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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 SANFL Women’s Round 6 preview: Quadruple header at Adelaide Oval

A MASSIVE Super Saturday of action at Adelaide Oval sees four back-to-back games with plenty of footy to watch in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition.

GLENELG vs. STURT
Saturday, April 3 @ 11am
Adelaide Oval

The evenness of the competition sees two bottom four sides battle it out in the opening game, but both are not too far off the top four spots. Glenelg in particular have won two of five games and have gone close on a number of occasions, but are one point outside the finals spot. A win in this match, and a loss to South Adelaide or Woodville-West Torrens Eagles will see the Bays back in the top four. Sturt are on the bottom of the table with one win from five matches, but a victory would draw them level with a number of teams – including Glenelg – and snap the Double Blues’ three-game losing streak.

Glenelg will welcome youngster Kimberley Fry who crossed to the Bays from Central District over the off-season, as well as State Academy members Brooke Tonon and Tamsyn Morriss back into the fray. Sturt has made six massive inclusions, with debutant Abby Pengelly joining captain Maya Rigter, and the quartet of State Academy members in Zoe Prowse, Alex Ballard, Georgia Swan and Hannah Prenzler all back into the side. Sturt had some impressive individual efforts last week, with Jess Good and Alisha Gepp among the top performers, while Glenelg will loo to the likes of Ellie Kellock, Jessica Bates and Madisyn Freeman who are all in good form of late.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 3 @ 12:45pm
Adelaide Oval

Fresh off their big win over West Adelaide, Central District takes on North Adelaide who has only been able to collect one point from a possible four in the past two weeks. Their draw with South and prior loss to Norwood will have the Roosters hungry for a win, and keeping in touch with the top of the table Redlegs. The Bulldogs had three close losses in Rounds 2-4 but were back on the board in a big way with a comprehensive win over West Adelaide last week. They have the most potent attack in the competition, averaging 35 points a game with their nearest rivals being West Adelaide (29.4 points per game). A win and results in their favour could see the Bulldogs back inside the top four.

Central District welcomes a trio of youngsters back into the side, with Laitiah Huynh, Madison Lane and Lauren Breguet returning from state duties, with the Dogs yet to confirm any omissions. North Adelaide will bring in Amelie Borg, Kate Case and Jorja Eldridge among their inclusions after their state duties, and hope it to be a catalyst to get the full points on the board this week. The Bulldogs’ forward line has been functioning well, with Katelyn Rosenzweig, Chantel Reynolds, Breguet and Huynh among the more damaging players going around. Shelby Smith is enjoying a ripping season, as is Caitlen Teague. They will need to match it with the likes of Leah Tynan and Jaimi Tabb in midfield, while Kristi Harvey and Talia Radan are two in-form key pillars in the back 50.

WWT EAGLES vs. NORWOOD
Saturday, April 3 @ 2:30pm
Adelaide Oval

A huge top three clash between Woodville-West Torrens Eagles and Norwood is one of the games to watch, with the resurgent Eagles having won three on the trot and bolting into third on the SANFL Women’s table. Norwood has ticked off every box since the Round 1 loss to West Adelaide, winning four on the trot and being the most in-form team of the competition. With both sides on winning runs, it will be a massive clash which could reshape the top three sides.

Woodville-West Torrens will be without Natasha Holmes who is a key out due to injury, but the Eagles do welcome back Jamie Parish and Charlotte Dolan from the State Academy duties, as well as Zahn Anthony, and a potential debutant in Cheryllee Waters. Norwood will also bring in Jade Halfpenny and Alana Lishmund from their South Australian representation, as Elizabeth Drake and Isabel Martin beef up the side, with four players out including ex-Eagle Tesharna Maher, The Redlegs will be warm favourites in this one, with Sophie Armitstead, Leah Cutting and Ella Murison all impressing throughout the season, and Mattea Breed and Morgan Johnston also standouts. For the Eagles, Shineah Goody is one of the talented youngsters to look out for the future, as is Jaida Tabb who is in her second game back, while Astrid Gooley and Kiana Lee are other dangerous forwards who can hit the scoreboard.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 3 @ 4:15pm
Adelaide Oval

West Adelaide has been understrength the last couple of weeks, losing the past three games since winning the first two this season. They come up against a Panthers side that has found its grove, collecting five of a possible six points in the past three weeks, almost making it three wins on the trot with victory against North Adelaide, but had to settle for a draw. a win to the Bloods is crucial given they have conceded more points that any other side, but have also scored the second most of any side, as one of the exciting teams running around. South will be hoping to leapfrog a team or two if they can get up in the clash.

West Adelaide have welcomed back a remarkable amount of players, with nine total named as ins for the clash with the Panthers. Along with the State Academy members in Lauren Young, Keeley Kustermann and Zoe Venning, they also regain the services of the experienced Chelsea Biddell, Melanie Elsegood and Madison Newman, and youngster Scarlett Griffiths also returns. For the Panthers, Hannah Munyard joins Tahlita Buethke, Gypsy Schirmer and Lauren Clifton as some of the inclusions for the Panthers as they will have a tough game against a now full-strength Westies outfit. Ailish Considine, Sharnie Whiting and Bec Owen have been among those holding up the fort for the Bloods, while for South, Lisa Whiteley made a strong return last week, and Brianna Wedding and Jaslynne Smith are strong in defence. The midfield combination of Montana McKinnon, Czenya Cavouras and Nicole Campbell is also hard to beat on any given day, making this match a cracker.

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SANFL Women’s Round 5 wrap: Bulldogs win big as first draw, two thrillers wrap up entertaining round

NORWOOD secured outright top spot, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles won their third straight game, Central District had a massive win to bounce back from three consecutive losses, and South Adelaide and North Adelaide played out the season’s first draw.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.3 (21)
NORTH ADELAIDE 1.0 | 2.2 | 3.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

South: M. Bennett, S. Peters, A. Rochow.
North: T. Gordon, J. Tabb, L. Tynan.

