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2021 SANFL Women’s Team of the Week: Round 9

THREE of the four South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s winners from Round 9 have a round-high four representatives in the Draft Central SANFL Women’s Team of the Week this week. South Adelaide, Sturt and West Adelaide all picked up wins, as well as a quartet of players in the Team of the Week, while the other winner Glenelg, as well as narrow losers North Adelaide had three players each. Norwood, Central District and Woodville-West Torrens managed the two players apiece this week.

This week’s captain is Teah Charlton, who returned to the SANFL Women’s with a bang in Round 9 as the standout player for the weekend. The South Adelaide young star is joined in the side by teammates, defenders Jaslynne Smith and Lisa Whiteley, as well as midfielder Nicole Campbell. They knocked off Norwood who had the two players in the team this week, with the top of the table side contributing Erika Sporn and Ashlee Gould.

Sturt’s big win over Woodville-West Torrens Eagles resulted in four players making it into the side, starting with Alex Ballard and Zoe Prowse inside 50 as some State Academy member representation, while Jaimee Wittervan (rover) and Isobel Kuiper (interchange) also made the 24-player squad. The Eagles had the two representatives, with Sophie Zuill and Jamie Parish both slotting into the team this round.

West Adelaide got the job done over Central District and managed the four players in the side for Round 9. Young gun Lauren Young made it in alongside AFL Women’s experienced talent in Crows, Ailish Considine and Chelsea Biddell, and Tiger, Sarah Dargan. The Bulldogs contributed the two players for this week, with Shannon Murphy named off half-back for her impressive seven rebounds holding up the front, while Chloe Scheer shone again and earned a place on the bench.

The final game saw Glenelg hold off North Adelaide with both sides having three players in the side this week. Glenelg’s Jessica Bates was named vice-captain of the hypothetical side, leading the way in a Bays’ based midfield which also featured ruck Caitlin Gould, and inside midfielder Tessa Kohn. The Roosters were again represented in defence by Kristi Harvey, named alongside Lauren Gauci, with Katelyn Pope up forward. The three emergencies for Round 9 were Norwood’s Najwa Allen, South Adelaide’s Tahlita Buethke and Woodville-West Torrens’ Anastasia Falkenberg.

DRAFT CENTRAL SANFL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: ROUND 9

B: Jaslynne Smith (SA) – Kristi Harvey (NA) – Lauren Gauci (NA)
HB: Lisa Whiteley (SA) – Jamie Parish (WWT) – Shannon Murphy (CD)
C: Lauren Young (WA) – Tessa Kohn (GL) – Sophie Zuill (WWT)
HF: Ailish Considine (WA) – Chelsea Biddell (WA) – Teah Charlton (SA) (c)
F: Erika Sporn (NW) – Alex Ballard (ST) – Zoe Prowse (ST)
R: Caitlin Gould (GL) – Jessica Bates (GL) (vc) – Jaimee Wittervan (ST)
INT:  Nicole Campbell (SA) – Sarah Dargan (WA) – Ashlee Gould (NW) – Isobel Kuiper (ST) – Katelyn Pope (NA) – Chloe Scheer (CD)

EMG: Najwa Allen (NW) – Tahlita Buethke (SA) – Anastasia Falkenberg (WWT)

SANFL Women’s Round 9 wrap: Panthers break Norwood’s winning streak as Bays go outright second

SOUTH Adelaide’s beefed up team took down Norwood in the South Australia National Football League (SANFL) Women’s Round 9, as Glenelg reaffirmed its spot inside the top two, and both West Adelaide and Sturt picked up wins.

NORWOOD 0.4 | 0.4 | 1.7 | 2.9 (21)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 0.1 | 2.2 | 3.2 | 4.3 (27)

South Adelaide has ended Norwood’s winning streak at seven, with a strong start helping the Panthers hold off the Redlegs by six points despite four less scoring shots. The visitors booted the first three goals of the game, albeit stretching to four minutes into the third term, and keeping the Redlegs to just four behinds. At that point the Panthers led by 16 points, and while the Redlegs booted 2.5 to the Panthers’ 1.1 for the remainder of the match, it would not be enough to overrun the visitors with South Adelaide winning 4.3 (27) to 2.9 (21).

With a host of talents returning to the side after AFL Women’s campaigns, Teah Charlton was the pick of the lot, racking up a competition-high 29 disposals, as well as seven marks, four tackles, six clearances, three inside 50s, four rebound 50s and a goal in the Panthers’ win. Lisa Whiteley (21 disposals, six marks and three rebound 50s), Jaslynne Smith (20 disposals, five tackles), Nicole Campbell (17 disposals, five marks and three inside 50s) and Gypsy Schirmer (14 disposals, three tackles and four rebound 50s) were also lively for the visitors.

Najwa Allen led all-comers for the Redlegs picking up 18 touches, four marks and four inside 50s in defeat, while Ashlee Gould had 13 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s. Also impressive were Erika Sporn (12 disposals, four marks – two contested – and four inside 50s, Sophie Armitstead (12 disposals, six tackles and four clearances) and Elisha Gallagher (14 disposals, six tackles).

GOALS:

Norwood: E. Sporn, R. Zerella.
South: S. Flanagan-Sjoberg, L. Buchanan, T. Charlton, J. Hickey.

DC BEST:

Norwood: A. Gould, N. Allen, E. Sporn, S. Armitstead, E. Gallagher
South: T. Charlton, L. Whiteley, J. Smith, N. Campbell, G. Schirmer

WWT EAGLES 1.0 | 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 (19)
STURT 0.1 | 5.2 | 5.4 | 9.8 (62)

Sturt has jumped off the bottom of the ladder with a dominant 43-point victory over Woodville-West Torrens Eagles to handover the cellar-dwelling spot to their opponents. After the Eagles booted the first goal of the game, the Double Blues piled on five consecutive goals in the space of eight minutes in the second term – including two to Alex Ballard – in a complete domination. Lakeesha Pickett kicked a couple for the Eagles in the third term to move to within 13 points at the final break, before the Double Blues again dominated in the last stanza, booting 4.4, including a second to Chloe Forby – against her old side – and third to Ballard for the 9.8 (62) to 3.1 (19) win.

Alisha Gepp won the most touches of any player with 20, as well as four tackles and three clearances, whilst Zoe Prowse had an impact up forward with 14 disposals, five tackles, 14 hitouts and seven inside 50s. Through the midfield, Jaimee Wittervan (19 disposals, seven tackles and seven clearances) and Isobel Kuiper (13 disposals, 12 tackles, five clearances and a goal) took control, and Jess Good had another 33 hitouts from seven touches. Up forward, Ballard had nine disposals and six marks to accompany her three goals.

