SANFL Round 2 – Norwood v South Adelaide: Norwood opens its account for 2018

Norwood v South Adelaide

2:10PM, Sunday 8 April

Norwood Oval


After a disappointing loss to reigning premiers Sturt in Round 1, Norwood opened up their winning account with a comfortable 47 point margin over the Panthers.

The opening stanza was a close-matched affair, the much improved Caleb Edmead looked dangerous with two goals, while smooth-moving Nick Liddle answered with two of his own for South.


Normally the third (“premiership”) quarter is decisive, but in this game it was the second in which the ‘Legs crucially kicked 4.1 to the Panthers’ wasteful 1.8. This was largely due to Norwood’s defensive structures, with Michael Talia playing like a spoiling machine (not unlike another Talia) and South forced into taking difficult shots.


Alex Georgiou had been freed up by Talia’s arrival and was providing rebound. At half time the ‘Legs were up by 15 points.


I went to the function at the Mayor’s Parlor hosted by Rob Bria. Now it is everyone’s ambition in life to get a mention; lo and behold Jake Boerema received the ultimate compliment but didn’t come downstairs! Shame on you! (I reckon this might get the odd mention over the next decade Jake…)


In the third, Sam Baulderstone got right on top of Keegan Brooksby in the ruck and gave gilt-edged service to onballers Matty Panos, Mitch Grigg (who had been a bit fumbly in the 1st half) Cam Shenton and Matty Nunn.


Norwood took the game on kicking 7 goals with some exciting running footy to just about end the game as a contest, up by 40 pts at lemon time.


The Panthers’ Magarey Medallist Joel Cross (who had been well tagged by Peter Bampton) kicked his 2nd, which was quickly followed by a goal to Sam Overall. It briefly brought back memories of last year’s last quarter comeback at Noarlunga, but goals to Simon Phillips, Matty Panos (geez he is class… how he’s not a established AFL player has me stuffed) and Caleb Edmead put the game to bed.


For Norwood Matty Fuller played his best game since returning from the Western Bulldogs, Lewis Johnston continued on from last week’s connecting role between the back and forward line from the wing. Simon Phillips, after missing so much footy over the last two years took a significant step forward with 3 goals. Nick Pedro as a small defender showed skill and quick hands in close – if he continues rebounding strongly he has a future. Norwood’s balance as a side was better from the inclusion of Luke Wilson and Chris Olsson as small forwards and overall just about everyone played their role.


For South Adelaide, Ben Heaslip showed plenty of promise and is one to keep a eye on. Matthew Rose had plenty of the ball & Nick Liddle and Joel Cross showed their skills. The long kicking Tom Fields and Joe “Birdshit” Haines both had their moments in a tough day at the office for the Panthers.



The Norwood Reserves won by a point to further the joy. The sole downside for the day for mine was the attendance,  just over 2,000. Yes it was bloody hot, but I reckon if we had won last week there would have been at least another thousand people present.  Hey Norwood faithful, we need everyone to do their bit!

Next week Norwood play Glenelg at the Bay on Saturday, ‘Legs Supporters get down there!


(L to R) Caleb Edmead, Nick Pedro, Luke Surman, Declan Hamilton and Michael Talia receive a first-win shower.


The Redlegs singing the song for the first time in 2018! –


NORWOOD  4.3  8.4  15.10  19.13 (127)

SOUTH ADELAIDE  3.3  4.11  8.12  11.14 (80)


Norwood: Panos, Edmead, Phillips 3, L Wilson, Grigg 2, Hamilton, Shenton, Dawe, Surman, Nunn, Olsson
South Adelaide: Liddle, Cross 3, Moyle, Fairlie, Overall, Brooksby, Davis


Norwood: Panos, Johnston, Baulderstone, Bode, Edmead, Fuller, Grigg, Bampton, Georgiou, Talia
South Adelaide: Liddle, Heaslip, Summeron, Rose, Field, Haines

Crowd: 2,040


Maddie and Jace Bode in the rooms.



Norwood skipper Jace Bode’s father Olaf and partner Vicki Foote flank Jace’s wife Nat Von Bertouch and Milla Bode





  1. Nice review

  2. Jeff Milton says

    Great to see Norwood on the board. Looking forward to a big season.

  3. Manny Koufalakis says

    Bout time we had a win at home.
    We are still very fumbly and making too many mistakes but an improvement is an improvement.
    You are right on with Panos he is all class.
    Reckon McKenzie still needs a bit of match fitness in the reserves but Josh Glenn may be called up this week.

