Norwood FC defender Alex Georgiou remains optimistic about the Redlegs chances of going deep into September on the eve of the Elimination Final against Centrals on Saturday.
Georgiou, who has been an integral member of Norwood’s setup over the years, hasn’t lost faith in the sides ability to cause a stir within the finals in 2017.
Georgiou’s experience in multiple flags, will play a vital role in this weekend’s final against an opponent who haven’t lost to Norwood in a final in 20 years.
“I thought the Centrals game a couple of weeks back was really disappointing and we certainly didn’t bring the effort required,” said Georgiou.
“I thought against Sturt though last weekend our pressure around the football was a lot better, but we probably didn’t take our chances as best as we would have liked.
“But we know what we are capable of as a group, it’s just a matter of making sure that our effort and method is consistent across the whole game.
“Getting to this time of the year we need to get things right, otherwise the season doesn’t last much longer.”
Georgiou, has been a pretty consistent figure within the Redlegs side and has stepped up significantly in the absence of Captain Jace Bode.
Georgiou’s on ground leadership is admired by many however, the tough defender believes that the on ground leadership has been a team effort all year.
“Obviously ‘Bodey’ (Jace Bode) is a fantastic leader back there, however we a lot of guys back there who have played a lot of football together,” said Georgiou.
“For us defenders our chemistry is still there, we would obviously love to have Jace but now all of us have to contribute in helping cover the load.
“In terms of leadership, there are plenty of leaders on the field aside from just our leadership group.
“But overall, the talk out on the field has been really good, the message from each player has been exceptional we just need to get our performance right this Saturday.
In terms on entering the first final on Saturday afternoon, Georgiou is quietly confident knowing that Norwood’s best football is good enough.
“I feel at times this year we have played football that is as good as I have experienced at SANFL level,” Georgiou continued.
“Even in 2012, 2013 and 2014 when we were travelling really well I feel at times we have played just as good as that.
“So, I feel like if we can get that happening regularly in finals and we get some wind in our sails we will be exceptionally hard to beat.”
NFC Media Writer