A Matthew Panos inspirational last quarter has helped the Redlegs secure their fifth win in a row by defeating West Adelaide in a nail biter at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In what was the tale of two halves, Norwood came back from five goals down at three-quarter time to rescue the game in the dying minutes courtesy of youngster Cole Gerloff.
Declan Hamilton gave the visitors the perfect start after crumbing the ball and kicking truly inside the first minute of play.
From then on West Adelaide started to gain ascendancy generating multiple inside 50 entries through gun midfielder Kaine Stevens.
Although the Bloods dominance was starting to show, speedster Ed Smart gave the Norwood faithful something to cheer about, stopping the Bloods run to bring the Legs 14-points behind at the first break.
The second quarter started as a fierce battle in the midfield as Stevens continued to dominate possession of the ball.
Norwood although trailing by 21-points continued to prove wasteful in front of goal, as the Redlges managed three rushed behinds in two minutes.
Despite Norwood’s frustration, Josh Glenn steadied to kick his first of the match bringing the margin back to 13.
The rest of the quarter was quite physical however the Bloods went into the main break 22-points up.
After the restart Norwood started to turn the match gaining the first six scoring shots of the quarter.
It proved to be costly as five of those were behinds meaning Norwood’s hard work wasn’t rewarded on the scoreboard.
2017 Magarey Medallist, Mitch Grigg however was able to split the middle nine minutes into the third to instil some confidence into the Redlegs camp.
Unfortunately Norwood’s hard work and grit to get back into the game fell not long after as Green and Noble goaled for the Bloods to increase the margin back to 23-points.
The Bloods looked in control of the contest when feisty Errin Wasley-Black gave his team a 28-point lead after intercepting a defensive pass and kicking truly from a set shot entering time-on of the third term.
Trailing by five goals heading into the last quarter, Norwood had a mountain of work to do in order to overcome a tough a physical West Adelaide side.
To make matters worse, Mac Bower and Mitch Carter both didn’t return after succumbing to injuries meaning Norwood were down to two rotations for the last quarter.
But then it was that man Panos, who was quick to reply with a 45m set shot goal as he set about changing the course of the contest for the visitors.
The 2014 Jack Oatey Medallist – who finished with a game-high 31 disposals, eight marks and four goals – booted three majors in the final term to give his side a chance of victory.
Panos brought his team within six points when he read a clever tap from Brady Dawe in the goal square before spinning twice and kicking truly along the ground from 15m.
Just 60 seconds later, he tied up the scores after booting a long bomb from 50m after Declan Hamilton’s unselfish handpass.
First-year Redleg Cole Gerloff finished off a nice piece of overlap handball with a goal in the square which gave his team a seven-point buffer with 18 minutes gone in the fourth term.
The hosts weren’t done yet though. West veteran Jason Porplyzia cut the margin to one point when he kicked a set shot from 40m out with 23 minutes gone on the clock.
It didn’t prevent Norwood from being able to steady and claim a gutsy come-from-behind triumph on foreign soil.
NORWOOD: 3.3 5.6 7.13 13.17 (95)
WEST ADELAIDE: 5.5 8.10 12.10 14.10 (94)
Goal Kickers: M. Panos 4, J. Glenn 4, E. Smart, D. Hamilton, C. Shenton, M. Grigg, C. Gerloff
Best Players: M. Panos, W. Abbott, J. Glenn, B. Dawe, M. Wilkins, C. Gerloff