Match Report – Grand Final

Published on: Sep 24 2018 | Author: Joseph Marciano |

NORWOOD has fallen at the hands of North Adelaide by 19-points in the 2018 SANFL Maccas League Grand Final yesterday afternoon.

In what was a real shoot out from both sides, the Redlegs were within four-points of their opponents heading into the final quarter; however it was a five goal to three last term which earned the Roosters the 2018 Premiership.

2018 Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg put in one of the best solo performances in a final collecting 31-disposals and booting six first class goals to keep his side in the contest.

After North booted the first three goals of the contest it took until Matthew Fuller to hit the scoreboard midway through the first term sending the Norwood fans into raptures.

Despite, North replying straight after through ruckman Jordan Sweet, the Redlegs made a goal out of nothing as Peter Bampton curled one on his right foot to put Norwood six points behind nearing the end of the first term.

It was goal for goal for most of the first quarter as Norwood trailed by one straight kick after the first break.

Norwood started the second term just the way they would have liked as Brady Dawe marked strongly inside 50 to hand the Redlegs opening goal of the second term.

Although Norwood seemed to find an early goal, it was North who instantly replied through Keenan Ramsey to extend the margin to five.

Norwood started to gain ascendancy on the contest and looked to have the game on their terms as Grigg kicked back to back goals to get the Redlegs fans up and about.

As the Legs continued to push for another, an accidental collision occurred between Matthew Fuller and Mitch Wilkins allowed North to get out the back to kick one against the run of play.

Once Barns kicked truly after that, the Roosters lead at the main break by five-points.

North started the third term perfectly as Boyd Woodcock made no mistake from point blank range.

Wilson was able to weave some magic one minute after as the Premiership quarter started with a flurry of goals.

The match continued to become a shoot-out with both sides trying to kick away from the opposition.

With the game perfectly poised a three-quarter time Hender and Barns handed North the perfect start before Grigg was at his best to manufacture a goal out of nothing.

Unfortunately for Norwood, late goals from the Roosters handed them a memorable 19-point win in front of 40,000 at Adelaide Oval.


NORWOOD FC: 3.7 7.11 12.14 15.15 (105)

NORTH ADELAIDE: 5.0 9.4 14.7 19.10 (124)

BEST: Grigg, Fuller, Wilson, Bode, Phillips,

GOALKICKERS: Grigg 6, Phillips 2, Wilson 2, Bampton, Dawe, Fuller, Shenton, Smart

CROWD: 40,000

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