Anastasia Falkenberg stood out for the Eagles with a team-high 18 touches and seven tackles, as well as two clearances, three inside 50s and two rebounds. Sophie Zuill (16 disposals, five tackles and seven clearances), Mikayla Cavallaro (13 disposals, three marks, five tackles, three clearances and three inside 50s) and Jamie Parish (10 disposals, four marks, four tackles and five rebounds) were others who stepped up despite the loss.

GOALS:

Eagles: L. Pickett 2, P. Pipinis.
Sturt: A. Ballard 3, C. Forby 2, Z. Prowse, I. Kuiper, A. Pengelly.

DC BEST:

Eagles: A. Falkenberg, S. Zuill, M. Cavallaro, J. Parish, S. Goody
Sturt: Z. Prowse, J. Wittervan, I. Kuiper. Z. Prowse, A. Ballard

NORTH ADELAIDE 0.3 | 0.3 | 3.4 | 4.6 (30)
GLENELG 0.0 | 1.4 | 3.5 | 5.5 (35)

Glenelg has reaffirmed its status as a genuine premiership contender, overcoming reigning premiers North Adelaide by five points in a thrilling contest. Neither side could really apply too much scoreboard pressure in the opening half, with the Roosters scoring the only three behinds of the first term, then the Bays booting the next 1.5 before the second goal of the match was kicked. Just one point separated the teams at the final break after trading goals in a high-scoring term, before back-to-back majors to Meara Girvan in the fourth – finishing with three for the match – helped the visitors take a winning lead prior to a lead goal to Jaimi Tabb during the 5.5 (35) to 4.6 (30) performance.

Jessica Bates was again a dominant ball-winner with 24 touches, seven tackles, eight clearances, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s, while Caitlin Gould returned to the side and was outstanding, having 29 hitouts, 18 disposals, three marks – two contested – three tackles, five clearances and three inside 50s, as well as booting a goal. Tessa Kohn (18 disposals, seven clearances) and Madeleine Green (nine disposals, six clearances) were others who stood up in the clinches.

For the Roosters, Katelyn Pope had the team-high 19 disposals, as well as three marks, three clearances and two inside 50s, as Poppy Waterford (12 disposals, four tackles, two clearances, two inside 50s and a goal) and Elaine Grigg (111 disposals, seven tackles and two inside 50s) won their fair share. In defence, Kristi Harvey (10 disposals, four rebound 50s) and Lauren Gauci (eight disposals, six marks, five tackles and four rebound 50s) were staunch.

GOALS:

North: P. Waterford, C. Farr, E. Greet, J. Tabb.
Glenelg: M. Girvan 3, C. Gould, J, Bates.

DC BEST:

North: K. Pope, P. Waterford, E. Grigg, K. Harvey, L. Gauci
Glenelg: C. Gould, J. Bates, T. Kohn, M. Green, C. Packer

WEST ADELAIDE 3.2 | 5.4 | 5.7 | 6.9 (45)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 5.3 (33)

Despite kicking three of the last four goals of the game, Central District has fallen short of a comeback against West Adelaide, with the Bloods saluting by 12 points at Hisense Stadium. West Adelaide raced out to an early lead, booting three first quarter goals, and by half-time were in control by 21 points. Neither team was able to make an impact on the scoreboard in the third term, and whilst the Bulldogs booted three goals to one in the final quarter, the Bloods had done enough to win, 6.9 (45) to 5.3 (33).

Ailish Considine led the way with a massive 25 disposals, four marks, three clearances, six inside 50s, four rebound 50s and 2.2 in an all-round best on ground performance. Young gun Lauren Young (18 disposals, four marks, six tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Sarah Dargan (19 disposals, three marks, five clearances, three tackles, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Zoe Venning (13 disposals, five tackles, six inside 50s and three clearances) followed suit in the midfield, while Chelsea Biddell had 13 touches, seven marks, seven hitouts and four inside 50s going through the ruck.

For Centrals, Shannon Murphy had a game-high seven rebound 50s from 12 disposals, four tackles and two clearances, while Chloe Scheer finished with the 12 disposals, eight marks – three contested – four tackles and three inside 50s. Also impressive for the losing side were Lauren Breguet (nine disposals, five tackles, three inside 50s and a goal), Karissa Searle (11 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s) and Madison Lane (11 disposals, four marks, two tackles and two rebound 50s).

GOALS:

West: A. Considine 2, M. Elsegood 2, C. Biddell, S. Griffiths.
Central: C. Scheer, L. Breguet, A. James, C. Reynolds, K. Rosenzweig.

DC BEST:

West: A. Considine, L. Young, C. Biddell, S. Dargan, Z. Venning
Central: S. Murphy, C. Scheer, L. Breguet, K. Searle, M. Lane

Picture credit: Cory Sutton / SANFL

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 SANFL Women’s Team of the Week: Round 8

NORWOOD and Glenelg lead the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition and for Round 8, the Draft Central SANFL Women’s Team of the Week nominations. Both Round 8 winners recorded the four players as did South Adelaide, whilst other victors in Central District and North Adelaide had the three players this week. Woodville-West Torrens Eagles went down in their matches but still managed the three players, while West Adelaide (two) and Sturt (one) rounded out the side.

Top-of-the-table Norwood have their representatives in each third of the ground. Alison Ferrall has made it into a back pocket, with Jade Halfpenny at centre half-forward. Whilst Halfpenny did play midfield, the squeeze of the midfield group this week meant some extra height was needed inside forward 50, so in the hypothetical team, she moved there. Ruck, Leah Cutting and midfielder, Jess Macolino were named on the bench. Speaking of extra height in the forward line, West Adelaide’s Lauren Young has been named down there due to the squeeze, but can rest in a forward pocket, and is joined in the side by teammate Ailish Considine.

Glenelg’s four representatives begin with Tessa Kohn onball, while Brooke Tonon slots into half-back and Sam Franson in a forward pocket, while Jess Bates is slightly higher at half-forward. The team they beat – South Adelaide – still had four players in the side, led by this week’s vice-captain of our team in Nicole Campbell, while Tahlita Buethke had her best game of the season and earned a spot in the team, alongside regular, Montana McKinnon in the ruck. Lisa Whiteley also made the 24-player squad on the interchange.

