SANFL Round 7 preview: Norwood v South Adelaide

Even by Norwood standards three Friday night games at home is a rare privilege. With the questionable reliability of the lights down at Noarlunga, both teams have amicably agreed to swap home matches for a mutually beneficial outcome. Norwood Oval has been doing night games since the 1950s, so has plenty of experience in that regard. Not even the becursed Crows reserves could put them out last Friday night.

Norwood comes off a comfortable victory over said Crows reserves. Newton and Davis fed off their favourite opponents, capitalising on Norwood’s midfield dominance. It also featured an entertaining duel between Baulderstone and O’Brien in ruck. Meanwhile, poor kicking from South in the last quarter (1.4) on Saturday saw them snatch a draw from the jaws of victory up at Elizabeth Oval – must have been a fun 60km drive home.

As a result, Friday night’s game will commence as a table topping clash. Although once the Eagles and Bloods get on the same number of games played you imagine they will have something to say about the composition of the higher rungs of the ladder.

Norwood will be looking to retain its place on top and improve its record to 6-1, hoping its depth on all lines will prove greater than the Panthers’. An intriguing tag-team battle looms between Allan and Panos in the red trunks and Cross and Liddle in the white (Allan was withdrawn from the squad with injury). We may learn a bit about who might be taking home the 2015 Magarey while we are at it too. That said, both teams boast plenty of midfield depth, particularly with Webber and Suckling returning for the Redlegs.

You’d expect Norwood’s fleet of slightly undersized defenders to do a team job on Brett Eddy while South will need to contain Norwood’s ball movement into a forward line that is finally starting to hit its straps, looking a lot less slow with the addition of Simon Phillips. Fingers crossed for a dry night of football (on the ground anyway) as we get to know a bit more about the finals credentials of these two teams. I’m not about to start tipping against Norwood at the Parade. Prediction: Norwood by 25-36.

About Dave Brown

Upholding the honour of the colony. "Play up Norwoods!"

Comments

  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Thanks Dave it is a big game tonight and while Allan is a massive out,I agree re our team defence hopefully will do the job see you tonight go the legs

  2. Gotchy’s boys will win this one. Go the Panthers.

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