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SANFL Women’s review: Round 1 – Panthers survive scare as Bulldogs topple Redlegs

IN a huge first round of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition, the reigning premiers just escaped a fierce battle against last year’s wooden spooners, while fellow bottom two side from 2019, Central District claimed a confidence-boosting win over last year’s minor premiers, Norwood.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.2 | 2.2 | 4.3 | 4.4 (28)
WWT EAGLES 1.0 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 3.6 (24)

GOALS:

South: L. Buchanan, J. Kirk, K. Nijhuis, C. Wilson.
Eagles: M. Cavallaro, N. Collie, J. Zecevic.

DISPOSALS:

South: C. Cavouras 20, M. McKinnon 18, I. Tahau 17, J. Smith 15
Eagles: A. Evans 15

Reigning premiers, South Adelaide survived an almighty scare from Woodville-West Torrens to post a win in its opening game of the season. Heading into the match, the Panthers were strong favourites despite so much off-season turnover with a number of players earning places on AFL Women’s lists. Montana McKinnon was available for South in this game however, while Jaimi Tabb ran out for the Eagles after missing out on Crows selection as well.

The match started relatively as expected with Lauren Buchanan and Kelli Nijhuis both booting goals, the latter of whom was on debut prompting much celebration. The celebrations did not last long though, with Nicole Collie breaking through with a major for the Eagles, before Madison Bennett missed a couple of chances on goal. In a surprise to the home fans, the Eagles showed they were well and truly up for the fight, booting two goals to zero in the second term, courtesy of Jovanka Zecevic and 21-year-old debutant, Mikayla Cavallaro. The quarter put the underdogs up by a goal at the main break, but four minutes in and the scores were level again thanks to a Jess Kirk major for the Panthers. Callie Wilson regained some breathing space for South Adelaide with a major midway through the term, and then an arm-wrestle ensured for the remainder of the contest. Neither side could find the big sticks, with five behinds in the last quarter – four to the Eagles with the breeze, and it meant they fell agonisingly short of an inaugural win and massive upset.

South Adelaide had a kick-first mentality that seemed to work, with 35 more disposals, with 65 per cent of those 204 disposals being kicks, while the Eagles had a much lower 56.7 per cent from 171 disposals. It was the outside marking ability of the Panthers that really stood out, taking 37 marks to 18, eight of which were contested. They also won the hitouts (24-20), clearances (26-17) and inside 50s (31-25), but you could not take the defensive pressure out of the contest with the Eagles winning the tackle (73-59) and rebound 50 (25-22) counts.

McKinnon was absolutely sensational and would have given the Crows’ coaching staff plenty to think about, amassing 18 disposals, 20 hitouts, seven marks (five contested), six inside 50s, two tackles and two rebounds in a clear best on ground performance. Working hard through the midfield roving the teenagers’ taps were fellow teens, Indy Tahau and Teah Charlton. The pair combined for 31 disposals, eight clearances, six inside 50s and nine marks in a combination that will no doubt be on show at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships later in the year. Czenya Cavouras‘ ball-winning ways continued with 20 touches, 11 tackles and six clearances to be the next best after McKinnon, while Jaslynne Smith (15 disposals, seven rebounds) was superb in defence.

For the Eagles, Allison Evans had a team-high 15 touches, three marks, eight tackles, two inside 50s and three rebounds, while Sophie Zuill finished with 13 disposals, eight tackles and two clearances. Providing a hard edge along with that duo was Tabb, who finished the game with 12 disposals, two marks, seven tackles and three rebounds, but was unlucky not to boot a goal in the game, finishing with two behinds. Tesharna Maher was really prominent defending in the back half, having a team-high six rebounds to go with 10 touches and three tackles, while Adele Gibson was fluent in midfield, with four inside 50s, five tackles and 10 disposals.

In the end it was just the overall class of the Panthers and star-stuffed top dozen players that helped them get over the line against a plucky Eagles outfit. Woodville-West Torrens will be better for the run, and come up against a vulnerable Norwood next week at Hisense Stadium, while South Adelaide faces Sturt back at Flinders University Stadium again in a match they should be strong favourites for too.

NORTH ADELAIDE 1.0 | 5.4 | 6.4 | 7.4 (46)
GLENELG 1.4 | 1.4 | 2.9 | 2.10 (22)

GOALS:

North: K. Barltrop 2, C. Castle, H. Ewings, T. Gordon, K. Reynolds, L. Tynan.
Glenelg: J. Bates, J. Bradley.

DISPOSALS:

North: C. Castle 17
Glenelg: S. Franson 16

A hungry North Adelaide side desperate for redemption following last year’s SANFL Women’s Grand Final loss sent a message to the rest of the competition with a four-goal victory over an inaccurate Glenelg side. Six unanswered goals from the 12th minute of the first term through to the 12th minute of the third term handed the Roosters the win, and showed exactly why they could well be the team to beat in season 2020.

It was a mid-morning game on Saturday and Jordana Bradley was the first player to seize the moment, pouncing on a goal for the Tigers to put her side in front. For the majority of the first term, Glenelg dominated, booting 1.4 and looking like they would really build a strong lead. Unfortunately inaccuracy plagued them – as it would throughout the contest, and instead thanks to a Leah Tynan goal midway through the term, the Tigers only led by four points at the first break. Any doubts about the Roosters’ premiership credentials were soon put to bed with a massive four-goal second term, booting 4.4 to 0.0 to run away with a 24-point lead at half-time. Last year’s competition leading goalscorer, Kelly Barltrop got on the board for the first time in season 2020 with a couple of goals, while Hannah Ewings and Cristie Castle both booted majors. All three players could have had more, with Ewings missing a couple of chances and Barltrop and Castle also missing the opportunity for an additional major. With the breeze again in the third term, it was up to Glenelg to make the most of it, but four consecutive behinds in the first 10 minutes of the quarter stung deep. When Tayla Gordon converted the Roosters’ sixth consecutive goal, it was like a dagger to the heart. Jessica Bates managed to boot a drought-breaking major a minute later, but the result was decided. Kathryn Reynolds booted a fourth quarter goal – the only one from either side – to help North Adelaide record a 24-point win.

Despite the lop-sided result, it was largely the second term that decided the match, with Glenelg largely matching it with the Roosters across the statistics. The Tigers had three more disposals – and looked to utilise their kicking ability more – with a 73 per cent disposal efficiency, while laying seven more tackles (41-34). They won the hitouts (23-15) and clearances (22-15), but their decision making once inside 50 needed improvement with just two goals from 12 chances – an additional scoring shot to their opponents. The Roosters showed that despite not playing at their best and being beaten in the midfield, they were able to put away a side by four goals, and still show the damaging firepower they have at their disposal which was a feature of their game in 2019.

Castle was a real inspiration in the forward half and through midfield, winning a game-high 17 disposals and five clearances, as well as taking six marks – three contested and four inside 50s. Lauren Daniel was predictably busy around the ground with 14 disposals, five marks, two clearances and two rebounds, while Adrienne Davis had 13 touches, four marks, three tackles and a clearance. All eyes were on Bek Rasheed in the ruck, with the debutant continuing on the famous family ties – father Mick Redden is the club’s games record holder – with the red and white, having 14 hitouts in the bulk of the ruckload, while also helping herself to seven disposals, three clearances, two tackles and two inside 50s. Barltrop booted two goals, but also had three marks and two tackles, while up the other end, Kristi Harvey marked her return from Carlton’s VFL Womens’ side with nine disposals, two marks and five rebounds playing at full-back. Tynan also had a notable game, amassing 12 touches, four marks, three inside 50s, two rebounds, two clearances, two tackles and a goal.

For Glenelg, youngster Madisyn Freeman looked impressive through the midfield, buzzing around with 14 touches, two marks, four clearances, two tackles, two rebounds and one inside 50, only bettered by Sam Franson who looked fierce through the middle, racking up 16 touches, two marks, six tackles and two inside 50s in her first performance back for 2020. Lucy Earl had 13 kicks which were her total amount of disposals, spreading nicely and trying to create run with five marks and three rebounds out of the back half. Tessa Kohn was one of Glenelg’s most prominent midfielders with the debutant looking good thanks to 12 disposals, four clearances, three inside 50s and two tackles. Also making her debut and holding her own against fellow debutant Rasheed, ruck Soriah Moon had 15 hitouts to accompany 10 disposals, four tackles, two clearances and two inside 50s.

Overall it was a promising, yet not quite perfect performance for the Roosters who once they click across four quarters will be hard to stop. North Adelaide travels to X Convience Oval once again in Round 2, this time being the genuine visiting side against a Central District outfit that looked impressive in Round 1. Glenelg on the other hand takes on West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium in the first game of a double header at the ground on Friday night.

STURT 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 2.3 (15)
WEST ADELAIDE 1.1 | 2.5 | 4.6 | 5.6 (36)

GOALS:

Sturt: A. Ballard, A. Ladas.
West: K. Culhane 2, M. Elsegood 2, Z. Venning.

HIGH DISPOSALS:

Sturt: G. Bevan 19, M. Rigter 18
West: A. Ballard 27, Z. Venning 17, R. Martin 15

An absolutely inspired performance from pocket rocket, Abbie Ballard has propelled West Adelaide to an opening round win over Sturt. The Westies always looked in control, but stepped it up in the second half to boot three goals to two, restricting the Double Blues to just five scoring shots for the entire match. It was an imposing performance from the West Adelaide line-up that looked desperate to undo the wrongs of last season where the Bloods narrowly missed out on finals. Fast forward to the start of 2020, and they look ready and raring to go for a big season ahead.

The first half was largely anticlimactic for the neutral as West Adelaide completely dominated its opponent. Kasia Culhane kicked the first goal of the match six minutes into the game, before a goal early in the second term to Melanie Elsegood was the only other major in a low-scoring half of action. Elsegood had chances to add to her total with a couple of behinds either side of her goal in the first half, while West Adelaide’s fierce pressure provided plenty of forward entries, four consecutive behinds meant the Westies were not getting value for money going forward. Ally Ladas finally broke the drought for the Double Blues in the opening two minutes of the third term, albeit with a behind, before business returned to normal as Culhane and Elsegood both booted their second goals to race out to a 29-point advantage at the final break. Something clicked in Sturt to start the last term, as co-captains Maya Rigter and Georgia Bevan both had chances in the opening few minutes but missed, while Ladas broke through with her first goal, joined by Alex Ballard four minutes later. The margin was back to 15 points and there was an air of uncertainty about the result for the first time since before the game, though Zoe Venning soon put that to rest with a goal midway through the term to solidify a 5.6 (36) to 2.3 (15) victory.

