Norwood secured an all-important finals double chance when it comfortably accounted for Adelaide by 43 points at The Parade.
Needing to win and rely on Sturt beating North in Round 19, the Redlegs completed the double by holding up their end of the bargain with relative ease.
Adelaide got within 11 points three minutes into the fourth quarter when Fisher McAsey kicked truly but that would be the visitors’ last goal of the game as Norwood booted the next five in succession.
Tristan Binder and Cole Gerloff kicked three goals each for Norwood, with the latter taking a spectacular mark in the third term captured in the image above.
Declan Hamilton and Nik Rokahr had 23 disposals each as Redlegs’ teammates Mitch Grigg (21 disposals) and Richard Douglas (20 disposals) were eased off in the final term once the result was in hand.
Adelaide defender Josh Worrell had the most disposals for the visitors with 17 while Lachie Gollant and Patrick Parnell each kicked two goals.
Port Adelaide brought Glenelg’s 17-game unbeaten streak to an end with a 36-point win at Alberton Oval.
Fielding their strongest line-up for the season, the Magpies set up the victory when they kicked 5.2 into a difficult breeze during the first quarter.
Although they failed to score in the third term, the hosts cruised to a season-ending triumph with Dylan Williams kicking three goals.
Boyd Woodcock racked up 27 disposals and five clearances as Sam Mayes collected 26 touches, 10 tackles and seven clearances to also put his hand up for selection.
Hamish Hartlett tallied 23 disposals and a goal while Jarrod Lienert was solid with 22 disposals and eight marks.
Glenelg’s Matthew Snook (31 disposals and 10 clearances) and Brett Turner (28 disposals) worked hard through the midfield while Dylan Landt showed great dash with his 27 touches.
2021 Ken Farmer Medallist Liam McBean was the Bays’ only multiple goal-kicker with two.
South Adelaide made certain of its place in the Elimination Final by coasting to a 43-point win against West Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium.
Only inaccuracy in front of goal prevented the Panthers from closing the Bloods out of the contest sooner, as they led at every change to secure fifth place on the ladder.
It ensured fan favourite Joel Cross will have his career stretched for at least another week as fellow veteran Bryce Gibbs finished with a team-high 32 disposals to edge out exciting youngster Hayden Sampson with 31 and two goals.
Joseph Haines had 29 disposals across half-back while speedy Jason Horne-Francis kicked a goal to go with his 24 disposals, six tackles and five clearances.
Liam Fitt was also influential for the hosts with four goals to go with his 20 disposals.
West was led by Kaine Stevens with 29 disposals and a goal while Ed Allan returned to League action with 24 disposals and 14 tackles.
Sturt surged into its off-season with a stern message ahead of 2022 by handing North Adelaide a 70-point loss at Unley Oval.
While the Double Blues weren’t able to sneak into the top five as South defeated West, they certainly signalled they are a team on the rise with a stirring upset of finals-bound North.
Booting 5.5 to a behind in the opening term with the aid of a strong breeze, the hosts denied the Roosters the double-chance by restricting them to just one goal in the first half.
Sturt’s Abe Davis had an impact on the outcome with five goals and 24 disposals while captain James Battersby racked up big numbers of 36 disposals, seven tackles and eight clearances.
Coles Valued Player Tom Lewis excelled with 27 disposals and nine clearances as Casey Voss chalked up 25 disposals and 12 marks.
North captain Alex Spina battled hard in defence for 28 disposals and nine marks while Andrew Moore was next best on the stats sheet with 22 possessions and eight clearances.
Woodville-West Torrens tuned up for its Qualifying Final with a massive 104-point thrashing of Central District at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.
Not conceding a goal until Bulldog Kyle Presbury kicked truly 16 minutes into the third quarter, the Eagles had plenty of avenues to goal as Jack Hayes and Tyson Stengle kicked four goals each.
The Eagles had 82 more kicks and 50 more handballs than the Bulldogs, with the hosts led by Kai Pudney with 31 disposals and a goal and Joseph Sinor with 29 possessions.
Jimmy Toumpas and James Tsitas each had 27 touches while Kobe Mutch had 26 disposals and three goals in one of his best games for the club.
Central’s Presbury had a team high 25 disposals and Travis Schiller 22 disposals as older brother Jarrod Schiller collected 19 possessions and six clearances in his 200th SANFL League game.
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