NORWOOD made it a stunning 12 wins in a row, continuing its unrelenting march towards the minor premiership with a 43-point win against Central District at My Money House Oval.
In tough conditions down at Elizabeth, the Redlegs moved one-and-a-half wins clear of the Eagles on top of the table after being strongly challenged early on by the Bulldogs.
2017 Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg was dominant once again for Norwood collecting 36-disposals and kicking two goals, while Matthew Nunn continued what’s been a terrific season amassing 31-disposals, 14 marks and a goal. However, it was defender Brad McKenzie, who early on showed why he is so valuable with his outstanding intercept marking.
The Redlegs were challenged early by the Bulldogs, however stood firm only conceding one goal to quarter time.
Norwood found their first of the match through Grigg who converted his set shot from 30 metres out to spark the Legs into action.
The majority of the first quarter was spent in the middle of the ground with either side able to build on any scoreboard pressure.
The second quarter saw Norwood start the better of two sides as tough midfielder Will Abbott and speedster Anthony Wilson kicked back to back goals handing the Redlegs a 20-point lead.
Although gaining an advantage early in the second term, the Dogs replied with five minutes after with back to back goals of their own, reducing the deficit back to nine.
As the large deck brought a new challenge to the Redlegs they continued to fight. Nunn snapped a left-footer at the 18-minute-mark before time-on goals from Ed Smart and Simon Phillips made it a 26-point margin at the main break.
The Dogs started the Premiership quarter just how they would have liked as Justin Hoskin kicked truly from 15 metres to bring the home fans into life.
With their backs against it, Norwood showed why they are the League leaders responding well through Grigg and Dawe to set up a 36-point lead at the final change.
In the last term, forward Luke Surman, on his way back from a serious elbow injury popped up for three goals as the Legs recorded their 12th win in a row.
NORWOOD FC: 2.2 7.6 9.10 12.13 (85)
CENTRALS: 1.2 3.4 4.4 6.6 (42)
GOALS: L. Surman 3, M. Grigg 2, E. Smart, B. Dawe, S. Phillips, W. Abbott, D. Hamilton, A. Wilson, M. Nunn
BEST: B. McKenzie, M. Grigg, C. Shenton, M. Nunn, D. Hamilton, L. Johnston