North Adelaide defeats Norwood by 44 points at Prospect Oval to go top of the SANFL ladder


NORTH Adelaide has proven the return winner was no fluke as six goals Robbie Young fired it to a beautiful victory over Norwood and the top spot on the ladder.

Roosters took over unlikely early season frontrunners, temporarily at least thanks to a resounding 44-point demolition of Redlegs on Prospect Oval on Saturday.

Josh Carr's side built on his thrashing of West Adelaide and its impressive defeat of the ruling premier Sturt over the last fourteen days to send a 21.7 (133) to 13.11 (89) triumph.

North led every change, as its relentless pressure without the ball and smooth motion with it left the visitors hunting shadows.

A nine to four third-term sealed victory to last year's wooden spooner and moved it to a 3-1 record, only a triumph of winning win in 2017.

Young was unable to set up six goal right in an excellent show of hunger, calm and athleticism.

Off-season Po rt Adelaide recruitment was highly assisted by Jarred Allmond (33 outlets, two goals), Tom Schwarz (29), Max Thring (25) and Aidan Tropiano (21, two goals).

But it was the versatile team effort that most pleased Carr.

"Your efforts for the majority of the game, their pressure around the football and the controversial footy were largely what set us up," said Carr.

"It's a result of defending well, closing the options and then coming on our bikes.

" Boys will be at the end of hard work down the track, which is good. "

Nord took a 20-point lead for the first break after a high-scoring opening quarter, giving nine majors.

Young and Lewis Hender made Roosters a flyer with early goals before Norwood rose again to hit the front thanks to Mitch Grigg, Luke Wilson and Luke Surman.

Allmond regained North's advantage before an off-the-ball scuffle between Young and Lewis Johnston left Young Comin g of the ground temporarily for treatment.

Three straight kicks for three minutes gave Roosters momentum like Mitch Harvey, Tropiano and Young converted.

Redlegs showed more battle in the second term, but Nord still took a 15

Surman kicked his second to keep the visitors in the competition McInenrey really kicked out after being picked out within 50 a F a spicy Hands Assist.

The former Central District on-ball Josh Glenn grabbed his first major when he moved to The Parade in time.

North secured the victory with a blistering attacking screen in the third quarter to hold a winning 44-point advantage when the pages returned home.

Young maintained his perfect day in front of the rods when he got home and

Hands produced a beautif ul kick from outside 50 for his second.

Norwood's Declan Hamilton produced a piece of magic to squeeze the ball home from an almost impossible angle and Matthew Panos hit the target to pull his legs back to before 17.

But Roosters opened floodgates with a six-goal flash, ruled out by a Luke Wilson major against the game.

McInerney, Young (two each), Allmond and Leigh Ryswyk converted as North's ability to force sales and break at lightning pace was destroyed by Norwood.

Hands and Harvey were aiming to rub salt in Redleg's wounds in the last quarter before Young dressed his fertile day with a fantastic solo run and a precise finish on the go.

Sen Redlegs's goal for Sam Baulderstone (two), Grigg and Simon Phillips reduced the defeat margin, but made no sense to hide a substitution from the away team.

Redlegs coach Jarrod Cotton regretted his side's lack of battle when it hit his third loss this year's

"We were looking for a response today," said Cotton.

"We played some OK footy at times, but we just did not defend well."

"They scored for our turnover and it made us on the scoreboard."

NORTH ADELAIDE 6.2 8.3 17.5 21.7 (133)

NORWOOD 3.0 5.6 9.8 13.11 (89)

BEST – North: Young, Allmond, Schwarz, Thring, Tropiano, McInerney Hands. Norwood: Grigg, Panos, Johnston, Hamilton, Surman

OBJECTIVE – North: Young 6, McInerney, Hands 3, Tropiano, Allmond, Harvey, Ryswyk 2, Spina. Norwood: Grigg 3, Surman, Wilson, Baulderstone 2, Glenn, Hamilton, McKenzie, Phillips.

UMPIRES – J. Broadbent, M. Sboro, T. Medlin.

On Prospect Oval



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