Far West and Mid West contest Norwood Cup

MEDAL: Far West's Cruz Polkinghorne won the Danny Horgan Medal for carnival best and fairest. He is pictured with the medal's namesake, Danny Horgan.
MEDAL: Far West's Cruz Polkinghorne won the Danny Horgan Medal for carnival best and fairest. He is pictured with the medal's namesake, Danny Horgan.

Norwood Cup

FAR West and Mid West displayed great effort at the Norwood Cup in Port Lincoln on Sunday, with Far West's Cruz Polkinghorne named best player of the carnival.

Mid West started against Great Flinders and got the first major on the board with a goal to Jay Johns.

Phoenix Foster added a goal while at the other end Ezra Foster and Harvey Fleming were effective with their defensive pressure.

Mid West held off a lot of Great Flinders' challenges up forward to lead 2-0 (12) to 1-2 (8) at half time.

Great Flinders rebounded and had more success with inside 50s, although Mid West continued to display great pressure which kept Great Flinders to two goals from seven scoring shots.

Unfortunately Mid West's scoring shots did not eventuate, with just one goal scored as Great Flinders scoring the win 3-7 (25) to 3-0 (18).

Far West faced Eastern Eyre in their first match and had a promising first quarter, kicking three goals.

Polkinghorne showed early he was a ball winner who could drive the attack while Lachie Meeke helped cause turnovers in the back half while Jairone Miller and Kymarii Wanganeen were quick and elusive with the ball.

Far West had an eight-goal lead at half time but were against the wind and had to work overtime to limit Eastern Eyre scoring shots.

Despite good defensive pressure Eastern Eyre kept winning the ball in the middle through the likes of Max Ramsey and Thomas Laas leading to scoring opportunities and three goals.

Far West were kept goalless as Eastern Eyre ran away to win 5-3 (33) to 3-4 (22).

The breeze also factored in Mid West's next match against a red hot Lincoln City.

Mid West used the breeze to get four goals, Johns played a key part in winning the ball in attack and Kysen Shepperd was presenting well but Lincoln City was getting the centre clearances to kick four goals themselves, scores were level at half time.

City proved too strong in the second half, winning the centre clearances and setting up shots on goal, using the breeze to carry through to the goal, kicking six majors while keeping Mid West goalless to run out winners 10-6 (66) to 4-1 (25).

Far West's final match was against Lincoln Districts, an even first half Districts led by one point at half time.

Polkinghorne got several centre clearances and Jonty Woods put himself in contests for the ball as Far West worked hard to get contested possessions.

However Districts came home strongly, kicking four goals to Far West's two to win 5-5 (35) to 3-5 (23).

Cruz Polkinghorne was rewarded for his efforts with the newly renamed Danny Horgan Medal for carnival best and fairest, with Jonty Woods named Far West best and fairest and Jay Johns was best for Mid West.