Central District’s successful one-point win over Sturt saw Chloe Scheer nab a best on ground, and she has also been named captain in our Team of the Week. She is joined in the side by her captain Shelby Smith, and defender Nicole Mark. For Sturt, they had just the one player, which was not indicative of their effort, but more an even spread, with Alisha Gepp making it onto the bench.

The final teams to make it were North Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens Eagles who both had three representatives. For the Roosters, Kristi Harvey returned to the team after a rare week out of the side, while Tayla Thorn is bookended in full-forward, and Katelyn Pope on the bench. The Eagles have Shineah Goody in defence, with Anastasia Falkenberg at half-forward and Sophie Zuill on the bench.

In terms of the three most unlucky to miss, this week’s emergencies are Sturt’s Elise Dawes, Glenelg’s Ellie Kellock and North Adelaide’s Amelie Borg who all had strong performances.

DRAFT CENTRAL SANFL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: ROUND 8

B:  Shineah Goody (WWT) – Nicole Mark (CD) – Alison Ferrall (NW)
HB: Brooke Tonon (GL) – Kristi Harvey (NA) – Ailish Considine (WA)
C: Tahlita Buethke (SA) – Shelby Smith (CD) – Chloe Scheer (CD) (c)
HF: Anastasia Falkenberg (WWT) – Jade Halfpenny (NW)- Jessica Bates (GL)
F: Sam Franson (GL) – Tayla Thorn (NA) – Lauren Young (WA)
R: Montana McKinnon (SA) – Nicole Campbell (SA) (vc) – Tessa Kohn (GL)
INT: Leah Cutting (NW) – Alisha Gepp (ST) – Jess Macolino (NW) – Katelyn Pope (NA) – Lisa Whiteley (SA) – Sophie Zuill (WWT)

EMG: Elsie Dawes (ST) – Ellie Kellock (GL) – Amelie Borg (NA)

SANFL Women’s Round 8 wrap: Norwood in seventh heaven as winners sit in top four

ROUND 8 of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s saw Norwood continue its winning run, while the other three winners all occupy the top four spots – Glenelg, North Adelaide and Central District – signalling how close the competition is this season.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 | 5.2 (32)
WWT EAGLES 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

GOALS:

North: T. Thorn 2, K. Barltrop, K. Pope, J. Tabb.
Eagles: A. Falkenberg.

DC BEST:

North: K. Pope, K. Harvey, J. Norup, K. Barltrop, J. Tabb
Eagles: A. Falkenberg, S. Zuill, S. Goody, R. Forth, A. Blanden

North Adelaide has held Woodville-West Torrens Eagles to just one goal in a vital win to open the round. The Roosters booted the first three goals of the game – including two to Tayla Thorn – to lead by 12 points, before holding their opponents scoreless whilst booting 2.1 in the second half to run out 5.2 (32) to 1.1 (7) winners. The Roosters had 27 more disposals and dominated the hitouts (33-7), while winning the clearances (22-17) and inside 50s (28-16). The Eagles led the tackle count (84-64) and rebound 50s (22-15).

Katelyn Pope kicked a goal from 18 disposals, two marks, eight tackles, four clearances and two inside 50s to be the standout player, while Kristi Harvey stood up once again in defence with 15 disposals, six marks and five rebound 50s. Jaime Norup took control in the ruck, knocking down 20 hitouts and having three clearances and five tackles to go with 11 touches, while Kelly Barltrop (13 disposals, three marks and 11 hitouts) and Jaimi Tabb (11 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50s) were also busy. For the Eagles, Anastasia Falkenberg had a match-high 23 disposals, three marks, six tackles and a goal. as Sophie Zuill (20 disposals, four marks, five tackles and four clearances) and Shineah Goody (16 disposals, three marks, six tackles and four rebound 50s stood up in defeat. State Academy member Jamie Parish had a good return to the side through the midfield with 13 disposals, three tackles and two clearances.

WEST ADELAIDE 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.3 | 3.7 (25)
NORWOOD 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS:

West: A. Considine, K. Culhane, A. Ballard.
Norwood: R. Zerella 2, E. Drake, L. Schwerdt, E. Sporn.

DC BEST:

West: L. Young, S. Dargan, S. Whiting A. Considine, C. Biddell
Norwood: A. Ferrall, J. Macolino, L. Cutting, S. Armitstead, J. Halfpenny

A dominant first half from ladder leaders Norwood set up the Redlegs with an impressive 10-point win over West Adelaide. The Bloods welcomed back a host of top-end talents, but the competition’s benchmark this season withstood the challenge, kicking the only three goals of the first half to lead by 19 points at half-time. By the final break, that lead was out to 26 points, and despite the Westies kicking the last two goals of the match, the damage was done with Norwood winning 5.5 (35) to 3.7 (25). Norwood won all the key statistics but not by too much around the ball with clearances (24-23) practically even, and inside 50s (28-22) a slight difference.

Leah Cutting dominated in the ruck again with 30 hitouts to go with nine disposals, five tackles and three clearances, while the midfield work of Jess Macolino (13 disposals, six tackles, six inside 50s and two clearances), Jade Halfpenny (11 disposals, three marks – two contested – four tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s) and Sophie Armitstead (15 disposals, two marks – one contested – four tackles and three inside 50s was telling. Alison Ferrall was also busy from defence with four rebound 50s to go with 13 touches, three marks and five tackles. Young stars Lauren Young (16 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three clearances, six inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Zoe Venning (13 disposals, three marks, six tackles and three rebound 50s) found plenty of the ball, working in tandem with AFLW-listed Sarah Dargan (14 disposals, five marks, three tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s), Ailish Considine (12 disposals, three tackles, five rebound 50s and a goal) and Chelsea Biddell (10 disposals, three tackles, six hitouts and four inside 50s).

GLENELG 1.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.2 (20)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.5 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS:

Glenelg: S. Wilton, M. Green, C. Packer.
South: J. Hooper 2.

DC BEST:

Glenelg: J. Bates, T. Kohn, B. Tonon, S. Franson, E. Kellock
South: T. Buethke, M. McKinnon, N. Campbell, L. Whiteley, S. Flanagan-Sjoberg.

In a neck-and-neck match all night, Glenelg has come away with a tight three-point win over South Adelaide despite two goals from rising key forward talent Jorja Hooper. The Panthers youngsters slotted goals early in the second and third term to give her side a sniff putting them back in front, but the last goal of the night went the way of the Bays, thanks to Madeleine Green kicking a winner in the dying few minutes following a titantic struggle up to that point. The Panthers dominated the hitouts (39-25), but the clearances (29-21) went the way of the Bays, with the inside 50s and rebound 50s evenly split.

