NORWOOD has booked a place in the 2018 SANFL Maccas League Grand Final after a thrilling 17 point win against the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.
In what was an arm wrestle for most of the match it took until midway through the last term for the Redlegs to break down the ever persistent Eagles.
Speedster Anthony Wilson changed the manner of the game to bring the Norwood fans to life, booting two final term goals.
With Norwood up by three-points every member in the crowd anticipated a tough gruelling last quarter of football.
The Legs got off to the perfect start as Wilson found himself in a footrace entering the 50m arc after dual Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg cleverly chipped the ball into space.
Wilsons speed paid dividends as he strolled into an open goal to give his side a handy 9-point lead within the opening five minutes of the term.
Wilson was then at it again just two minutes later as he kicked the goal of the day to break the game open.
The clever wingman found enough room to manoeuvre himself around his opponent to checkside the ball from the western pocket right through the middle of the goals.
After the margin didn’t extend beyond 13 points for the first three quarters, suddenly it had extended to 15 points and the Redlegs looked well on their way to playing on September 23.
In what was fairly tight contest for most of the match it took some classy goals Mitch Grigg, Matthew Panos and Lewis Johnston to keep the Redlegs within a shot of winning.
The third quarter saw the Redlegs get out to a much needed 14-point buffer however the margin was soon back to three after some handy goals from Jared Petrenko and Jarred Redden.
Fresh from winning his second consecutive Magarey Medal on Wednesday, Grigg had a significant influence on the game through the midfield to finish with 29 disposals, seven tackles and goal.
Unheralded mature-ager Will Abbott did plenty of the grunt work inside to farm out 22 handballs while Panos and Johnston collected 50 touches between them.
In defence, Cam Shenton led the way with 25 disposals while also keeping Eagles teenager Jack Lukosius under control, while in form defender Brad McKenzie collected 10 marks.
The Redlegs will now enjoy the week off before facing either North Adelaide or the Eagles in the 2018 Grand Final in two weeks’ time.
NORWOOD FC: 2.4 3.5 6.11 9.15 (69)
EAGLES: 1.2 4.6 6.7 7.10 (52)
BEST: Wilson, Shenton, Smart, Dawe, McKenzie, Grigg, Bode
GOALKICKERS: Wilson 4, Bampton 2, Johnston, Grigg, Panos
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