The action begins with some Friday Night Mayhem and it's off to the Coopers Stadium in Norwood for the stoush between the Redlegs and the Eagles. The Redlegs couldn't snare any points from their encounters with the eventual premiers last season, beginning with a 47-point loss at Oval Avenue in Round 8, followed by a six-goal defeat at The Parade in Round 15. But that was just the beginning of the 'Legs disappointing 2021, the Eagles playing a part in their straight sets finals exit in the Qualifying Final. Norwood kept within striking distance for a great deal of the match, but the Eagles outmuscled them in the end by seven points which was then followed by their loss to South the next week. Last week, both sides suffered losses to open the season, with the Eagles going down to North at home while the Redlegs shooting on goal cost them against the Tigers.
The Eagles were all over the ball to begin the night's action, but poor kicking on goal saw them ahead by just three goals at the first change instead of perhaps double that. The board at quarter-time would read 4.7 to Norwood's 2.1. The 'Legs would reel the reigning champs back to within a kick by the long break, scoring 4.3 to the Eagles' 2.1 in the second term to be down by just four points at the half-time siren. The two sides went tit-for-tat when play restarted for the second half, the Redlegs continued to chip away at the Eagles but were let down by some wayward shooting on goal. The deficit was reduced to just two points in favour of the visitors, Norwood scoring 3.3 to the Eagles 3.1. The Redlegs took the lead early in the final term, but would be made to rue a trio of missed chances in the opening five minutes. The Eagles' defenders stood up when it mattered as the home side continued to fight back even into the dying stages, a last shot on goal was spoiled and the premiers escaped The Parade with a two-point victory, their final term score of 3.2 to 2.8 bringing them their first points of the season.
The Eagles named Riley Knight as their best with his 27 disposals and 11 tackles, while the Redlegs standout was Nik Rokahr with 29 disposals and nine tackles.