Norwood v South Adelaide
Saturday August 9th, Coopers Stadium
Match Review by Sarah List
And here we, just over half way through the altered 2020 SANFL season, which has generally been very evenly matched across the teams.
South versus Norwood was surely match of the round, with the legs steamrolling their way towards the top five. South were hoping to rebound off a loss to the Roosters, and certainly had shown their strength earlier in the season as a genuine finals contender that could win the tough matches.
The Legs came out firing, dominating their end for the first quarter. A pair of goals from Wilson another from firing Forward Tom Pinyon set up a 14 point lead at quarter time, while a major from Wilkinson kept the Panthers in touch.
It looked like Norwood were continuing one the same winning path, and yet suddenly they their effectiveness fell away and allowed South to take control. South kicked four goals in 12 minutes and leaped ahead of the home side, showing confidence and precise movement with the ball. Norwood had plenty of possession but were ineffective in moving it forward and in front of goal. South had the edge.
The start of the third continued to flow in the Panther’s direction with an early goal from Schwarz, and a handful of missed opportunities. Those misses would be costly as the Legs found their feet and flow and suddenly the scores were Red and Blue for the remaining 17 minutes of the quarter. Baulderstone dominated in the ruck and gave the running advantage to Grigg, Nunn and Panos. Four goals in that period edged Norwood back into the lead by a slim five points.
The final quarter lead seesawed in a bitterly tight encounter. Both sides missed opportunities to push the result in their favour, and the last ten minutes was down to the wire with neither side able to score a major. In an agonizingly close finish, Norwood were ahead when the time finally ran out, much to the relief of both supporters and the players themselves. South fought until the end and it could have gone either way. They will be desperate to seal a win next week against the Eagles and maintain their spot in the five.
WEST ADELAIDE v NORTH ADELAIDE: HISENSE STADIUM, FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST, 7:20PM
SOUTH ADELAIDE v WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS: FLINDERS UNIVERSITY STADIUM, SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST, 2:05PM
STURT v CENTRAL DISTRICT: PETER MOTLEY OVAL, SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST, 2:10PM
NORWOOD v GLENELG: COOPERS STADIUM, SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST, 7:20PM