RD 11 WAFC v Norwood Senior Coach Report
Norwood at the Parade (Coopers Stadium) is and has always been one of the toughest assignments in SANFL football. We had played some good football throughout 2017 without winning. The victory over North Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium was reward for persistence, resilience and belief. It also brought extra buoyancy to the playing group which showed itself on the track in the week leading up to the Norwood game and it was carried into the game from the start. We had eleven inside 50 entries before Norwood had their first.
We needed to play a specific style of game to match it with Norwood who are known for their ability to apply pressure and set up a very effective defensive structure. It involved risk and persistence. The players maintained a strong commitment to the required disciplines throughout the four quarters. We will learn from our last quarter when Norwood had the last eight inside 50 entries and turned the last few minutes into a high pressure, desperate environment which produced some desperate acts from the players, especially in our defensive 50 for us to hang on by four points.
We will learn from those things we might have done better. We also gain a little more confidence in readiness to take on the competition’s best performed team this year, Woodville West Torrens at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday.
Two wins on the same day versus Norwood at Norwood is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to the Development Team on their win also.
Round 11 Best On Ground
Logan Hill is our City Mazda (SA) best on ground for our win against Norwood, with 32 possessions, 2 goals, 7 marks and 3 tackles all at 80% disposal effectiveness. He was incredibly courageous, taking marks running back with the flight of the ball. He played a team orientated game in accordance to our structure and ball movement strategies and consistently drove the ball forward with his run and carry as well as having a role in restricting his dangerous opposition Wilson to 13 possessions.
Nathan Batley, Jack Agostino were awarded 2nd and 3rd BOG respectively