NORWOOD has stretched is winning streak to 11 in a row after a comprehensive 34-point win against the Eagles on Friday night.
With 14 more scoring shots, 73 more disposals, 54 more marks and 11 more inside 50s, the hosts did an admirable job of controlling the play after quarter-time by denying the ball to their opponents.
Even with one less fit player – experienced defender Alex Georgiou injured his leg in the first term – the Redlegs were able to withstand every challenge the Eagles threw at them.
The visitors came to the Parade with their kicking boots on nailing their first five shots of the match in contrasts to Norwood’s one goal 16 minutes into the first term.
With the Redlegs set about reducing the margin, it was hard man Will Abbott who kicked truly from 40 metres out to bring the Norwood faithful to life, while five minutes later Simon Phillips kicked his second to bring the Legs within 15-points at the first break.
Norwood started the second term with a point to prove as Josh Glenn, Simon Phillips and swingman Cam Shenton all kicked back to back to goals to give the Redlegs the lead 8 minutes into the quarter.
After former Crow Jared Petrenko goaled midway through the second stanza it was Norwood Captain Jace Bode who set the tone with his hardness and willingness to contest the ball at every cost.
The momentum shifted right away as Norwood piled on another three goals in a row towards the end of the term through Phillips and Panos.
The third quarter was when the Legs made their move, kicking 4.3 to 2.1 en route to earning a 27-point lead at the final break.
Premiership ruckman Sam Baulderstone put the ball down to Mitch Grigg – celebrating his 100th Macca’s League match – who took a bounce from the centre clearance and found Ed Smart all alone inside 50m.
Smart converted from his straight forward 30m set shot to push the buffer back out to 19 points before the Redlegs continued to mound pressure on the Eagles keeping the ball in their defensive 50.
Norwood’s significant contributors were abundant, with Grigg collecting a game-high 32 disposals and a goal while Phillips’ five goals came at a pivotal point in the match to help swing the momentum in favour of the home side.
Matthew Nunn continues to make a name for himself in the midfield, registering 30 disposals and eight tackles while Declan Hamilton has also been enjoying a form surge, finishing with 28 touches and 12 marks.
Norwood now head into the bye three points clear of the second placed Eagles and face Central District on August 11 at My Money House Oval.
Norwood FC: 3.4 9.5 13.8 16.16 (112)
Eagles: 6.1 7.4 9.5 12.6 (78)
Goalkickers: Phillips 5, Glenn 2, Panos 2, Wilson 2, Abbott, Grigg, Shenton, Smart, Wilkins.
Best: Phillips, Grigg, McKenzie, Shenton, Bode, Panos, Jefferies, Glenn