Our Round 9 game against Sturt wasn’t the best day out for us and a disappointing result.
Coming off of a tough loss the previous week, as a group we were looking to respond strongly but again for the second week we failed to get our game up and going.
The game didn’t start off well with Kate Fenton a last minute withdrawal before the bounce and in the opening minutes we further added to our injury list with key Tall Stana Zecevic going down with an ACL injury that will require a full reconstruction.
Stana is a popular member of our squad and has showed encouraging signs through her first season balancing her basketball and football commitments. We wish her all the best in her recovery.
After a relatively good run with injury last season, we have certainly had our fair share this year with a high number of players missing games.
Whilst injuries haven’t helped us find consistency and cohesion on the field, the upside is we have been able to get game experience into our inexperience squad.
Two more players made their debut for the club bringing the total to 20 for the season.
Rebekka Wanganeen a full forward with a strong kick and good goal sense got her opportunity after overcoming early season injury setbacks.
Tess Baxter (an assistant coach last year) also got her opportunity after also having early season injury setbacks & showed her footy smarts around the ground.
Both girls have worked very hard to get themselves physically right. Congratulations to both girls on their debuts.
With only six of our premiership players playing in this game against Sturt, our inexperience showed as we let Sturt into the game early as too often we were reactive and second to the ball. We finished strongly in the last quarter showing glimpses of form, but left it all too late to eventually fall short by six points.
We again struggled to get the ball enough into our forward line to be able to register a score strong enough to win games.
We again held up well defensively only conceding the three goals. We will continue to search for a method and personnel that will improve our scoring ability.
We pride ourselves on our contested ball and the past two weeks we have dropped off in this area.
This will also be a key focus over the coming weeks. We now need to see how results fall in the final round this weekend.
With a game clear plus a strong percentage lead over fourth place West Adelaide, we hope with a strong performance in the final round we will get the opportunity in the preliminary final.
We look forward to getting our game up and going again against top of the ladder South Adelaide.
(Norwood FC – Womens State League Head Coach)
Norwood FC: 2.4 (16)
Sturt FC: 3.4 (22)
Goals: Baxter, Browne
Best: M. Hollick, R. McMahon, R. Busch, E. O”Dea, A. Browne, E. Gallagher