DC BEST:

South: M. McKinnon. N. Campbell, C. Cavouras, L. Whiteley, J. Smith
North: L. Daniel, P. Waterford, J. Tabb, K. Harvey, B. Arthur

A Tayla Thorn behind in the dying seconds of the match has saved North Adelaide from back-to-back losses, instead playing out the first draw of the 2021 season with South Adelaide. Leading by seven points at the final break, the Panthers scoring 1.2 to hit the front with a couple of minutes to go, only for North to go down the other end and Thorn have a chance to win it for the Roosters. It registered just the one behind, but it handed the teams a point each, in a low-scoring contest for 3.3 (21) apiece. The teams were fairly even across the board, as the Roosters had a higher kick-to-handball ratio compared to the Panthers, and led in the clearances (21-15) and inside 50s (31-25), but the home team took out the hitouts (22-18) and rebound 50s (25-21).

Montana McKinnon continued her red-hot form this season with a whopping 25 disposals to go alongside 16 hitouts, also picking up eight marks, four inside 50s, four rebound 50s and two clearances. Nicole Campbell worked well in tandem with 24 touches, six marks, six tackles, three inside 50s, two rebound 50s and two clearances. Czenya Cavouras (19 disposals, five tackles and three clearances) and Lisa Whiteley (16 disposals, four tackles, five marks – two contested – and three rebounds) were also impressive. For the Roosters, Lauren Daniel picked up 21 disposals, five clearances, three marks and three inside 50s, with Poppy Waterford (17 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Chelsea Farr (14 disposals, four clearances and three inside 50s) and Jaimi Tabb (15 disposals, three marks, five inside 50s and one goal) busy in midfield, while Kristi Harvey and Talia Radan were again strong across the board.

Across at the quadruple header at Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide take on Central District in the second game, and South Adelaide face West Adelaide in the final clash.

 

STURT 0.2 | 0.4 | 1.6 | 2.7 (19)
WWT EAGLES 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.3 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Sturt: A. Brooks-Birve, C. Forby.
Eagles: J. Sedunary 2, K. Lee.

DC BEST:

Sturt: A. Gepp, J. Wittervan, I. Kuiper, J. Good, K. Mueller
Eagles: J. Sedunary, A. Falkenberg, N. Holmes, R. Forth, J. Zecevic

Woodville-West Torrens Eagles have claimed a third consecutive win to make 2021 their most successful season to-date, just midway through the season. The relatively new side in its third year, held off Sturt to win by just four points in a tight contest despite some remarkable individual efforts from the Double Blues’ teenage midfield. Jess Sedunary kicked two majors – including the first of the final term to give her side some breathing space, before ex-Eagle Chloe Forby almost broke her former teammates’ hearts with a goal midway through the quarter. Despite the goal in the ninth minute, the Eagles held firm to win in a low-scoring encounter, 3.5 (23) to 2.7 (19). Sturt had more marks (41-29) and tackles (69-50), and absolutely slaughtered the Eagles in hitouts (39-9) and clearances (24-14), but the visitors managed to win the inside 50s by 10 (30-20) to have enough scoring opportunities to get the job done.

Sedunary starred with two goals from 21 touches, three marks, two clearances and three inside 50s, whilst it was an even team effort across the board. The usual suspects in Anastasia Falkenberg (17 disposals, five tackles and three clearances), Natasha Holmes (12 disposals, five inside 50s and three rebound 50s), and Jovanka Zecevic (17 disposals, three tackles and two marks) were all impressive, as Renee Forth had 12 disposals, two marks, four tackles, two inside 50s and three rebound 50s. Sturt had some mind-boggling individual performances led by teenage star Alisha Gepp, racking up 35 touches, four marks, six tackles, four clearances and six rebound 50s in the highest disposal game of the year. Jaimee Wittervan (21 disposals, five clearances, three inside 50s and three tackles), Izzy Kuiper (14 disposals, four clearances, four inside 50s, five rebound 50s and 14 tackles) and Jess Good (13 disposals, 31 hitouts and six tackles) were all outstanding in the loss.

Next week Sturt takes on Glenelg in the first game at Adelaide Oval, whilst the Eagles test themselves against top of the table Norwood in the third match of the day.

 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 2.6 | 2.6 | 7.7 | 8.9 (57)
WEST ADELAIDE 0.0 | 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS:

Central: C. Reynolds 3, K. Rosenzweig, N. Biagi, A. James, G. Madigan.
West: A. Considine 2, S. Whiting 2, L. McCarthy.

DC BEST:

Central: K. Rosenzweig, S. Smith, C. Reynodlds, A. Butler, C. Teague. I Starmer
West: A. Considine, S. Whiting, T. Jayne, B. Owen K. Culhane

A five goals to one second quarter was the catalyst for a memorable Central District win, getting back on the board after three consecutive losses to defeat West Adelaide by 22 points. The Bulldogs took advantage of a Bloods outfit missing a host of its in-form players, piling on the pressure in the third term and running away with a 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) victory and hand West Adelaide its third straight loss in the process. Both sides moved to 2-3 for the season, with Chantel Reynolds slotting three goals for the match, and the the Bulldogs four consecutive goals in the space of six minutes during the third term to secure the four points. They dominated possession (228-141), took 24 more marks (55-31) including seven more contested marks (11-4) and controlled the hitouts (20-16), clearances (18-15) and had plenty of inside 50s (28-16), whilst West Adelaide won the tackle (46-36) and rebound 50 (19-11) counts.

