Under-18 Match Report Round 7: South vs Norwood
Under-18 Match Report
South Adelaide vs Norwood
Round 7 - Flinders University Stadium - 08/08/20
Goals: Cook 4, Hicks, Barrett 2, Hoeck, Clifton, Little, Cockshell.
Best: Spacie, Copley, Clifton, Cook, Treloar, Flett.
The South Adelaide Under-18s could not hold off a fast-finishing Norwood outfit as they fell to a four-goal defeat at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday.
After trailing by four goals at quarter time, the Panthers got within a kick of taking the lead but could not keep up with the fast-finishing Redlegs, and they fell to a 12.4 (76) to 15.10 (100) defeat.
Harry Spacie was impressive for the Panthers with 20 touches, as was Talon Copley with six tackles and Max Clifton with 16 disposals.
When Brayden Cook's kick sailed through for a goal at the eight minute mark of the opening term, the Panthers held a promising two goal lead but this would prove to be the last Panthers goal until the fifth minute mark of the second quarter.
In-between the Panthers goals, Norwood seven unanswered goals with saw South trail by five goals during the early stages of the second term.
However, spearheaded by Cook's two second term goals the Panthers mounted a massive fight back which saw them cut the deficit to just 9.0 (54) to 9.4 (58) at the main break.
The third term would prove to be less of a shootout but still the Panthers could not hit the front.
With a team-high 20 disposals, Jack Flett continued to play impressively in the blue and white as South searched for a way to snag the lead, but at the final change the scoreboard read a very accurate 11.1 (67) to Norwood's 12.5 (77).
Cook's fourth goal of the match came within the first few minutes of the final term but from then on it was all Norwood, as the Redlegs booted three unanswered goals to hand the Panthers a hard-fought 12.4 (76) to 15.10 (100) defeat.
The Panthers will look to bounce back against the Eagles at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on Saturday August 15, from 11:30am.
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