Norwood has secured the 2018 Macca’s League Minor Premiership with a come-from-behind 15-point win against North Adelaide at The Parade on Friday night.
Despite trailing by 19 points midway through the third term, the Redlegs lifted when it mattered most by wiling themselves back into the contest by gaining control of general play.
By piling on 4.1 to North’s 1.1 in driving rain during the fourth quarter, Jarrod Cotton’s men ensured they will finish on top of the premiership table with a round to play.
In tough conditions early, Norwood started the match on their terms forcing the Roosters into turnovers due to their speed and tackle pressure.
Simon Phillips gave the Redlegs the perfect start nailing his first from a set shot 30 metres out before North replied seven minutes after courtesy of Keenan Ramsey.
Despite Norwood controlling possession of the ball, their inaccuracy in front of goal was letting them down as midfielder Matt Panos hit the post before Anthony Wilson missed another chance to increase their lead.
It took until the 20th minute to find their second of the contest, as Will Abbott marked strongly in front of goal making no mistake to push the lead out to eight-points at the first change.
The second quarter was played predominately on North’s terms with the visitors registering nine scoring shots and converting five as Norwood trailed by 12-points at the main break.
Kicking just four goals in the first half – including one to Georgiou which was just the sixth of his career – the Redlegs responded to boot six of seven majors during the final quarter-and-a-half of action.
After Declan Hamilton snapped from close range on the three quarter-time siren, fellow small forward Simon Phillips snapped his third of the night after pouncing on a loose ball to put his side in front three minutes into the fourth stanza.
And with Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg suddenly working his way into the encounter, the Redlegs looked ominous as their star midfielder took four bounces from the grandstand wing and kicked truly from a tight angle to the Roger Woodcock End to put his side nine points up.
Grigg and fellow ball magnets Lewis Johnston and Matt Panos all found plenty of possessions while defenders Georgiou, Mitch Wilkins and Brad McKenzie each reached 20 disposals while setting up play from the back half.
Credit to North their willingness to fight to the end saw the Norwood faithful on the edge of their seats however it was Norwood who held firm to win the minor premiership with only one round left to play.
It was also fitting for the home crowd to cheer off Alex Georgiou and Sam Baulderstone after reaching their respective milestones for the Red and the Blue.
Norwood will now head to Noarlunga next Sunday afternoon to face the Panthers in the last round of the SANFL Maccas League.
The club wishes to confirm as was written in the media over the weekend that midfielder, Josh Glenn has notified the club that he is unavailable for selection whilst he works through some personal issues.
Norwood FC: 2.5 4.8 7.12 11.13 (79)
North Adelaide: 1.4 6.8 8.9 9.10 (64)
Goalkickers: Phillips 3, Hamilton 2, Abbott, Georgiou, Grigg, Shenton, Smart, Wilkins
Best: B. McKenzie, D. Hamilton, S. Baulderstone, M. Fuller, A. Georgiou, M. Grigg