The key forwards of Katelyn Rosenzweig (17 disposals, eight marks – three contested – four hitouts, two inside 50s and 1.3) and Reynolds (17 disposals, five marks – four contested – and 3.0) were unstoppable, as captain Shelby Smith again led from the front with a game-high 26 disposals, as well as three marks, four tackles, two clearances and four inside 50s. Alicia Butler (19 disposals, seven marks and four inside 50s) provided some class, while Isabelle Starmer (11 disposals, 16 hitouts and four tackles) and Caitlen Teague (15 disposals, four clearances and three inside 50s) were among the best players once again. Ailish Considine made a promising return to state level with a dominant 17 disposals, six clearances, three tackles, two inside 50s and three rebound 50s, while Sharnie Whiting played forward and slotted 2.2 herself from 12 touches, four marks and three inside 50s. Taylah Jayne (13 disposals, four rebounds), Bec Owen (nine disposals, six tackles and five inside 50s) and Kasia Culhane (10 touches, two clearances and two inside 50s) also worked hard in the loss.

Central District takes on North Adelaide in the second game next Saturday at Adelaide Oval, while West Adelaide faces South Adelaide in the late game in the quadruple header.

 

NORWOOD 0.0 | 1.8 | 1.9 | 3.11 (29)
GLENELG 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.3 | 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

Norwood: E. Clark, E. Sporn, R. Zerella.
Glenelg: L. Armitage, M. Freeman, E. Kellock, S. Partington.

BEST:

Norwood: L. Cutting, E. Murison, M. Breed, S. Armitstead, E. Gallagher
Glenelg: E. Kellock, J. Bates, C. Packer, T. Kohn, M. Freeman

Norwood has secured outright top spot with a hard-fought come-from-behind victory over Glenelg. The Redlegs trailed by 12 points early in the fourth term, and inaccuracy threatened to spoil the party for the home team, but 2.2 to 0.0 in the last 15 minutes of the final term saw them flip the deficit into an eventual two-point win. When Madisyn Freeman converted a goal three minutes into the last quarter – which was the Bays’ third consecutive major, the Redlegs were on the back foot. But back-to-back goals to Rosette Zerella and Erika Sporn resulted in them coming back and running over the top of their opponents, 3.11 (29) to 4.3 (27). Norwood led the disposal count (194-169), as well as the marks in a low-marking game, 24-17. Whilst Glenelg’s defence did hold up for the most part, the Redlegs dominated the hitouts (40-13) and won the clearances (28-21) and inside 50s (27-22).

Emma Clark led the disposal count for the Redlegs with 15, as well as six tackles, three clearances, two rebound 50s and a goal, as Leah Cutting dominated the ruck yet again, picking up 14 disposals, laying 15 tackles and amassing 35 hitouts and four inside 50s. Mattea Breed (14 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s), Ella Murison (14 disposals, three marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and five rebound 50s) and midfield duo Sophie Armitstead (11 disposals, eight tackles, six clearances and two inside 50s) and Elisha Gallagher (11 disposals, four tackles, five clearances and three inside 50s were all prolific. For the Bays, Jessica Bates again had a day out with a whopping 16 tackles to go with nine disposals and two inside 50s, as Ellie Kellock kicked a goal from an even 12 disposals, six tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s. Tessa Kohn (11 disposals, six tackles and six inside 50s), Chelsea Packer (11 disposals, two tackles and three inside 50s) and Freeman (10 disposals, four rebounds) were others who stood out.

Next week Norwood takes on Woodville-West Torrens Eagles in the third game at Adelaide Oval, while Glenelg opens the day against Sturt from 10.30am.

 

Picture credit: SANFL / John Emery

2021 SANFL Women’s Round 5 preview: Changes galore with State Academy players out

THERE was carnage in a good way at the selection table for the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s teams, as their most talented youth prospects departed to represent their state at the AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships on Sunday.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Friday, March 26 @ 7:00pm
Flinders University Stadium

The second grand final rematch of the 2020 SANFL Women’s finale has the two sides with very different lineups to last year’s decider. On top of the host of players returning or entering the AFL Women’s competition, both teams have plenty of State Academy members who are out for their clash with Western Australia. South Adelaide lose Gypsy Schirmer, Tahlita Buethke and Lauren Clifton to the match, with North’s Kate Case, Julia Clark, Jorja Eldridge and Amelie Borg also out of the game. Both teams receive some talented reinforcements with Lisa Whiteley, Madison Bennett and Tiffany Copley among the ins for the Panthers, while Kelly Barltrop and Lauren Daniel join four new players – including former Panther Emogen Johnson – in their starting side.

The Roosters defence still has the twin talls in Kristi Harvey and Talia Radan, as well as Erin Sundstrom, whilst Jaimi Tabb played her best game of the season last week, and will match it with the likes of Czenya Cavouras and Nicole Campbell in there. Montana McKinnon is in red-hot form and will be tipped to continue that against the Roosters, as the forward duo of Jorja Hooper and Jess Kirk will be looking to apply more scoreboard pressure in this one. North Adelaide would be confident of bouncing back, though the Panthers still have a really strong midfield – including State Academy emergency Sarah Wright – and could take control there.

STURT vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS EAGLES
Saturday, March 27 @ 10.40am
X Convenience Oval

Kicking off a double-header at X Convenience Oval, the 1-3 Sturt take on the in-form Woodville-West Torrens Eagles in what could make history for the visitors. The Eagles only won two games in their second season last year – after going winless in year one – and could be eyeing off a remarkable third straight victory if they can topple the last placed Sturt. They will need to do it without a host of talents including State Academy members Charlotte Dolan and Jamie Parish, as well as Zahn Anthony and Stephanie Walker. Sturt have even more outs due to the Academy game, with the Double Blues’ football factory of Alex Ballard, Georgia Swan, Hannah Prenzler and star ruck Zoe Prowse all out of the team, as well as captain Maya Rigter with a knee injury.