West Adelaide dominated the clearances and inside 50s which was where the game was won, as the Westies doubled Sturt’s clearances (30-15) and almost doubled the inside-50 count (24-13). This came off the back of Sturt actually dominating the ruck contest (28 hitouts to 15), and taking more marks around the ground (46-20). They used the ball more efficiently with a 68 per cent record on the day, but the Double Blues could not win enough of the ball around stoppages and give their forwards enough chances in front of goal. Their effort and intensity was certainly there, but the Bloods were too strong around the clinches.

In what was not only a best on ground performance, but a Player of the Round performance, Ballard had an absolute field day out on X Convenience Oval, racking up 27 disposals, five marks – one contested – nine clearances, four tackles and three inside 50s. To put that in perspective, Sturt only had 15 clearances, six more than Ballard alone. Her partner-in-crime, Rachelle Martin looked very impressive coming back from her debut with Adelaide as the top-up injury player, amassing 15 disposals, five clearances, a game-high 11 tackles and two inside 50s to support Ballard on the inside. Venning’s late goal capped off a strong performance of 17 disposals, two marks, five tackles, three clearances and two inside 50s, while Keeley Kustermann worked hard around the ground on debut with 14 disposals, two marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and three rebounds. To go with her two goals, Culhane also had 12 touches, two marks, four tackles, two clearances and two inside 50s, while Elsegood could have had a real day out with straighter kicking, booting 2.3 from 10 disposals and two marks – one contested.

It was no surprise to see co-captains, Bevan and Rigter lead from the front. Bevan had a team-high 19 disposals, as well as two marks, six tackles, three clearances and three rebounds, while Rigter helped herself to 18 disposals, seven marks, six tackles and two clearances.  In a career-high, Rachel Dunstan‘s homecoming to Sturt – the side she had played with in 2018 before her local club Woodville-West Torrens gained a team and she moved – proved fruitful with the young talent having 11 touches, two marks and two rebounds – five more disposals than any other game last season. Teenager Zoe Prowse showed she will only continue to get better with time, having 11 touches, eight hitouts, three clearances and two inside 50s, working in tandem with ruck Stephanie Ratliff (16 hitouts).

In Round 2, both sides face off in Friday night encounters as West Adelaide returns home to Hisense Stadium where the bloods host Glenelg to try and continue their winning run, while Sturt heads to Flinders University Stadium to take on reigning back-to-back premiers, South Adelaide.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 0.1 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 (33)
NORWOOD 1.1 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 4.5 (29)

GOALS:

Central: K. Rosenzweig 4, M. Lane.
Norwood: J. Hill 2, L. Bigg, J. Halfpenny.

HIGH DISPOSALS:

Central: S. Smith 20, L. Huynh 15
Norwood: M. Zander 20, A. Ferrall 15

It is often said that the gap is closing between the best and worst sides in the competition, and that could not be more true in the SANFL Women’s considering the results in Round 1. While the winless Eagles from 2019 almost toppled the reigning premiers, last year’s second bottom side and fellow inaugural outfit, Central District defeated one of the premier sides of the past three years in Norwood. With a new coach, an almost entirely new midfield group and a high turnover of players due to the success of the Redlegs, Norwood went down to a determined Central District outfit, led by Katelyn Rosenzweig in a come-from-behind win.

Norwood was the first team on the board during the match with Jo Hill getting an early goal two minutes in which followed from an Isabel Martin behind. The visitors were already looking dangerous but the Bulldogs settled down the tempo as Rosenzweig had a chance but missed early, and a dour first term came to an end at 1.1 to 0.1. It was not long before the crowd got up and about in the second term with Madison Lane converting a major two minutes into the quarter. Lindsay Bigg soon responded for the Redlegs and both sides had multiple chances to add to their totals, but in the end it was Norwood up by seven points. What happened next was a mixture of shock and elation for the X Convenience crowd as their Bulldogs – or more accurately Rosenzweig – piled on four of the next five goals to race out to an eight-point lead five minutes into the final term. Hill had added her second goal to briefly grab back the lead midway through the second quarter, but it was not until Jade Halfpenny finally broke the drought in the ninth minute of the final term that Norwood could get back on track. But in a twist, it would not be enough for the favourites, as the Bulldogs held on despite fierce pressure to record a narrow four-point win and start their season off on the right foot.

Unsurprisingly despite a new-look group the Redlegs still played a possession brand of football with 23 more disposals (211-178) and tried to use quick handballs and run to move the ball going forward. They had a whopping 30 more marks (55-25) and were too strong in the air (7-2 contested), as well as dominating the hitouts (32-11) and inside 50s (28-21). The Bulldogs defensive unit – which was underrated last season given the high amount of inside 50s its opposition was getting – played incredibly well with 22 rebounds to 14, whilst the Bulldogs laid 54 tackles to 38. The home side also used the ball better (68-65 per cent) and were more efficiency with five goals from eight chances compared to four from nine.

While the statistics might have looked like Norwood should have been on top, Rosenzweig’s finishing ability – 4.1 from seven touches and three marks – one contested – was the difference and she will prove to be hard to stop not only each game, but for the leading goalkicker trophy overall. Shelby Smith was terrific for the Bulldogs on debut with the 28-year-old having an equal game-high 20 touches, as well as five clearances, three marks and three tackles, getting back to help the defence with three rebounds and getting forward for two inside 50s. Latiah Huynh had her share of the ball with 15 disposals, two marks, two tackles and two inside 50s, while Demi Sonneman played at a high level in defence, racking up six rebounds and 13 touches on the day. Youngster Kimberley Fry had 11 disposals, two marks, three tackles and three rebounds, while Abbey Scheer was also strong defensively with 11 touches, six tackles and three rebounds.

One of the few remaining midfielders from last season, Matilda Zander stepped up in the absence of Najwa Allen, Hannah Dunn and Ebony O’Dea, picking up an equal game-high 20 disposals, as well as six marks, four tackles, two clearances and two rebounds. Alison Ferrall had 15 disposals and six inside 50s running hard on the outside, while Lindsay Bigg and tall utility, Mattea Breed both had 14 touches and three clearances, as well as combining for seven inside 50s and five tackles. Sophie Armitstead was another consistent performer with 12 disposals, three tackles and four clearances, while Hill (11 disposals, two marks, five hitouts and three clearances) and Bella Smith (10 disposals, five marks – two contested – two tackles, six hitouts and five inside 50s) aided ruck, Leah Cutting (eight disposals, five marks, six tackles and 19 hitouts well.

Looking ahead to Round 2, Central District faces North Adelaide in a battle of the two most impressive sides from the opening round – at X Convenience Oval – while Norwood has to back up and look to knock off the Eagles at Hisense Stadium on Friday night.

Weekend preview: SANFL Women’s – Round 10

AFTER an entertaining nine rounds, everything comes down to the final week with five teams attempting to squeeze into four in what is set to be an entertaining Round 10 of football in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition. The only guarantee is Norwood has locked up the minor premiership, with a double-chance on offer for North Adelaide with a win, and a loss to South Adelaide, who will have stiff opposition in West Adelaide with Bloods having to win to book a finals place. Their poor percentage means a loss will certainly see them drop out of the four assuming Glenelg can topple the winless Woodville-West Torrens. For the Eagles, Sturt and Central District, they cannot make finals, but they can certainly shape the top four if they throw spanners in the works with upsets.

STURT vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday May 4, 10.45am
Peter Motley Oval

In the first game on Saturday, the only guarantee is that North Adelaide will play finals, and Sturt will not. With a massive percentage of 184, the Roosters have been the dominant scoring team since being 1-3 after four rounds. They have strung together five straight wins, albeit against lower sides, and this is no different with a match against the bottom three side Sturt. With all bottom three sides facing finals hopefuls, it will be a tough ask for them to get up and cause an upset, meaning Sturt will likely finish six ahead of the two newcomers. A win would be a just reward for the Double Blues’ efforts this season, but there is much more on the line for North Adelaide. If the Roosters win, and West Adelaide cause an upset against the Panthers, and North Adelaide slides into second spot, and the double chance. The Roosters percentage is better than South Adelaide, but are a game behind and therefore must win to take the spot. If Glenelg does make it into the finals series, it will mean the Roosters are surrounded by the only three teams they have lost to, but they were incredibly close contests. The last time North Adelaide and Sturt faced off was in Round 2, with the Roosters getting the win in a seven-point contest. It was North Adelaide’s only victory in the first four rounds, while Sturt had to wait until Round 5 for its first triumph. In the Round 2 clash, Roosters’ captain Nadia Von Bertouch lead from the front with 20 disposals, four marks, four clearances and six inside 50s, while Kelly Barltrop announced herself as a genuine leading goalkicker this season with five straight snags from six kicks. For Sturt, Georgia Bevan was her characteristic dominant self, picking up 24 touches as well as eight clearances, three inside 50s and two rebounds. Looking ahead to this weekend, both sides have been forced to make a couple of changes with Ashleigh Woodland injured and Julia Clark unavailable for North, while for Sturt, Jess Schulz and Casey Fraser will miss the Double Blues’ final game of the season. Into the underdogs side comes forwards, Zoe Prowse and Holly Temby, while Paige Allan is a massive inclusion for the Roosters for an already brimming midfield. The midfield battle will be the highlight of the game, with Bevan, Maya Rigter and Caitlyn Swanson going head-to-head with the likes of Allan, Brittany Perry and Kat Reynolds. The Roosters’ forward line is dynamic and hard to stop, with Barltrop leading the way, although Cristie Castle and Leah Tynan have both been able to find avenues to go, and the likes of Paxton Davis-Mattner and Hannah Prenzler will be keen to restrict those players. Up the other end of the ground, Georgia Swan, Nicole Baker and Alex Ballard can cause their own headaches for the Roosters’ defence. but Amber Ward has been as consistent as they come this season, so look to her for plenty of rebound, whereas the Double Blues will be keen to shut her down in this match. North Adelaide have to be overwhelming favourites in this game. The Roosters could take second with a win, but could also drop to fourth with a loss, so everything is on the line, and as far and away the highest scoring team, they should have too much firepower for the Double Blues.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. NORWOOD
Saturday May 4, 12.20pm
Alberton Oval

