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2021 SANFLW team review: South Adelaide

IN summarising the 2021 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s season, Draft Central will run through a team-by-team review of how each of the sides fared, and who some of the standout performers throughout the clubs were. The next team in the firing line is South Adelaide.

Position: 4th
Wins: 5
Losses: 5
Draws: 1
Points For: 304 (6th)
Points Against: 309 (4th)

Season in a Sentence: “South Adelaide’s success in recent years caught up with the Panthers early in the season as the amount of exits to AFLW level saw them blood new talents, and whilst they stormed home to play finals, fell short in their semi-final against West Adelaide.”

TOP PERFORMERS:

Nicole Campbell

The ever-reliable midfielder had another sensational season to earn SANFL Women’s Team of the Year honours in 2021. The ball-winning star averaged 15.9 disposals, 3.5 marks, 4.6 tackles, 2.9 clearances and 3.4 inside 50s across all 12 games to lead from the front in an ever-consistent effort. Able to cover the ground with ease and be used in transition going forward, Campbell rarely put in a bad effort, with seven games featuring 15 or more disposals to be a dominant player through the middle of the ground.

Gypsy Schirmer

The AFL Women’s Academy member played a variety of roles in 2021 after being a forward last year. Starting forward and then playing midfield, especially on the wing, Schirmer eventually transitioned into a defender, making her an all-round standout performer. Her athleticism – particularly her acceleration off the mark – and game sense was impressive, and the State Academy member earned a place in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Year on the wing, but it was her versatility that really shone this season.

Jaslynne Smith

Notching up her 50th SANFL Women’s game in season 2021, Smith was another consistent player, managing all 12 games and showed maturity beyond her years. Smith averaged the 12.2 disposals, running at an elite 83 per cent, as well as 3.3 marks, 3.9 tackles and 2.4 rebound 50s. She was named in the back pocket of the Draft Central SANFL Women’s Team of the Year, and was one of the standout, consistent defenders all season.

Montana McKinnon

The Adelaide Crows ruck earned a place on the bench in the Draft Central SANFL Women’s Team of the Year, after managing 10 games for the Panthers. Whilst clearly having the talent to play at the top level, the strength of the Crows enabled the Panthers to benefit from her at state league level, and the ruck went about her business week-in, week-out. McKinnon averaged the 13.4 disposals, 3.6 marks, 2.7 tackles, 2.1 clearances, 3.3 inside 50s and 1.6 rebound 50s, and had 15 or more hitouts in all bar one game for the season.

OTHERS:

South Adelaide had a real even group of contributors, with State Academy member Tahlita Buethke having a breakout season at the level through the midfield, whilst Lisa Whiteley, Brianna Wedding and Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg were consistent all year. Jordann Hickey, Teah Charlton, Tahlia Meyer and Hannah Munyard returned from AFLW level late in the season to make an impact, as Jorja Hooper showed great signs for the future up forward, working well in tandem with Jess Kirk.

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SANFL Women’s Semi-Finals wrap: Bays book Grand Final spot as West win another South thriller

GLENELG has booked its spot in the 2021 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s Grand Final after knocking off minor premiers Norwood by 23 points, forcing the Redlegs to cash in their second chance to face a West Adelaide side that fought off South Adelaide by less than a kick for the second consecutive week. With the Panthers bowing out, it meant the Redlegs are the other remaining side with a flag to their name, as both Glenelg and West Adelaide chase their first premierships in the competition.

NORWOOD 0.1 | 1.2 | 1.2 | 1.2 (8)
GLENELG 0.3 | 1.4 | 1.7 | 4.7 (31)

GOALS:

Norwood: E. Sporn.
Glenelg: C. Gould, M. Girvan, J. Searle, C. Swanson.

DC BEST:

Norwood: N. Allen, L. Cutting, M. Johnston, A. Ferrall, A. Gould
Glenelg: C. Gould, E. Marinoff, S. Franson, E. Kellock, J. Bates

Glenelg is through to its first ever SANFL Women’s Grand Final with its first ever finals win, defeating minor premiers Norwood by 23 points in a tight struggle for the majority of the contest. Despite eventually winning by 23 points, as late as three quarter time the Bays were just five points ahead, with both sides kicking goals through Erika Sporn (Norwood) and Caitlin Gould (Glenelg) cancelling each other out. Once the final term rolled around, an early major to Meara Girvan gave Glenelg some breathing space, before Caitlyn Swanson sealed the deal, and Jess Searle put some icing on the cake in the final few minutes to win, 4.7 (31) to 1.2 (8).

Glenelg dominated possession with 40 more disposals and a whopping 30 more inside 50s (41-11), though full credit must go to the Redlegs defence, which held up well considering, picking up 37-10 rebounds 50s. Glenelg also won the hitouts (31-25) and dominated the clearances (28-19), showing why the Bays could well be the premiership favourites.

Gould won the ruck battle against Leah Cutting, picking up 22 disposals, 29 hitouts, six marks – three contested – four clearances, nine inside 50s and a goal in a best on ground performance. Her AFL Women’s teammate Ebony Marinoff was not far behind, recording 23 disposals, 10 tackles, three clearances and three inside 50s. The midfield chugged along nicely with Ellie Kellock (16 disposals, six clearances and four inside 50s), Jessica Bates (12 disposals, two clearances, four inside 50s and five tackles), Piper Window (12 disposals, six inside 50s) and Sam Franson (11 disposals, seven inside 50s) all impressing, whilst Brooke Tonon (15 disposals, three tackles) found her fair share of the ball again.

For Norwood, Cutting still had a solid 16 touches – the most of any Redlegs player – as well as 25 hitouts, three marks and six tackles. Najwa Allen was the best through the middle with 14 disposals, two marks, three clearances, six tackles, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s. In defence, the likes of Alison Ferrall (14 disposals, three marks – two contested – and six rebound 50s), Morgan Johnston (10 disposals, six marks and five rebound 50s), Ashlee Gould (nine disposals, five tackles and seven rebound 50s) and Adrienne Davies (nine disposals, three marks and four rebound 50s) all stood up. Sophie Armitstead (12 disposals, 10 tackles and three clearances) also tried hard through the midfield.

WEST ADELAIDE 0.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 | 4.5 (29)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 0.2 | 2.3 | 2.7 | 3.7 (25)

GOALS:

West: C. Biddell, S. Dargan, M. Elsegood, L. McCarthy
South: J. Hickey 2, J. Kirk.

DC BEST:

West: B. Owen, L. Young, Z. Venning, A. Ballard, C. Biddell
South: L. Whiteley, N. Campbell, L. Northcott, S. Moon, J. Smith

West Adelaide moved through to its second consecutive preliminary final, defeating two-time premier and reigning grand finalist South Adelaide by four points in a thrilling contest. Melanie Elsegood was the hero for the Bloods, kicking a goal late in the match to win the game, getting West over the line in a fitting rematch to the week before when the Bloods won by a solitary point. The teams were neck-and-neck throughout the contest, with Sarah Dargan and Jordann Hickey both kicking goals in the final term for the Panthers to lead by three points with just four minutes on the clock. Ailish Considine missed a chance, but with just over a minute to go, Elsegood became the hero, slotting the winning goal and sending her team into the preliminary final.