It will give plenty a players a chance to step up, with the likes of Sarah Wallace and Millie McCarthy new faces. Ella Vitucci is the sole new face to the Eagles’ outfit, though Renee Forth returns for some extra experience, as does young gun Jaida Tabb from injury. Jess Good will need to step up again in her second game, taking on another secondary ruck for her side in Amie Blanden. Both have great talent and will thrive on the opportunity, whilst the likes of Alisha Gepp and Shineah Goody will go head-to-head in an awesome young battle through the middle. Jess Sedunary and Forth add that AFL Women’s experience for the Eagles, while Sturt will have to shuffle around the backline and hope the midfield of Isobel Kuiper and Elsie Dawes can control the tempo.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday, March 27 @ 12:25pm
X Convenience Oval

West Adelaide will look to snap a two-game losing streak when it comes up against Central District on a three-game losing streak of its own. The Dogs are back at home, and in a tight competition are still only two wins off the top two. They will want to convert their almost-wins into victories however, making two confirmed changes with Laitiah Huynh and Madison Lane off to represent South Australia. The home team has named an extended bench with the likes of Emma Keys and Caitlin Wendland making their way into the side. The Bloods have lost four of their stars due to the Academy game and AFL Women’s, with Keeley Kustermann, Lauren Young and Zoe Venning all out of West Adelaide’s team, while Chelsea Biddell steps up to the Crows again. Bethany Sigley is in line to potentially make her debut, whilst Ailish Considine could replace Biddell as that experienced forward.

The Bulldogs will remain relatively stable to past weeks despite their two young talents out of the side, as captain Shelby Smith is in red-hot form with Caitlen Teague and Lauren Smith also having great games in past weeks. Up forward Katelyn Rosenzweig did not miss a beat after what looked like a bad injury two weeks ago, but turned up and impressed last round. Demi Sonneman has been a reliable force down back and will be important to limiting West’s scoring chances, with Kasia Culhane down there and Sharnie Whiting thrown forward as a target. Bec Owen and Zoe Greer make a strong midfield with Louella McCarthy and ruck Kate Walsh, in what will be a fascinating clash of midfields.

NORWOOD vs. GLENELG
Saturday, March 27 @ 12.30pm
Coopers Stadium

The new top of the table Redlegs will host an up-and-down Glenelg which now sits at 2-2 and only one win off the top two places. The Bays had a fantastic come-from-behind win over West Adelaide last week, whilst Norwood’s victory over North Adelaide handed them top spot. The Redlegs will be without young guns, Alana Lishmund and Jade Halfpenny who miss due to the Academy game, as well as Elizabeth Drake who is out due to a quad injury. Into the side comes Tesharna Maher alongside a couple of Morphettville Park and ex-Glenelg talents in Cammie Williams and Celestine Dona to make their debuts in the game. Rori Perryman could be a debutant for the Bays, coming into the side with Rachel Aistrope, Rhiley Ritchie, Milli Gentle and Sheridan Howell. They replace Academy players Brooke Tonon and Tamsyn Morriss, as well as Dayna Cox (Adelaide AFL Women’s) and Lucy Earl (injured).

Both sides still have very strong sides despite the omissions, with Mattea Breed named in the ruck with Leah Cutting at centre half-forward. Jess Macolino and Lana Schwerdt – the most recent Breakthrough Player of the Week – are in good form, whilst Ella Murison slotted two goals last week. Also in good form are the likes of Sam Franson, Emily Bates and Ellie Kellock in the yellow and black, whilst Piper Window has been consistent through the season and developing well, while Molly Affolter provides the height through the ruck and up forward. Norwood will be favourites in the game, but it should be a tight contest.

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SANFL Women’s Round 4 wrap: Redlegs topple Roosters as Panthers and Eagles grab back-to-back wins

NORWOOD has grabbed top spot on the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s ladder with a victory over previous leader North Adelaide, whilst South Adelaide entered the top four thanks to their second consecutive win.

WWT EAGLES 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 4.1 (25)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS:

Eagles: J. Sedunary 2, K. Lee, S. Walker.
Central: K. Rosenzweig, C. Reynolds.

DC BEST:

Eagles: J. Sedunary, S. Goody. N. Holmes, S. Walker, A. Falkenberg
Central: S. Smith, I. Stamer, A. James, D. Sonneman, M. Lane

Booting four of the last five goals of the game, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles exacted revenge on the team that beat them in Round 1, knocking off Central District by nine points on Friday night. The Eagles booted 4.1 (25) to 2.4 (16) in the game, making the most of their scoring chances despite one less than their opposition, and handed the Bulldogs their third consecutive loss in the process. Jess Sedunary was the star, booting two goals in her return since breaking her leg last year, whilst for the second consecutive week, Kiana Lee booted the sealer. Regular scorers Katelyn Rosenzweig and Chantel Reynolds hit the scoreboard for the Dogs, but it would not be enough.

In a low-possession game, the Dogs had 10 more touches (199-189), with the visitors dominating the clearances (28-13) off the back of hitout control (23-17). Despite this, they could not make inroads going forward, with the Eagles controlling the inside 50 count (31-22), whilst the Dogs defence largely held up with rebound 50s (27-20), though the Eagles still fought through for the victory.

Sedunary finished with an impressive 14 disposals, three marks – two contested – four tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s and two goals upon return, while Stephanie Walker slotted a goal from 14 disposals, three marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s. Shineah Goody was again impressive, as the youngster had 13 touches, five marks, five tackles and four inside 50s, while Natasha Holmes (14 disposals, six tackles) and Anastasia Falkenberg (13 disposals, four tackles and three rebound 50s) were also productive.

For the Bulldogs, Shelby Smith could well have been the best player on the ground, racking up 21 disposals, six marks, six tackles five clearances and five inside 50s to lead from the front, whilst Caitlen Teague (15 disposals, three marks) and Madison Lane (14 disposals, six rebound 50s) again found plenty of the footy. Isabelle Starmer stood out in the ruck with 15 hitouts, four clearances and five tackles to go with 13 touches, while Demi Sonneman (11 disposals, three tackles, three marks and four rebound 50s) and Lauren Smith (14 disposals, five tackles) were strong.

Both teams face off at X Convenience Oval in a double-header at X Convenience Oval next Saturday, with the Eagles taking on Sturt at 10.40am, before the Bulldogs host West Adelaide from 12.25pm.