The second game of the round pits minor premiers Norwood up against Central District at Alberton Oval at a touch just after midday. It is the only game of the round that does not have a bearing on the finals race, with Norwood having locked up top spot a couple of weeks ago, and could even afford to lose to second placed South Adelaide in Round 9. If there is anything we have come to know about champion teams that have a rare loss, it is that they are fully determined to atone for that loss the next week, which could spell trouble for the Bulldogs. Central District could jump ahead of Sturt with a victory, but cannot fall lower than seventh on the table, safe in the knowledge that fellow newcomer to the competition, Woodville-West Torrens has taken out the wooden spoon for season 2019. These two teams do not have to look far to find the last time they faced off, with the Round 7 match going comfortably the way of the Redlegs. After keeping touch with them in the ladder leaders in the first half, Central District eventually relented as Norwood piled on six consecutive goals before the Bulldogs booted their second major, resulting in a 38-point win to the favourites. Najwa Allen suffered a bout of leather poisoning on the day, racking up 30 touches as well as nine marks, two clearances, three inside 50s, two rebounds and 2.2 in a best afield performance. Hannah Dunn and Monique Hollick both had 22 touches and combined for 13 marks and eight inside 50s, while Central’s Jayme-Lee Sonneman did all she could in the ruck with 17 hitouts and eight clearances to go with 13 disposals. Gemma Doughty (13 disposals, four rebounds) and Shannen Solly (12 disposals, three rebounds) also stood up in defence for the losing side. Heading into this match, Central has made at least four changes, with Laitiah Huynh – the Bulldogs’ highest disposal winner in these sides’ last match – back into the team, while Norwood has lost Alison Ferrall to injury, with Jane Fitzgerald coming into a forward pocket. The game may lack the finals-defining quality of the other games over the weekend, but the Redlegs will still have plenty to focus on, finishing the season on a high and heading into a clash with either South Adelaide – who the Redlegs lost to in Round 9 – or the red-hot scoring machine that is North Adelaide. Either way Norwood will have a tough task and will be keen to take care of business in this game. It is spoken about each week in this preview, but the ridiculous depth in the Redlegs midfield is sensational with Allen, Hollick and Dunn, as well as former Adelaide midfielder, Sally Riley, as well as Hannah Priest, Tahlia Meyer and Sophie Armitstead rolling through there. Matilda Zander and Rhiannon Busch have had some terrific games, while Jo Hill and Bella Smith make up a strong key defensive combination, and Leah Cutting is a dominant ruck. Along with the other top three sides, Norwood has all the hallmarks of a premiership side. Central have the beginnings of a great side, but are not quite there. Katelyn Rosenzweig is a developing key forward, the Sonneman sisters (Jayme-Lee and Demi) are always key players in the side, while Kimberley Fry, Chantel Reynolds and Danielle Stewart have all had their moments throughout 2019. It is almost impossible to look past Norwood in this clash. Everyone is hoping the Bulldogs can finish off their season with a strong performance, although with Norwood casting an eye ahead to the next few weeks in what will be a big finals series, the Redlegs must play with finals intensity so expect them to come away with a comfortable win.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday May 4, 4.15pm
Flinders University Stadium

The most finals-defining game of the round is that between South Adelaide and West Adelaide, for the simple reason that both teams have so much to gain, and to lose by the result. If South Adelaide triumphs, the Panthers secure second spot and a double chance to try and topple Norwood for the second time in three weeks when they face off in the semi-final next weekend. That result would likely see West Adelaide tumble out of the four with Glenelg taking on the winless Woodville-West Torrens. Despite being a win ahead of the Tigers, the Westies have the worst percentage of any finals hopeful, and it is now coming back to bite them. If however, the Bloods can get up in the game, they will secure a finals birth, and, if North Adelaide somehow drops its game wot Sturt, can even take third on the table. In that scenario, South Adelaide would still retain second, but in the much more likely scenario, the Roosters would have their way with the Double Blues, snatching second spot at the expense of the Panthers in the process. So all in all, this game has everything on the line which makes for a fascinating contest. The last time these teams met was back on March 1 in Round 3 when the Panthers got the job done in a 16-point win. Czenya Cavouras was easily best on ground in the win, amassing 29 disposals, and having a whopping nine clearances, five inside 50s and laying 10 tackles. Teah Charlton showed promise as she has all season, racking up 19 disposals and booting a goal alongside Adelaide midfielder, Nikki Gore. Montana McKinnon was superb in the ruck with 23 hitouts, four clearances and five of her seven marks contested. For West Adelaide, Abbie Ballard had a team-high 18 touches, as well as four clearances, three inside 50s and six tackles, while sharp shooter, Chelsea Biddell snagged two majors from 13 disposals and five marks (two contested). Looking ahead to this weekend, on paper, South Adelaide has the stronger side, the depth across the ground is terrific and the midfield up there with Norwood in terms of both ability and depth. They don’t have a dominant forward like some teams, relying on contributions from not only forwards, but midfielders as well. West Adelaide have Biddell who has shown herself to be capable of kicking a bag on her day when she is on fire, but she will not be there to help them in this clash. The Bloods have made at least three changes to their side, with full-back Kelly Whittaker and forward Ashlea Brown among the inclusions to the side with Leah Swain among those out of the team. For the Panthers, they will miss the impact of Lauren Buchanan who did her knee, but will welcome back Emogen Johnson and Brooklyn Kraft to the forward line, and Samantha Pratt into defence. While Ballard and ball magnet Rachelle Martin can be huge influences for their team, the likes of Cavouras, Hannah Munyard, Elyse Haussen and Nicole Campbell form a dominant midfield brigade, and one of the few that can go toe-for-toe with Norwood’s star-studded line-up. For the likes of Charlton, Munyard and McKinnon, they will have the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships coming up over the next couple of months and will be keen to continue their great form, while from a team perspective, will be excited to tackle the imminent finals series. The Bloods know a loss will more than likely mean the end of their season after sitting in the top four for the entire season, which would leave a bitter taste in their mouths. Melanie Elsegood and Emma Smith will be the ones needing to pile scores on the board for the Bloods, while Maddie Newman and Lauren Rodato will hope to provide good rebound out of defence. Helen Maidment and Rebecca Owen can add to the movement in transition on the outside, but face a stiff opposition this weekend. South Adelaide are the team to beat at the moment having slayed the top side last round, but West Adelaide must be respected as they have done enough thus far to put themselves in a position to contend for finals.

GLENELG vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
Saturday May 4, 5.15pm
ACH Group Stadium

The final game of the round is another match with huge consequences for one side, as Glenelg battles to snatch fourth spot. The Tigers need to win against the winless Eagles, who are unable to move off the bottom of the table, but could end their season on a high with their inaugural victory. The biggest problem the Eagles will have in achieving this feat comes in Adelaide Crows star, Ebony Marinoff who simply dominated last week, picking up the most disposals of any player this season, in her debut. She is a class above and will be one that has to be watched and restricted if the Eagles are to be any chance in this match. These two teams first met in Round 1 with Glenelg coming off a wooden spoon but victory in Round 1, and Woodville-West Torrens playing its first match in the competition. Despite hitting the front late in the first quarter courtesy of a Kiana Lee goal, the Eagles were no match for the Tigers as Glenelg piled on six of the last seven goals of the match to record a comfortable 35-point victory. The versatile Lucy Bellinger had 23 disposals, 10 marks (two contested), four inside 50s, five tackles and two goals, while Ellen Fauser and Samantha Franson both booted a goal from 15 disposals. For the Eagles, Jaimi Tabb had a strong performance through the midfield with 17 disposals, five clearances and five inside 50s, while Georgia Taylor played her best game of the season, rebounding the ball nine times while clocking up 17 disposals in the loss. Looking to the final game of the season on Saturday, Hannah Crump and Tamsyn Morriss have been brought in as some extra firepower for the Tigers, with no confirmed outs as of yet. For the Eagles, Rachel Dunstan returns to the side on an extended bench, with Courtney Plowman and Eboni Tiller also named there, while Jo Baltais has slotted into the ruck to allow Taylor McKay to play forward and provide some much needed height inside 50. When looking at the sides on paper, it is hard to look past the influence Marinoff will have, and the importance for the Eagles to send a player to watch her all game. It will not be easy, but if the likes of Natalie Subelli and Natasha Farrier can continue their good form, then it opens up possibilities for the underdogs. Lee is a future star and will find the ball wherever it foes inside 50, while Taylor has been playing forward of late and could be an X-factor in there, as could Tabb who will provide fresh legs off the bench and run all day while finding the pill. Tesharna Maher and Stephanie Walker are the defenders Woodville-West Torrens needs to provide the movement out of the back half, while still minding the likes of Bellinger and Lucy Armitage who can be dangerous forwards. Tess Morcom and Franson are consistent key defenders, while Gould can rotate through the ruck or defence, and Madisyn Freeman has the run to help the Tigers out of trouble. Glenelg would be the overwhelming favourites in this game given their position, the Eagles’ position and the finals predicament that the home side faces, not to mention the star quality they have with Marinoff in the team. The Eagles need to play at their best to secure their first win, but with so much on the line for Glenelg, it is hard to see them slipping up in this contest.

Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s – Round 9

SOUTH Adelaide has fired a warning shot to minor premiers, Norwood ahead of the finals series, toppling the previously undefeated Redlegs to give them something to think about heading into the post-season series. In other games, North Adelaide destroyed Central District, West Adelaide breathed a sigh of relief with a narrow win over Woodville-West Torrens, and an Ebony Marinoff-led Glenelg took the points against Sturt.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 6.5 | 9.7 | 11.7 (73)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 0.0 | 0.3 | 0.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:

North: Christie Castle 3, Kelly Barltrop 2, Adrienne Davies, Lauren Daniel, Erica Greet, Kathryn Reynolds, Brittany Perry, Sharni Tansell.
Central: Courtney Jensen.

DISPOSALS:

North: Lauren Daniel 21, Kathryn Reynolds 19, Emma Sampson 18, Adrienne Davies, Erica Greet, Brittany Perry, Leah Tynan 16.
Central: Caitlen Teague 17

North Adelaide’s stunning resurrection since Round 5 continued with the Roosters notching up another massive victory – their fifth on the trot. With a round to go the Roosters locked away finals and look the most in-form side of the competition after a 63-point demolition of Central District. Lauren Daniel and Brittany Perry kicked off the game with early majors, and while the Bulldogs managed to pepper the goals in the second term, they could not put one through the big sticks. Instead, the likes of Cristie Castle (two goals), Kelly Barltrop and Kathryn Reynolds all added goals to North Adelaide’s cause, to lead by 38 points at the main break. The one-sided affair continued in the third term as Adrienne Davis and Sharni Tansell both added their names to the goalscorer list, while Castle booted her third later in the term. Courtney Jensen finally broke through for the Bulldogs’ first almost nine minutes into the final term, but it would just be a consolation goal as Erica Greet and Barltrop finished off the game strongly for the Roosters to run out convincing 11.7 (73) to 1.4 (10) winners. Daniel had the most disposals with 21, as well as three marks, four tackles, two clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds, while Reynolds picked up 19 as well as three marks, seven clearances and six tackles. Emma Sampson missed opportunities to get on the goalkickers list with three behinds, but still managed 18 disposals, nine marks and five inside 50s, while Castle had 15 touches and four marks to go with her three goals. For the Bulldogs, Caitlen Teague racked up 17 touches, two marks, two clearances, two rebounds and three tackles in the loss, while Jayme-Lee Sonneman tried hard through the ruck with 11 hitouts to go with 14 disposals, six clearances, three rebounds and two inside 50s. In the final round of the season, North Adelaide faces Sturt, while Central District takes on ladder leaders, Norwood.

WEST ADELAIDE 1.1 | 2.1 | 3.3 | 5.5 (35)
WWT EAGLES 2.0 | 3.3 | 3.3 | 4.6 (30)

GOALS:

West: Marie Martino 2, Melanie Elsegood, Helen Maidment, Emma Smith.
Eagles: Jaimi Tabb, Natasha Farrier, Georgia Taylor, Stephanie Walker.

DISPOSALS:

West: Rebecca Owen 18, Marie Martino 16, Abbie Ballard, Madison Newman 15
Eagles: Natasha Farrier 24, Jaimi Tabb 16, Stephanie Walker 15

Woodville-West Torrens Eagles have fallen heartbreakingly short of their inaugural victory, going down to fourth-placed West Adelaide by five points. With only pride on the line, the Eagles pushed the Bloods – who needed a win to all but secure finals – all the way, falling less than a kick short of victory. The Eagles started strongly with Stephanie Walker and Georgia Taylor booting goals either side of West Adelaide’s Marie Martino to lead by five points at quarter time. When Natasha Farrier converted for the visitors 39 seconds into the second term, it was looking promising, but a couple of missed chances by the Eagles were punished by West Adelaide’s Emma Smith who cut the deficit to seven. The third term was all the Bloods as a couple of missed chances eventually resulted in Martino booting her second and West Adelaide levelling the score by the final break. The Bloods skipped away in the final term with goals to Helen Maidment and Melanie Elsegood putting it out to a 13-point lead. Jaimi Tabb missed a chance then converted, and a late opportunity was rushed through the Eagles goals before the siren sounded not long after for the home side to hold on for the 5.5 (35) to 4.6 (30) victory. Rebecca Owen was busy across the ground with 18 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s, while Martino had 16 touches, four marks, four tackles and two inside 50s. Abbie Ballard and Madison Newman both had 15 touches, while Ballard finished with four clearances and four tackles. For the Eagles, Farrier was the standout player on the ground, racking up 24 disposals – 22 kicks – as well as two marks, four tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s, three rebounds and a goal. Tabb (16 touches, three marks, five tackles and three clearances) and Walker (15 disposals, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounds) were also prolific in the loss. In the final round, West Adelaide has to defeat South Adelaide to guarantee finals, while Woodville-West Torrens must defeat Glenelg to both grab its first win of the season, and deny the Tigers a finals spot.

GLENELG 0.1 | 4.2 | 7.4 | 9.5 (59)
STURT 0.3 | 1.4 | 2.4 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS:

Glenelg: Ellen Fauser 4, Lucy Armitage, Caitlin Gould 2, Lucy Bellinger.
Sturt: Tess Maple, Georgia Swan.

DISPOSALS:

Glenelg: Ebony Marinoff 35, Caitlin Gould 18, Lucy Armitage, Lucy Bellenger 17, Chelsea Packer 16
Sturt: Georgia Bevan 15

Adelaide Crows’ star Ebony Marinoff has led Glenelg to a memorable victory over Sturt to set up a potential finals berth for the Tigers. Glenelg needs to win in the final round against the winless Woodville-West Torrens, while West Adelaide has to defeat second placed South Adelaide to retain fourth spot. In the Round 9 win over the Double Blues, a goalless first quarter saw Sturt lead by two points, with Marinoff getting on the board early with a behind. Lucy Bellinger took just 16 seconds to slam through the first major of the game after the restart in the second term, before Tess Maple levelled it up with a goal apiece and Sturt leading by two once again. Four consecutive goals to the Tigers between the seventh minute of the second quarter and fourth minute of the third quarter – two each to Lucy Armitage and Ellen Fauser powered the Tigers away, before Georgia Swan got one back for the visitors. It ultimately meant very little as Caitlin Gould and Fauser would finish off the game with another two goals each – Fauser nailing four straight for the match as the Tigers ran out seven-goal winners and kept their finals dream alive. Marinoff was clearly the standout player on the field to no-one’s surprise, racking up 35 disposals – the most of any player in a single game this season – as well as 10 clearances, seven inside 50s, two rebounds and six tackles. She had plenty of support however, as Gould registered 18 touches and 22 hitouts through the ruck, while also having four clearances. Armitage accompanied her two goals with 17 disposals, five marks, four tackles and three clearances, while Bellinger laid seven tackles and had 17 disposals. Fauser was the dominant forward on the ground with 12 disposals, five marks – two contested – four hitouts and two inside 50s as well as her four majors. For Sturt, Georgia Bevan had a team-high 15 disposals, four clearances, three rebounds and four tackles in the defeat, while Paxton Mattner player her best game of the season with 14 touches, four rebounds and five tackles. Maya Rigter was her usual self around the stoppages laying a massive 12 tackles and having four clearances and four inside 50s from 12 disposals. In the final round of the season, Glenelg faces Woodville-West Torrens, while Sturt takes on the in-form North Adelaide.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 1.2 | 1.2 | 4.6 | 5.6 (36)
NORWOOD 1.0 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 4.5 (29)

GOALS:

South: Madison Bennett, Lauren Buchanan, Elyse Haussen, Hannah Munyard, Tamara Page.
Norwood: Monique Hollick 2, Jo Hill, Sally Riley.

DISPOSALS:

South: Czenya Cavouras 22, Elyse Haussen 20, Teah Charlton 18, Nikki Gore 15
Norwood: Najwah Allen 24, Hannah Dunn, Sally Riley 20

In the predicted match of the round, South Adelaide has upstaged minor premiers Norwood with a seven-point victory in what could be a grand final preview. The Panthers bounced back from a rare loss to Glenelg last week to topple the Redlegs despite conceding three of the first four goals. Lauren Buchanan booted the first for the home side in just 10 seconds, before Sally Riley responded for Norwood a few minutes later. Jo Hill and Monique Hollick boosted Norwood’s chances of victory with goals in the second term as the favourites headed into the main break with a 12-point advantage. The third term belonged to the Panthers as Tamara Page and Elyse Haussen slammed home majors in the opening few minutes and in a scoring frenzy, Teah Charlton was amongst everything. Unfortunately the talented teen forward could not covert, heading into the final break with five behinds to her name. Fellow South Australian Under-18 representative Hannah Munyard could convert however, handing the Panthers a 10-point lead at three quarter time having kept the Redlegs scoreless in the premiership quarter. Madison Bennett soon added another nail to the Norwood coffin two minutes into the final term as they led by 16, and while the Redlegs chipped away in the final term, Hollick was the only one who could put through a major and Norwood fell five points short of remaining undefeated heading into the final round. Czenya Cavouras had a team-high 22 disposals, two marks, eight tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s and two rebounds, while Haussen found plenty of the ball with 20 touches, four clearances, two inside 50s and two tackles. Charlton might have had the five behinds, but her endeavour was always there with an impressive 14 tackles as well as 18 disposals, two marks and three inside 50s. Nikki Gore had 15 disposals, four tackles, three clearances and three inside 50s in a strong effort, while Cheyenne Hammond was impressive in defence with four rebounds as well as 14 disposals and four marks. For Norwood, Najwa Allen was on fire once again with 24 disposals, eight marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and five rebounds, while partners in crime, Hannah Dunn (20 disposals, four marks, three clearances, two inside 50s and seven tackles) and Riley (20 disposals, six marks, three inside 50s and three tackles) were also impressive. Hollick had an influence with 10 touches, four marks and four inside 50s and two goals. In the final round, South Adelaide can try and end West Adelaide’s finals hopes with a victory, while Norwood round out its season again Central District.

Weekend preview: SANFL Women’s – Round 4

AFTER a week off, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition recommences tonight for Round 4 action. The night sees a double header at X Convenience Oval, as well as 7pm games at both Flinders University Stadium and City Mazda Stadium. Two sides remain undefeated, and two are yet to get a win on the board in season 2019.

