A Josh Glenn masterclass has propelled Norwood to a 96-point thrashing of Central District at The Parade on Friday night.
Facing his former team for the first time since surprisingly leaving Elizabeth at the end of last season, Glenn kicked eight goals without a miss as he put his tremendous potential on display.
The former Gold Coast Sun – who kicked four goals in his last outing for the Bulldogs against Norwood in the 2017 Elimination Final – turned the tables on his ex-teammates in front of the appreciative Redlegs’ faithful.
The silky-skilled left footer – who also collected 25 disposals – not only finished well in front of goal but also earned his reward by catching two Dogs players holding the ball before kicking truly from two of his set shots.
After kicking his first major 24 minutes into the opening term, half of Glenn’s tally came in the final term as the Redlegs piled on 6.4 while Central managed just 1.1.
But it wasn’t just Glenn’s performance which caught the eye, Norwood was tremendous in kicking eight of the next nine goals after Central’s Isaya McKenzie booted the opening goal of the game just two minutes in.
The result was effectively set up when Norwood established a 35-point break by quarter-time as usual suspects Mitch Grigg (26 disposals and four goals), Matt Panos (31 disposals and a goal) and Lewis Johnston (29 disposals and a goal) not only found the ball but hit the scoreboard.
Emerging Norwood contributors Matt Nunn (31 disposals) and Peter Bampton (23 disposals) also continue to improve while Declan Hamilton’s three majors all came during the first term blitz to help set up victory.
Central came into the contest with hopes of causing an upset after starting brightly against Sturt in Round 7 but after McKenzie’s opening goal, things took a major turn for the worse.
The visitors ended with 120 fewer disposals and 37 fewer marks which not surprisingly translated into a negative differential of 16 inside 50s.
Ball magnet Travis Schiller again tried his heart out to finish with 30 touches but ultimately, the Bulldogs’ lack of midfield depth was another factor in the result.
Central ruckman Darcy Fort gave his on-ballers plenty of supply as he racked up 39 hitouts to go with his 19 disposals in what proved to be a close battle with in-form Norwood bigman Sam Baulderstone.
The Dogs will now lick their wounds for the next fortnight before clashing with Port on Saturday June 9.
NORWOOD 8.2 10.5 17.7 23.11 (149)
CENTRAL 2.3 3.8 6.10 7.11 (53)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Norwood: Panos, Nunn 31, L. Johnston 29, Grigg 26, Glenn 25, Bampton 23, Wilkins, Abbott, Hamilton 22, Jefferies 20.
Central: T. Schiller 30, Hoskin 22, F. Fort 21, D. Fort 19, Dew 16, Presbury 15, Hanna 14.
GOALS – Norwood: Glenn 8, Grigg 4, Hamilton 3, Dawe 2, Abbott, L. Johnston, Jefferies, Panos, Smart, Carter.
Central: McKenzie 3, Hoskin 2, Butcher, Jenner.
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