Jessica Bates led the way for the winners with 25 disposals, three marks, five tackles, four clearances and six inside 50s. Youngster Brooke Tonon returned from the AFLW Under 19s Championships to pick up 20 disposals, four marks, six tackles, two clearances and four rebound 50s, while Tessa Kohn (23 disposals, six tackles and six clearances), Sam Franson (15 disposals, three marks, six tackles and six inside 50s) and Ellie Kellock (16 disposals, six tackles, two clearances, two inside 50s and four rebound 50s) were all among the top players on the ground.  For the Panthers, Tahlita Buethke played her best game of the season returning from the national carnival, racking up 23 touches, four marks, four tackles, six clearances, three inside 50s and three rebound 50s. Montana McKinnon took control in the ruck with 31 hitouts to go with 12 disposals, four tackles, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s, while Nicole Campbell (17 disposals, six tackles, seven clearances and five inside 50s) and Lisa Whiteley (17 disposals, five marks, three tackles and four inside 50s) found plenty of the ball.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.0 | 1.4 | 2.5 | 3.6 (24)
STURT 1.2 | 2.3 | 2.4 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Central: K. Rosenzweig, S. Murphy, C. Reynolds.
Sturt: N. Baker, C. Forby, A. Pengelly.

DC BEST:

Central: C. Scheer, S. Smith, I. Starmer, C. Teague, N. Mark
Sturt: A. Gepp, I. Kuiper, Z. Prowse, E. Dawes, J. Good.

Revenge is said to be a dish best served cold, and that is exactly what Central District had in mind when the Bulldogs flipped the script on their first meeting. Having controlled most of the game earlier in the season only to be overrun in the last term, this time it was the Bulldogs term to kick a late goal – through Katelyn Rosenzweig – to steal back the lead and claim the victory in the last five minutes of the match. There was never much in it, with six individual goalkickers in total, but Central District got the points in the end, coming away with the 3.6 (24) to 3.5 (23) victory. Sturt comfortably won the hitouts (33-16), but the clearances (26-24) and inside 50s (24-21) were fairly even, whilst the Dogs piled on the pressure with 68 tackles to 47, and clunked 15 contested marks to five.

Chloe Scheer was best on ground, racking up 21 disposals, three marks – two contested – five tackles, five clearances, six inside 50s and three rebound 50s in an all-round performance. Paige Allan (12 disposals, two marks and two inside 50s), Shelby Smith (11 disposals, two marks, 10 tackles and six clearances) and Caitlen Teague (11 disposals, five tackles, two clearances and three inside 50s) also won plenty of the ball. Isabelle Starmer (eight disposals, five tackles, 13 hitouts, three clearances and two inside 50s) battled hard in the ruck, while Nicole Mark had seven touches, two marks, two tackles and four rebound 50s. Elsie Dawes (14 disposals, five marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s) had the most touches for Sturt, while Zoe Prowse (11 disposals, 13 hitouts, four tackles and three clearances) and Jess Good (seven disposals, two marks, 20 hitouts, two tackles and two inside 50s) shared the ruck duties. Alisha Gepp and Isobel Kuiper combined for 22 disposals, nine tackles and 10 clearances in the loss.

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SANFL Women’s Round 7 wrap: Two points separates second from eighth after weekend’s results

THE evenness of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition was on display over the weekend, with the end result being seven of the eight teams separated by just two points – one win – while Norwood streaked away at the top of the table.

NORWOOD 2.0 | 3.2 | 5.2 | 6.3 (39)
NORTH ADELAIDE 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)

GOALS:

Norwood: R. Zerella 2, E. Gallagher, J. Macolino, E. Sporn, S. Syme.
North: K. Reynolds.

DC BEST:

Norwood: L. Cutting, E. Gallagher, S. Syme, S. Armitstead, E. Clark.
North: B. Arthur, J. Tabb, K. Pope, E. Sundstrom, E. Greet

Norwood brought up the half dozen straight victories with a dominant 31-point victory over North Adelaide to solidify the Redlegs’ spot at the top of the table. The Redlegs kicked the only two goals of the first term, and kept the Roosters to just one goal for the match, booting the final four goals of the game during the 6.3 (39) to 1.2 (8) win. They dominated possession (215-156) and kept the ball off their opponents with a massive mark differential (46-17), also doubling the inside 50s count (32-16), and controlling the hitouts (37-17). The Roosters defence held up best it could with 25 rebound 50s to 14, and also laid 15 more tackles (69-54).

Leah Cutting led the way in the ruck with 34 hitouts to go with 12 disposals, two marks, 10 tackles and two clearances, as the likes of Elisha Gallagher (16 disposals, four clearances, four marks and a goal), Sachi Syme (17 disposals, three clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) and Jess Macolino (13 disposals, eight tackles and a goal) all hit the scoreboard. Rosette Zerella slotted two majors with her 10 touches and four marks – three contested – while Sophie Armitstead (13 disposals, nine tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s) and Emma Clark (19 disposals, four tackles, three clearances) were also impressive. For the Roosters, Brianna Arthur stood out with seven clearances to match her seven tackles, as well as 15 disposals, whilst Jaimi Tabb laid 13 tackles with nine touches, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s. Erin Sundstrom (nine disposals, seven tackles) and Katelyn Pope (13 disposals, five tackles) were also fierce around the ball carrier.

GLENELG 2.2 | 2.2 | 3.4 | 5.5 (35)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 0.1 | 0.6 | 1.7 | 4.8 (32)

GOALS:

Glenelg: S. Wilton 2, C. Packer 2, G. Duffy.
Central: C. Reynolds 2, G. Madigan, N. Biagi.

DC BEST:

Glenelg: J. Bates, T. Kohn, E. Kellock, S. Franson, S. Goodwin
Central: S. Smith, I. Starmer, P. Allen, N. Mark, E. Mickan,

Glenelg has held on to bounce back with an important win against a fast-finishing Central District outfit that gave the Bays a real scare at ACH Group Stadium on Friday night. The home team booted the first two goals of the game and led by 13 points at the first break, before six consecutive behinds to the Bulldogs over the next quarter and a minute had them within seven points. Chantel Reynolds kicked the drought-breaking goal two minutes into the third term for the Bulldogs to claw to within one point, but the next five scoring shots – and three goals including two to Sarah Wilton  – went the way of Glenelg to open up a 35-13 lead. Looking down and out, the Bulldogs found a way to get back with three last quarter goals, but would ultimately fall three points short.

