The Norwood Football Club has clinched a vital 34-point win on the road, against league leaders Woodville West Torrens on Saturday afternoon.
In what shaped up to be the match of the round, the Redlegs put in one of their best performances for the season, handing the Eagles their second loss of 2017.
In windy conditions, Norwood started the match full of momentum registering the first six scores of the match.
However, the Redlegs inaccuracy proved to be costly as the Eagles made the most of their opportunities being within five points at quarter time.
In the second quarter the match started to open up, allowing Norwood to transition with ease in order to create forward 50 entries.
Again, the Redlegs weren’t able to convert fully, only managing to kick one goal for the quarter and three behinds.
Despite Norwood’s inaccuracy, their defensive set up was outstanding. Alex Georgiou led from the front along with Jace Bode and Patrick Levicki who were able to nullify the influence of the Eagles dangerous forwards.
In the third term, Norwood’s forward pressure began to pay dividends. A tough goal from gun midfielder Matthew Panos and calmly slotted shots from Andrew Kirwan and Cameron Shenton helped the visitors gain a crucial six goal lead at three quarter time.
Norwood gained control early in the final term as Brady Dawe and Peter Bampton gave the visitors the perfect start.
The Eagles however were not to be denied as Chris Hall, Scott Lewis and James Boyd kicked four goals midway through the last quarter reducing the margin to 24 points.
To their credit, Norwood continued to fight throughout the cold gloomy conditions at Woodville to finish the match off strong.
Forward Kristian Roocke remained calm under pressure kicking two goals in the final three minutes to hand the Eagles their second defeat in 2017.
Coach of Norwood FC Jarrod Cotton said it was a very good performance all round against a very talented side in the Eagles.
“I think in terms of mindset, the team definitely came to play,” said Cotton.
“I said to the boys after the match it’s an expectation that no matter who we play or where we play, we need to come with that kind of mindset and effort every week.
“I thought we were pretty competitive for the majority of the match, but our mindset and will to hunt the footy was most pleasing.
“Overall it was a good stepping stone in the way we want to play, however we need to sustain this throughout the next three weeks to guarantee a top three finish.”
NORWOOD FC: 13-19- (97)
WOODVILLE WEST-TORRENS: 10-3- (63)
GOALKICKERS: Bampton 3, Panos 2, Roocke 2, Dawe, Grigg, Olsson, Kirwan, Shenton, Smart.
BEST: Kirwan, Panos, Shenton, Georgiou, Grigg, Fuller, Terlich.
NFC Media Writer