The team statistics were fairly even in terms of ball-winning, with the Panthers having 20 more marks (40-20) and 11 more tackles (82-71), though West completely dominated the clearances (33-16) despite losing the hitouts (23-34). The Bloods also had 20 more inside 50s (34-14) in what theoretically should have been a more convincing win, but the Panthers defence was steadfast with 29-11 rebound 50s.

Bec Owen was sensational for the winners, racking up team-highs in clearances (six) and inside 50s (seven), to go with 17 touches, three marks and five tackles. State Academy members Lauren Young (20 disposals, six tackles, three clearances and six inside 50s), Zoe Venning (18 disposals, three marks, six tackles and five inside 50s) and Abbie Ballard (16 disposals, nine tackles, three clearances and three inside 50s) all impressed on the big stage. At the other end of the scale, Adelaide AFLW talents Chelsea Biddell (15 disposals, five marks – two contested – two tackles, four hitouts, two clearances, five inside 50s and one goal) and Ailish Considine (14 disposals, two marks, four tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s) were both lively, and Louella McCarthy impressed with 16 disposals, eight tackles, three clearances, four inside 50s and a goal.

Lisa Whiteley was one of a number of defenders who stood up in the loss, picking up 16 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and six rebound 50s. She worked in tandem with the likes of Lucy Northcott (11 disposals, three marks and four rebound 50s), Brianna Wedding (nine disposals, five tackles and five rebound 50s) and Tiffany Copley (seven disposals, three marks and four rebound 50s), while Jaslynne Smith was again consistent with 12 touches, four marks, eight tackles, two clearances and two rebound 50s. Nicole Campbell worked hard through midfield with 12 disposals, two marks, two tackles, three clearances and two inside 50s, while Hickey slotted two majors from six disposals and three inside 50s.

West Adelaide now advance through to the preliminary final to take on Norwood with the winner to lock horns with Glenelg the week after in the grand final.

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2021 SANFL Women’s Semi-Finals preview: Redlegs and Bays fight for GF spot, while no turning back for Panthers and Westies

FOUR teams are out and just four remain in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition this weekend, with the finals kicking off. In two blockbuster semi-finals, Norwood will take on Glenelg for a spot in the 2021 SANFL Women’s Grand Final, whilst for the loser, they will activate a second chance. That second chance next week will see the unsuccessful top two team taking on the winner of West Adelaide or South Adelaide, with the losing semi-finalist of that pairing joining the other four eliminated teams.

NORWOOD vs. GLENELG
Saturday, May 22 @ 4:45pm
Coopers Stadium

Minor premiers Norwood is the only side which has named its final team for the huge semi-final clash with Glenelg, bringing in Sachi Symes and Adrienne Davies to replace the injured Emma Clark, and Jessica Meachin. Meachin remains an emergency with Ella Murison, as the Redlegs eye off their first flag since the inaugural year of the competition. Having made the finals every season, Norwood was bundled out in the first week last year by a red-hot West Adelaide outfit, and will be keen to bounce back here. For Glenelg, they enter their second finals series having made it in 2019, before losing to North Adelaide in the first week by a narrow two points. They have included Molly Affolter, Lucy Armitage and Sarah Wilton to an extended bench.

LAST TIME: Norwood 3.11 (29) defeated Glenelg 4.3 (27), Round 5

In a thrilling contest, Glenelg led for most of the game, with Norwood unable to fire straight, booting 1.9 to 3.3 at the final break. Luckily thanks to Rosette Zerella and Erika Sporn in the last quarter, the Redlegs came from 12 points down three and a half minutes into the final stanza to win by just two points. The now-injured Clark recorded 15 disposals, six tackles and three clearances, but it was Leah Cutting who tore the opposition to shreds with 34 hitouts, 14 disposals, 15 tackles and four inside 50s. Morgan Johnston (14 disposals, four rebounds) and Murison (14 disposals, five rebounds) were also busy for the Redlegs. Sheridan Howell amassed the match-high 17 disposals for the Bays, as Milli Gentle (16 disposals, five tackles) was also lively. Ellie Kellock (12 disposals, four clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) was best-on, whilst Tessa Kohn (11 disposals, six tackles and five clearances) and Madisyn Freeman (10 disposals, four rebound 50s) were also strong.

CHANGES SINCE:

Norwood has regained the services of Najwa Allen from the Adelaide Crows, as well as State Academy members Jade Halfpenny, Alana Lishmund and Sarah Branford, while Isobel Martin is another one who missed that clash. For the Bays, there are no bigger inclusions that Ebony Marinoff and Caitlin Gould who are outstanding players at AFL Women’s level, let alone state league, which is why the Bays could easily be considered favourites. Throw in the red-hot form of Brooke Tonon returning alongside Tamsyn Morriss, and the Bays have some terrific players that were not involved in that tight loss.

KEY QUESTIONS:

  • Can Norwood back up its brilliant regular season by booking straight entry into the grand final, or will Glenelg play party pooper with the incredible inclusions?
  • Can the Redlegs find a way to win the midfield against the likes of Marinoff, Kohn, Kellock and Jessica Bates who are the strongest combination going around?
  • Will Glenelg find a way to reduce the dominance of Cutting through the ruck by tag-teaming her through Meara Girvan and Gould?

Overall, the inclusions for the Bays seem to have Glenelg in the box seat given the midfield core they have, but the Redlegs just have a really consistent all-round team, and are playing at home which will hand them the advantage. With Norwood still having some great experience across the board, and good form in Sophie Armitstead, Elisha Gallagher and Jess Macolino among those already mentioned, they have every chance of following through with a win here, though it will be tough given Glenelg’s recent inclusions.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, May 22 @ 6:35pm
Coopers Stadium

Unlike the other match, these teams do not have to look too far back for recent matchups. They went head-to-head in the final round of the season last week, with West Adelaide booking its finals spot with the narrowest of victories. Fast forward to this week, and both teams have opted to just add to their sides, with three inclusions to extended benches. South Adelaide bring back the experienced and talented Hannah Munyard, joining State Academy member Sarah Wright, and pocket rocket Madison Bennett as inclusions. For the Bloods, Tiana Fernandez, Georgie Gray and Maddy Zacher have all earned temporary recalls before the final team is confirmed. South Adelaide has been the most successful team in the SANFL Women’s, winning back-to-back flags in 2018-19 and then knocking West Adelaide out last year in the preliminary final on their way to a third straight grand final, albeit a loss to the Roosters. The Bloods only played in their first finals series last year, defeating Norwood before falling to the Panthers, hoping to at least match that stage with a win here.