Jessica Bates was outstanding once again, amassing 14 disposals, two marks, 10 tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s for the winners, teaming up well with Tessa Kohn (16 disposals, three marks, eight tackles and two clearances), and Ellie Kellock (13 disposals, four tackles, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s) around the ground. Wilton slotted the two goals from five disposals, as did Chelsea Packer, while Sam Franson had an impact thanks to nine disposals, eight tackles, two clearances and three inside 50s. For the Bulldogs, Shelby Smith led from the front with a match-high 19 disposals, as well as two marks, four tackles, two clearances and two inside 50s, while Isabelle Starmer was terrific in the ruck, finishing with 10 disposals, 27 hitouts, six tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s. Katelyn Rosenzweig (eight disposals, two marks, six tackles, five hitouts, two inside 50s and three rebound 50s) and Reynolds (five disposals, three marks and two goals) again looked lively.

WWT EAGLES 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 (24)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.1 | 5.3 (33)

GOALS:

Eagles: P. Pipinis 2, A. Gooley, J. Zecevic.
South: J. Hooper 2, L. Buchanan, C. Cavouras, T. Meyer

DC BEST:

Eagles: J. Zecevic, S. Goody, K. Lee, A. Falkenberg, Z. Anthony
South: C. Cavouras, T. Meyer, N. Campbell, S. Moon, J. Smith

A momentum-swinging match has gone in the favour of the visitors, with South Adelaide triumphing over Woodville-West Torrens Eagles by just nine points at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on Saturday morning. The teams traded goals in the opening half, with the only five scoring shots of the first half all being goals. The Eagles led by as much as 12 points early in the second term, but back-to-back goals by South had them a point up early in the third. The Eagles again responded to hit the front at the final break, but South kicked on in the last term to boot 2.2 to 0.0 and run out 5.3 (33) to 4.0 (24) winners. The teams were evenly matched with the Panthers ahead in the tackles (71-53), hitouts (23-17) and clearances (19-15), but most crucially the inside 50s (28-17), whilst the Eagles held firm in the back half with 21 rebound 50s to 13.

Tahlia Meyer was welcomed back to the Panthers after her terrific season with St Kilda in the AFL Women’s, amassing 25 touches, five marks, nine tackles, three inside 50s and a goal, only bested by Czenya Cavouras who feasted with 26 disposals, five marks, six tackles, three clearances, five inside 50s, two rebound 50s and a goal. Nicole Campbell also dominated through the midfield with 18 disposals, five clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s, while Soriah Moon fed them the ball all day with 20 hitouts to accompany 13 disposals, three marks, three tackles and three clearances. Jaslynne Smith (18 disposals, five marks and three tackles) and Elyse Haylock (15 disposals, four tackles and three inside 50s) were other prominent Panthers in the match. Jovanka Zecevic suffered leather poisoning with a match equal-high 26 touches, as well as six marks, three clearances and a goal, while young gun Shineah Goody had 15 disposals, nine tackles, three clearances and three rebound 50s. Anastasia Falkenberg (16 disposals, six marks and five tackles) and Zahn Anthony (16 disposals, four marks, four tackles and three rebound 50s) were busy, while Kiana Lee showcased her contested marking ability with five contested grabs from seven marks, as well as 13 disposals.

STURT 3.2 | 7.2 | 7.5 | 9.8 (62)
WEST ADELAIDE 0.0 | 0.2 | 2.3 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS:

Sturt: N. Baker 3, A. Healy 2, A. Jericho, S. Wallace, J. Good.
West: K. Culhane, I. Loftes.

DC BEST:

Sturt: J. Good, J. Wittervan, I. Kuiper, N. Baker, A. Healy
West: S. Dargan, M. Russell, I. Loftes, S. Whiting, B. Owen

A seven goals to zero first half has set up a memorable victory for Sturt, piling on the Double Blues’ highest score with a huge 45-point win over West Adelaide to move within a win of the top four. The home team kept the Westies goalless until three minutes into the third term, where the visitors kicked two goals in the space of five minutes, and had the majority of their score within that time. But it was the seven straight goals to open proceedings – and that final two of the match – that secured Sturt its second win of the season. The Double Blues dominated possession, winning almost 100 more touches (217-138), had 19 more marks (47-28), and won the hitouts (26-18), clearances (21-18) and thrashed their opponents in the inside 50s count (27-12). West Adelaide did lay more tackles (53-38) and had four more rebound 50s (15-11) in a low-rebound game.

Nicole Baker was the chief destroyer with three goals from five scoring shots, also picking up seven touches, two marks and three tackles in the win. Alysha Healy slotted the two majors from nine touches and three marks – two contested – whilst ruck Jess Good was fantastic kicking a goal and having 16 disposals, four marks, 21 hitouts, four clearances, three tackles and two inside 50s. Kate Harris (12 disposals, three marks – two contested, five tackles and three clearances) and Aajiah Jericho (11 disposals, four marks – one contested) both found plenty of the ball and hit the scoreboard, whilst Jaimee Wittervan (14 disposals, five clearances and five tackles), Isobel Kuiper (20 disposals, four marks, two clearances and three inside 50s) and Alisha Gepp (17 disposals, five marks, three tackles and three rebound 50s) were all busy for the Double Blues. Just four players hit double-figure disposals for the Westies, led by Madi Russell (14 disposals, eight marks), while Sarah Dargan (13 disposals, nine tackles and four clearances) was the standout on her SANFL Women’s debut. Sharnie Whiting (12 disposals, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s), Bec Owen (10 disposals, three tackles and two inside 50s) and Imogen Loftes (six disposals, five tackles and a goal) were also among the visitors’ best in the loss.

 

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2021 SANFL Women’s Round 7 preview: Forced changes see teams shuffle magnets

FIVE rounds remain in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition, with the sides still without the majority of the State Academy members and AFL Women’s talent given the week’s 2021 AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships, and the fact that Adelaide is one win away from another elite level premiership.

