Norwood captured their 29th SANFL Premiership with an emphatic 40 point win over North Adelaide yesterday at AAMI Stadium.
Norwood 10 12 72 d North 4 8 32 in front of 36865 fans to send AAMI Stadium off in style as Football returns to Adelaide Oval next Season. Norwood’s defensive pressure all over the ground was brilliant and their back six were miserly as usual. Alex Georgiou and Matt Fuller continued to enhance their chances of being in the AFL in 2014. Kieran McGuiness, cruelly denied last season when sidelined by a knee reconstruction, added his name to Norwood’s honour board as a Premiership Captain. Trent Dumont and James Aish depart The Parade for the AFL and in Aish’s case a two time Premiership Player by the age of 17 is a remarkable feat in itself. Sam Baulderstone, recruited from Mt Compass, has shed 30 kilos and become a competent SANFL Ruckman. Ben Warren as usual played his role to perfection and used his footy smarts to kick 4 goals. Mitch Grigg kicked 2 goals while Brett Zorzi retired in style winning the Jack Oatey Medal. Norwood had an even performance with most players contributing in a real team performance. Norwood were challenged by North in the 3rd Quarter regained control at the stoppages and careered away in the last Quarter. For North Adelaide who battled gamely all day Todd Miles stood out. Leigh Ryswck and Matt Campbell pace was a problem. Joe Anderson, Matt Clinch, George Thring, Lewis Johnson and Brian Fenton contributed. The Game had an unusual highlight when Field Umpire Curtis DeBoy was announced as the winner of the SANFL Major Lottery winning a $595,000 House and Land Package. Who says Maggots can’t be Winners !
Norwood brilliantly coached by Nathan Bassett superbly Team Managed by Marc Robinson and an exquisite performance by runner Shayne Wooley depart Footy Park as Premiers !
The Premiership was celebrated accordingly at The Parade were 8 Thousand People had an Ale or two and It’s a Grand Old Flag was continulously sung well into the night.