Norwood defeat WWT to get the ressies chocolates


Norwood 2019 SANFL Reserves Premiers! Photo: John Emery


Thank you to the brilliant Norwood trainers! Photo by John Emery


Norwood have run out winners of the 2019 SANFL reserves grand final by 19 points, winning the clubs first seconds flag since 1998. Woodville-West Torrens started the game brightly, key forward Harrison Morgan proving a handful early, kicking the first 2 goals of the contest before AFL bound Cam Taheny replied also with 2 goals.


The game really was an arm wrestle from that point on, Norwood gradually getting on top.
Onballer Dylan Stephens, playing his last game before also beginning his AFL journey, was a class above. I find it an interesting rule that, provided a player is Under 18, irrespective of how many league games they have played, they are eligible to play reserves and while Dylan and Cam’s attitude was fantastic, in that as soon as our league side was knocked out they were keen to play and it gives the player another chance to impress the recruiters, just not sure re fairness of the rule (full credit to Dylan and Cam!).


Nick Pedro, hampered significantly by injuries in 2019, was important through the midfield and at half forward. I can see him being the running, rebounding defender we are crying out for in 2020. Luke Surman, playing in ruck and up forward got right on top, particularly after half time and gave the on ballers an armchair ride. Cody Szust was important onball and up forward with his brilliant, Bettsesque goal in the last quarter the individual highlight of the game (very entertaining on Facebook, Cody and I am reliably informed that at 3am on Monday morning that Cody was only onto his 842nd recital of describing the goal!).


Jed Spence, what a story, was in and out of the side early in the year and back and forth with Payneham Norwood Union FC, established himself in the ‘legs side and goes on to win the Reserves Magarey Medal (Jed also polled the 3 votes in his 1 A grade game for PNU).
Jed really is a BP who quietly goes about his job and accumulates touches.


Cam Taheny was always dangerous and looked like he would bob up and kick a goal, finishing up with 4 sausage rolls. Mac Bower stood tall, particularly in the second half, taking several telling defensive marks (what a weekend for the Bower Family with brother Chase playing in Payneham Norwood Union’s flag side and father Dusty leaving scorch marks on Thebarton Oval with his blistering pace as the runner for PNU!) emerging defender Cam Ball was composed and assured playing his role. Lachlan Pascoe was value for touches with his 3 goals, standing watching the game with his dad Andrew was interesting, geez you’re a harsh judge Lenny senior!!!


For Woodville-West Torrens, Jack Gaffney on ball contributed across the whole game was hard at it and kept working and didn’t give up, Cooper Gaffney down back mopped up and performed efficiently. Journeyman Ben Nason on ball had his moments. Harrison Morgan presented well and was dangerous up forward, finishing with 3 goals and could have kicked a couple more (needs to work on his ball drop). Jake Westbrook in defence played well, winning several one on ones while Joe Heinjus playing full back had his moments. Lachlan McNeil on ball could hold his head high and combined effectively with Harry Schoenberg.


In season 2019 I did the scoreboard at Norwood home games and was also very quiet with my advice and encouragement (Lachy Pascoe saying to me do you ever shut up – harsh but fair!).
In all seriousness I developed quite a affinity with the reserves who were respectful, listened and wanted to learn also having coached with Tim Weatherald -Jack “Riewoldt” Heard and Sam Barnett in the victorious East Adelaide side there was further significant interest (I admit I wasn’t reluctant with coach Gavin Hughes in pushing Sam’s case to play as a forward early in the season after he had seemingly been typecast as a defender). Sam is to be admired for sticking at it early in the season when he was emergency for 3 or 4 weeks, he could have easily returned to Payneham, instead he has built a strong platform to play league footy in 2020 and was very unlucky not to debut this season.


Sam Barnett marks strongly. Photo: John Emery


Jack, likewise rapt with your improvement congrats on coming runner up to Henry Crawford in the best and fairest, league footy also awaits in 2020. Chris Olsson, rapt that you’re a Norwood Premiership player also. Congrats to Gavin Hughes and the coaching panel, pre-season will come around very quickly and league opportunities await but he’ll keep enjoying the moment. Go the Legs! In sending around John Emery’s brilliant photos on Facebook messenger to the playing group I was thrilled with how many individual replies thanking my help during the season, hey the words ‘thank you’ are at times the most unspoken words of the English language, a reminder to us all to add here too (Hey who says it’s hard getting away from Adelaide Oval, I found very little traffic on the road at 3.15 pm!). OK in all seriousness I actually went to work.