NORWOOD vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Friday, April 16 @ 6:15pm
Coopers Stadium

Norwood will of course be without its two State Academy representatives in Melbourne, with Alana Lishmund and Jade Halfpenny out of the side, along with Mattea Breed and Shai Hiscock, for another huge clash against North Adelaide. The Redlegs managed to topple the then-undefeated Roosters after a 15-game winning streak from the reigning premiers, and will be looking for much of the say once again, with another State Academy member in Jess Williams coming in, alongside ex-Rooster Gabrielle Gormlie. North Adelaide will be without Amelie Borg, Kate Case, Lauren Daniel, Jorja Eldridge and Julia Clark for State Representatives duties for South Australia, while Elaine Grigg ran out for the Medleys. The Roosters will be further understrength without Lauren Daniel (unavailable) and Cristie Castle (ankle) making it a total of seven forced changes. Coming into the side are a couple of AFL Women’s talents in Rhiannon Metcalfe and West Coast’s Katelyn Pope who returns from the elite level following the end of the Eagles’ season. Remy Grant is also set to make her debut coming from SMOSH West Lakes. Expect Norwood to be the favourites given the Roosters outs, though they still have a strong spine which includes Talia Radan, Kristi Harvey and Kelly Barltrop and cannot be underrated, though Leah Cutting and youngsters Sarah Branford and Tesharna Maher are exciting talents.

GLENELG vs. CENTRAL DISTRICT
Friday, April 16 @ 7:00pm
ACH Group Stadium

Central District will travel to face Glenelg in the other clash tonight, with the three forced changes due to State Academy representation in Laitiah Huynh, Lauren Breguet and Madison Lane. Into the team comes the experienced Nicole Mark, along with Ella Mickan, Aisha Thomas and Emma Keys. They will look to build on their massive win over North Adelaide prior to the weekend off, and will look to take advantage of a heavily understrength Glenelg outfit. The Bays will be missing Brooke Tonon and Tamsyn Morriss after their State Academy duties, but will also be without Piper Window, Emma Swanson, Kimberley Fry, Ellen Fauser and Molly Affolter in a raft of seven forced changes. Among those Bays named returning to the side are Anja Bancevic, Sarah Goodwin, Taylah Scapens and Sarah Wilton who have all made their way into the starting 18. The Bays will look to the consistency of Ellie Kellock, Jessica Bates and Sam Franson in order to overcome a strong Central outfit which includes a potent forward line of Katelyn Rosenzweig and Chantel Reynolds, as well as a consistent hard midfield of Shelby Smith, Lauren Smith and Caitlen Teague, and a defence that backs itself on transition. The Bulldogs will look to rack up another win here, in what will be an important game before AFL Women’s talents start filtering back into the league.

WWT EAGLES vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 17 @ 10:00am
Maughan Thiem Kia Oval

Both Woodville-West Torrens Eagles and South Adelaide will be missing some incredible talent in Round 7, as the sides make a combined 14 changes for the must-win clash for both sides. The Eagles will look to bounce back after the loss to Norwood last week following their three-game winning streak, whilst the Panthers will eye off getting their season back on track in the second half of the 2021 competition. The Eagles will host the game, but will be without AFL Women’s listed players in Jess Sedunary and Renee Forth, whilst young guns Charlotte Dolan and Jamie Parish, and the injured Kiley Green will all be unavailable. Coming into the side are three potential Eagles debutants in Samantha Hoogeveen-Hill, Cheryllee Waters and Nikita McRostie, alongside players such as Georgia Taylor and Mikayla Cavallaro. The Panthers have an exodus out of the team due to a mixture of reasons, as Hannah Muunyard, Lisa Whiteley and Montana McKinnon are all out for Crows duties, while Gypsy Schirmer, Tahlita Buethke and Lauren Clifton miss due to the State Academy, and Jess Kirk is among more outs. The Panthers have named 11 inclusions to an extended bench, with both Renee and Soriah Moon, Amy Gore and Emily Brockhurst among those ins. They still have a strong midfield in Czenya Cavouras, Nicole Campbell and youngster Sarah Wright, but will be up against it taking on an Eagles side whose youth has stepped up this year, such as Shineah Goody and Astrid Gooley.

STURT vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 17 @ 12:45pm
Unley Oval

West Adelaide have welcomed a massive inclusion for the remainder of the season in Richmond AFL Women’s player Sarah Dargan who has come straight in to make her SANFL Women’s debut. Her much needed experience – alongside some other debutants in Jess Chyer, Beth Sigley and Grace McNicol will be much welcomed by the Bloods who will be without a ton of top-end talent. AFLW-listed Ailish Considine, Madison Newman and Chelsea Biddell will miss the game, as well the State Academy members of Keeley Kustermann, Zoe Venning and Lauren Young, with Olivia Smith, Zoe Greer and Melanie Elsegood also forced changes for Round 7. For Sturt, the Double Blues they have the four straight forced chances with the quartet of State Academy members including co-captains Hannah Prenzler and Georgia Swan, as well as Alex Ballard and Zoe Prowse. Sarah Wallace will make her debut in the side, with Sarah Wallace coming straight into the forward line. She is joined by an extended bench that also includes Kiera Mueller, Aajiah Jericho and Casey Fraser, whilst the in-form midfield of Jess Good, Alisha Gepp, Jaimee Wittervan and Isobel Kuiper remains intact. They will provide stiff opposition for the Westies, who will look to the likes of Sharnie Whiting, Kasia Culhane and Louella McCarthy for experience, with Dargan having a huge role in the midfield.

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2021 WAFL Women’s Round 5 preview: Tigers and Thunder to do battle in huge top three clash

THREE games across three days means there is plenty of West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s action for fans to check out in a big weekend for the league. The highly anticipated clash is between top three sides, Peel Thunder up against Claremont, whilst at the other end of the table, South Fremantle will search for its first win against East Fremantle, and top-of-the-table Swan Districts will host Subiaco to try and increase their unbeaten streak to five this year.

The opening game of the round pits the winless Bulldogs up against the 1-3 Sharks in what is a crucial match in terms of the respective sides’ season aspirations. South Fremantle has shown it can take it up to sides each week and this could be its best chance of a win to-date, whilst the Sharks have been a touch inconsistent, which can be attributed to bringing through a lot of talented youth into the League side. Both teams will have an abundance of young guns running around which should make it a tight contest.

Makayla Cocking and Ash Little are into the side with Ash Reidy out of the team for the Bulldogs, while for the Sharks, Evie Gooch‘s three majors last week were enough for Trent Cooper to recall her to Fremantle’s AFL Women’s side. Into the team comes Kate Inglis-Hodge, Paisley Prentice and Georgia Bett, with Inglis-Hodge hoping to provide that spark in the midfield alongside Ann McMahon, Kahra Sprylan, Sharon Wong and captain Ashleigh Gomes. That East Fremantle midfield is rock solid, and the battle with the likes of Liusaidh Gilchrist, Tahlia Holtze, Pia Durk, Lauren Vecchio and Aaliyah Ugle will be a huge test within the overall scheme of things.

