The Norwood Football Club have fallen to Centrals in the first SANFL Elimination Final by 48-points.
The Redlegs managed to get within 6-points at halftime, however the Dogs were far too strong kicking 11 goals to five after half-time, all but ending Norwood’s hopes of a 31st Premiership.
Brad McKenzie was instrumental for Norwood gathering 26 disposals at 11 marks, while Mitch Grigg had 32 disposals and a goal.
A dominant start for Nowood was needed after their last outing against the Dogs, however it was Centrals spiritual leader Trent Goodrem who gave his side the perfect start.
The Dogs kicked the next two goals of the match, however Norwood replied through a Callum Bartlett goal midway through the first term.
Centrals continued to dominate the clearances as well as the ability to nullify the ever so dangerous Matt Panos.
The Dogs went into quarter time 18-points up, however Norwood slowly built their way into the contest and began the second term full of running.
Norwood did fight back in the second term, holding Centrals to 0.4 for the majority of the quarter and kicking 2.3 themselves thanks to Brady Dawe’s first and an uplifting goal from Anthony Wilson.
Wilson again lit up Adelaide Oval, with a trademark run and carry goal, giving his side the momentum needed heading into the main break.
After halftime the Redlegs were forced to move the ball under immense pressure, as Norwood were out-tackled 62-72. Centrals skill by hand and foot allowed them to move the ball swiftly around the ground allowing the Dogs to set up several damaging counter attacks.
Norwood were within three goals of the Dogs heading into the last quarter, however Centrals ability to move the ball quickly and hit the scoreboard allowed them to open up a 48-point lead.
Strong contributors for the Dogs included Nick Holman who racked up 31 disposals and a goal and Captain Trent Goodrem who had 27 disposals and two goals.
Coach of Norwood FC, Jarrod Cotton laments that his side wasn’t good enough on the day highlighting Centrals will and want to hunt the football.
“They obviously jumped early, we gave away some cheap turnover goals which gave them a good start to the game” said Cotton.
“I thought probably the second half of the first quarter we held the football in our half a fair bit,
“We managed to apply some scoreboard pressure which was good, I thought our second quarter we really dominated the game,
“But it was really disappointing the guys had a crack at times, but weren’t good enough for long enough against a fantastic Centrals outfit.”
Cotton also went onto mention how this year has seen his side improve in particular from 8th to 4th, however believes that after the Eagles match a month ago, Norwood have struggled to gain any continuity in their form.
“We will obviously go through the way we ended our year with a review process,” Cotton said.
“Whether it was a fitness issue, mental issue or through injuries after the Eagles game we are sitting in equal second and in a really good spot.
“So, we probably didn’t make the most of our opportunities to finish the season off and in saying this, we lost four matches by under a goal which didn’t allow us to gain the second chance.
“Overall, I’ve spoken to the group as well and obviously it’s really disappointing we missed an opportunity which I thought we could compete with every team in the competition.
“We just need to get better and fitter over the pre-season, and ensure we come back firing for season 2018.”
Norwood FC: 3.2 5.5 7.6 10.7 (67)
Central District: 6.1 6.5 10.8 17.13 (115)
Best: McKenzie, Kirwan, Shenton, Grigg, Georgiou
Goalkickers: Viney 2, Grigg, McKenzie, Fuller, Dawe, Bartlett, Wilson, Shenton, Bampton.