Norwood has booked a place in the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final after causing an upset eight-point win against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Saturday.
The inaugural SANFLW Premier will confront South Adelaide in the title-decider at Peter Motley Oval on Anzac Day after producing a stunning, yet gritty, performance to lead at every change in toppling the highly-fancied Roosters.
The Redlegs made the most of having 10 fewer inside 50s than their hosts, with Rhianna Peate kicking the first major of the game from her left foot six minutes into the third term.
Norwood then dealt North a significant blow on the verge of three-quarter time when inspirational captain Bek McMahon read the flight of the ball beautifully at the back of a pack to mark low to the ground 20m out on a slight angle.
When the premiership skipper calmly slotted through her team’s second goal just six seconds before the final change, Norwood held a handy 17-point break.
As hard as North tried in the final term, it wasn’t enough to claw back the margin which was significant in the blustery and slippery conditions at Menzies Crescent.
Sarah Ellis booted the Roosters’ only goal of the game from her left foot despite being bumped in the act of kicking but with less than a minute left on the clock, there wasn’t enough time to cause a miracle.
Crows-listed Sally Riley (18 disposals) and the consistent Rhiannon Busch (13) were the major ball winners for Norwood while midfielder Britt Perry (19) and Talia Radan (17) led the way for the Roosters.
NORWOOD 0.4 0.4 2.6 2.6 (18)
NORTH 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.4 (10)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Norwood: Sally Riley 18, Rhiannon Busch 13, Ebony O’Dea 12, Whitney Benson, Nicola Burns 11.
North: Britt Perry 19, Talia Radan 17, Jess Edwards 14, Kathryn Reynolds, Ashleigh Woodland 12.
GOALS – Norwood: McMahon, Peate.
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