In terms of youth, South’s Hunter Cronin and East’s Alli Nokes might find themselves opposed to each other in what would be a great battle, whilst Chloe Reilly really stamped her authority last week, teaming up in a young forward line with Gabby Radojkovich and Anjelique Raison. Up the other end, Makaela Tuhakaraina and Lauren Wakfer are ones to watch – with the latter also rolling through the ruck, while Ebony Clarkson continues to show promising signs wherever she plays.

Two teams with very different hands at the selection table do battle in a clash of the 3-1 sides. Reigning premiers Peel Thunder have just added four players to an extended team in what remains one of the title contenders. The Thunder have recalled dominant key forward and rotating ruck Kira Phillips, as well as young gun Aisha Wright, and Katie Jayne Greive and Nel Baxter, without having to make any forced changes. For the Tigers, Sarah Garstone, Kate Orme and Sophie McDonald are out meaning Claremont has lost a fair chunk of experience, while the likes of Emily Pickett and Adele Arnup return to the side.

The battle between the Peel attack and the Claremont defence will be a fascinating one, with competition leading goalkicker Kate Bartlett set to be watched by Amy Fortescue, while the likes of Bailey Molloy and Ella Roberts – who both kicked multiple goals last week – and youngster Jade Briggs will be closely watched by young talent Emily Bennett, as well as reliable rebounders Rachel Ortlepp and Brooke Hongell. Claremont have the stronger inside midfield with Jess Low, Sasha Goranova and Ella Smith forming a great inside presence, while Peel’s wings in Courtney Rowley and Jaide Britton provide run and carry on the outside.

In Claremont’s defence, Amy Franklin will lead the attack, and whilst Cassie Davidson will likely get first crack at the talented teenager, it will be quite the matchup if the equally athletic Beth Schilling is able to lock horns with Franklin at some stage. Schilling has been named in defence to take on Jacinta Valentini. Also back there, rebounding types Tanisha Anderson and Ebony Dowson, along with Bella Mann will try and contain the likes of Tessa Doumanis and Brooke Whyte.

Swan Districts will eye off a fifth straight win, this time taking on Subiaco in the final match of the round on Sunday. Unfortunately they will be without Mikayla Morrison whose seven goals in two games were enough to force a recall to the AFL Women’s. Bianca Webb is also out of the side, but the Swans have been able to bring in a couple of talented youngsters in Emma Nanut and Chanel Jetta who have been added to one of the youngest benches going around. Of the five players on the Swan Districts’ bench, the oldest is 18-year-old Naomi Baker, who will be there alongside fellow teenagers Melisha Hardy and Kloe Taylor.

Subiaco has lost some experience out of its side, with Maggie Maclachlan, Katelyn Pope and Beatrice Devlyn all out, with an extended bench added, including Taylisha Brown, Hayley Corlett and Selina Spiers among seven inclusions to the visiting side. The Lions midfield of Lara Filocamo, Tarnica Golisano and Liana Burchell will face a very young onball brigade including the in-form Dana East and Jessica Cox, while Sarah Lakay is gaining great experience in the ruck. Rotating with Sarah Wielstra up forward, Lakay has the athleticism to worry the opposition, whilst the Swans forward line – even without Morrison – is still damaging.

Bella Edgley is a sensational overhead mark, Taylah Edwards is ever-dangerous and Nyra Anderson has some of the cleanest hands out there. It will be up to the likes of Claire Ortlepp, Tayla Thorogood and Jayme Harken to try and contain them, whilst the wing battle between young gun Tara Stribley and Subiaco’s Ellie Blackmore will be one to watch. Up in the Lions’ forward line, Abbey Dowrick, Kia Buckley and Jamie Rust are developing talents, while the experience of Emily McGuire, Lauren Osborne and Aimee Ralph has made life difficult for opposition teams to score.

The round is set to be a cracker with plenty on the line for all six teams.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 5 FIXTURES:

South Fremantle vs. East Fremantle
Claremont vs. Peel Thunder
Swan Districts vs. Subiaco

Picture credit: Owen Davies / Peel Thunder

WAFLW Round 4 wrap: Swans hold off Sharks in impressive win to remain undefeated

SWAN DISTRICTS have remained undefeated in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, posting an impressive 28-point victory over East Fremantle at New Choice Homes Park yesterday in NAIDOC Round. The Swans headed into the clash at 3-0, while the Sharks won their first game of the season last round to get on the board at 1-2. While the visitors ended up pouring on four of the last five goals of the game, it was anyone’s match up until the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Swans did not waste any time getting on the board with Taylah Edwards soccering through a major just 90 seconds into the match. East Fremantle kept peppering the goals and dominating possession throughout the mid-part of the quarter, but once the Swans took control and locked it inside their own forward half, it took the lightning quick hands of Nyra Anderson and the silky boot of Mikayla Morrison to banana home a magic goal with one minute left in the term.

Swan Districts lead by 11 points at quarter time, but East Fremantle showed it was up fo the fight, as a dropped mark by Sarah Wielstra inside defensive 50 allowed Evie Gooch to pounce and slam a goal home from 40m out. Soon youngster Gabby Radojkovich was on the board to double their score, making multiple defensive efforts before turning and kicking truly to put her team in front. Swan Districts controlled play for the remainder of the quarter, but could only manage the three consecutive behinds to go in front with four minutes to play and take a narrow one-point lead at the main break.

Still in front but facing their stiffest challenge yet, the top of the table Swans showed why they are yet to drop a game with three consecutive goals in the first half of the term. First it was Bella Edgley – after being well held in the first half – who took a fantastic contested grab between two opponents and slotted the goal, then it was the one-two from Wielstra and nailing a major off a few steps, before Morrison benefited from a Tara Stribley run and Edgley deep kick to make it three on the trot.

With the third term winding down, it looked as though the 22-point lead would be a massive barrier coming into the final term, but then the experienced Gooch had other ideas, slotting back to back majors. Both were the perfect small forwards goals, staying down, reading the drop at the back of the back and running into an open goal, or finding the space to slot them home. By the time the siren rang after her second, the Sharks deficit was back to a manageable 10 points.