NORWOOD vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
March 15, 6.45pm
X Convenience Oval

The first of two games at X Convenience Oval pits one of the premiership favourites, Norwood against newcomers, Woodville-West Torrens. The Eagles are yet to taste victory in season 2019, having gone down to Glenelg, Sturt and fellow 2019 debutants, Central District in the opening three rounds. For the Redlegs, they have answered every challenge thrown at them, knocking off the reigning premiers, South Adelaide, as well as North Adelaide and Sturt. They will head into this game as strong favourites to make it four in a row, while the Eagles will be keen to break their winless start to the season. Norwood’s team selection includes two forced outs with Bree-Anna Liebhadt and Emma Clark both out of the side with injury, while Jiarna Zerella has also made way. Into the team comes defender, Rosette Zerella, as well as Michele Reid, Zoe Greer and Tara Robertson who have all been named on an extended bench. For the Eagles, they lose a couple of players due to concussion, as Annastasia Falkenberg and Georgia Taylor are both out of the side. Jessica Wilson will be looked upon to play Taylor’s role out of defence, as the Eagles have also named ruck Taylor McKay and winger Tesharna Maher among five inclusions for their Round 4 clash. All eyes will be on both sides’ forward lines with Sarah Perkins and Kiana Lee providing some serious firepower up front for the Eagles, while Hannah Dunn has been a ball magnet this season, and has been named at centre half-forward. The Redlegs’ rebounding power of Sophie Armitstead and Monique Hollick will also give them an advantage, while a potential head-to-head between Najwa Allen and Jaimi Tabb could be a battle in itself. Expect Norwood to get the job done, but the Eagles have shown that if they can get it forward, they are always able to cause some headaches.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
March 15, 7pm
Flinders University Stadium

The clash of the round is set to occur at Flinders University Stadium, with last year’s minor premiers taking on the reigning premiers. The Roosters have had just the one win, but their losses have come against the two undefeated sides in Norwood and Glenelg. The Panthers’ only loss also came against the Redlegs, and they will head into the game as favourites, having pushed Norwood, and looked impressive in the other matches. The Roosters still have some really dangerous players, and their leaders will be keen to get a vital win here. South Adelaide have made three changes to their Round 3 side, with Tiffany Copley and Brianna Wedding both out due to injury. The Panthers have named an extra extended bench, bringing in five players, including forwards, Lauren Buchanan and Jess Kirk, and winger Nicole Campbell. Nikki Gore has been named on an extended bench, timing her debut with Adelaide in the AFL Women’s perfectly to coincide with a bye last week. For North, they have made three changes, as they bring back important onballer, Rheanne Lugg, as well as Cristie Castle and Kathryn Reynolds. Both sides contain some of the top players in the SANFL Women’s with South’s team brimming with young talent. From ruck/forward Montana McKinnon, to midfielders, Teah Charlton and Hannah Munyard, the Panthers have some future stars developing within the club. Czenya Cavouras tore the game apart in Round 3 and will once again be a key contributor in South’s efforts, while Madison Bennett and Jaslynne Smith are others who have gone through the Under 18s state side. For the Roosters, captain Nadia Von Bertouch has been consistent all season, and with Lugg back in the side the pair will combine with Leah Tynan through the inside, and look to set up leading goalkicker, Kelly Barltrop at full-forward. Meanwhile up the other end, Amber Ward has been a prolific rebounder this season and could be a player to set up attacking drives. South Adelaide head in as favourites, but North Adelaide are not a team to take lightly.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. GLENELG
March 15, 7pm
City Mazda Stadium

Both West Adelaide and Glenelg were undefeated heading into Round 3, but the Bloods dropped their first game of the season to South Adelaide, while the Tigers showed they were the most improved team of the competition by toppling the Roosters. In Round 4, Glenelg would look to win to keep touch with Norwood, while West Adelaide will keep its spot in the top four if it can salute in this game. The Bloods have lost ruck, Leah Swain due to work commitments, while Alana Lowery is out following a knee injury and suspension. Tekira Hoffman has been thrown into the ruck, while Phoebe Edwards returns to the side, slotting straight into full-back. Helen Maidment returns to the onball brigade, while Emma Smith and Alex Czabayski have been named on an extended bench. For the Tigers, they remain unchanged, with Olivia Walker-Obushak and Eirenn Harkness added to an extended interchange. West Adelaide’s forward targets of Chelsea Biddell and Melanie Elsegood always attract attention when going inside 50, while Lucy Bellinger and Hannah Crump have equally shown to be a handful to opposition sides. Samantha Franson will look to take advantage of the in-form Swain’s absence in the ruck, to get forward and try and hit the scoreboard. Ellen Fauser is another Tiger who has been impressive this season and will likely match-up on one of the twin towers in the Westies forward line. Abbie Ballard continues to develop for the Bloods, as does Maddie Newman, while Glenelg have a well balanced team that continues to get the job done. In this match, Glenelg will use their consistency across the field to head in as favourites, but West Adelaide are every chance of causing an upset.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. STURT
March 15, 8.30pm
X Convenience Oval

The second game in the double header at X Convenience Stadium sees newcomers, Central District go up against Sturt. The Bulldogs claimed their first win in Round 3 following a victory over Woodville-West Torrens, while a brave Double Blues side is still yet to taste a win, but is competitive each match. The Bulldogs have lost Isabella Wilson to suspension – a key out after the tall forward booted 2.2 from 11 disposals in the previous game. They have welcomed back Jessica Sedunary who will look to fill that void, while Karissa Searle has also been added into the forward mix. For Sturt, Nicole Baker has to miss due to work commitments, while Jess Schulz has been omitted. Key defender, Paxton Davis-Mattner comes into the side, as does forward, Brianna Burt. The game will see Sturt’s strong midfield take on a Central side that has some standout players across the ground without a dominant third in particular. Katelyn Rosenzweig looms as the X-factor up forward for the Eagles, with Abbey Scheer, Rebecca Catterall and Shalee O’Brien looking to win the ball in the midfield and get it forward. The half-back line of Gemma Doughty, Nicola Biagi and Chantelle Reynolds has been effective, while Sturt’s forward line that contains Georgia Swan and Caitlyn Swanson will need some careful watching. Izzy Kuiper, Maya Rigter and Georgia Bewvan are a challenging midfield at the best of times for any opposition and with a forward line that shares goals around, it will be an unpredictable set-up to combat. Sturt might not have won a game yet, but the Double Blues have never been out of a contest and remain firmly in contention to be a competitive outfit in season 2019. Expect them to go hard at the contest and they could almost be favourites, although Central’s efforts last week were very impressive.

Weekend preview: SANFL Women’s – Round 3

IN Round 3 of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s league, the most improved sides in the competition will test themselves against some of the best last season, while the two newcomers face off.

GLENELG vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
March 1, 6.30pm
City Mazda Stadium

The two teams in our first SANFL Women’s Round 3 game had different seasons in 2018, with Glenelg claiming the wooden spoon in a disappointing year, while North Adelaide looked every bit a premiership contender, finishing second before bowing out in the preliminary final. In 2019, their seasons have been different for the opposite reasons as Glenelg has managed to string two on the trot – albeit against the two new sides of the competition. For North Adelaide, after a Round 1 loss to their preliminary final conquerors Norwood, the Roosters bounced back with a seven-point win over Sturt. North Adelaide was made to work for it, booting three goals to zero in the third term to come from behind thanks to a five-goal Kelly Barltrop haul. On the other hand, Glenelg always looked in control, leading at each break and restricting the Bulldogs to just one goal in the first three terms, before recording a comfortable 5.7 to 3.2 victory. In season 2019, Roosters captain Nadia Von Bertouch is in the top five for disposals, averaging 17.5 touches from her two games, while Paige Allen is the next highest with 12.5 disposals per game. The Roosters will be in search of finding a more even spread of goalkickers in Round 3, having a low-scoring loss to the Redlegs in Round 1, before Barltrop did all the damage in Round 2. For the Tigers, Lucy Bellinger has been a prominent ball winner in season 2019, averaging 16.5 disposals per game, while Ellen Fauser (15.5) and Elle Kellock (14.5) have also been prolific. Key targets inside 50, Bellinger and Hannah Crump have kicked five goals between them in season 2019 and will look to do more damage this round, while Sam Franson and Fauser have also booted multiple goals this season. Despite ladder positions this could be a huge game with the Roosters capable of defeating anyone on their day, while the Tigers are clearly an improved outfit in season 2019.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
March 1, 6.30pm
Coopers Stadium

In one of the most anticipated matches of 2019, the two brand new sides will battle it out at Coopers Stadium to try and get on the board this season. Central District lost by 20 points in Round 1 and 17 last week against West Adelaide and Glenelg respectively. The Eagles were overwhelmed in Round 1 when they went down to the Tigers by 35 points, before Adelaide forward, Sarah Perkins helped the Eagles to only just miss out on four points against the Bloods. In terms of changes, the Bulldogs made the one confirmed change with Renai Richardson going out of the side, while Alicia Butler, Megan Boers, Lauren Smith and Demi Sonneman were all named on an extended interchange. For the Eagles, they have rolled the dice with four confirmed changes as Abby Pengelly, Hannah Scholar, Jo-Anna Baltais and Tesharna Maher were named as outs, while Chloe Forby, Natalie Subelli, Shae Pacifico Hart, Zahn Anthony and Courtney Jonson were named back in the side. This season both sides have had some impressive individual performances. Both Perkins and Kiana Lee have booted three goals so far this season, while Jaimi Tabb has two majors. In terms of possessions, Tabb leads the side with 17.5 just ahead of Stephanie Walker (16.5), Madeleine Dufek (16.0) and Georgia Taylor and Maher (15.0). For Central, Danielle Stewart (17 possessions), Hannah Pavlovich (15) and Jayme-Lee Sonneman (13) are the three players in double figures, while Katelyn Rosenzweig has booted 2.4 in her two games this season for her new side. The Eagles will go in as favourites after a promising game last week, but the Bulldogs will be keen to assert themselves against a fellow newcomer.

