Norwood Football Club  

Rnd 16: Saturday August 9th @ Coopers Stadium V West Adelaide (2:10pm)

League Scoreboard

West 0.2-2
- A. Kirwan , M. Panos , J. Bode , S. Baulderstone , L. Davis , A. Wilson
- S. Phillips 5, L. Davis 4, K. Roocke 3, M. Newton 3, J. Donohue 2, B. Dawe 2, C. Bartlett , M. Panos , D. Reinbrecht , M. Wicks 
- Jefferies (shoulder)
 Match Report:
There was just one change this week with Simon Phillips, who has missed the past 2 games with a shoulder injury, replacing the injured James Allan for our clash with West Adelaide at Coopers Stadium.

We certainly started well again kicking 8 goals to none in the first quarter for the second time in three games. The challenge for the players was to push on and not become too conservative and complacent as we had done in previous games, but also aware our opposition would respond.

Our next three quarters were very good, our effort to spread, link up and carry the football and then get deep entries to our dangerous forwards was a treat to watch. The defensive pressure though was the best part of our game with Josh Donohue, Ed Smart, Anthony Wilson, Simon Phillips and Mitch Wicks taking away the opposition’s time and space and forcing them to turn the ball over near our goals. Our small forwards work tirelessly every week and often don’t get the accolades that our tall forwards, defenders and midfielders get week to week.

There were three outstanding individual efforts during the game. A superb goal from Simon Phillips from 62 metres on the member’s side boundary was not something out of the text book. Kieran McGuinness took a good old fashion hanger on Michael Still, in front of the member’s wing, which threw the crowd into raptures and Chris Kendall commentating the game and Michael Still from West Adelaide, in the last quarter, pulling down possibly mark of the year and getting some serious hang time on Andrew Kirwan’s strapped shoulders.

This week is the top of the table clash at Alberton on Sunday against a very talented Port Adelaide team. We will certainly have to be at our best and compete for four quarters to knock over the best side in the competition. The players would certainly appreciate the support at Alberton as we strive to lock in a top three finish.

See you there.

Reserves Scoreboard
West 10.8-68
- T. Dematteis , B. Denmead , M. Evans , L. Rander , T. Forster , M. Nunn
- M. Evans 3, L. Rander 2, P. Bampton , A. Stewart , L. Peter , M. Ialeggio , B. Denmead , T. Dematteis

Under 18 Scoreboard
16.16 112
10.3 63
- H. Cross , R. Llewellyn , C. Tiggemann , J. Buttery , C. Lodovici , J. Persinos
- C. Tiggemann 6, J. Maxwell 4, M. Carter 3, P. Seymour 2, J. Buttery 
 Match Report:  
This was our first and only triple header for the year and the players really enjoyed being around the senior players and supporters. It is a great way to give the younger players at our club a taste of how enjoyable it is to be a senior footballer at Norwood. The crowd support is excellent and the buzz is something that is very special at Norwood. The players were inspired early in the game and kicked 5 goals in the first quarter and played some really good football. Unfortunately, in the second quarter, the players went away from Ben Warren’s structures and set ups and West played really well and scored 4 goals in that quarter. I was a little grumpy at half time and asked the players to get back to the Norwood way and it stood them in really good stead after half time. We had an excellent third quarter, we kicked 6 goals and kept West to just one goal. The last quarter was a good battle and we ran out winners by 49 points. Harry Cross was excellent as an inside mid (this was his second game back after dislocating his elbow in the Reserves 9 weeks ago) and his speed in traffic and handballing got us out and set up score launches. Ryan Llewelyn was playing his first game in 7 weeks after being rested all that time with bad concussion. He was excellent as our key defender and his aerial ability was outstanding. He reminds me a lot of a young Alex Georgiou, not the prettiest player but he is highly competitive and loves the physical battle. Cameron Tiggemann is starting to find some really good form and he kicked 6 goals as a fast forward. Josh Buttery had a slightly different role as a mid and he was asked to defend West’s best midfielder at stoppage and he did a wonderful job. Chris Lodovici had a player follow him around but he was still able to get 28 very valuable possessions on the wing. Jordan Persinos was excellent in defence. Zac Georg-Dent played his first game for the club, he has been a consistent trainer for the last 2 years and it is a testament to him and the culture around the club at the moment that he has been happy to keep training for 2 seasons. He played on the wing and had 19 possessions and was a good contributor to our team. I hope we all understand how much time young people put into our club and it makes the depth really strong and ensures that every game a player gets is well deserved. This means that the junior program fulfils its major role of supplying players to the seniors who have a good grounding in playing Ben Warren’s game plan and being able to follow his plan. It has been wonderful to see up to 60 players on the Under 18 training track in the last month and it keeps the pressure on the players to keep performing well. Congratulations must go to Robbie Neill for all the hard work he has done in the zone and his coaching of the Under 16 team means the players are well equipped to follow the clubs plan when they get their chance with the Under 18 squad and beyond.

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