North Adelaide has well and truly awoken.
Losing their first two matches coming off last year’s Grand Final appearance, the Roosters made a genuine statement when they completely annihilated previously unbeaten Norwood by 92 points at The Parade.
Edging in front by 12 points at the first change, North piled on the pain for the Redlegs with a rampaging second stanza, booting six goals in succession, three of which came from best afield Lewis Hender.
Hender’s stunning cameo ended up yielding 6.2 from his 14 disposals and seven marks as he slotted majors from varying angles and making the most of uncustomary defensive errors by the hosts.
It was the first time North had won at Woods Street since Round 21, 2009, breaking Norwood’s nine-game winning streak at its home venue, previously the longest in the competition.
Boosted by outstanding midfield performances from vice-captain Andrew Moore (27 disposals and four clearances) and Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe (25 disposals and nine clearances), the Roosters also benefited from Alex Barns’ night in the ruck, where he earned six clearances to go with his 15 touches.
Norwood’s Nick Pedro and Brad McKenzie were the only players from their team to reach the 20-disposal barrier while Declan Hamilton tried hard in his 50th game, collecting 16 disposals, eight tackles and a nice crumbing goal in the third term.