Finally, congratulations to a SANFL club in Glenelg for winning the SANFL premiership!


Norwood 13-5-83 def Woodville-West Torrens 9-10 -64
C Taheny 4, L Pascoe, C Szust 3, L Charlton, M Coles, N Pedro
WWT: H Morgan 3, K Pickett 2, J Coff, L McNeil, J Mead, J Westbrook
Best Players:
D Stephens, L Surman, N Pedro, C Szust, J Spence, C Taheny, M Bower, C Ball
WWT: J Gaffney, C Gaffney, J Westbrook, L McNeil, B Nason, J Heinjus, H Schoenberg


L-R: Jacob Collins, Samuel Buckham, Lochie Charlton, Cameron Taheny & Nick Pedro. Photo: John Emery




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  1. Michael Rehn says

    All silverware is imortant in the recognition of a club’s successes, and each young man who wore our colours with pride on Grand Final Day, and all who had a role in getting them onto the park and keeping them upright deserve the highest praise. I was lucky enough to watch the game via live stream in Melbourne and enjoyed every second of the show. A Premiership is a Premiership and they’re always hard to win. A great effort all round, and what really ices the cake is the number of rising stars I saw in action. Make no mistake, there’s plenty of life in thos “legs !!! A great write up as usual Malcolm.

  2. Bill Drodge says

    Thanks Malcolm.

    I watched the game on the you tube stream; it was a good quality game worthy of a GF. Plenty of talent on display, for future SANFL and higher levels.


  3. Thanks for that Malcolm. I always look forward to your dissections of our games and our best players.Interesting to see if any of the lads are picked up in the AFL draft.

  4. Cameron Glenn says

    Really enjoyed the Reserves GF this year and was glad Norwood won it. 0/4 in grand finals last year for the club but 1/1 this year. TBH the reserves GF was more enjoyable than the actual GF itself.

    Well done to the Norwood reserves this year. Hopefully it will enable the league side to be up there in 2020.

  5. Great read Book.

  6. Martin Rumsby says

    I attended the game (and stayed for the league match) and was proud of the achievement of the Reserves boys in winning the GF. As a team they had a great second half of the season and fully deserved their premiership success. It will be interesting to follow the careers of these young men over the next few years and see who becomes a regular league/ AFL footballer and who is destined to play at a more suburban/country level. The retirements of four regular league players provide opportunities for some in 2020.

  7. David Woodcock says

    Excellent summary of a great win Malcolm. I couldn’t agree more with your comments re Nick Pedro’s future as a defender at league level.

  8. Good read. Hoping to see some of these young ones in our League in 2020.

  9. Luke Reynolds says

    Malcolm, enjoy reading about your affinity to Norwood and it’s players, very happy for you that you were there to be a part of a drought breaking reserves flag for the club. Congratulations to everyone involved at Norwood.

    BTW, enjoyed your final line very much!

  10. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Michael thank you yep all silverware is important it was a boisterous change rooms.Bill v much so.
    Fisho definitely,Dylan Stephens and Cam Taheny there may be one other.Cameron some promising youth.
    Thanks SOL.Martin well said yes opportunities await.David I view,Nick as a key player going forward.
    Jan thank you and definitely.Luke thanks for your help greatly appreciated it was enjoyable and happy to see kids been involved with enjoying premiership success the last line is a article in itself thanks folks

  11. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Fisho have had a look at baseball book will read some more yet apologies and I think it’s to hard re Robert Oatey ( a couple of the recent retirees are in the pipeline)

  12. Malcolm, I fully understand the situation of Robert Oatey’s passing. As you know I was quite friendly with him when we were at Norwood High. When we shared bus rides home in ’61, we had many enjoyable discussions – not always about footy. Even in those days Bob held some radically different ideas about how the game should be played.and where some players, from all sides, should play – very interesting. I still find it hard to believe he’s gone. By the way, I have plenty of Oatey stories to tell, one day I’ll share them with you.

    Sad that Georgio and Smart have retired along with Bode – they will be missed Interesting to see how next year’s team will line up with a few players bound to go in the draft.

  13. Like always, you’re showing good support for the Legs here RB. Is there an up and coming B Grundy running around there? Nick works a good bar as well.

  14. Great to see the reserves have a great year and top it off with the premiership!

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