Norwood FC VS South Adelaide
Round 5 saw us in a top of the table clash against South Adelaide. South have been the predicted pace setters by many for season 2018, so we were very keen to test ourselves out to see where we sat against them first time around.
There was a bit of hype going into this game and the game certainly lived up to it from a physical and pressure point of view.
Unfortunately the many in attendance would have walked away feeling frustrated in watching a game that was ultra-defensive, resulting in an extremely low scoring affair.
We have faced this a few times already this year where the opposition get big numbers back in defence to make it very difficult for us to score. We are very much still learning in how to deal with this and thinking our way through and adapting to different situations is a challenge for our group moving forward.
We went into the game with personnel missing through injury and early into the first quarter we unfortunately added to the list with our reigning B&F winner Michele Reid going down with a knee injury (Our fingers are crossed that it’s only minor). Being a rotation down early in the game on a warm day was going to provide some challenges but the girls held up physically well for most of the game before dropping off in intensity in the latter stages.
The first three quarters were largely played in our front half with South holding up very well in defence, repelling attack after attack. Our defence also held up well as South tried to counter attack on the rebound.
With both teams’ defences being well on top, this caused a stale mate for majority of the game, as nothing separated the two sides until the later stages.
In the last half of the last quarter we tried a few attacking moves to try and break the dead lock, but unfortunately got caught out on the rebound a couple times resulting in us going down by 13 points. This close loss now puts a bit of pressure back on us to win our next couple of games to keep ourselves in a good potential finals position.
It was disappointing not to get the result but we know we aren’t very far off the mark and aspects of our game continue to improve each week. With a few tweaks we believe we will be right in the hunt again.
On a positive note our Round 5 clash saw Elisha Gallagher play her first League game. Elisha started with us as a “Train On” girl at the start of the pre-season. Elisha has won the admiration of many inside our walls for her positive attitude & work ethic. She has embraced our environment and has quickly improved to show she is more than capable at this level.
As a group we now look forward to our Round 6 game against Glenelg.
Norwood FC: 0.3. (3)
South Adelaide: 2.4. (16)
Best: L. Millard, R. Busch, L. Cutting, N. Campbell , N. Burns, E. Gallagher
(Norwood FC – Womens State League Head Coach)