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Trial Match 1: Norwood Football Club VS Woodville West Torrens Football Club
15/03/2017 12:35:42 PM

Jarrod Cotton- Match Report Analysis:

Trial Match 1: Norwood Football Club VS Woodville West Torrens Football Club

In what was Norwood’s first proper hit out against an opposition team, Head-Coach, Jarrod Cotton admitted there was plenty to like about the Redlegs first trial. Norwood fielded two different teams, with the first half having a mix of under 18’s and 19’s players, while the second half was a mix of reserves and senior players. Woodville West Torrens fielded a similar side in their first hit out for 2017.

Cotton acknowledged, that it was a fantastic opportunity for the younger boys to play against an opposition, while it also allowed them to gain match sharpness and further put into practice what has been implemented in pre-season. Cotton said that there were some really good individual performances, but overall was impressed with the team’s structure and how they were able to put into practice aspects of the game style that Norwood will aim to play in the 2017 season.

 “The teams ball movement was really good especially in the second quarter, ground ball gets and tackling was really impressive also.”

In the second half, Cotton brought in the second playing group and said the third quarter was a bit lacklustre. Both teams took a quarter to get familiar with playing against an opposition and to settle into the game. Cotton went on to mention that he was very happy with the way the Redlegs moved the footy in to the forwards quickly which resulted in plenty of scoring opportunities.

Cotton went into the game appreciating that the team was going to lack sharpness, however spoke about the importance of getting the structures and setups right first and foremost.

While Norwood implemented their game style which has been the focus over the whole pre-season, Cotton was quick to shut down suggestions that teams shouldn’t give away their style of play during the trial games. To fully develop as a team Cotton admitted they need to put those techniques into practice.

When asked about the importance of these trial games, Cotton said that they are extremely important in gaining momentum heading into Round 1.

‘It’s a really good opportunity to make sure that we are ready for Round 1.”

Cotton emphasised there were some really good performances by some of the under 18’s and 19’s, and said they are putting their hand up to play at least reserves football with some of them pushing to play League.

While scores weren’t being kept during the game, notes from the night show that Norwood ended the night with 16 goals 10 points.

NFC Media Writer

Joseph Marciano

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