Norwood’s poor run of form continued on Saturday with an 11 point away loss to Nth Ringwood in a scrappy game at Quamby Reserve.  The result leaves the team 4 wins and 8 losses for the season and in a bit of a rut, with neither the carrot of finals nor the fear of relegation to play for, the team will play out the last 6 game of the season on simply pride alone.

A cold biting day greeted players and supporters as the seniors ran out on to the ground.  Early comers had seen the Colts have a solid 24 point win, but there were signs of foreboding when the Development squad conceded the last 2 goals of the game to lose by a point.

Those signs proved very accurate as Nth Ringwood stormed out of the blocks, playing some scintillating footy to leave our boys flat-footed and scratching their heads.  By quarter time Nth Ringwood had five goals on the board to our two, and in what would prove to be a low-scoring game, this would be critical.  The game evened out in the 2nd and third quarters with goals at a premium.  By 3/4T Nth Ringwood had maintained their lead at 21 points, we had lost Darin Stewart to an ankle injury while Rej looked to be troubled by a hammy and was parked in the forward pocket for the last quarter.  To compound matters, Fingers picked up a yellow and would spend the first part of the last stanza cooling his heels on the bench. All that aside, it was by far our best quarter of the day as we restricted Nth Ringwood to just 1 point for the quarter and had many chances to close the gap.  Matt Jessop laid a great tackle and goalled to start the quarter, but it would prove to be our only major.  Leroy missed from close range, Shinners had a chance and Matt Aver missed from a set shot as time began to become our enemy.  Despite all efforts, we couldn’t close the gap.  The siren rang to confirm the result, and Wooders fans turned to the bar for solace.

Final score:

Norwood 7.9.51(Leroy 2, Stewart 2, Poynton, Jessop, Gysberts) lost to Nth Ringwood 9.10.64

Best on the day was Jordan Gysberts, showing signs that he can return to his classy best, Aver, Johnson, Shinners, Krousser and Pearson.

Next week we return home to face Blackburn, a side who have played some great footy this year, knocking off Noble last week.  It will be a great test of how much pride our boys have in themselves and the club.

Go Wooders