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Norwood vs South Adelaide

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 6   Venue: Norwood Oval   Date: Sat, 07-05-2022 2:05 pm   Crowd: 1,480  
South Adelaide  
  NORW by 5NORW by 18NORW by 8SOUTH by 6  

Match Report

Across from the west to the inner east of the Adelaide metro, we now go to the Coopers Stadium in Norwood for second Saturday contest between the Redlegs and the Panthers. The Redlegs won both of their home and away season encounters in 2021, amazingly by nine points on both occasions in Round 5 at Norwood and then in Round 10 down at Noarlunga. These two victories, however, did not give the Redlegs any kind of psychological advantage come September. A wasteful second term in front of goal and then leaking five goals to two in the third saw the 'Legs out of the running in the 1st Semi-Final, which the Panthers won by 19 points. Last weekend, both teams were handed losses with the Redlegs going down at Unley by 23 points, while the Panthers just couldn't reel the Crows back in at home to go down by 11 points. There is one spoiler I will give you about this game, over the last few seasons these sides have had some tough encounters and today was going to be more of the same on a slippery deck. South dominated a big portion of the opening quarter, but some missed opportunities early on would allow the Redlegs to be the ones in front at the first change. The deficit was five points at quarter-time, the scoreline being 4.2 to 3.3. The Panthers dropped their intensity in the second term as the Redlegs restricted them to a single behind, but only managed 2.2 for themselves to take their advantage out to three goals by the half-time break. The roles were reversed when play resumed for the second half, the Redlegs blowing four chances on goal as the Panthers brought their lead down to within a couple of kicks going into the final change. South's 2.2 to four behinds drew Norwood's lead back to eight points by three quarter-time. The challenging conditions made for a nail-biting final stanza, the Redlegs were holding on for dear life as the Panthers continued to scratch and claw. Only one goal was scored for over 17 minutes, South's major prior to the sixth minute just the beginning of their eventual march to victory. South would land two more major blows along with three behinds, the Redlegs managing just 1.1 as the blue and whites took a six-point win. Mitch O'Neill was South's all-rounder, with 23 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances. The Redlegs best was Matthew Nunn, with 31 disposals, 12 tackles and seven clearances.


Match Report by RA Boyle


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.