LAST TIME: South Adelaide 5.3 (33) defeated by West Adelaide 5.4 (34), Round 11

In a virtual finals atmosphere, West Adelaide took control in the third term, booting three goals to one to race out to a 21-point lead. The match looked done and dusted until Jess Kirk, Jorja Hooper and Gypsy Schirmer all slotted goals in the first half of the final term. The Panthers were able to get within a point courtesy of a Tahlia Meyer behind late in the term, but unable to overthrow the result. The Westies win meant they grabbed the finals spot over reigning premiers North Adelaide who won its clash with Sturt. Nicole Campbell (21 disposals, nine marks – two contested – three tackles, five clearances and six inside 50s) and Teah Charlton (21 disposals, three marks, five tackles, four clearances and six inside 50s) ran rampant, as Montana McKinnon through the ruck (14 disposals, 27 hitouts, five tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Brianna Wedding (12 disposals, four rebound 50s) were both impressive. For the Bloods, teenage star Lauren Young had 22 disposals, four marks, eight tackles and a goal, whilst fellow State Academy member Zoe Venning finished with 18 disposals, six tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s. Add in the AFLW experience of Ailish Considine (19 disposals, four tackles, six clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and strength of Sharnie Whiting (15 disposals, four marks and six rebound 50s) and the visitors had plenty of top performers.

CHANGES SINCE:

As mentioned in the opening par, the match was last week, so the three inclusions for each side are the only changes. Munyard is the biggest one of the lot, with the AFLW talent adding extra pace to the Panthers outfit, whilst the younger inclusions will be hoping to force their way into their respective sides for some finals footy.

KEY QUESTIONS:

  • Given West showed it could take control with a flurry of goals, while South showed it could catch them if required, how much will last week play into this week?
  • Will there be negating/tagging through the midfield or just genuine head-to-heads with so many talented players across the field?
  • South Adelaide dominated the hitouts last week (39-10) but West won the clearances (24-21), will the teams make any chances to reverse their fortunes?

This looms as a genuine classic, with South Adelaide’s full strength side as good as anyone’s, but that includes West Adelaide’s. The strength of the competition means any of the four competing teams could be deserving premiers, and both these sides have incredible youth. The likes of Young and Venning – as well as bottom-ager Keeley Kustermann and Scarlett Griffiths as other Academy members – up against Schirmer, Tahlita Buethke and developing tall Hooper are ones to watch for the future. Jordann Hickey was a crucial inclusion for the Panthers at the back-end of the season, as was Sarah Dargan for the Westies, so these teams are brimming with talent and it is likely to go right down to the wire once again.

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2021 SANFL Women’s Round 11 preview: Final chance for Bloods, Roosters and Bulldogs to grab finals spot

THREE teams will fight it out for the last finals spot in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition as West Adelaide holds fourth position at this stage, but both North Adelaide and Central District could take it with either side winning and the other results going their way in Round 11.

NORWOOD vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
Saturday, May 15 @ 11:00am
ACH Group Stadium

Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens are at opposite ends of the table and will open the round without a great deal of ladder permutations. North Adelaide are expected to take care of Sturt, which allows the Eagles a chance at avoiding the wooden spoon for the second consecutive year. They will need to step up from last week’s heavy loss to Glenelg, whilst the Redlegs have proven to be the benchmark team this season. They do not have anything other than form and momentum to play for heading into the last round, having already secured top spot and the minor premiership. Youngsters Lana Schwerdt and Sarah Branford have replaced Sachi Syme and Ella Murison in Norwood’s 22, whilst the Eagles have been forced to make at least three chances with Adelaide AFLW talent Renee Forth, and Lakeesha Pickett both unavailable, and Panagiota Pipinis missing due to a shin injury, Alicia McNeill could be in line for a debut in the final round, named in the side amongst five inclusions, which features Georgia Taylor and Audrey Holt. The Eagles will need to try and quell Norwood’s dominant midfield, with the likes of Sophie Armitstead, Jade Halfpenny, Jess Macolino and Elisha Gallagher among the names that roll through there. With Leah Cutting likely to have a field day given her form and size advantage over Amie Blanden, the Eagles will hope to use Blanden like another midfielder at ground level, with Jaida Tabb and Shineah Goody named onball showing the future of the side, whilst Jamie Parish and Charlotte Dolan have also been in impressive form for the visitors.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday, May 15 @ 12:30pm
Flinders University Stadium

In the match of the weekend, third placed South Adelaide hosts West Adelaide in a battle where the result will either mean they likely face off again in the first week of finals, or the Panthers have a grand final rematch with North Adelaide. South Adelaide has secured its 2021 SANFL Women’s finals spot thanks to a win last week, with the Panthers’ percentage too great for the Roosters to chase down. South Adelaide would slip to fourth if the Bloods get up in this contest, but a win would see them hosting an elimination final. If they win, and North Adelaide lose then it opens the door for Central District to upset Glenelg and book its first finals spot, but the Dogs loom as outsiders at this point. In terms of the team chances, AFL Women’s talent Hannah Munyard misses out this week, with St Kilda’s Tahlia Meyer returning to the side along with State Academy member Sarah Wright, and Caitlin Ross. West Adelaide has some crucial inclusions as well, with State Academy member Keeley Kustermann returning from injury sustained at the championships, coming into the side with the likes of Louella McCarthy and Georgie Gray for an extended team. Charlie Scutchings was injured early last week and is out of the side, with Georgie Pater also the other confirmed out. South has earned the right to be favourite in this game, with the form of AFL Women’s returnees Teah Charlton and Jordann Hickey, along with Montana McKinnon and Lisa Whiteley. Add in the continued development of teenagers Gypsy Schirmer, Tahlita Buethke and Jorja Hooper, and consistency of Nicole Campbell, and the Panthers have the complete squad. West has plenty of talent itself, with the AFL Women’s contingent of Ailish Considine, Sarah Dargan and Chelsea Biddell leading the way. Lauren Young continues to have an outstanding debut season for the Bloods, with Zoe Venning and Kustermann other youngsters who can have a huge impact on the match, and Sharni Whiting being the brick wall in defence.

STURT vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, May 15 @ 12:45pm
Unley Oval

Whilst Sturt cannot secure a finals spot this year, the Double Blues can certainly play party pooper to a North Adelaide team which needs a win to retake fourth position on the table. The Double Blues have proved they are more than capable of kicking a big score this season, though will be tested against the most experienced defence in the league. The Roosters missed an opportunity to lock up fourth place last week, and now will be at the mercy of South Adelaide if they are to book a finals spot. They need the Panthers to beat West Adelaide, and then knock off Sturt on the road in order to leap up to fourth on the table. A loss automatically knocks them out of the running, and an upset win to Central District would see the reigning premiers slip to sixth on the table as well. Sturt have recalled three players for the clash, with dangerous forward Nicole Baker named as an in alongside Millie McCarthy and Lucy Griffith, while Abby Pengelly is the sole out at this stage. Unfortunately for the Roosters, they have had to make a couple of forced changes due to injury. Julia Clark suffered concussion in the second term of the Roosters’ loss last weekend and will miss this game, as will Jaime Norup who injured her shoulder in the same match. Coming into the side are a couple of bookends in Kelly Barltrop and Talia Radan who are important talls, whilst another State Academy member in Kate Case comes into the side after missing last week. North Adelaide should get up in this game given the Roosters have a defence that not only features Radan, but Amber Ward and Kristi Harvey are intercept machines, and the talent and run of Poppy Waterford, with the tough Jaimi Tabb and Amelie Borg. Lauren Gauci has also been a crucial inclusion to the side, whilst Ashleigh Woodland remains a difficult player to quell up forward. For the Double Blues, the midfield could try and match it with the Roosters, with Alisha Gepp, Jaimee Wittervan and Isobel Kuiper roving to Jess Good who are all in good form. Zoe Prowse has managed to get up for this game, and will rejoin fellow State Academy members Alex Ballard and Georgia Swan inside 50, while Kiera Mueller was superb off half-back last week.

