NORWOOD recorded its third win of 2018 defeating traditional rivals Port Adelaide by 24-points at the Parade on Friday night.
2017 Magarey Medallist, Mitch Grigg continued his fine start to 2018 with another sparkling display against a star-studded Magpies midfield as the Redlegs set up their win with a strong first half.
Going toe-to-toe with AFL-listed pair Tom Rockliff and Sam Powell-Pepper, Grigg finished with 40 disposals, two goals, nine marks and four tackles to again assert himself as this year’s early Magarey favourite.
Norwood started the match in control as wingman/forward; Lewis Johnston kicked the first of the contest inside the first three minutes of play.
Luke Surman started the match on former Gold Coast Sun, Trent McKenzie and didn’t shy away from the opportunity kicking his first from 40—metres out four minutes later.
Norwood’s ability to move the ball quickly and pressure the opposition allowed them to capitalise on a 25-point margin at the first break.
The Magpies started the second term on-top creating the first four scoring shots of the quarter.
Despite kicking the first two of the second term, Norwood held their nerve kicking three goals in two minutes through Matthew Panos, Lewis Johnston and Luke Surman.
The match itself opened up midway through the quarter, allowing both sides to move the ball quickly from end to end.
The Redlegs continued to pressure and rebound terrifically from defence booting the last three goals of the quarter to set up a handy 36-point lead at the main break.
Norwood started the third quarter composed with the football despite not being able to capitalise on the scoreboard as they would have liked.
The Redlegs ability to spread hard from the contest allowed them to control the ball, subsequently resulting in more marks (125-68) and inside 50’s (51-47).
When new recruit Will Abbott kicked his first of the match late in the third term the margin increased to 42-points.
The last term started in a ferocious manner, however Norwood continued to create scoring shots which allowed Grigg to kick his second six minutes into the last.
Despite the Magpies reducing the margin to just 18-points towards the end, Norwood held firm to deliver a memorable 24-point win.
Despite Grigg being at his usual best, the former Crow had plenty of helpers as Matt Panos and Lewis Johnston against found plenty of the ball while contributing seven goals between them.
But the noticeable assistance came from players such as Sydney recruit Michael Talia and Brad McKenzie in defence while triple premiership player Ben Jefferies also lifted his output to finish with 22 disposals, nine marks and a goal.
Norwood FC: 5.5 11.7 14.9 17.12 (114)
Port Adelaide: 1.4 5.7 8.9 13.12 (90)
Best: M. Grigg, L. Johnston, C. Shenton, M. Panos, S. Baulderstone, L. Surman
Goal Kickers: L. Surman 4, L. Johnston 4, M. Panos 3, M. Grigg 2, P. Bampton, W. Abbott, B. Jefferies, C. Gerloff