 

WEST ADELAIDE 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 3.4 (22)
GLENELG 0.0 | 1.2 | 2.4 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS:

West: L. Young 3.
Glenelg: E. Kellock 2, C. Swanson, C. Packer.

DC BEST:

West: L. Young, Z. Venning, K. Culhane, C. Biddell, K. Kustermann
Glenelg: E. Kellock, M. Girvan, J. Bates, B. Tonon, D. Cox

Glenelg has bounced back from consecutive losses with a six-point win over West Adelaide, handing the Bloods back-to-back losses in the process. In a hard-fought match, Glenelg overcame a huge effort from 15-year-old Lauren Young – who booted three goals – to kick the last two goals of the match and win by a goal after trailing by as much as six points, seven minutes into the final term. In the end, two goals from Ellie Kellock in an impressive effort was enough to overcome the Bloods and ensure both teams went to 2-2 for the season after the 4.4 (28) to 3.4 (22) win.

Glenelg won 35 more disposals (185-150), and also restricted West’s outside game, with the Bloods having just 19 marks to the Bays’ 32, whilst the visitors also notched up 72 tackles to 54. West Adelaide was stronger around the stoppages with 30 clearances to 25, also winning the inside 50 count (27-24), but the Bays stood strong in defence with 24 rebound 50s to 17.

Kellock slotted two majors from 12 disposals, four clearances and two inside 50s in a strong effort across four quarters, though she was far from alone. Jessica Bates continued her red-hot 2021 form with 13 disposals, five marks, nine tackles, three clearances and five rebound 50s, while Brooke Tonon (14 disposals, three marks, three tackles and four rebound 50s) and Caitlyn Swanson (eight disposals, three marks, three tackles and three inside 50s) had an impact. Meara Girvan (11 disposals, 18 hitouts) and Molly Affolter (six disposals, 18 hitouts) both tag-teamed in the ruck, while Dayna Cox returned to the side to have 12 disposals, three marks, five tackles and three rebound 50s.

Young was a standout performer yet again, with the leading disposal winner racking up 17 touches again, but clunking four marks – two contested – three tackles, four inside 50s, two rebound 50s and slotting the three goals. Fellow State Academy members Zoe Venning (15 disposals, two marks, six tackles, three clearances and three inside 50s) and Keeley Kustermann (eight disposals, seven tackles, two inside 50s and four rebound 50s) also stood out, while Chelsea Biddell (10 disposals, 21 hitouts, four tackles) was imposing in the ruck returning to state level, and Kasia Culhane (11 disposals, four tackles and six clearances) also prominent in the middle.

Glenelg take on Norwood at Coopers Stadium next Saturday, while the Bloods take on Central District on the same day at X Convenience Oval.

 

NORWOOD 1.0 | 2.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 (30)
NORTH ADELAIDE 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)

GOALS:

Norwood: E. Murison 2, M. Breed, J. Halfpenny, J. Macolino.
North: T. Thorn.

DC BEST:

Norwood: L. Cutting, E. Murison, M. Johnston, E. Clark, L. Schwerdt
North: J. Tabb, K. Harvey, E. Greet, J. Clark, T. Thorn

Norwood has ended North Adelaide’s winning streak at three, with a 22-point victory in the Saturday Round 4 contest between the sides. The Redlegs just could not miss – literally – booting five straight goals on their way to a 5.0 (30) to 1.2 (8) victory, containing the Roosters to just one goal and three scoring shots in the match. Ella Murison was the sole multiple goalkicker with two, as athletic forwards Mattea Breed and Jade Halfpenny slotted majors, as did midfielder Jess Macolino, while Tayla Thorn kicked North’s sole major of the game.

Norwood had 30 more disposals (218-188), and 20 more marks (43-23), whilst North Adelaide applied good pressure throughout the match with 85 tackles to 61. Around the ball, Norwood had the advantage, dominating the hitouts 42-15 thanks to Leah Cutting, whilst taking control in the clearances (30-24) and inside 50s (26-21), with North marginally head in rebound 50s (21-18).

Cutting was best on ground with 17 disposals, six marks – one contested – 26 hitouts, nine tackles, two clearances, five inside 50s and two rebound 50s in the win, aiding the likes of Macolino (12 disposals, four inside 50s and two clearances), Emma Clark (13 disposals, seven tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s), Lana Schwerdt (13 disposals, four tackles and three clearances) and Sophie Armitstead (15 disposals, four tackles and three clearances) at the stoppages. Murison’s two goals came alongside 13 disposals, three marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s, while Halfpenny helped herself to 10 touches, four tackles and three inside 50s as well as a goal.

North’s two standouts were midfielder Jaimi Tabb who was a wrecking ball around the stoppages thanks to 18 disposals, four marks – three contested – 10 tackles, five clearances and five inside 50s – and full-back Kristi Harvey (18 disposals, three marks, six tackles and five rebound 50s) who were both sensational. Julia Clark stepped up for 14 touches, two marks, four tackles, two clearances and two rebound 50s, while Erica Greet (15 disposals, five inside 50s) and Chelsea Farr (13 disposals, five tackles and three inside 50s) were also busy in the loss.

In Round 5, Norwood hosts Glenelg at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, while North Adelaide takes on South Adelaide in the second grand final rematch of the season under lights at Flinders University Stadium from 7pm.

 

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.4 | 3.7 (25)
STURT 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.2 (14)

GOALS:

South: J. Kirk, J. Hooper, H. Munyard.
Sturt: C. Forby, K. Harris.

DC BEST:

South: H. Munyard, C. Cavouras, M. McKinnon, J. Kirk, B. Wedding
Sturt: J. Wittervan, G. Swan, A. Ballard, K. Harris, H. Prenzler

South Adelaide have strung back-to-back wins together in 2021, defeating Sturt to move to 2-2 for the season despite kicking just the one goal in the second half. In what was a titanic struggle of two teams with strong defences, the Panthers got up in a thrilling 3.7 (25) to 2.2 (14) victory, with a couple of Adelaide AFL Women’s talents standing up. The Panthers were quick out of the blocks with two goals in 11 minutes to race out to a 13-point lead at quarter time. Sturt worked back into the game and even moved to within two points just 25 seconds into the final term courtesy of a goal to Kate Harris, but a response from Jess Kirk – and a couple of chances after that from the goalsneak – ended the game with an 11-point win to the home team.