NORWOOD vs. STURT
March 1, 8.25pm
Coopers Stadium

The second game at Coopers Stadium sees the in-form Norwood taking on the winless, but improving Sturt. The Redlegs passed an important challenge last week by disposing of reigning premiers South Adelaide, while the Double Blues just fell short of victory against North Adelaide in Round 2. Norwood could take top spot if both Glenelg and West Adelaide lose – both sides are playing two of the top three last year – so a win here is important. The two points are even more important for Sturt, with a win keeping them in contention of the top four. Norwood have brought two players into the extended side with Jiarna Zerella and Emma Clark both named, while Sturt have made two direct changes as Holly Temby and Maisie Nankivell come into the side for Brooke-Lee Chaplin and Sophie Yeates. Hannah Dunn is the leading ball winner in the SANFL Women’s competition at 23 possessions per game, one ahead of teammate Najwa Allen and West Adelaide’s Maddi Newman. Sturt’s Georgia Bevan has also been busy around the stoppages, averaging 18 touches in her two games so far. On the scoreboard front, Allen has been the most accurate player in the competition, slotting 4.0 in her two games, the only multiple goalkicker for the Redlegs. For Sturt, Lauren Lovell and Caitlyn Swanson both have two goals apiece to lead the Double Blues’ goalkicking. In the history of the SANFL Women’s Sturt is yet to defeat Norwood, so will hope to turn the tables in this game. Both of Norwood’s wins this season have seen the Redlegs come from behind at one break with the South Adelaide win following a seven-point quarter time deficit, and a three quarter time two-point deficit saw Norwood run over the top of North Adelaide. Sturt has been on the receiving end, having led South by four points at quarter time and North by five points at half-time. Norwood heads into the game as strong favourites given the Redlegs’ record, but you can never discount the Double Blues who have shown promising signs in the past rounds.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
March 1, 8.25pm
City Mazda Stadium

In the final game of the round, West Adelaide takes on its South counterparts, in what could be a big game for gaining momentum early in the season. The Bloods are undefeated having disposed of the two new sides to the competition, while the Panthers went down to Norwood last week after a victory against Sturt in Round 1. The Bloods have brought in five players on an extended interchange bench with Kelly Whittaker, Phoebe Edwards, Lauren Rodato, Melanie Elsegood and Georgie Pater coming in for Helen Maidment, Alexandra Czabayski and Jacalyn Pickering. The listed changes for Sturt feature a huge inclusion with big ball winner, Nikki Gore returning to the side with Mykala Walker-Murphy, Elyse Haussen, and debutants Caitlin Radbone and Emily Brockhurst, while Lauren Buchanan was unavailable for the clash and both Natalie Gibbs and Emogen Johnson were omitted. Looking at the season so far, West Adelaide’s Maddi Newman has been the most prominent ball winner in the game, averaging 22 touches per game ahead of Abbie Ballard (16.5). For the Panthers, Czenya Cavouras has averaged 17 possessions per game, while bottom-agers Hannah Munyard (16.5) and Montana McKinnon (15.5) have also been prominent. In the goalkicking stakes, Chelsea Biddell‘s six majors last week helped her side get over the line, while for South Adelaide, Teah Charlton leads the team with three majors this season. This game looms as a thrilling contest because South Adelaide has more runs on the board as reigning premiers, but the Bloods are still undefeated and will be confident heading into the game.

Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s – Round 2

THREE sides remain undefeated in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s League after two rounds, following West Adelaide and Glenelg triumphing over the newcomers for the second consecutive week. Norwood got the job done against the reigning premiers in a grand final rematch, while North Adelaide recorded its first win of the season, finishing strong against Sturt.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.3 | 3.4 | 6.6 | 6.6 (42)
STURT 2.1 | 4.3 | 4.3 | 5.5 (35)


GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop 5, Nadia Von Bertouch.
Sturt: Nicole Baker, Lucy Griffith, Lauren Lovell, Jess Schulz, Caitlyn Swanson.

DISPOSALS:

North: Nadia Von Bertouch 20, Paige Allan 16, Erica Greet 15
Sturt: Georgia Bevan 24, Maya Rigter 16

A five-goal haul to Kelly Bartrop has handed North Adelaide its first win of the season, defeating Sturt by seven points on Friday. Barltrop’s handful came in two spurts, as she nailed the first two goals of the game, and then another three consecutive goals over the second and third quarters to take control of the match for the Roosters. The Double Blues still managed to lead at the main break despite her early heroics, as Jess Schulz, Lauren Lovell, Caitlyn Swanson and Nicole Baker all converted opportunities in the first half for Sturt to lead by five points at half-time. With Barltrop taking control in the second half, a late goal to captain, Nadia Von Bertouch gave the Roosters a 15-point lead. Lucy Griffith quickly cut the deficit to nine points in the sixth minute of the final term, before misses to Schulz and Georgia Swan proved costly, as Sturt fell short of a comeback.

Sturt dominated the disposal count (218-180), disposal efficiency (65 per cent to 58 per cent), marks (33 to 22), and even won the inside-50 count, but the tackling pressure of the Roosters (71-51) meant the defensive pressure was ever-present. Barltrop’s five goals game from just six kicks in an ultra-efficient effort, while Von Bertouch booted 1.2 from 20 disposals – 19 kicks – four marks, six inside 50s and two tackles. Paige Allen finished with the 16 touches, three marks and four inside 50s, while Leah Tynan (12 tackles) and Rheanne Lugg (nine) brought the heat. Georgia Bevan was superb again for the Double Blues, racking up 24 disposals, one mark, three inside 50s, two rebounds and laying four tackles, while Maya Rigter had a team-high seven tackles to go with her 16 disposals and four inside 50s. Larissa Schenscher was another who stood tall in the back half, taking five marks from 14 touches and had two rebounds. Next week both sides face unbeaten teams, with the Roosters coming up against Glenelg, while Sturt travels to Coopers Stadium to face the Redlegs.

WEST ADELAIDE 0.0 | 3.3 | 7.3 | 7.3 (45)
WWT EAGLES 0.3 | 1.3 | 2.5 | 6.6 (42)


GOALS:

West: Chelsea Biddell 6, Emma Smith.
Eagles: Sarah Perkins 3, Jaimi Tabb 2, Kiana Lee.

DISPOSALS:

West: Madison Newman 18, Abbie Ballard 16
Eagles: Stephanie Walker 24, Jaimi Tabb 18, Tesharna Maher 15

A stunning last quarter comeback by new side, Woodville-West Torrens has fallen agonisingly short, going down by three points to a Chelsea Biddell-inspired West Adelaide team. The Eagles actually led at quarter time courtesy of three behinds, before the Biddell took control of the match inside 50, converting three goals. With young star, Kiana Lee adding one for the visitors, the Eagles trailed by 12 points at the main break. Despite Adelaide AFL Women’s star Sarah Perkins converting her first in the third term, another three majors to Biddell, and one to Emma Smith saw the Westies lead by what looked to be an unassailable 28-point lead. Enter Perkins and Jaimi Tabb. Perkins took just 50 seconds in the final quarter to convert her first, while Tabb booted back-to-back goals in the first 10 minutes. When Perkins missed a chance late in the game, she quickly put another major on the board, but it would prove too little, too late in the end for the brave Eagles, as they held the Bloods scoreless in the last, only to lose by three points.

Woodville-West Torrens dominated disposal (201-153) and won the inside-50 count (26-20), but could not stop the Bloods rebounding it out of the back 50 (20-13). Both sides had elite disposal efficiency with the Eagles nudging out the Bloods 77-74 per cent for the game. Along with her six goals, Biddell had 11 touches, four marks and five inside 50s, while a number of younger stars also stood up. Abbie Ballard had 16 disposals, three marks, four tackles and two inside 50s, while six of the Bloods’ rebounds came from the boot of Madison Newman, who also recorded 18 disposals and two marks. Leah Swain was again prominent in the ruck with 23 hitouts, the former basketballer too tall for her opponents. For the Eagles, Stephanie Walker was terrific with 24 disposals, two marks and three rebounds, while Tabb laid eight tackles to pair with her two goals and 18 touches in a strong all-round game. Georgia Taylor was again prominent in defence with three rebounds from 13 disposals, while Natasha Farrier laid six tackles, and Perkins took two contested marks from 11 disposals and three inside 50s. Next week, the Eagles face fellow newcomers, Central District in a bid to secure their first-ever win in the SANFL Women’s competition, while West Adelaide comes up against a South Adelaide side undoubtedly fired up after a loss to Norwood on Friday.

GLENELG 1.1 | 3.3 | 4.5 | 5.7 (37)
CENTRAL 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.2 (20)


GOALS:

Glenelg: Ellen Fauser, Olivia Walker-Obushak, Rebecca Steer, Hannah Crump, Samantha Franson.
Central: Katelyn Rosenzweig 2, Isabella Wilson.

DISPOSALS:

Glenelg: Cass Hartley, Ellie Kellock 18, Ellen Fauser 16
Central: Danielle Stewart 19

Glenelg’s promising start to the season continued on the weekend with a second win over another new side to the competition, defeating Central District by 17 points. From when the Tigers hit the front through a first quarter Ellen Fauser goal, they never relinquished it, as Central drew level early in the second term through Isabella Wilson, but a couple of late majors to Glenelg saw them skip to a 14-point half-time lead. A dour third term saw Hannah Crump add the only major of the quarter, as Rebecca Steer and Caitlin Gould missed opportunities, but more importantly for the home side, their opposition could not seem to find an avenue to goal. It took until the eighth minute mark of the final term for Adelaide AFL Women’s forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig to find the big sticks, then backed it up five minutes later to cut the deficit to 11 points and give Central District a sniff. Samantha Franson put the result beyond doubt in the dying minutes of the final term, giving the Tigers a 17-point buffer, which was the final margin.

