Match Preview: Norwood FC vs Woodville West Torrens
The Norwood Football Club will travel to Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Saturday afternoon to face the Eagles in Round 15 of the SANFL Maccas League.
The Legs will be looking for a fourth straight win to keep their top four aspirations alive heading into the business end of the year.
Norwood FC, are currently the only side in the competition to have defeated the Eagles, which came in Round 7 by 31-points.
Head Coach of the Redlegs, Jarrod Cotton outlined that his side is well prepared heading into the match, while also mentioning how important the match against the inform side of the competition.
“Training has been excellent this week, with the boys really focused on putting in another good performance this weekend,” said Cotton.
“We’ve spoken about it before, but it’s a crucial game against the top team on their home deck.
“We know how important a good start is, but we are confident that if we bring our intensity and get play to our strengths, it will go a long way in winning the game.”
Cotton, also praised his sides performances in the last few weeks highlighting the teams’ effort and tackle pressure for the whole of the four quarters.
“I think our effort in the last few weeks has been fantastic,” Cotton explained.
“We as a team have probably had a few poor starts against West Adelaide and North Adelaide, but for the majority of our games we have started pretty well.
“But, this week we know it’s going to be tough and it’s obviously very important if we want to finish in the top three at the end of the regular season.
“So, if we bring really good effort and we apply lots of pressure it will go a long way in winning the game.
HEAD-TO-HEAD (At Maughan Thiem Oval) (23 Times)
Norwood FC: 8
Woodville West Torrens: 15
WHERE AND WHEN: Maughan Thiem Oval, Saturday, July 29, 2.10pm
THE THREE POINTS:
- Norwood downed the Eagles by 41 points in the last meeting between the two teams in Round Seven. Brad McKenzie amassed 28 possessions and six tackles as Norwood’s leading contributor.
- Expect Norwood to be dominant in the middle, Norwood are ranked second in the competition for clearances averaging 37.1 per game.
- The Eagles boast a dangerous forward line featuring two of the SANFL’s top seven goalkickers this season in Michael Wundke (26 goals), Nick Hayes (25 goals).
2010 PF September 26 at AAMI Stadium, Norwood 8.8.56 d Eagles 7.9.51 by 5pts
2002 1SF September 22 at AAMI Stadium, Norwood 8.14.62 d Eagles 8.12.60 by 2pts
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R7, 2017 Norwood 9.12 (67) d Eagles 5.6 (36) Coopers Stadium
R22, 2016 Norwood 11.9 (75) d Eagles 6.15 (51) at Coopers Stadium
R10, 2016 Eagles 16.13 (109) d Norwood 6.8 (48) at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Stadium
R19, 2015 Eagles 9.7 (61) d Norwood 7.8. (50) at Coopers Stadium
R3, 2015 Eagles 17.11 (113) d Norwood 3.14. (32) at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Stadium
NFC News Writer