GLENELG vs. CENTRAL DISTRICT
Saturday, May 15 @ 12:45pm
ACH Group Stadium

The final game of the round pits second placed Glenelg up against a Central District side needing a lot of luck to secure a finals berth. The Bulldogs could grab fourth, but not only need to win, but need South Adelaide to beat West Adelaide – certainly possible – but also Sturt to upset North Adelaide – a lot less likely – in order to be playing next week. Madison Lane was stretchered off last week and will miss this game, with the likes of Chantel Reynolds, Paige Allan, Nicola Biagi and Taryn Wills named in an extended Central team. Shae Partington and Airlie Schirmer are out of the Bays’ side, and into it come Molly Affolter, Lucy Armitage and Sarah Goodwin among five chances to the side. The Bulldogs can beat anyone on their day, and with Isabelle Starmer having a good season in the ruck, and the likes of captain Shelby Smith, Caitlen Teague and Chloe Scheer impressing through the midfield, they have the core for an upset. Laitiah Huynh and Lauren Breguet are exciting young forwards, whilst Katelyn Rosenzweig with Reynolds form a great duo inside 50. The Bays have proven to hold the strongest clearance side in the business, with Ebony Marinoff returning last week with a best on ground performance, and she teamed up well with the likes of Tessa Kohn, Ellie Kellock and Jessica Bates. Brooke Tonon was superb off half-back, with Caitlin Gould and Sam Franson dangerous forwards. Overall the Glenelg side has quite strong depth, though the direct and exciting play of the Bulldogs always gives them a shot at the win.

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2021 SANFL Women’s Team of the Week: Round 10

GLENELG’S huge win over Woodville-West Torrens in the penultimate round of South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s action has resulted in the Bays having a record-high five players in the Draft Central SANFL Women’s Team of the Week. They had one more than Norwood, and two more than fellow winners, South Adelaide and West Adelaide whilst Central District and North Adelaide were the best of the losers with three players apiece. Sturt (two) and Eagles (one) rounded out the 24-player squad.

Glenelg’s five players start with huge inclusion Ebony Marinoff, who not only starred with 30 touches and 10 clearances, but comes straight into the Team of the Week and was named captain for her efforts. She is joined in there by fellow midfielder Tessa Kohn, whilst youngster Brooke Tonon is at half-back, Meara Girvan slots into centre half-forward, and Ellie Kellock is on the half-forward flank. The sole Eagles’ representative from that match is Anastasia Falkenberg.

Norwood’s tight win over Central District earned the minor premiers the next most players in the Team of the Week with four. Lead by vice-captain of this week’s team Leah Cutting, the Redlegs also had Alison Ferrall in defence, and Najwa Allen and Sophie Armitstead in the side. The Bulldogs contributed three players this week, with captain Shelby Smith named in the centre, Chloe Scheer at half-forward and another State Academy member in Lauren Breguet on the interchange.

South Adelaide had an even spread of contributors across the board, with Nicole Campbell and Montana McKinnon making the Team of the Week yet again, while Jordann Hickey returned to the SANFL Women’s and slotted straight into the forward pocket. They managed to have a big win over Sturt who had two representatives, that being Kiera Mueller at half-back and Jaimee Wittervan on the bench. Both teams had an emergency for this week’s side, with Jorja Hooper (South) and Jess Good (Sturt) among the last to miss out mainly due to the strength in their respective positions.

West Adelaide had some familiar faces make the side, with 15-year-old Lauren Young back again, this time named in the forward pocket after playing a multitude of roles but slotting two majors. Alongside her is experienced AFLW tall Chelsea Biddell, while key defender Sharni Whiting was outstanding at centre half-back. Sarah Dargan was the 25th player this week, marginally missing out on the side. Among those who made the shortlist were South Adelaide’s Teah Charlton, Sturt’s Alex Ballard, North Adelaide’s debutant Monika Ney and Eagles’ Nicole Collie.

DRAFT CENTRAL’S SANFL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK:

B: Lauren Gauci (NA) – Amber Ward (NA) – Alison Ferrall (NW)
HB: Kiera Mueller (ST) – Sharni Whiting (WA) – Brooke Tonon (GL)
C: Sophie Armitstead (NW) – Shelby Smith (CD) – Nicole Campbell (SA)
HF: Chloe Scheer (CD) – Meara Girvan (GL) – Ellie Kellock (GL)
F: Jordann Hickey (SA) – Chelsea Biddell (WA) – Lauren Young (WA)
R: Leah Cutting (NW) (vc) – Ebony Marinoff (GL) (c) – Tessa Kohn (GL)
INT: Najwa Allen (NW) – Lauren Breguet (CD) – Anastasia Falkenberg (WWT) – Montana McKinnon (SA) – Katelyn Pope (NA) – Jaimee Wittervan (ST)

EMG: Sarah Dargan (WA) – Jess Good (ST) – Jorja Hooper (SA)

SANFL Women’s Round 10 wrap: Top two decided as two finals spots up for grabs

NORWOOD and Glenelg have confirmed their spots as the top two sides in the South Australian Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition following wins on the weekend. It left two spots up for grabs, with third placed South Adelaide saluting to have one foot in the post-season series, whilst West Adelaide temporarily dislodged North Adelaide in fourth spot thanks to a victory over the Roosters.

STURT 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 (13)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.3 | 5.6 | 7.6 | 9.6 (60)

GOALS:

Sturt: A. Ballard, C. Forby.
South: J. Hickey 3, J. Hooper 2, N. Campbell 2, S. Flanagan-Sjoberg, J. Kirk.

DC BEST:

Sturt: K. Mueller, J. Good, J. Wittervan, K. Harris, H. Prenzler
South: T. Charlton, T. Buethke, M. McKinnon, J. Hickey, C. Hammond

South Adelaide has moved into third spot on the SANFL Women’s ladder with a commanding 47-point win over Sturt to all but secure yet another finals series for the two-time premier and reigning runner-up. The Panthers piled on seven of the first eight goals – including three to Jordann Hickey and two to Jorja Hooper – to lead by as much as 42 points at the final break. Chloe Forby kicked the first of the final term, but a couple of late ones in favour of the visitors secured the win, 9.6 (60) to 2.1 (13).

Cheyenne Hammond (16 disposals, five marks, four tackles and three rebound 50s) and Jaslynne Smith (15 disposals, six marks, four tackles, three clearances and two rebound 50s) were both lively out of the back half, while Teah Charlton (15 disposals, six marks, three tackles, two clearances and two rebound 50s) and Nicole Campbell (14 disposals, three marks, seven tackles, three inside 50s and two goals) got it done in opposites halves of the ground roaming through the midfield. Tahlita Buethke (13 disposals, four tackles, five clearances and three inside 50s) was again influential, whilst Montana McKinnon (nine disposals, 31 hitouts, four clearances and four inside 50s) stood tall.