Glenelg earned its victory with a whopping differential in disposals (215-151), disposal efficiency (67-51 per cent), marks (40-13), hitouts (35-14) and inside 50s (34-12). Many might wonder how the Bulldogs managed to get so close considering the statistics, but a league season-high 93 tackles just applied pressure around the ground and made the Tigers earn every possession. They also won the rebounds 26 to nine, and with tidying up their skills and getting more opportunities going forward, the Bulldogs could certainly be a highly effective side. For Glenelg, Cassie Hartley and Ellie Kellock led the way in disposals with 18 each, as they combined for eight marks and seven tackles, while Kellock had three of her side’s nine rebounds. As well as her goal, Fauser recorded 16 touches, six marks (one contested), three tackles and four inside 50s, while Gould was prolific around the ground in the ruck, totalling 16 hitouts and six inside 50s from 14 disposals. For Central District, Danielle Stewart had a game-high 19 disposals, as well as laying five tackles, while Shannen Solly racked up seven rebounds from 14 disposals. Setting the tone for tackles was Caitlen Teague (12), while Madison Lane (10), Shailee O’Brien (nine) and Isabella Wilson (nine) were also strong on the inside. Next week the Bulldogs will hope to get one-up on fellow new side, Woodville-West Torrens, while Glenelg aims to continue its unbeaten streak against North Adelaide.

NORWOOD 0.1 | 1.2 | 4.2 | 5.3 (33)
SOUTH 1.2 | 1.2 | 2.3 | 3.3 (21)


GOALS:

Norwood: Najwah Allen 2, Hannah Dunn, Monique Hollick, Bree-Anna Liebhardt.
South: Lauren Buchanan, Jessica Kirk, Indy Tahau.

DISPOSALS:

Norwood: Najwah Allen 24, Hannah Dunn 17, Michele Reid 16, Monique Hollick 15
South: Czenya Cavouras 19, Montana McKinnon 18, Samantha Pratt 18, Cheyenne Hammond, Jaslynne Smith 15

Four of the game’s five goals in the middle two quarters proved to be the catalyst for Norwood in its win over reigning premiers South Adelaide on Friday night. In what shaped to be a terrific grand final rematch, Lauren Buchanan became the early hero for the Panthers with the only goal of the first term. Ball magnet, Hannah Dunn squared the ledger by half-time as both teams headed into the rooms at 1.2 apiece. The third term got off to the best start for Jessica Kirk‘s Panthers as her goal saw them break the deadlock, however three consecutive goals – two to last week’s hero Najwah Allen – resulted in the Redlegs heading into the final break with an 11-point lead. South’s Indy Tahau cut the margin to less than a kick eight minutes into the final term, but a late goal to Bree-Anna Liebhardt gave the Redlegs some breathing space, and proved to be enough in the end with a 12-point win.

Both teams found plenty of the ball, with Norwood’s kick-first mentality proving the bigger asset over the Panthers balanced approach between quick hands and possession football. They were evenly matched for the most part, with Norwood edging ahead in the inside-50 count, 34-28. Allen was terrific once again, having a game-high 24 disposals, four marks, six tackles and four inside 50s to go with her two majors, while last week’s round disposal leader, Hannah Dunn had a solid 17 touches, five tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds. Monique Hollick did some great work going forward with five inside 50s from 15 touches and an all-important third quarter goal, while Sophie Armitstead laid seven tackles from 12 disposals and four inside 50s. For the Panthers, Czenya Cavouras had a team-high 19 touches, seven tackles, three inside 50s and three rebounds, while teenage AFL Women’s Academy member, Montana McKinnon was superb in the ruck and around the ground, racking up 18 disposals, 11 hitouts, three inside 50s, two rebounds and laying two tackles. Samantha Pratt (18 touches, four rebounds and three tackles), Cheyenne Hammond (15 disposals and five rebounds), Jaslynne Smith (15 disposals and three rebounds) and Hannah Munyard (14 disposals and three inside 50s) were others who stood tall for the losing side. Next week, Norwood will be keen to make it three wins in a row when it faces the winless Sturt, while South Adelaide will be keen to bounce back against the undefeated North Adelaide.

SAWFL Weekly wrap: Preliminary finals

MINOR premiers, Morphettville Park has been knocked off in the preliminary final by Salisbury in the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) Division One. However, its reserves made it to the big stage after a comfortable win over Christies Beach, making for a compelling day of Grand Finals at Aldi Arena on Sunday.

 

SAWFL Division One:

MORPHETTVILLE PARK 0.3 | 3.5 | 3.5 | 3.8 (26)
SALISBURY 1.2 | 2.4 | 4.8 | 5.8 (38)

GOALS:

Morphettville Park: L. Bellinger, C. Swanson, E. Fauser.
Salisbury: N. Baker 2, J. Sonneman 2, S. Hoyle.

BEST:

Morphettville Park: E. Fauser, L. Buchanan, B. Walling, M. Rigter, H. Priest, L. Whiteley
Salisbury: J. Sonneman , M. Freeman, M. Hollick, K. Rosenzweig, K. Fry, S. O”Brien

Salisbury has knocked off minor premiers, Morphettville Park in a thriller to make its way into the SAWFL Grand Final. The Magpies were able to capitalise on a slow start from the Roos, where they only kicked three behinds in the first quarter. They then fought back in the second quarter, kicking three goals to one to take the lead going into the main break. But that was all the Roos could manage in terms of goal kicking, failing to register a major in the second half. Salisbury took advantage of this by kicking three second-half goals to seal a spot on the big stage next week. 

Nicole Baker was the only multiple goal kicker on the day, booting two out of Salisbury’s five goals. She was complemented by majors from Jayme-Lee Sonneman and Sophie Hoyle. Sonneman was also named best-on-ground for the Magpies while South Australia Under 18 representatives, Madisyn Freeman and Katelyn Rosenzweig were named second and fourth-best respectively. For Morphettville Park, Lucy Bellinger, Caitlyn Swanson and Ellen Fauser were the goal kickers and Fauser was also named best-on-ground. Lauren Buchanan, Brianna Walling, Maya Rigter, Hannah Priest and Lisa Whiteley were also shining lights for the Roos.

 

SAWFL Division One Reserves:

MORPHETTVILLE PARK 3.1 | 6.5 | 7.5 | 9.5 (59)
CHRISTIES BEACH 0.1 | 0.2 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS:

Morphettville Park: K. Pedlar 4, K. Buchalka 2, A. Magi, C. Karamoshos, E. Williams.
Christies Beach: E. Brockhurst, C. Coombe.

BEST:

Morphettville Park: K. Pedlar, C. Karamoshos, L. Armitage, C. Dona, B. Wells, B. Ramsey
Christies Beach: T. Campbell, E. Brockhurst, L. Fitzgibbons, M. Kelly, C. Coombe

Christies Beach got off to a slow start in this match, failing to register a major in the first half. Morphettville Park took advantage of this, kicking away to a 39-point lead at half-time. The Saints were able to even out the scoring in the second half, kicking two goals compared to Morphettville Park’s three majors. But the Roos’ superior scoring power proved too difficult to overcome for the Saints, and they ultimately fell short of the Roos, and of a Grand Final, by 43 points. 

Kale Pedlar was best-on-ground for the Roos with four goals while Kaily Buchalka kicked two. Amelia Magi, Chloe Karamoshos and Emily Williams were the other single goal kickers for Morphettville Park. For Christies Beach, Emily Brockhurst and Casie Coombe were the goal kickers while Tammy Campbell was named best-on-ground. Both goal kickers were also named among the Saints’ best, along with Layla Fitzgibbons and Melinda Kelly. Morphettville Park will now face off against minor premiers, Adelaide University in next week’s Grand Final.

SAWFL weekly wrap: Round 15

IN the last round of the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL), ladder-leaders, Morphettville Park and Adelaide University both finished their seasons on high with wins on the weekend. Finals-bound Salisbury also recorded a victory, while fourth-placed Christies Beach fell narrowly to the Roos.

 

FITZROY 1.1 | 3.1 | 4.2 | 4.6 (30)
SALISBURY 0.8 | 1.8 | 4.12 | 12.13 (85)

GOALS:

Fitzroy: M. Elsegood 2, J. Tabb, H. Martin
Salisbury: K. Rosenzweig 2, P. Allan 2, N. Baker 2, M. Hollick, D. Hoyle, S. Murphy, T. Thompson, B. Perry, M. Freeman

BEST:

Fitzroy: J. Foley, G. Ramsey, H. Martin, J. Tabb, M. Elsegood
Salisbury: M. Freeman, M. Hollick, P. Allan, B. Perry, A. Woodland

At the end of the first quarter, Salisbury was already rueing its chances, kicking eight behinds and failing to register a goal. In the second quarter, Fitzroy capitalised on the Magpies’ struggles, outscoring them two goals to one to take the lead at half time. By three quarter time, three goals and four behinds from the Magpies kept them in the hunt, wrestling the lead back. But after three quarters of a seesawing contest, Salisbury put the foot on the accelerator in remarkable fashion, kicking eight goals to none in the fourth term to steal what ended up being a big 55-point win. Salisbury had three players who kicked two goals in South Australia Under-18 forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig, as well as Paige Allanaand Nicole Baker. Rosenzweig’s two goals took her goal kicking tally to 22 goals from 10 games. Her under-18 teammate, Madisyn Freeman also got on the scoreboard with one major, and was named best-on-ground in the Magpies’ win. For Fitzroy, Melanie Elsegood was the only one to kick two majors, and was complemented by singles from state under-18 representative, Jaimi Tabb and Hannah Martin. All three were named in the best players as well as Jessica Foley and Gretel Ramsey.

 

PORT ADELAIDE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)
ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY 6.2 | 14.4 | 15.5 | 24.6 (150)

GOALS:

Port Adelaide: Nil
Adelaide University: K. Barltrop 5, S. Walker 4, N. von Bertouch 4, A. Gibson 3, J. Hill 2, E. Boles 2, M. Zander, T. McKay, R. Peate, K. Fenton

BEST:

Port Adelaide: S. Gent, J. Macolino, N. Farrier, C. Minervini, F. Karafoulidis
Adelaide University: E. Boles, K. Barltrop, A. Gibson, N. von Bertouch, S. Walker, R. Peate

Port Adelaide has officially finished its season without a win, and was dealt a crushing final blow at the hands of second-placed Adelaide University. The Blacks recorded a massive 149-point win over the Magpies, which puts them in a good position heading into finals. Adelaide University kept Port Adelaide scoreless for three quarters and had an 88-point lead at half time. While the Magpies managed to keep them to just one goal in the third quarter, the Blacks bounced right back in the fourth, kicking nine unanswered goals to finish off the job at Largs North Reserve. SAWFL leading goal kicker, Kelly Barltrop did the most damage inside 50, kicking five majors for the day to take her season tally to 29 goals from 15 games. Stephanie Walker and Nadia van Bertouch also had good days inside 50, kicking four majors each. Adele Gibson kicked three goals while Jo Hill and Central Allies Under 18s captain, Esther Boles kicked two. Boles was also named best-on-ground in the big win. Despite a dour day for Port Adelaide, some solid performances created some positives out of the match. Sadie Gent was named best-on-ground for the Magpies, and was complemented by good games from Jessica Macolino, Natasha Farrier, Claire Minervini and Faye Karafoulidis.