The first major in the contest was crucial for both sides, and it was Hope Ugle-Haward who hit one of the least pretty set shots you will see with a low floater, but it proved effective and the six points were added to the Swans score. One of the plays of the day came from East Fremantle not long after as Chloe Reilly was on the end of a series of fast disposals to get it deep and her athleticism and footy IQ did the rest, kicking it from the goalsquare to cut the deficit to under two kicks again.

While East Fremantle was back in it, that would soon be snuffed out as Danielle Wright and Dana East would combine brilliantly, and Mikayla Morrison‘s (third) and Sarah Wielstra (second) would also add additional majors to their name in the quarter. The final margin was a strong 28 points, but the 9.8 (62) to 5.4 (34) victory in favour of the Swans was anything but easy.

East was absolutely outstanding throughout the contest for the Swans, standing up in crunch moments alongside fellow youngsters, Sarah Lakay and Jessica Cox. Bianca Webb and Aimee Ralph were also named amongst the bests for their efforts, while Emily McGuire did as she pleased off half-back. For the Sharks, it was no surprise to see Gooch named as best-on for her three goals, while Sharon Wong, Marni Alston and Kahra Sprylan were also impressive in the victory.

In other results, Peel Thunder and Claremont both increased their lead in the top three, gaining their third wins of the seasons. The Tigers won their third on the trot with a 20-point victory over Subiaco, getting up 7.4 (46) to 4.2 (26). Leading by only a goal at half-time, the Tigers booted three goals to one in the third term to gain separation and set up the win. Amy Franklin slotted three goals in her best performance of the year for the visitors, named amongst the best with Sasha Goranova (one) and Kate Orme (one), while Brooke Whyte and Matilda Dyke also impressed. Sarah Garstone and Madeleine Scanlon were the other Tigers’ goalkickers. For the Lions, Kia Buckley kicked a major and was named amongst the best, with Abbey Dowrick, Amy Hunt and Beatrice Devlyn also hitting the scoreboard. Caitlin Walker, Claire Ortlepp and North Adelaide premiership player Katelyn Pope were also in the team’s best.

Meanwhile Peel Thunder piled on 13 goals in a high-scoring 41-point win over South Fremantle. The reigning premiers bounced back from their first loss of the season in style to have 19 scoring shots, and kick seven and six goals in the respective halves, and record a 13.6 (84) to 7.1 (43) victory. Kate Bartlett‘s ridiculous goal-streak continued with three more majors in the game, as Bailey Molloy (three) and Ella Roberts (two) also kicked multiple majors. Chloe Wrigley, Courtney Rowley, Jade Briggs, Greta McKinley and Kaitlin Hayes all kicked majors for the winners. Ebony Bilcich was named best-on for Peel, while Rowley, Molloy, Bartlett and Skipper Van Peer also stood out. South Fremantle’s Ashleigh Reidy slotted two goals, amongst a host of individual goalkickers. Lauren Wakfer, Zoe Huggett and Kiara Templeman all kicked majors and were named among the best, while Aaliah Ugle and Sheridan Kowald also added their names to the goalkicking list. Pia Durk and Makaela Tuhakaraina were also impressive despite the loss.

Round 5 action kicks off on Friday night with an all-Fremantle clash between the Bulldogs and Sharks, before Claremont and Peel thunder lock horns on Saturday, and Swan Districts and Subiaco face off on Sunday.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Subiaco 4.2 (26) defeated by Claremont 7.4 (46)
Peel Thunder 13.6 (84) defeated South Fremantle 7.1 (43)
East Fremantle 5.4 (34) defeated by Swan Districts 9.8 (62)

SANFLW season preview: North Adelaide

FOR the first time in the clubs history, the North Adelaide Women will enter the fresh campaign with targets on their backs, having won every match en route to premiership glory last season. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis threatening to derail pre-season preparations, coach Krissie Steen is confident the Roosters squad has what it takes to defend their crown.

“Pre-season has been pretty good,” said Steen. “We lost about five weeks of pre-season around Christmas (due to COVID regulations), but we (North Adelaide) have a really strong coaching and high performance panel. So although COVID had a big impact on the pre-season, it’s still been a positive one.”

The club was tasked with the challenging task of replacing ten players from their premiership-winning side in the off-season, headlined by Ashleigh Woodland (drafted by Adelaide), Katelyn Pope, Amber Ward and Lauren Gauci (all of whom signed on with West Coast).

However undoubtedly the biggest void will be left by midfield ball-magnet Anne Hatchard, who is set to spend the bulk of the season at AFLW level with the Crows. Hatchard was a joint-recipient of the SANFLW best and fairest award last season, sharing the honour with West Adelaide star Rachelle Martin. She also won the Crows club champion award and was named best on ground in the SANFLW Grand Final, collecting an impressive 34 disposals, eight tackles and seven clearances.

“We certainly have work to do,” Steen said of the absences. “Losing 10 players from the Grand Final team is hard but we loose players to AFLW clubs every season. It happens just about every year, so we’ll be fine.”

Given the high turnover the squad has endured over the off-season, Steen said it hasn’t been difficult to keep players motivated following the successes of last year.

“Half of them are new, so the motivation is already there,” said Steen. “Last season we won just about every individual award so its hard to replicate or improve on that, but it’s more about looking for individual improvement. “We have to keep improving and make a commitment to consistently be better.”

Steen identified new recruit Tayla Thorne and prominent half-back Erin Sundstrom as being amongst several standout performers throughout the pre-season.

“The usual suspects have been impressive,” added Steen. “Katelyn PopeLauren Daniel and Cristie Castle have been great for us for a couple of seasons now.”

Steen also heaped praise upon dangerous forward Kelly Barltrop, who was unlucky to be left out of last seasons Grand Final side. One of the SANFLW’s most productive forwards, Barltrop kicked 26 goals in 2019 and was simply an unfortunate victim of North Adelaide’s incredible strength last year.

“Kelly responded to the call very well,” said Steen. “She’s gotten to work and looks to be in the best shape of her career. She looks super fit and that’s a real credit to her resilience, for not dropping her head and instead looking to use it as motivation for this season.”

The Roosters also have an array of young talent on the list ready to step up and impact consistently at the top level. The list of talented youngsters includes bottom-ager Hannah Ewings, top-ager Kate Case, and a host of developing over-agers in Julia Clark, Jorja Eldridge and Andie Zbierski.

The Roosters will commence their title defence with a Grand Final re-match against arch-rivals South Adelaide under lights at Cooper Stadium on February 26. The club has been slated to play three home and away matches at their Prospect Oval home ground in 2021.

Picture credit: SANFL / Deb Curtis