Round 7 Hostplus SANFL Snapshot – Friday night

Adelaide's Sam Berry evades Norwood's Nik Rokahr at The Parade. Picture - David Mariuz

Compiled by Zac Milbank

Norwood star Matthew Panos has his eyes fixed on the ball. Picture – David Mariuz

Adelaide secured its first win at The Parade in nearly four years after eclipsing Norwood by 24 points on Friday night.

Overcoming early inaccuracy – the visitors had 1.8 in the first half – the Crows shrugged off the Redlegs in final term while booting the first three goals after the last change.

Michael Godden’s men – led by a damaging Lachlan Gollant and Sam Berry – hadn’t won at Woods Street since Round 12 of 2019 while they also restricted Norwood to its lowest score against them as the hosts managed just 5.6 (36).

Eventually Adelaide’s pressure on the stats sheet shone through as it amassed 53 more handballs and seven more inside 50 entries while maintaining its place in the top three with a 5-2 win-loss record.

Gollant worked hard up the ground while also pushing back into his own 50m arc to register 21 disposals, seven marks and two goals from five shots.

Berry collected 25 disposals and eight clearances through the middle before capping off his game by finishing off a great coast-to-coast team goal from a behind, featured in the clip below.

Crows midfielders Matt Crouch (30 disposals) and Harry Schoenberg (29 disposals) also found plenty of the ball while Luke Nankervis and James Borlase had some nice moments in defence.

Billy Dowling kicked two goals for the Crows from 13 disposals and nearly had three after hitting the post from close range late in the fourth quarter.

Now laden with a 0-7 win-loss record to start their premiership defence, the Redlegs were unable to place the Crows under scoreboard pressure when they had their share of the play in the first half.

Tireless Norwood midfielders Nik Rokahr (25 disposals) and Matt Nunn (23 disposals) had 14 clearances between them but were overwhelmed by Adelaide’s contributors.

Defender Jack Heard returned to form for the hosts with 18 disposals and five marks while recruit Patrick Walker was lively early before finishing with 17 disposals and eight marks.

Norwood’s night was soured midway during the fourth term when forward Cam Taheny was stretchered off after landing awkwardly following his mark on the lead.

Adelaide’s Lachlan Gollant celebrates one of his two goals. Picture – David Mariuz

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