Despite the loss, Sturt led the disposals (205-179), marks (51-44) and clearances (22-18), though South Adelaide clunked 16 contested marks to seven in a remarkable show of strength. The Panthers also laid 51 tackles to 39, and marginally led the hitouts (21-19) and rebound 50s (23-20), with the inside 50s practically even (26-25 in Sturt’s favour).

Hannah Munyard returned to South Adelaide for her first game of the year and immediately threw her hand up for a recall to the Crows’ AFL Women’s side, racking up 20 disposals, as well as two marks, five tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s, two rebound 50s and a goal. Czenya Cavouras was just as prominent around the stoppages, crashing and bashing her way to 17 touches, seven tackles and six clearances, whilst Montana McKinnon‘s ripping season continued with four contested marks – of six total marks – as well as 16 hitouts, 11 disposals and four inside 50s. Nicole Campbell (13 disposals, three inside 50s) won her fair share of the ball, whilst youngsters Sarah Wright (13 disposals, two inside 50s and three rebound 50s) and Tahlita Buethke (12 disposals, three marks, two clearances and three inside 50s) were also impressive.

Georgia Swan‘s rising form capped off in the game with a massive 20 touches, a clear season-best for the State Academy member, also taking five marks – one contested – laying four tackles and having four inside 50s. Jaimee Wittervan was crucial around the stoppages with 13 disposals, seven clearances, four inside 50s, three marks and three tackles, while Alex Ballard had 14 disposals, seven marks and three rebound 50s. Also busy in defence was Hannah Prenzler (10 disposals, five marks – one contested – and five rebound 50s), while Alisha Gepp (15 disposals, two marks, two tackles and two clearances) and Harris (14 disposals, three marks and three inside 50s) were also among the better Sturt players on the day.

South Adelaide will have a chance to topple North Adelaide in the first game of Round 5 at Flinders University on Friday night, while Sturt will take on Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at X Convenience Oval on Saturday morning.

2021 SANFL Women’s Round 4 preview: Crucial ladder-defining games for mid-table teams

ROUND 4 of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s season kicks off tonight with two games across the weekend featuring teams on one win from three games, while Norwood have the chance to knock top of the table North Adelaide off its unbeaten perch.

WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS vs. CENTRAL DISTRICT
Friday, March 19 @ 6.30pm
Hisense Stadium

In the first rematch of the season, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles take on Central District under lights at Hisense Stadium tonight. The Eagles are coming in off their first win of the season following their hard-fought slog in the wet against Glenelg, whilst Central District has not won since the Round 1 victory over the Eagles, but were in control for most of the game in their last two narrow losses to Sturt and South Adelaide which were both under a kick. The Bulldogs have been terrific starters this season and will look to do so again when they take on the Eagles, whilst their opponents will be aware that if they can be close enough at half-time they can finish strongly like they did against the Bays last week.

The Eagles do have a couple of forced outs with youngster Brooklyn Kraft missing due to a knee injury, and Renee Forth called up to Adelaide’s AFL Women’s program. They have regained some AFL Women’s experience however, with Jess Sedunary among a host of inclusions on an extended bench. Central has just the one confirmed out with Alicia Butler out, though key midfield Lauren Smith returns alongside a number of inclusions for the Dogs as they hope to go 2-0 against the Eagles this season.

To do so Central will need to put scores on the board throughout the four quarters, and key forward Katelyn Rosenzweig has been named which is fantastic to see after an injury late in the loss to South Adelaide last week. Chantel Reynolds and Laitiah Huynh have found ways to apply scoreboard pressure this season, while Shelby Smith was sensational last week in the middle. She is well supported by Lauren Smith and Caitlen Teague who form a really strong onball group, whilst the defensive trio of Madison Lane, Gemma Doughty and Demi Sonneman provide great run out of the back 50.

The Eagles have to shuffle the magnets around with the loss of Kraft, as Amie Blanden – who took over ruck duties last week – will start there again, as Under 16s talent Shineah Goody will team up with reigning best and fairest winner Jovanka Zecevic at the stoppages. Anastasia Falkenberg and Natasha Holmes have put together some consistent performances this season, while South Australian State Academy members, Charlotte Dolan and Jamie Parish will provide some run for the Eagles. Kiana Lee has been named at centre half-back but as she showed last week, can go forward and kick a crucial goal.

Central District would be favoured to back up their Round 1 win over the Eagles, it will just be a case of making the most of their forward 50 entries, whilst for the Eagles, it is about winning the midfield battle.

WEST ADELAIDE vs. GLENELG
Friday, March 19 @ 8.15pm
Hisense Stadium

In the second match at Hisense Arena, the real home team in West Adelaide will host Glenelg in an important game for both sides. The Bloods will welcome back some of their AFL Women’s talent they lost from last week’s game when they went down to North Adelaide. The Bays will also bring some big names back into the side as they look to arrest a two-game losing streak they have suffered at the hands of North Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens the last two rounds. West have the firepower up forward, but the Tigers have also been capable of kicking a big score when not slugging it out in the wet.

West Adelaide will welcome back Madison Newman and Chelsea Biddell to the fold with their AFL Women’s experience crucial, though Louella McCarthy is another key player to be named amongst the ins having kicked two late goals in the win a fortnight ago. The Bays will see a ton of players return with at last five players out of the Round 3 team, including Ellen Fauser, whilst the likes of AFL Women’s Dayna Cox, and goal-scoring threat Sam Franson are back in for the big game. Grace Duffy is another inclusion for the Bays who has proven to provide some high and work in the forward half.

