The Norwood Football Club has fallen to an AFL influenced Magpies side by 71-points at Alberton Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Facing a Port Adelaide side boasting many AFL listed players, the Redlegs were unable to recover from a second half onslaught to fall to an 8.3 (51) to 19.8 (122) defeat.
The loss has now derailed Norwood’s chances of finishing within the top three, with an elimination final looming in a fortnight.
Norwood were dealt an early blow in the opening term when forward Lewis Johnston came off injured within the opening five minutes.
The Redlegs battled for the majority of the match, down one less rotation in tough, cold and windy conditions at Alberton Oval.
The first quarter was quite even in terms of game play, however the Magpies held a 13-point lead at the first break.
The Redlegs managed to claw themselves back into the contest in the second quarter as late goals from Kristian Roocke and ruckman Sam Baulderstone reduced the deficit to 27-points at the main break.
After halftime, Ed Smart had the first real opportunity of the third term however his effort went wide only managing a solitary point.
Port Adelaide then flexed their offensive muscle in the third term, kicking the last 8 goals of the quarter with the wind behind them.
The Redlegs were forced to move the ball under immense pressure, as the visitors were out-marked 59-111. Meanwhile, Port’s skill by hand and foot allowed them to move the ball swiftly around the ground and set up several damaging attacks.
Port half forward Jackson Trengove and SANFL leading goal kickers Brett Eddy led the way for the Magpies booting nine goals between them and combined for a total of 21 marks.
Norwood did get the scoreboard ticking over in the final term, but it was too little too late and by the final siren the margin stretched out to a 71-point deficit, the most it had been for the whole match.
Norwood now face the reigning Premiers Sturt FC in their last match of the home and away season next Saturday at Coopers Stadium.
Norwood FC head coach, Jarrod Cotton said post-match he was pleased with the team’s effort, after what was a disappointing loss last weekend.
“I thought in regards to effort in terms of tackling pressure and work rate was a lot better than the previous week,” said Cotton.
“In the end Port were better on the outside than us, they controlled the ball better than us and we allowed them to take too many marks.
“But overall, we know there is greater improvement required across the board and we need to continue to improve our intent for longer periods.”
Port Adelaide: 19-8- (122)
Norwood FC: 8-3- (51)
GOALKICKERS: Roocke, Baulderstone, Grigg, Smart, Fuller, Jefferies, Wilson.
BEST: Jefferies, Grigg, Dawe, Georgiou, Smart.
NFC Media Writer