NFCW Match Report
Norwood vs West Adelaide
Round 5 – Coopers Stadium – 23/03/19
Goals: A.Ferrall 3, Dunn, Zander, Zerella, Armitstead
Best: Hollick, Allen, Priest, Tsoumbris, Zander, Dunn
Norwood has made it five wins in a row after defeating West Adelaide by 63-points at the Parade on Saturday afternoon.
After a rather inaccurate scoring effort last week against the Eagles, Norwood made sure that wasn’t the case again booting nine goals for the match, their biggest score for the season.
With the help of returning Crow Sally Riley and GWS defender Ebony O’Dea, the Lady Legs looked formidable with their ball movement and pressure around the contest.
Allison Ferrall gave the hosts the perfect start after she marked strongly from Matilda Zanders kick. Ferrall made no mistake giving Norwood the of the contest within the opening five minutes.
Norwood found plenty of space early and were able to control possession of the ball with short kicks around the ground.
A stoppage in Norwood’s forward 50 allowed Monique Hollick to crumb and snap on her right, to give Norwood an 11-point lead midway through the first term.
The second term started in similar fashion as the first ended. After a cagey opening couple of minutes Hannah Dunn marked strongly from 30 metres on a slight angle to kick her first of the match extending the lead to 19 points.
After a kick from Hollick which was directed towards the face of the goal, Ferrall was awarded a freekick from 20 metres. Ferrall kicked truly to extend the margin to 26.
The Lady Legs continued to dominate the term with their ability to spread from contest and take contested marks.
After Canberra recruit Najwa Allen sent a ball in with pace, Jo Hill marked strongly and played on giving Norwood a 34-point at the main break.
With Norwood controlling majority of the play, the Lady Legs came out with more to give in the third term.
After some great run and carry from Matilda Zander, she found Ferrall who marked from 25 metres out. Ferrall converted for her third of the contest to extend the margin to 41.
The Lady Legs’ hunger to win the contested ball and spread quickly from contest allowed several inside 50 entries to generate scores.
After a knock-on from Hollick, it spilled into the path of Zander who made no mistake on the run to bring the Norwood crowd into life.
Norwood went into the final change 47 points up.
West Adelaide in the early stages of the final term started to move the ball a lot better, however weren’t able to match Norwood’s pace at ground level.
In the final minutes former Crow Sophie Armitstead found space inside 50 to wheel around on her right to put the result beyond doubt.
Rosette Zerella put some icing on the cake with virtually the last kick of the match with the Lady Legs running out 63-point winners.