With the West forward line looking bulked up again, it will the likes of Biddell and Newman who have the capacity of putting scores on the board, while Zoe Venning has rotated well between half-forward and onball this season. Lauren Young has been a revelation in her debut season at just 15-years-old, and the likes of Bec Owen and Zoe Greer will rove to Kate Walsh who could take advantage in the ruck. State Academy member Tamsyn Morriss has been thrown in the midfield for this game alongside 15-year-old Piper Window who has made a promising start to her SANFL Women’s career. Ellie Kellock provides that experience in the middle, while Madisyn Freeman and Brooke Tonon are named on the wings to provide some extra run forward.

West Adelaide will be favourites here with plenty of quality coming back, but the Bays have their own talent returning, which makes this a great contest at night.

NORWOOD vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, March 20 @ 11.00am
Cooper Stadium

Kicking off Saturday’s action, Norwood will have the next crack at trying to end the unbeaten North Adelaide’s run which went to three games last week, but realistically the Roosters have not lost since the 2019 SANFL Women’s Grand Final. The Redlegs have won the past two games and are building some good form, though they did have a scare against Sturt in Round 3, so will want to pick it up here and put in a good performance. The Roosters controlled most of the player after an early goal to the Bloods last week, and will be without a couple of stars so will eye off others stepping up in their place.

Isabel Martin will miss the Redlegs’ Round 4 clash after injuring her ankle, joining State Academy member Sarah Branford, and defender Kate Fenton among the outs for the clash. Norwood does regain the services of Alana Lishmund who returns from suspension. The Roosters on the other hand have suffered some big outs with young gun Hannah Ewings out with the ankle injury she sustained in the second quarter of North Adelaide’s Round 3 win over West Adelaide, while key forward Kelly Barltrop will be unavailable for the clash.

The Redlegs will need to capitalise on the midfield and get the ball forward to allow the likes of athletic talls Mattea Breed and Jade Halfpenny to get plenty of looks inside 50. Lana Schwerdt won the Ellen Maple Medal in the win against Sturt last week and will be keen to back up that performance here, whilst the experience of Jess Macolino, Sophie Armitstead and Elisha Gallagher will help add some composure around the ground. The Redlegs were lucky not to concede a late goal last week, and will be wary of what the Roosters can do.

North Adelaide has a near-impenetrable defence with key posts, Kristi Harvey and Talia Radan providing the strength and smarts to not allow any easy goals. Alana Baker comes into the side and slots straight onto half-back with the running Kate Case, while Case’s State Academy teammate Julia Clark has been thrown in the midfield alongside the in-form Leah Tynan and Cristie Castle. Jaimi Tabb has been named at full-forward to provide some strength down there, whilst Brianna Arthur and Kathryn Reynolds are also among the dangerous forwards inside 50.

North Adelaide should be good enough to go to 4-0, but with the talent out, Norwood has a huge opportunity to cause an upset in this game, particularly in front of home fans.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. STURT
Saturday, March 20 @ 5.30pm
Flinders University Stadium

‘The final game of the round is an evening game between South Adelaide and Sturt down at Flinders University Stadium. The Panthers finally got on the board last week – albeit just – with a narrow win over Central District. The game against Sturt could be another thriller, with the Double Blues also having plenty of young, developing players running around and are 1-2, though could easily have been 2-1 with a couple of missed opportunities last in the game against the Panthers last week. The winner of this game moves to 2-2 and remains in touch with the top couple of teams.

The Panthers will welcome into the side Amy Gore and Katie Whish – the latter in line for a debut – amongst others including Sheena Peters, Alannah Rochow and Georgia Pennifold, whilst Madison Bennett, Tess Brockhurst and Amy Huxtable are out. The Double Blues have lost youngster Tiah Hough to a hand injury, whilst Allani Dawes, Molly Fletcher and Jessica Good have been named in an extended team, with Good another potential debutant in the game.

Good could well have a baptism of fire, with the tall named in the ruck to face AFL Women’s ruck Montana McKinnon. The South Adelaide ruck has been in terrific form this season, and with the experience of Czenya Cavouras and Nicole Campbell in there, the Panthers have the advantage. However the fact Zoe Prowse is just rolling around as a midfielder means the Double Blues have that Plan B ready to go, with the best two young rucks in South Australia likely to cross paths on multiple occasions. Sturt duo Alisha Gepp and Isobel Kuiper are younger than their opponents, but will certainly attack the contest hard, whilst Tahlita Buethke and Sarah Wright are other State Academy members hoping to impress through the midfield.

In defence for the Double Blues, Alex Ballard, Hannah Prenzler and Lauren Clifton are a trio of State Academy members who provide skill and drive out of the back 50, going up against the likes of Gypsy Schirmer, Jess Kirk and Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg who have all been in great form themselves. Jorja Hooper has acquitted herself successfully in her debut season as a key forward, with the Under 16s talent showing her strength in the air and around goal, while Jaslynne Smith and Georgia Swan are among the other young talents running around for their respective teams in the match.

This game could go either way, with South likely to be favourite given their extra experience, but the Sturt defence has done well yet again to start the season, which makes it a fascinating contest.

 

Picture credit: SANFL / Cory Sutton

SANFL Women’s Round 3 wrap: Roosters rise up as remaining sides grab points

NORTH Adelaide is outright top of the table in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition after defeating West Adelaide, whilst Woodville-West Torrens Eagles and South Adelaide grabbed wins, meaning five teams are on one victory, with Norwood joining West on the two wins from three games.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.2 | 2.5 | 3.7 | 4.8 (32)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 0.3 | 0.5 | 3.6 | 5.7 (37)

GOALS:

Central: C. Reynolds, K. Rosenzweig, D. Sonneman, C. Teague.
South: J. Kirk 2, J. Hooper, E. Haylock.

