Round 12 Match Report vs Port Adelaide

Published on: Jul 02 2018 | Author: Joseph Marciano |

Norwood strung together its seventh win in succession after defeating Port Adelaide by 28 points at Alberton Oval on Sunday.

The powerful Redlegs ran away with the contest early in the fourth term, booting five goals in succession, two of which were 40m set shots to star midfielder Matt Panos.

Panos was again outstanding collecting 31 disposals and 11 marks, while Lewis Johnston amassed 22 disposals and a goal.

The Magpies adjusted to contest slightly quicker than the Redlegs, registering the first six scoring shots out of seven.

Despite the Magpies early dominance their inability to capitalise opened the door for Norwood who kicked their first of the match against the run of play courtesy of speedster Anthony Wilson.

Much of the play was spent in the middle of the park, with an accumulation of stoppages.

Despite trailing by only a couple of points former Saint Cameron Shenton handed the Redlegs the perfect start two minutes into the second term.

The goal somewhat lifted the Redlegs as they were able to pile on another thanks to some handy work by speedster Ed Smart who was able to stroll in from 25 metres to kick his first.

Port however weren’t giving up easy as inside midfielders Cam Hewett and Steve Summerton were able to find a lot of the ball to provide forward 50 entries for the Magpies forwards.

Power listed forward Jack Watts kicked his first of the match after the Redlegs gave away a clumsy freekick however, they responded quickly through forward Josh Glenn.

Watts then kicked his second of the term seven minutes reducing the deficit to just four points.

With the margin only five-points at halftime Jarrod Cotton’s men knew a fast start was needed in the Premiership quarter.

Glenn popped up at the start of the third to kick two goals in two minutes and suddenly the Redlegs had some breathing room.

After some tidy work by Matthew Nunn in the centre of the pitch he found Shenton again who kicked truly from 30 metres to extend the margin by 23-points.

However, Port Adelaide continued to fight kicking two goals at the end of the term to reduce the deficit to nine-points heading into the last change.

In what was a test of character, 2017 Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg nailed his first of the match kicking a clutch goal from 40 metres to give his side the perfect start.

Two minutes after the Redlegs found themselves 21-points up as Johnston kicked a trademark long goal from 50 metres to send the Red and Blue army into pandemonium.

Leading now by 27, Panos was able to find enough space to capitalise from 40 metres on a slight angle and then kicked another similar three minutes later to all but put the result beyond doubt.

The win at Alberton yesterday was Norwood’s first since 2013.

SCOREBOARD:

NORWOOD  2.2  5.6  8.7  13.10 (88)

PORT  2.4  4.7  6.10  8.12 (60)

BEST – Norwood: M. Panos, M. Talia, C. Shenton, B. McKenzie, E. Smart, S. Baulderstone

GOALS – Norwood: Glenn, Shenton 3, Panos 2, Dawe, A. Wilson, Smart, Grigg, L. Johnston.

CROWD: 3,021

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