TEN OF THE BEST FOR REDLEGS

Published on: Jul 20 2018 | Author: Zac Milbank |

The red and blue juggernaut rolled on seamlessly on Friday night as Norwood thrashed West Adelaide by 78 points at The Parade.

Notching their 10th win in succession, the rampaging Redlegs were again at their ruthless best just six days after booting 13 goals in the final term to steamroll Sturt at Unley.

Shrugging off the Bloods in the second term, the hosts got their spark from veteran forward Simon Phillips – who kicked two of his four goals in quick succession to put a meaningful space between his side and the Bloods.

West forward Zac Bates had brought his side to within eight points after a skillful finish along the ground on his left foot seven minutes into the second stanza.

But after Norwood speedster Anthony Wilson pushed the margin out to 14 points with the first of his two goals, Phillips made it 26 in the blink of an eye with two classy finishes in the slippery conditions.

The triple premiership forward, who missed 10 rounds in a row before returning to the side for Round 14, showed he’s far from a spent force by getting the first of the brace to bounce through nicely before making something out of nothing to snap in traffic from 20m.

And when the 31-year-old got on the end of a chain of handballs midway through the third term to snap truly from 20m, his side was well on its way to banking another two premiership points with a 44-point buffer.

Phillips’ trademark defensive pressure was also causing havoc as the former Power and Swans goalsneak laid eight tackles to only be shaded by Bloods captain Tom Keough (9) as the leading tackler on the ground.

Norwood’s ultra-consistent and classy midfield was again an overwhelming prospect for its opposition as Lewis Johnston, Matt Panos, Mitch Grigg and Matt Nunn collected 126 disposals between them to help engineer 24 more inside 50m entries.

Another triple premiership player in Ben Jefferies, who replaced the injured Josh Glenn, was able to be eased back into action in his first League game back from a minor knee injury.

The Redlegs have set themselves up beautifully heading into September as they battle for the minor premiership with Woodville-West Torrens, the Eagles needing to beat Sturt at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Saturday to reclaim top spot.

After a spirited first quarter and a half, the Bloods will be disappointed with their effort level after half-time as the Redlegs’ did as they pleased in the centre square and entering attacking 50m.

Just two players surpassed the 20-disposal mark in skipper Keough and star West midfielder Kaine Stevens, who led the way for his side with 27 touches.

The Bloods’ percentage took a significant hit – now down to 45.4% – as they maintain hope of clinching a finals berth by keeping the pressure on fifth-placed South Adelaide.

NORWOOD  3.4  7.9  16.12  18.17 (125)

WEST  2.3  3.7  5.10  6.11 (47)

LEADING DISPOSALS – Norwood: L. Johnston 37, Panos 32, Grigg 29, Nunn 28, Hamilton 23, Abbott 21, Bampton 18, McKenzie 17.

West: Stevens 27, Keough 21, Hill 18, Karpany 16, Schiller 15.

GOALS – Norwood: Phillips 4, Dawe 3, A. Wilson, Grigg, Panos 2, Bampton, Shenton, L. Johnston, Nunn, Richards.

West: Schiller, Keough, Green, Bates, Rankine, Middleton.

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