The Norwood Football Club has succumbed to a 76-point loss at the hands of Centrals on Saturday afternoon.
In perfect conditions at the Parade, the Dogs kicked the first five goals of the match before the Redlegs could answer through utility Brady Dawe. By the first break in play, the away side had opened up a 31-point advantage.
The loss leaves Norwood’s chance of a top three finish hanging by a thread, trailing third-placed Sturt by one game with just two rounds remaining.
Norwood fought back in the second term, holding Centrals to 1.1 for the majority of the quarter and kicking 3.3 themselves thanks to Dawe’s second and an uplifting goal from Peter Bampton.
The Redlegs were forced to move the ball under immense pressure as the visitors were out-tackled 87-97. Meanwhile, Centrals skill by hand and foot allowed them to move the ball swiftly around the ground and set up several damaging counter-attacks.
Defender Dean Terlich played well for Norwood amassing 25 disposals including eight rebound 50’s and five tackles.
Matt Nunn made a strong contribution collecting 24 touches, 10 tackles and a goal while Cameron Shenton amassed 25 disposals and seven marks.
Alex Georgiou was another who battled hard all day, proving his worth with many intercept marks and controlling the defence with Captain Jace Bode out injured.
Coach of Norwood FC, Jarrod Cotton stated that his side wasn’t good enough on the day highlighting Centrals will and want to hunt to want the football.
“Centrals played a very good game of football,” said Cotton.
“We didn’t handle their pressure and we didn’t work to the level that we need to work at in regards to tackling pressure. We just didn’t work hard enough to create or put pressure on the opposition.
“But they were clearly up to the task and worked really hard, so at the end of day we need to work hard this week and come out and respond against Port Adelaide in six days’ time.”
The Redlegs are next in action Sunday afternoon at Alberton Oval (2:10pm, August 20) against Port Magpies in the original rivalry.
Norwood FC: 8-12- (60)
Central District: 21-10- (136)
BEST: Shenton, Georgiou, Terlich, Forster, Nunn
GOALS: Dawe 2, Panos 2, Olsson 2, Nunn, Bampton
NFC Media Writer