Norwood FC will start their Premiership defence against North Adelaide in a Grand Final rematch in Round One of the Statewide Super Women’s League at Coopers Stadium on February 3.
The Lady Legs in 2018 play six of a possible ten home games at Coopers Stadium, including a Grand Final replay in Round one as well as matches against newly formed sides Sturt FC and South Adelaide FC.
Norwood head into the 2018 season confident as ever after claiming its first ever Premiership in 2017.
After a thrilling 2018 season Head Coach of the Norwood Women’s side, Steve Symonds said he was delighted with the fixture acknowledging the SANFL’s effort in allocating three games to play as the lead up match to the Adelaide Crows Women’s team.
“As far as the fixture goes we are obviously pleased that we have been able to secure the lead up games heading into the AFL W Crows games,” said Symonds.
“Also towards the back end of the season we have been able to tap into being involved with our Senior Men playing as a curtain raiser to them also.
“So we are all pretty excited with the draw and hopefully we can back up our year in 2017 and play some really exciting football in 2018.”
In what should be an exciting second season of SANFL Women’s, Symonds mentioned that although the list has been changed accordingly, Norwood will in fact still be able to retain their women drafted by AFL Clubs.
“Obviously through the Crows draw we have been able to retain a couple of our Crows girls in Ruth Wallace and Marijana Rajcic, along with Sophie Li who was drafted to Carlton,” said Symonds.
“All up we are capable of having seven AFL players come back at the end of the season providing they were all available and fit.
“So it really just depends on if they have met the requirements of playing two games during the regular season to be eligible for Finals as well our own performance in hopefully finishing in the top three.”
Heading into the 2018 SANFL Women’s League Season, Norwood has re-appointed Michelle O’Brien as an assistant Coach as well as the services of Adelaide Uni Division One Head-Coach, Guy Ridgeway.
FIXTURE HIGHLIGHTS – SANFL CHIEF WRITER ZAC MILBANK.
- Norwood v North Grand Final Rematch in Round 1 at The Parade. This match will also be a curtain-raiser to Adelaide’s AFLW Grand Final Rematch against Brisbane on the same night – Saturday February 3.
- Two new clubs hosting at two new venues – South Adelaide at Hickinbotham Oval and Sturt at Peter Motley Oval.
- As many as six games acting as curtain-raisers to Macca’s League matches, including the Grand Final at Peter Motley Oval on Anzac Day.
- Four triple-headers, featuring all six teams playing at the same venue on the same day.
- A Preliminary Final on the weekend of Saturday April 14.
- The Grand Final will be a marquee match-up at Peter Motley Oval on Wednesday April 25, acting as the curtain-raiser for the Anzac Day Macca’s League clash between Sturt and Port Adelaide.
Below features Norwood’s 2018 SANFL Women’s Matches.