 

CHRISTIES BEACH 0.0 | 0.2 | 1.4 | 2.5 (17)
MORPHETTVILLE PARK 3.1 | 3.2 | 3.4 | 3.4 (22)

GOALS:

Christies Beach: T. Power , H. Crump
Morphettville Park: L. Edwards, B. Bosley, L. Whiteley

BEST:

Christies Beach: S. Bourn, C. Cavouras, A. Browne, S. Pratt, H. Maidment, K. Spence
Morphettville Park: M. Rigter, E. Sporn, R. Ritchie, L. Cutting, L. Whiteley, L. Buchanan

In a second versus fourth clash, second-placed Morphettville Park narrowly came out on top, recording a five-point win. The Roos got off to a good start, kicking the first three goals of the match to take a 19-point quarter time lead. But that’s where the goal-scoring stopped for the away side, as Christies Beach held the Roos to just three behinds in the next three quarters. However, it was hard for the Saints to capitalise on their defensive efforts, not scoring a goal until the third quarter. An inaccurate 2.5 meant that Christies Beach could not wrestle back the lead, going down by five points in the end. Lexia Edwards, Brownen Iona Bosley and Lisa Whiteley all got on the scoreboard for the Roos while Tallara Power and Hannah Crump kicked the goals for Christies Beach. Maya Rigter was judged best afield for Morphettville Park and Erika Sporn, Rhiley Ritchie, Leah Cutting, Lisa Whiteley and Lauren Buchanan also had solid performances. South Australia Under-18 representative, Marie Martino also featured in the win. Sarah Bourn, Czenya Cavouras, Alana Browne, Samantha Pratt, Helen Maidment and Kelly Spence were judged the best players for Christies Beach.

 

The finals kick off next week with Salisbury taking on Christies Beach in a third versus fourth clash at Salisbury Oval on Saturday night. Meanwhile on Sunday, first and second will go head-to-head at Kellett Reserve in what should be a thrilling match.

SAWFL weekly wrap: Round 13

A DRAW, a thriller and a belting made sure the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) had plenty of varied results on the weekend in just three games.

SAWFL Round 13 Results:

ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 4.1 (25)
CHRISTIES BEACH 2.0 | 3.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS:
Adelaide University: S. Walker 2, M. Zander, R. King.
Christies Beach: T. Eastwood, T. Power , C. Cavouras.

BEST:
Adelaide University: C. Tsoumbris, N. Collie, E. Boles, R. King, G. Dadds, E. Davison
Christies Beach: C. Cavouras, A. Browne, S. Pratt, R. Searle, H. Crump

Adelaide University have drawn level with Christies Beach after a sensational nail-biting six-point win over the second placed side. Christies Beach booted two goals to one in the first term, and lead by five points at the main break. After half-time however, Adelaide University booted the only two goals of the half, taking control and restricting their opponents to just one behind. Stephanie Walker booted two goals, while Matilda Zander and Rachel King both kicked a goal for the winners. For Christies Beach, Czenya Cavouras was named the team’s best and booted a goal, along with Tallara Power and Taylah Eastwood. Teenager and South Australian Under 18s captain, Esther Boles was named among Adelaide University’s best, with Cassandra Tsoumbris and Nicole Collie.

 

MORPHETTVILLE PARK 1.0 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 6.3 (39)
SALISBURY 2.5 | 2.5 | 5.7 | 5.9 (39)

GOALS:
Morphettville: L. Buchanan 3, T. Meyer, L. Whiteley, A. Moritz.
Salisbury: K. Rosenzweig 3, A. Woodland 2.

BEST:
Morphettville: L. Buchanan, E. Kellock, L. Whiteley, A. Moritz, A. Magi, T. Meyer
Salisbury: S. Gundlach, A. Woodland, K. Rosenzweig, A. Zbierski, M. Freeman, S. Murphy

Morphettville Park have come from behind with a fantastic three goals to zero final term to steal two points from Salisbury in a thrilling finish to their Round 13 match. While Morphettville Park have locked up top spot, it cost Salisbury third position, after Adelaide University recorded a win in its match. Lauren Buchanan booted three goals for the winners and was the difference on the day for Morphettville Park, while Angela MoritzTahlia Meyer and Lisa Whiteley also found their way onto the scoreboard and were named in the best, as was Ellie Kellock. For Salisbury, Katelyn Rosenzweig continued her strong form upon returning from the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, booting three goals, while Ashleigh Woodland nailed two majors. Both players, along with Shae Gundlach were named in the best.

 

PORT ADELAIDE 0.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.3 (9)
FITZROY 5.3 | 7.7 | 13.9 | 18.13 (121)

GOALS:
Port Adelaide: A. Gould.
Fitzroy: C. Biddell 4, M. Rich 3, R. Martin 3, H. Martin 3, M. Elsegood 2, I. Parkin 2, M. Newman.

BEST:
Port Adelaide: J. Greet, L. Beck, J. Macolino, A. Gould, K. Howell
Fitzroy: C. Biddell, M. Rich, I. Parkin, A. Lowery, R. Martin

Fitzroy had a percentage-boosting win over Port Adelaide, piling on 11 goals in the second half to run away with a 112-point victory. The Lions restricted the Magpies to just the one goal for the game, while having 31 scoring shots in an impressive display. Fitzroy had five multiple goal kickers in the win, with Chelsea Biddell‘s four-goal best on ground performance the clear standout. Megan Rich (three goals), Isabelle Parkin (two) and teenager Rachelle Martin (three) were also busy on the scoreboard, while fellow Central Allies representative Madison Newman booted a goal in the win. For Port Adelaide, Ashlee Gould was the sole goal kicker, while Jessica GreetLauren Beck and Jessica Macolino were the Magpies’ best in the loss.

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

LAST weekend’s action threw up highlights we are rarely treated to; with bags of goals, junior talent rising to the top, a pesky pigeon, and a classic after-the-siren win all headlining what was a memorable round of footy.

Noah Gown’s high-five

Noah Gown claimed the goalkicking honours in Round 12b of the TAC Cup, with his bag of five helping second-place Gippsland to back to back wins against top four opposition. His five straight majors came from an impressive 18 disposals and seven marks, with four goal assists coming to-boot. Having played all 12 games for the Power this season, Gown has built nicely into the year with 15 goals, and a rich vein of form lately seeing him named in the best for his fourth consecutive outing. Others to contribute on the day were Austin Hodge (25 disposals, six tackles, two goals) and bottom-ager Harold Hood, who continues to impress as he had 21 touches, eight tackles and five marks.

Melbourne Uni’s Prespakis teaches a lesson

Fresh off her Most Valuable Player (MVP) performance at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, long-touted possible number one pick Maddy Prespakis turned on the heat at VFLW level. Against more mature bodies and experienced players, Prespakis put on another phenomenal display and stood as the only player across the competition in Round 11 to notch over 30 possessions. The next best for the battling Melbourne Uni side was Danielle Hardiman who had 15 disposals, while Alison Drennan managed 28 for the opposition. Prespakis’ 33 touches included 25 kicks and a goal, highlighting the Calder star’s damaging style from midfield. The performance came in only Melbourne University Womens’ third win for the season, with their three-point triumph bringing them within four points of seventh-placed opponents Southern Saints.

Morphettville Park steals draw with final quarter blitz

Morphettville Park have come from behind with a fantastic three goals to zero final term to steal two points from Salisbury in a thrilling finish to their Round 13 match. While Morphettville Park have locked up top spot, it cost Salisbury third position, after Adelaide University recorded a win in its match. Lauren Buchanan booted three goals for the winners and was the difference on the day for Morphettville Park, while Angela MoritzTahlia Meyer and Lisa Whiteley also found their way onto the scoreboard and were named in the best, as was Ellie Kellock. For Salisbury, Katelyn Rosenzweig continued her strong form upon returning from the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, booting three goals, while Ashleigh Woodland nailed two majors. Both players, along with Shae Gundlach were named in the best.

Irishman Tuohy lives the Aussie dream

Zach Tuohy lived out the dream of every budding footballer with his goal after the siren pinching an improbable two-point for the Cats over Melbourne at their Kardinia Park fortress. With the home side trailing at every break, and finding themselves 29 points down during the final term, it was always going to take something special for the tide to turn. Up stepped the likes of birthday boy Tom Hawkins, who booted four final quarter goals, Gary Ablett, who looked hungry as ever in the closing stages, and eventual hero Tuohy, who capped off a 24 disposal, eight mark and two-goal display with the winner. The Irishman’s moment came off the back of coaches Matthew Scarlett and Chris Scott agreeing to swing him forward, and what a decision that proved to be. Despite the result, Geelong still find themselves outside of the top eight on percentage, with the Dees sitting pretty in seventh

Pendles’ pesky pigeon run-in

Scott Pendlebury has shown over time that there’s not much he can’t do on a football field, but he added another feat to his list of exploits on Saturday. The Collingwood skipper paced into space with ball in hand, opting to take a bounce – but an MCG visitor had other ideas. With the ball thrown down in what seemed like slow motion, it collected a rather unlucky pigeon, yet managed to bounce obediently back up to ‘Pendles’ as if nothing had ever happened. Thankfully, the pigeon flew away without harm, probably starstruck by the Collingwood champion. The moment of madness came in the Pies’ comprehensive 66-point win over North Melbourne, which helped them to nestle inside the top four as the race for spots heats up.