Kiera Mueller led the Double Blues out of defence with 20 disposals, three marks, two tackles and four rebound 50s, whilst Hannah Prenzler (16 disposals, four marks, two clearances and two rebound 50s) was also solid back there. Jess Good (18 disposals, four marks, 23 hitouts and five clearances) was influential around the ground having a great battle with McKinnon, while Jaimee Wittervan (19 disposals, six clearances and three inside 50s) and Kate Harris (16 disposals, two tackles and four clearances) were prolific at the stoppages.

South Adelaide take on West Adelaide next week, with the winner to play finals, and the loser to wait on other results. For Sturt, the Double Blues are a part of those other results, with the chance to stop reigning premiers North Adelaide from entering the top four when they host them at Unley Oval.

NORTH ADELAIDE 0.1 | 0.4 | 1.6 | 2.7 (19)
WEST ADELAIDE 0.1 | 2.3 | 4.3 | 6.3 (39)

GOALS:

North: E. Greet, K. Pope.
West: L. Young, C. Biddell, A. Considine, S. Griffiths, B. Owen.

DC BEST:

North: K. Pope, L. Gauci, A. Ward, M. Ney, P. Waterford
West: L. Young, S. Whiting, C. Biddell, Z. Venning, S. Dargan

West Adelaide has kept its finals hopes alive by knocking off reigning premiers North Adelaide and securing fourth spot heading into the final round. Both sides took a while to get going with the ridiculously strong defences standing tall and not allowing much through. It took until young gun Lauren Young split the big sticks in the second term to break the drought, with the Bloods booting the first four goals of the game to lead by 23 points midway through the third term. North Adelaide kicked the next two of the match – and could have had more with the likes of Ash Woodland (three behinds) and Tayla Thorn (two) both having chances, but late majors to State Academy members Young and Scarlett Griffiths sealed the 20-point win.

Young was outstanding once again, collecting 20 disposals, taking seven marks – three contested – laying six tackles, and having two clearances, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s, as well as slotting her two goals. In defence, Sharni Whiting was back to her best, racking up a match-high 22 disposals, as well as seven marks – two contested – and six rebound 50s. The AFLW experience of Ailish Considine (15 disposals, two marks and a goal), Sarah Dargan (15 disposals, two marks, 11 tackles and two clearances) and Chelsea Biddell (14 disposals, five marks – two contested – three tackles, eight hitouts, four inside 50s and a goal) counted for plenty, while Zoe Venning was fierce around the ground picking up 15 disposals, five marks, three inside 50s and three rebound 50s.

For North, Katelyn Pope kicked a goal and had a team-high 19 disposals, as well as two marks, three tackles and two clearances, while Lauren Gauci (15 disposals, four marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Amber Ward (14 disposals, three marks and three rebound 50s) were superb bringing back their AFLW experience. Woodland had chances with her three behinds, but still put together a solid performance of 13 disposals, two marks, four tackles and two inside 50s while Poppy Waterford (12 disposals, two marks, two clearances, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and debutant Monika Ney (10 disposals, five tackles and five clearances) also impressed.

The final round is huge for both these teams, with West Adelaide needing a win to secure a finals spot when they take on the Panthers, while if they lose, they will need Sturt to knock off North Adelaide, otherwise North will take fourth position back and knock the Bloods out of the finals.

NORWOOD 4.0 | 4.0 | 5.1 | 6.2 (38)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 0.1 | 2.3 | 4.4 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS:

Norwood: E. Drake 2, R. Zerella 2, N. Allen, J. Halfpenny.
Central: A. Butler, K. Rosenzweig, C. Scheer, L. Breguet, C. Wendland.

DC BEST:

Norwood: L. Cutting, N. Allen, A. Ferrall, S. Armitstead, J. Halfpenny
Central: S. Smith. C. Scheer, K. Rosenzweig, L. Breguet, K. Searle

A fast start has helped Norwood secure the minor premiership and sit pretty heading into the final round to prepare for Glenelg in the first week of finals. The Redlegs piled on four goals in the opening term to race out to a 23-point lead at quarter time. Central District showed the amount of development over the past 12 months by fighting back to boot four of the next five goals over the two quarters to head into the final break just three points down. Norwood kicked a steadier early in the quarter, before Katelyn Rosenzweig almost stole the win for the Bulldogs with a couple of chances on goal to boot 1.1, with her second shot in the remaining 10 seconds missing for the Redlegs to win 6.2 (38) to 5.5 (35).

Leah Cutting was enormous around the ground, dominating in the ruck with 17 disposals, six marks – two contested – 10 tackles, 38 hitouts, four clearances, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s in a clear best afield effort. Najwa Allen (18 disposals, two marks, two clearances and 1.2) also impressed in the midfield, while Sophie Armitstead (10 disposals, five tackles, five clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s) aided her cause. Youngsters Jade Halfpenny (11 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal) and Alana Lishmund (13 disposals, seven tackles) found their fair share of the ball, as did Alison Ferrall (12 disposals, two marks, three tackles and six rebound 50s) in defence.

Captain Shelby Smith led from the front for the Bulldogs, picking up 14 touches, laying nine tackles and having two clearances and two inside 50s. Rosenzweig (13 disposals, four marks – two contested – four tackles, two hitouts, two clearances and two inside 50s) and Chloe Scheer (13 disposals, three marks – one contested – four tackles, two clearances, four inside 50s and one goal) both hit the scoreboard. State Academy players Lauren Breguet (10 disposals, three marks – one contested – four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal) and Laitiah Huynh (nine disposals, three tackles) had solid performances, while Karissa Searle (eight disposals, four inside 50s and Caitlen Teague (seven disposals, three marks three tackles and two inside 50s) also tried hard throughout the contest.

Norwood takes on Woodville-West Torrens Eagles in the final round in a battle of top-against-bottom, with the result effectively negligible for the Redlegs who have secured top spot. They will still want to head into the post-season series with a win, whilst for the Eagles, a victory could keep them from the wooden spoon. Central District has done enough to ensure they cannot win the wooden spoon in 2021, but are not completely out of the race for finals. They need West Adelaide to lose to South Adelaide, and Sturt to upset North Adelaide in order to grab fourth spot.

WWT EAGLES 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.2 | 0.4 (4)
GLENELG 2.2 | 3.3 | 7.5 | 11.6 (72)

GOALS:

Eagles: Nil.
Glenelg: M. Freeman 3, M. Girvan 2, E. Kellock 2, C. Swanson, C. Gould, S. Franson, C. Packer.

DC BEST:

Eagles: A. Falkenberg, S. Goody, K. Lee, N. Collie, R. Forth
Glenelg: E. Marinoff, M. Girvan, T. Kohn, C. Gould, B. Tonon

In the most one-sided game of the season, Glenelg has stormed to an easy 68-point belting of last placed Woodville-West Torrens Eagles to secure second spot on the SANFL Women’s ladder heading into the finals. The Bays booted eight goals in the second half after only leading by 21 points at the main break, restricting the home side to just two behinds in each quarter. Glenelg had 58 more disposals, 30 more hitouts, 28 more clearances and 25 more inside 50s in an old fashioned shellacking.

