Wheelchair League

Norwood drop Round 2 match to Sturt

Norwood wasn’t able to back up its breakthrough Round 1 win in the SANFL Wheelchair League, with the Redlegs dropping their Round 2 match to Sturt. 

The Reigning Premier Double Blues proved too strong for Norwood, winning 8.10-58 to 11.6-72.

It was a tight Round 2 battle, but a few too many turnovers and missed opportunities in front of goal proved costly for the Redlegs.

Sturt went into quarter time with a four-point lead, but Norwood had the better of the second quarter, scoring four goals to one to go in with a 6.6-42 to 4.2-26 advantage at half time.

Norwood was held to just three behinds in the third quarter as Sturt came rocketing back into the match with three unanswered goals to claim a two-point lead at the final break.

Both sides had chances in the final quarter, but the Double Blues held their nerve and stretched the final margin beyond two goals.

Norwood’s defence was tested, and Sturt went on to claim a 14-point win.

Michael Neroni was a focus point up forward, scoring five goals. But even the usually reliable Neroni was wayward, finishing with 5.4 in front of goal

Coach David Gould said it was a “disappointing result but we were able to take out a few learnings to work on moving forward.”

“We are looking forward to the re-match against Sturt in a month.”

Sturt lost its first match of the season to Woodville-West Torrens by a comprehensive 62 points, which suggest that the Eagles are once again a formidable opponent.

Norwood take on the Eagles in Round 3, May 31 from 6:15pm at The Lights Community and Sports Centre.


Norwood 2.3, 6.6, 6.9, 8.10 – 58

Sturt 3.1, 4.2, 7.5, 11.6 – 72