Norwood spoilt the celebrations for Joel Cross’ 200th League match when it upset South Adelaide by nine points at Flinders University Stadium.
Desperate to atone for last round’s heart-breaking loss to Glenelg, the Redlegs were inspired by Magarey Medallist Mitch Grigg who wound the clock back with a stunning display.
The Legs’ left-footer racked up 34 disposals, 12 marks, nine tackles and three goals, including a clever checkside along the ground late in the fourth quarter – featured in the clip below – to seal victory.
His side appeared to be overwhelmed by the Panthers in the first term as the hosts had the ball camped inside their forward 50m arc but were unable to convert on the scoreboard with a tally of 3.5.
Norwood then ensured its ascendancy would be meaningful after the first change, booting 4.5 in the second term to take a five-point lead into the half-time break.
Nippy Redleg Henry Nelligan nailed his set shot to post a 10-point advantage at three-quarter time and with goals to veteran trio Grigg, Cameron Shenton and Richard Douglas in the final term, the Legs banked the premiership points.
Norwood captain Matthew Nunn collected 29 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and five clearances while Nik Rokahr (23) and Brad McKenzie (20) also reached the 20-disposal mark.
Shenton had just nine disposals for the game but made his presence felt by matching Grigg with three goals while Dom Barry made a welcome return to the League team to boot 2.2 from his five kicks.
South’s Matt Broadbent led the way for his team with 25 disposals while Bryce Gibbs had 24 disposals, 11 clearances and a late goal.
Joe Haines tallied 24 disposals and 10 marks in defence while Jason Horne showed promising signs with his 18 possessions and a goal, which included one chain in which he had three disposals to engineer an inside 50m entry.
Panthers champion Cross kicked an early goal before tallying 18 disposals and six marks, left disappointed that each of his SANFL milestone matches have ended in a loss.
Glenelg equaled its best start to a season since 1981 when it defeated North Adelaide by 23 points at ACH Group Stadium.
Securing the John Sandland Cup despite a slow first quarter, the Tigers also banked their 10th win in succession to start the season, ensuring they sit at the top of the table heading into next week’s bye.
With co-captain Max Proud claiming the Dean Higgins Medal as most courageous, the Bays had plenty of influential performers including fellow skipper Chris Curran in defence, as well as midfielders Matthew Snook (34 disposals) and Brett Turner (25 disposals, eight clearances).
Statewide Super League leading goal kicker Liam McBean booted five majors while second-placed team-mate Luke Reynolds added two to be only shaded by McBean and Marlon Motlop, who kicked three.
Despite trailing in the inside 50m count by 15-4 early in the contest, Glenelg wrestled back momentum in the second stanza by kicking 5.4 to the Roosters’ 2.1.
It allowed the hosts to take a 14-point lead into the main change before booting a further 9.4 to North’s 7.7 during the second half.
North managed an astonishing 19 more inside 50 entries throughout the contest as well as having 38 more kicks and 19 more marks, ensuring its scoring efficiency would be its sticking point.
Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe finished with a team high 28 disposals to go with his 11 tackles and eight clearances as Jarred Allmond had 24 possessions while also being one of nine goal scorers for the visitors.
North captain Alex Spina collected 23 disposals and seven marks while Will Combe returned to form while registering 21 disposals and two goals as his side slipped to a 4-5 win-loss record.
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