A player by the name of Ebony Marinoff did alright upon her return to state level from the AFLW, racking up a casual 30 touches, three marks, five tackles, 10 clearances and five inside 50s, having more clearances than the entire opposition team (10-9). She had plenty of support around her though, with Tessa Kohn (16 disposals, four tackles, six clearances and three inside 50s) and Ellie Kellock (12 disposals, two marks, two tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and two goals) both influential at the stoppages, and Meara Girvan (15 disposals, five marks – two contested – 23 hitouts, three clearances and two goals) and Caitlin Gould (13 disposals, five marks – one contested – four tackles, 22 hitouts, two clearances, two inside 50s and a goal) taking control through the ruck. Brooke Tonon (14 disposals, two marks, five tackles, two clearances and four rebound 50s was again impressive off half-back, while Jessica Bates (13 disposals, three marks, 10 tackles and two inside 50s) was consistent yet again.

Anastasia Falkenberg was a clear standout of the Eagles in the heavy loss, collecting a team-high 18 disposals, five marks and 10 tackles, while Shineah Goody continued her strong debut season with 17 touches, four marks, three tackles and two rebound 50s. Kiana Lee (14 disposals, two marks, three tackles and three rebound 50s), Nicole Collie (12 disposals, three marks and five rebound 50s) and Renee Forth (16 disposals, four marks – two contested – and three tackles) also tried hard against stiff opposition.

Woodville-West Torrens Eagles finish their season up against minor premiers Norwood who come in winning eight of the past nine games, and the Eagles’ hope that the chance of missing the wooden spoon will spur them onto victory against a Redlegs side that already has locked up top spot. For the Bays, second place is secure, but they can knock Central District out of the finals race of they get up in the Saturday afternoon clash at ACH Group Stadium.

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2021 SANFL Women’s Round 9 preview: Panthers load up for clash with red-hot Redlegs

TWO late morning games and two evening games mark a huge Round 9 of action in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition.

WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS vs. STURT
Saturday, May 1 @ 11:30am
Maughan Thiem Kia Oval

Opening the round is unfairly a bottom two clash, with both Woodville-West Torrens and Sturt both playing pretty well this season. The Eagles’ percentage is quite low as the lowest scoring team, though they are just a win outside the eight. A victory here and results going the right way, and the Eagles would be fifth, but the same could be said for the Double Blues, who a fortnight ago showed they could score, and have been their reliable selves defensively to boast the best percentage in the bottom four, but are a point behind the two teams above them. From a State Academy perspective, Charlotte Dolan has proven to be able to play in multiple positions, having started at half-back, spent time on the wing, even gone inside and then played forward at the AFLW Under 19 Championships. Having been named on a forward flank again, the Eagles will be looking for her fierce intent to be a factor, particularly against Double Blues’ captain Maya Rigter. The other State Academy member to watch is Jamie Parish, with the versatile tall named on a wing for the second week in a row, but is more than capable of slotting in up forward or in defence. For future years, Shineah Goody is shaping as a classy prospect with plenty of versatility and an ability to create something out of nothing. For the Double Blues, the forward line is swarming with State Academy members, as Zoe Prowse has been named at full-forward with defenders-cum-forwards Hannah Prenzler and Alex Ballard either side of her, and Georgia Swan on a flank. It means a very exciting front 50 for the Double Blues, and the game could genuinely go either way.

NORWOOD vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, May 1 @ 11:30am
Coopers Stadium

Norwood has been dealt a blow ahead of its massive clash with South Adelaide, losing 50-gamer Leah Cutting to injury, whilst in-form Ella Murison is also out of the side. The Panthers have lost Lauren Clifton and Lucy Northcott among five changes, but have stacked their side with Jordann Hickey and Indy Tahau returning from Queensland, Teah Charlton and Hannah Munyard from AFL Women’s seasons completing, and Jess Kirk back in the side. Norwood has proven to accept any challenge thrown at the Redlegs, but without Cutting, Montana McKinnon and Soriah Moon will have the run of the mill around the ground. Jade Halfpenny is enjoying a terrific season for the Redlegs, playing through the midfield and rotating forward, while Sarah Branford had one of her best games of the season last week. Lana Schwerdt has been impressing as another young talent coming through, whilst Jess Macolino, Sophie Armitstead and Morgan Johnston have been consistently amongst the best. Even outside the changes, the Panthers have a lineup that is ready to shoot up the ladder, as AFL Women’s Academy talent Gypsy Schirmer has been named at half-back, and Tahlita Buethke in the middle coming off her best game last round. Nicole Campbell and Cheyenne Hammond are completing a star-studded midfield, whilst future key forward talent Jorja Hooper is in great form as well. The Panthers have bulked up and would be favourites to break the Redlegs seven-game winning streak, but if Norwood can beat this Panthers outfit without Cutting, then they are the clear premiership favourites.

NORTH ADELAIDE vs. GLENELG
Saturday, May 1 @ 4:10pm
Prospect Oval

North Adelaide and Glenelg are both starting to filter their AFL Womens’ talent back, with Amber Ward and Ash Woodland (North) and Caitlin Gould (Glenelg) all returning. The teams have opted not to unleash midfield guns Anne Hatchard (North) and Ebony Marinoff (Glenelg) just yet, though up-and-comer Piper Window has returned for the Bays with Lucy Armitage a key out for the visitors at Prospect Park. North Adelaide got back on the winners list last week to sit third, tantalisingly just behind the second placed Bays. With Ward back to provide support for Kristi Harvey, the Roosters defence is starting to look impenetrable again. Last year’s leading goalkicker Woodland will only be better for the AFLW experience, as Katelyn Pope has already been back in the side. Young guns Kate Case, Julia Clark and bottom-ager Amelie Borg have all been named in the side, with interest around where Borg will play based on the return of Ward to the key defensive post. Kelly Barltrop, Kathryn Reynolds and Tayla Thorn are a damaging trio up front, with Brianna Arthur also in form rolling through the midfield. For the Bays, Brooke Tonon has put together a fantastic season in multiple positions, but came off half-back last week, with Tessa Kohn, Ellie Kellock and Jessica Bates all having racked up the ball and taken control of the midfield. It will be a tough ask against a strong Roosters outfit, though with Gould named at full-forward, the Bays midfield will have a tall target to kick to. Tamsyn Morriss is the other State Academy member who has been named on the bench, but expect her to rotate through the defence in what should be a cracking contest.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. CENTRAL DISTRICT
Saturday, May 1 @ 5:10pm
Hisense Stadium

The final game of the round pits two exciting young teams up against each other, with the fourth placed Central District taking on the sixth placed West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium, Both teams have State Academy members returning, with Scarlett Griffiths at West Adelaide, and Laitiah Huynh at Centrals coming back into their respective lineups. Louella McCarthy (West) and Alicia Butler (Central) are another couple of key inclusions for the respective sides, with AFLW talent and youngsters across the park. From a young gun perspective, West Adelaide’s Lauren Young will continue her outstanding debut season, teaming up with AFL Women’s talents Sarah Dargan and Ailish Considine in the midfield. Chelsea Biddell and Melanie Elsegood are named as the key forwards, with State Academy members, Zoe Venning and Abbie Ballard inside 50. Venning will have the freedom to roll through the midfield but also be a leading target up forward, whilst Ballard is in her second game back from long-term injury. For the Bulldogs, Huynh slots straight back into half-forward, joining forces with fellow State Academy member Lauren Breguet inside 50, while up the other end, Madison Lane has been named off a half-back flank. Nicole Mark has had an impact since crossing from South Adelaide, and the key forward pairing of Katelyn Rosenzweig and Chantel Reynolds has proven to be effective, while Caitlen Teague, Shelby Smith and Lauren Smith have worked well with in-form ruck Isabelle Starmer. Chloe Scheer returning to the side last week proved a masterstroke, with the AFL Women’s talent starring in a best on ground performance. This has all the hallmarks of being a cracking contest.