  4. Thanks for the analysis and update Rulebook! Keen to see what happens for the remainder of the legs’ season

  5. Campbell says

    Good review of the game. Great to see Norwood get an important win after a disappointing loss in round 1, hopefully the Legs can get a good run on now.

  6. Luke Reynolds says

    Great report Rulebook, and love the photos from the rooms.
    Does seem an average crowd for such a good day. Was the game televised? Do televised games affect SANFL attendances?

  7. Jill Tathra says

    I don`t like those real close games, I get to tense! Good report mate but wait until you come across the Eagles it will be a different result then!!!

    The only good thing about winter is footy but at the moment it doesn’t look as if we are having winter this year so hope the boys can last in this warm weather.

  8. Dave Brown says

    Yep, good analysis, RB. It was a weird game and the weather played a big part in both the outcome of the game and the crowd. We absolutely spanked them in the clearances in the second half – Baulderstone must have sent the umps Christmas presents because he’s finally getting the frees he should have been getting for years. Also impressed by Hamilton and Bower, they grew in confidence and influence as the game progressed. If the legs can sort out their defence in transition (and not turn the ball over at centre half back) a good season is in prospect.

  9. Martin Rumsby says

    Thanks for the review, Malcolm. I was interstate and missed the game, so it was informative to read your report. Good to see Edmead get amongst the goals – how did Josh Glenn go in the Reserves? Regarding the attendance, to get 2000 against South would probably be above par based on the past few years, wouldn’t it? However, I fully support your urging to have more supporters attend.

  10. Cameron Glenn says

    Was a brilliant win by Norwood on Sunday despite the heat, some skill errors and having 3 days less break than South. The reserves were down to the wire but glad to win that.

    Crowd was very poor for a Norwood home game. Might have been hot but plenty of shade with grandstand seating. A loss the week before is no excuse to not be there as every week is a new week. Still the scheduling for the first 2 weeks were poor as we expect night games early in the season and night games later in the year, not the other way around. Hopefully a better turnout in a few weeks with a Friday night home game.

  11. Great to get 1 no 1 the first of many

  12. Rob allevi says

    We can only get better from here add some pace with Rabs along with Luke who proved he can play on the weekend , then MCKENZIE & GLENN looks promising just to name a few that will help us on our way to bring tommy home

  13. Andrew Goss says

    Nice to hear Talia is doing well…. hopefully, he can assist in getting boys back into the finals this yeas?

  14. Dwayne Fuller says

    A good win the skills are improving let’s hope the crowds do the same I’m sure we are going to get better as the season progresses cheers Malcolm always fantastic to read your articles and keep up the almighty effort you put into the Mighty NFC

  15. Jake Boerema says

    Great review of the days proceedings, as usual very comprehensive and accurate in this article. Keep up the great work Rulebook

  16. Love the passion Book!

  17. Didn’t make it out to the game due to work but it’s good to see we got a good result against South, who I feel can be a bit of a bogey team for us. Crowd figure is dismal but South traditionally don’t have a huge following, plus a loss to Sturt may have thrown people off. Hopefully we can make it two on the trot with a win against Glenelg this week!

  18. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Thanks Brent and Jeff.Manny agree totally.Thanks Ben and Campbell.Luke no game wasn’t televised in general yes it can affect crowds.Jill you are a star and all the best enormous respect for your upbeat attitude.Dave yes it was close to all played well v interesting selection this week.Martin no slightly down on average v the panthers and Glenn v v good be surprised if he doesn’t play league this week.Cameron yep good point.Raj hope so agree Rob Tommy needs to come home.Gossy Michael Talia has similarities to Daniel def hope so.Thanks Dwayne greatly appreciated.Jake I fancy you will get some ribbing over the years thanks,TC.Josh yep and I admit personally the 4.10 start on Sat at the bay suits me perfectly
    thanks folks

  19. Rick Neagle says

    Still lots of basic skill errors.
    Matthew Panos great game.
    South coach not hope with Panos’s clearance rate in last quarter.
    We have to win at home. At all costs.
    EVERY game at home must be won.
    So we are 1 win and 1 loss at home.

  20. Sorry for the late post. Well done by Norwood over my beloved Panthers. Is there another Raving Rulebook in the pipeworks? I think we’re overdue! Keep up the good work.

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