By Joseph Marciano
Brush up on your Redlegs knowledge ahead of Round One:
Coach: Chris Howie
2020 Captain: Alison Ferrall
2020 Vice-Captain: Sophie Armitstead
2019 Best and Fairest: Najwa Allen
2019 in a nutshell: After finishing as minor premiers in 2019 losing only one game, the Redlegs were unable to replicate their home and away form in the finals and fell to both North and South Adelaide in straight sets. 2019 also saw the end of inaugural coach Steve Symonds tenor at the Parade, as he departed the club to join the Collingwood AFLW team. Norwood are still looking for that exclusive second Premiership after winning their first in 2017.
New players: Chloe Meyer (Simon Black Academy), Georgia Avery (Keilor), Shenae Walker
Departures: Najwa Allen (Adelaide AFLW), Hannah Dunn (Gold Coast AFLW), Hannah Priest (St Kilda AFLW), Ebony O’Dea (Collingwood AFLW), Tahlia Meyer (South Adelaide), Zoe Greer (West Adelaide), Jane Fitzgerald (retired/coaching), Monique Hollick (Work)
2020 opponents: Centrals District (A), Eagles (A), South Adelaide (A), West Adelaide (A), Central District (A), Eagles (H), North Adelaide (A), Sturt (A), West Adelaide (H), Glenelg (A).
Circle it: North Adelaide just edged the Redlegs in a thriller at the Parade in the Preliminary Final, so Norwood will be motivated for payback when they face off in round seven at Unley.
Player to watch: Dangerous forward Matilda Zander was one of Norwood’s most improved last season, so expect her to go to another level and spend more time in Norwood’s engine room.
2020 prediction: There is plenty to look forward with Norwood in 2020, as a change of coach can mean many things. The Legs despite losing plenty of talent in the draft will look to give girls an opportunity to earn a spot in the 2020 team. They welcome back inaugural skipper Rebekka McMahon and still have experience within side through Leah Cutting and Michele Reid. Expect Norwood to be aggressive with their ball movement playing a real direct style of football.