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2021 QAFL Women’s Round 5 preview: Top three clash headlines weekend

THERE is plenty to like about the Round 5 fixtures for the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Women’s competition, with much on the line even this early in the season.

The pick of the bunch is a top three clash between the undefeated Bond University and third placed Aspley Hornets, with the latter coming off their first loss of the season, whilst the Sharkettes have met every challenge thus far. The ruck battle between Jasmyn Davidson and Angela Lingard will be crucial, whilst the versatile Lucia Liessi has been named in the centre for the Hornets, set to go up against Shannon Danckert in another fascinating clash. Bond University’s AFL Women’s Academy member Mikayla Pauga is back at half-forward, lined up on another youngster in Hayley Moore, whilst up the other end, second-gamer Kadie Fletcher will lock horns with Lucinda Pullar. With plenty of young guns across the field – including Phoebe Baird and Isabella Kotatis – Aspley has enjoyed its resurgence this season, but the Hornets will need to find a way to contain Jordann Hickey and State Academy representative Lily Tarlinton if they are to get the points in this one.

Yeronga South Brisbane will travel to Maroochydore in what is always a tough encounter, though the reigning premiers will fancy themselves on the road against the Roos who picked up their first win last round after some narrow losses. The Devils come in having toppled Aspley in a huge win after going down to University of Queensland a fortnight ago. Zimmorlei Farquharson has been a live-wire this season, and whilst she did not kick a goal in Round 4, had plenty of teammates who did. In the 22-point win, the likes of Christine Okesene and Lexia Edwards were able to be damaging up forward, though the team would love to make more of their chances up forward than their 5.11 (41) final scoreline. With experience such as Lucy Bellinger, Jordan Zanchetta and Madison Goodwin, the Devils are well placed against the Roos. Maroochydore on the other hand stacked its midfield with you, as AFL Women’s Academy members Bella Smith and Maggie Harmer joined Chloe Gregory in there which emphasised the future of the green and gold. Brianna McFarlane and Makeisha Muller make for a dangerous combination at half-forward as well, which the Devils will need to be aware of.

Another team looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season is University of Queensland who travel to Coolangatta Tweed to face the Bluebirds, who are stuck at the bottom of the table and needing a win to kick-start their season. A win to the Red Lionesses could see them leapfrog some teams – and will do so to at least one team with the top three clash happening – as the likes of Megan Hunt and Mia Teubler took to continue their form. Jessi Henning and Madi Crowley-Long have been damaging across the board, whilst Lucinda Benjamin kicked four goals a fortnight ago for a season total of seven, ahead of Grace Brennan (six) and Rachael Vetter (six). Coolangatta Tweed have only been able to average six points a game from the first three matches, still waiting for the postponed match with Bond University to be completed. The Bluebirds have the talent to match it with any opposition, as the likes of Kitara Farrar, Keyshia Matenga and the Cockatoo-Motlap twins in Laquoiya and Litonya named in this weekend’ clash. Janet Baird will provide that AFL Women’s experience alongside Georgia Breward in the hope of causing an upset.

In the final game of the round, Coorparoo has been working the lucky charms the last couple of weeks, closing out two consecutive wins by one point in a show of strength and determination to come-from-behind. The Kings now host a winless Wilston Grange, with the Gorillas needing a win to keep in touch with the top six sides. Despite winning their last two games, the Kings still only have a percentage of 80.41 this season, whilst Wilston Grange are 0-4 with 26.37. They have managed to put scores on the board, but have conceded more than 50 points in every game thus far which has been the problem. The Gorillas will look to Abby Hewett and Mackenzie Findlay to take control of the midfield against Jenae Govan and Rose Collins, whilst Sophie Wheeler (three goals) and Holly O’Flaherty (two) are the leading scorers named for the match. Ruby Svarc has the AFL Women’s experience to provide some run on the wing, whilst for the Kings, Chelsea Winn has been in good form, and combining with Chelsea Chesterfield and Macie Brown, the side has some good young talents alongside experience. Coorparoo will back themselves to make it three wins on the trot here in front of home fans.

QAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 5 FIXTURES:

Coolangatta Tweed vs. University of Queensland
Bond University vs. Aspley
Coorparoo vs. Wilston Grange
Maroochydore vs. Yeronga South Brisbane

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QAFL Women’s Round 4 wrap: Devils end Hornets streak as Kings pip Red Lionesses

THERE is just one remaining undefeated team in the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Women’s competition, following defeats to top two teams, University of Queensland and Aspley. They went down to Coorparoo and Yeronga South Brisbane as the ladder tightened following Round 4 results. Coorparoo and Yeronga South Brisbane were on the better side of those respective results, while Bond University stood tall to snatch top spot thanks to another win, and Maroochydore secured their first victory of the season with a terrific win over Coolangatta Tweed.

The game of the round was easily Coorparoo’s upset victory over the previously undefeated University of Queensland. Backing up their win over Maroochydore by a point in Round 3, the Kings proved their can get it done in nail-biters, winning a second consecutive match by a solitary point, not to mention the exact scores. In an eerily similar result to the previous week, Coorparoo had to come back from an eight point deficit at the half-time and three quarter time breaks before securing the win with a final quarter flurry, two goals to zero and win 5.2 (32) to 4.7 (31).

Chelsea Winn slotted two goals in the win, while Jessica McLean, Jenae Govan and Emma McKenzie also slotted majors. Laura Blue was best on ground, while Charlotte Edmunds and Gold Coast Suns’ Georgia Bevan were also outstanding in leading their side to the narrow win. Rachael Vetter kicked two goals in a losing side, as Lucinda Benjamin hit the scoreboard once again, as did Grace Brennan. Megan Hunt, Stephanie O’Brien and Mia Teubler were standouts for the Red Lionesses in defeat.

The Red Lionesses were not the only undefeated team to go down in Round 4, with Aspley Hornets’ great start to the 2021 season hitting its first road bump in the form of a hungry Yeronga South Brisbane. The Devils flexed their muscles in a big 22-point victory to bounce back from a rare loss in Round 3, booting three goals to zero in the first term, and peppering the goals for the rest of the match against the Hornets. Whilst the home team was brave and showed they could compete with the best, it was the Devils who took home the points, 5.11 (41) to 3.1 (19).

Lexia Edwards and Christine Okesene were lively up forward for the Devils in the win, as Lyneeka Hollows, Madison Goodwin and Clancey Sutton were also impressive, as was Lucy Bellinger who continued her great form at state league level. For the Hornets, Morgan Lanigan led the way with a goal, while Courtney Daniec and Michaela Campbell also snagged majors. Along with Lanigan, Kadie Fletcher was amongst the best on debut, while Lucy Pengelly and Bree McKenzie also stood out.

