t,” Cotton said.
“We just have to get back to those key fundamentals and basics.
“We need to make sure that we get our preparation right this week and that we come to play against Adelaide.”
STURT 6.1 11.4 16.6 21.9 (135)
NORWOOD 2.4 4.7 9.7 11.11 (77)
BEST — Norwood: Webber, Baulderstone, Wilson, McKenzie, Bampton.
Norwood: Bartlett 3, Roocke, Johnston 2, Bampton, Grigg, T. Forster, Fuller.
INJURIES — Norwood: Levicki (corked thigh), Grigg (corked knee).
UMPIRES — Schramm, Philp, Crosby.
NFC News Writer