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Norwood vs Sturt

Scoreboard | Match report

Round: 2   Venue: Norwood Oval   Date: Thu, 06-04-2023 7:40 pm    
  STURT by 13STURT by 6STURT by 22STURT by 53  

Match Report

We begin this week's wrap with a pre-holiday stoush between old rivals under the lights of Coopers Stadium on Thursday, the Redlegs hosting the Double Blues in a battle of the affluent inner suburbs of eastern and southern Adelaide. The points were shared from their two outings last year, with the Blues taking a 28-point win at Unley in Round 5, then the 'Legs returned the favour in Round 12 by 26 points. On both occasions, Norwood had a dirty afternoon in front of goal especially in the earlier game when they kicked seven goals from 18 scores. While their shooting improved in the follow-up match, it was their defence in the third term that kept the Blues away at The Parade. The Redlegs' flag raising was ruined by the Eagles last week, going down by 46 points, while the Blues took a 31-point win over the Tigers at Oxford Terrace. The Blues hit the scoreboard pretty quickly, bagging the opening goal within 50 seconds. The term would belong to the Blues, outscoring the premiers 4.2 to 2.1 to lead by 13 points at the first change. The Blues peppered their goals for the better part of the second term, but a bunch of wasted chances would allow the Redlegs to reel them back in by the long break. After being down by 25 point at the 17 minute mark after Sturt kicked 1.6, the 'Legs scored 3.1 to bring the gap back to a single goal come half-time. The Blues hit the ground running again when play resumed, bagging a trio of majors in the first seven minutes of the restart. Norwood did respond but after drawing the Blues back to a 10-point gap, the rot set in again as the visitors got back in control. Sturt would altogether score 5.1 to Norwood's 2.3 to lead by 22 points by three quarter-time. The home side were reduced to spectators after just six minutes in the final term, the Blues romping away to a 53-point win on the back of a 6.1 to one goal final term. Can we officially call a premiership hangover in progress yet? Tom Lewis was outstanding for the Blues with a swag of stats, notching up 28 disposals, 16 tackles and 12 clearances. Nik Rokahr was Norwood's standout with 31 disposals, 13 clearances and seven tackles.


Match Report by RA Boyle


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