After a narrow one-point loss last week, Maroochydore stepped up for a 33-point victory over Coolangatta Tweed in front of home fans.The Roos took a while to find their range, kicking 1.8 to 0.1 in the first three quarters to lead by 13 points with a quarter to play. It was not until then that the home team stepped up, kicking 4.2 to 0.0 to blow out the margin to beyond five goals. The 14 scoring shots to one showed that Maroochydore had most of the play in its forward half, and were deserving winners on the day to breakthrough for the four points.

Makeisha Muller was the sole goalkicker in the first three quarters, and was joined by teammates, Brooke Matheson, Zoe Langley and Sophie Bale in the final term burst. Jacqueline Dupuy, Maggie Harmer, Rachel Crack and Chloe Gregory were all amongst the best for the Roos. The Bluebirds may not have kicked a goal, but Casey Wynne, Selina Priest and Leigh Alder were among the best on the day, as well youngster Keyshia Matenga, and AFL Women’s listed Beth Pinchin.

In the final game of the round, Bond University enjoyed a huge win over Wilston Grange, handing the Gorillas a fourth straight loss. The Sharkettes had 25 scoring shots to one, kicking 14 scoring shots to one in the first half, and restricting the Gorillas to just one major for the entire game. Winning every quarter of the game, the top of the table Sharkettes showed their strength with a comprehensive 69-point victory.

Jordann Hickey put in a best on ground performances, slotting four goals in the victory, whilst Lily Tarlinton managed the two majors in the victory. Mikayla Pauga, Shannon Danckert, Molly Ritson and Ellie Herron all kicked goals and stood out, while Alessia Smythe and Georgia Brehmer were also impressive for the Sharkettes. Sophie Wheeler kicked the only goal for the home side, while the experienced Rheanne Lugg and Ruby Svarc were the top players in defeat.

Looking ahead to Round 5, all four games are on Saturday with Coolangatta Tweed taking on University of Queensland, and Bond University hosting Aspley in the early afternoon games. Later on, Coorparoo will gun for three in a row when they take on the winless Wilston Grange, whilst Maroochydore lock horns with Yeronga South Brisbane at the same time, 4:45pm.

QAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Aspley 3.1 (19) defeated by Yeronga South Brisbane 5.11 (41)
Maroochydore 4.10 (34) defeated Coorparoo 0.1 (1)
University of Queensland 4.7 (31) defeated by Coorparoo 5.2 (32)
Wilston Grange 1.0 (6) defeated by Bond University 10.15 (75)

 

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Fremantle finishes AFL Women’s season undefeated after semi-final win

IT was a mammoth effort from the ladder leaders in Fremantle that led to a phenomenal 70-point win over expansion side, Gold Coast Suns. While the Dockers were undefeated coming into this match and the Suns with only two wins to their name, little could have expected the final margin, with Fremantle far too good at home, winning 12.8 (80) to 1.4 (10). While Gold Coast struggled under Fremantle’s wrath, the home side was clinical and if it had hit more targets inside 50 the result could have been far worse.

A relatively even first quarter saw plenty of intensity with Gold Coast competing well without Fremantle’s crowd to deter the Suns from testing the Dockers early. While Fremantle headed into the second quarter eight points up, it was a solid defensive effort from the Suns that kept them on their toes and forcing hasty kicks on goal. But after the first the Dockers came out all guns blaring, not conceding a major for the rest of the match and denying the Suns any clean penetration of their forward 50, with the side only marking once from 26 inside 50s, a real credit to the defensive pressure and constant tackling effort from the Dockers, combining for 59 tackles compared to Gold Coast’s 33 – lead by Kiara Bowers who racked up 14 to go with her 22 touches. The first saw Sabreena Duffy’s first of three, with the talented goalsneak finding plenty of the footy thanks to her tenacity while her small stature and burst of speed made her hard to stop. Jacqui Yorston and Kate Surman were solid down the field finding plenty of the ball but falling short of options inside 50, with Fremantle’s defensive pressure creating a real buffer downfield.

A four-goal second quarter sparked a significant lead heading into half-time, with near misses giving the Suns some opportunities to get on the board but going scoreless after the second minute mark, with a frustrating miss 15m out from Tiarna Ernst in reward for a brave contest – who later left the field with symptoms of concussion – that could have well and truly changed the game if it had been converted. Gemma Houghton and Kate Flood (two goals apiece) opened their account in the second, joined by young gun Roxy Roux who returned to the side after a brief stint on the sidelines, taking a 27-point lead into the main break and sending an ominous message to the competition with another all-round effort in the forward half producing a dominant performance. Hayley Miller impressed with her tenacity in a great finish to her best season yet, with her consistency clear through the midfield, collecting 20 touches, seven marks and three tackles.

While Fremantle continued to go from strength to strength, the Suns would not give up, with the likes of Jade Pregelj consistent as ever in defence, collecting an equal season-high 16 touches and contributing well to force errant kicks on goal from the Dockers. Lauren Ahrens was equally solid off the half back, managing 17 disposals and three marks in a tough contest. An interesting battle waged between rucks with young gun Mim Strom providing vital footy to her mids, managing 14 hitouts, eight touches and two tackles, while Suns’ Lauren Bella led the hitout count with 17 but did not have the backup required to propel the footy downfield, with Fremantle taking much more advantage of the tap. Gabby O’Sullivan added a second goal to her tally in the third, while a crucial kick on goal late in the third from Jordann Hickey went unrewarded, seeing the margin extend further despite all efforts.

A four-goal final quarter haul from the home side saw Fremantle well and truly shake off any semi-finals worry, with the side enjoying the 70-point victory and plenty of standouts putting the win into practice. Fremantle’s four multiple goalkickers in Duffy (who now finishes ahead of St Kilda’s Caitlin Greiser as leading goalkicker in 2020), O’Sullivan (17 touches), Flood and Houghton allowed veterans the likes of Bowers, Ebony Antonio (20 disposals, eight marks, one goal) and Kara Antonio (19 disposals, seven marks) used their experience to provide plenty of footy up the field. Paige Parker was the sole goalkicker for the Suns on a tough day on the track, while Yorston and Surman both enjoyed impressive stats to finish their respective inaugural seasons, racking up 22 and 20 touches and combining for seven tackles. Dangerous forward Kalinda Howarth was unable to have her usual impact on the scoreboard, with the small forward working up the ground with Jamie Stanton, who also was rendered far less impactful than her typical work rate thanks to Fremantle’s constant pressure.

FREMANTLE 2.3 | 5.5 | 8.6 | 12.8 (80)
GOLD COAST 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:

Fremantle: S. Duffy 3, K. Flood 2, G. O’Sullivan 2, G. Houghton 2, R. Roux, E.Antonio, A. Sharp.
Gold Coast: P. Parker.

ADC BEST:

Fremantle: K. Bowers, E.Antonio, G. O’Sullivan, K. Antonio, H. Miller, S. Duffy
Gold Coast: J. Yorston, J. Pregelj, K. Surman, L. Ahrens,  J. Stanton