Our Round 6 match saw us face a Glenelg outfit who were aiming for their first win of 2018.
A change of coach mid-season often brings a fresh outlook and Glenelg after a recent coaching change really came to play, making for an extremely tight encounter.
The game was again a low scoring affair. Defensively we again were strong restricting the opposition to only two goals for the game, but offensively we are still trying to find a method that works for us to increase our scoring efficiency going inside our forward 50.
We are starting to develop passages of play that are promising but are being let down with the odd skill or decision making error at the wrong time. This often results in us having to win the ball back and needing to re-start our ball movement again.
As frustrating as it is, we are slowly getting better as we continue to learn what does and doesn’t work for us.
In the end we did enough to get the points running out winners by three points in a close, hard fought contest.
Our current performances mirror that of an inexperienced team, finding their way.
With a large turnover of players from our last season’s premiership squad and a recent injury toll that has been steadily increasing, we have been looking at our squad to identify players which we believe will be long term players for the Norwood FC.
We are doing this through a couple of ways:
1 – Providing players opportunities to be exposed to SANFLW League level. At this stage we have had 17 players this season who have played their first SANFLW games.
2- During the season we have arranged reserves games against local level clubs, to provide players not selected, an opportunity to play games to further assist their development. A number of our talented underage players have also played within these games creating a pathway from underage, to reserves, to league, to mirror our men’s program.
Our club culture continues to be the cornerstone of our program and we are pleased with the depth of our squad and the character/skills of the players and staff we have within. As our players gain more experience and understanding, our performances should become more consistent.
We have some players who have been patiently waiting in the wings that have been consistent performers in our Reserve games and deserve their opportunity at League level. This week we were able to provide four more players experience at league level in 2018.
Congratulations to Matilda Zander, Alex & Lindsay Bigg (twins) for their first game league games as well as Georgia Taylor (premiership player last year) who played her first league game for the year. It is not often you see identical twins make their league debut in the same game. (One for the history books).
In Round 7 we play Sturt for the first time in a SANFLW fixture. They are a young side loaded with talent. The competition for a finals position is very tight so we are looking to create some consistent winning form.
Norwood FC: 3.2. (20)
Glenelg FC: 2.5. (17)
Goalkickers: M. Zander, N. Burns, R. McMahon
Best: R. McMahon, R. Busch, N. Burns, E. Gallagher, N. Campbell , S. Zecevic
(Norwood FC – Womens State League Head Coach)