DC BEST:

Central: C. Teague, M. Lane, S. Smith, C. Richards, K. Rosenzweig
South: J. Kirk, J. Hooper, S. Flanagan-Sjoberg, G. Schirmer, J. Smith

South Adelaide has overcome a goalless first half to run over the top of a plucky Central District in a classic contest to open Round 3 of SANFL Women’s action. For the second consecutive week, the Bulldogs kept a side to one goal or less in the first half, then led at the final break but were overrun in the final term. An injury to Katelyn Rosenzweig late in the game hurt the Bulldogs as the key forward had been a strong target and kicked a great goal in the third term.

Chantel Reynolds and Caitlen Teague started off with majors in the first half, as both sides booted five behinds heading into the main break in what had been primarily a battle between the arcs. Forward targets Jess Kirk and youngster Jorja Hooper kicked majors in the opening two and a half minutes of the third term to get the game back in South’s possessions before Rosenzweig kicked truly midway through the term. Back-to-back goals either side of the break to Elyse Haylock and Kirk, following by a towering mark and goal from Hooper, and the game looked out of reach for the Bulldogs. To Central’s credit Demi Sonneman converted in the extra time added by Rosenzweig’s injury, but the Dogs would fall short by five points.

Kirk (seven disposals, four marks – three contested – two tackles and 2.3) and Hooper (nine disposals, four marks – two contested – two inside 50s and 2.1) were the key targets up forward for the Panthers, while Montana McKinnon (15 hitouts) and Soriah Moon (14) controlled the ruck stoppages. Nicole Campbell (nine disposals, four clearances) and Tahlita Buethke (15 disposals, three clearances) were the couple of stand up around the stoppages, as Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg (17 disposals, three tackles and two inside 50s), Gypsy Schirmer (16 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s) and Jaslynne Smith (13 disposals, two marks, two tackles and six rebounds) were also solid.

For the Bulldogs, Madison Lane led all-comers with 18 touches, six marks, four rebounds and two tackles, while Teague was superb once again with 17 disposals, three tackles, four clearances, eight inside 50s, two rebounds and a goal. Captain Shelby Smith (17 disposals, eight tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s) was busy once again, as was Reynolds (16 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and 1.3).

The Bulldogs take on Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at Hisense Stadium on Friday night, while the Panthers host Sturt at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday evening in two battles between 1-2 sides.

 

NORWOOD 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 (20)
STURT 0.1 | 1.1 | 2.3 | 2.6 (18)

GOALS:

Norwood: M. Breed, E. Drake, E. Gallagher.
Sturt: A. Brooks-Birve, C. Forby.

DC BEST:

Norwood: M. Johnston, J. Macolino, L. Cutting. L. Schwerdt, A. Ferrall
Sturt: A. Gepp Z. Prowse, I. Kuiper, E. Dawes, A. Ballard

Norwood has outlasted Sturt in a tense, low-scoring epic battle of strong defences, getting up by just two points, 3.2 (20) to 2.6 (18) at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. The Redlegs moved to 2-1 in the season and moved two points ahead of the mid-table logjam, with both sides only booting one goal apiece in the first half, and a combined five goals for the entire match. Despite the low scores, the contest had plenty of end-to-end action and edge-of-your-seat contests, with Lana Schwerdt awarded the prestigious Ellen Maple Medal for her efforts in the match.

Elisha Gallagher was first off the board breaking a 10-minute scoring drought with a major, while Sturt broke its drought with a Chloe Forby major just 90 seconds into the second term. Just over a quarter later, Amy Brooks-Birve snagged a second major for the Double Blues to hit the front, and by the seven-minute mark of the third term, led by as much as eight points. Back-to-back majors to Mattea Breed and Elizabeth Drake midway and late in the third term for the Redlegs swung the momentum back in the home team’s favour. The final term was largely played in Sturt’s half, booting three behinds to one, and then having a couple of shots in the final minute, including a set shot to Taylor Prenzler 30m out straight in front, but it just drifted off the boot and was marked on the line.

Morgan Johnston was superb out of the back half, picking up 16 disposals, taking seven marks and having six rebounds and three tackles, whilst through the middle of the ground, Jess Macolino (16 disposals, six tackles and two clearances), Sophie Armitstead (14 disposals, two marks, five tackles and three clearances) and Elisha Gallagher (14 disposals, five tackles and three clearances) were busy, the latter also stepping up inside 50. Leah Cutting had 13 disposals, 18 hitouts, five clearances and laid four tackles against Zoe Prowse in an entertaining ruck battle all night. Alison Ferrall (13 disposals, six tackles and five rebounds) and Jade Halfpenny (13 disposals, two marks, three tackles, two clearances and two inside 50s) also had some highlights in the match.

For the Double Blues, Sturt showed off her usual athleticism with 13 touches, two marks, 19 hitouts, four tackles, five clearances and three inside 50s, while Alisha Gepp (20 disposals, three clearances and four tackles) led the match for disposals, Elise Dawes (12 disposals, three tackles, three clearances and six inside 50s), Isobel Kuiper (12 disposals, four marks, five tackles, five clearances and five inside 50s) and Tiah Hough (nine disposals, four clearances and two tackles) all busy at the stoppages.

Norwood host top of the table North Adelaide next Saturday at Coopers Stadium, while the Double Blues head to Flinders University Stadium later in the day to face the Panthers.

 

WWT EAGLES 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.3 (15)
GLENELG 0.3 | 1.4 | 1.6 | 1.6 (12)

GOALS:

Eagles: K. Lee, C. Whittington-Charity.
Glenelg: E. Kellock.

DC BEST:

Eagles: S. Goody, S. Walker, J. Zecevic, A. Blanden, A. Falkenberg
Glenelg: J. Bates, E. Kellock, B. Tonon, M. Affolter, L. Bungey

In a low-scoring battle that featured just three goals, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles did enough to get the job done and secure the win over Glenelg. The Eagles trailed by two points at quarter time, three points half-time and five points at the final break, but kept the Bays scoreless in the final term, booting 1.2 – which was more than their score for the entire first three quarters – to win 2.3 (15) to 1.6 (12). The victory meant the Eagles moved to 1-2 for the season and completed the set which has seen every team grab a win this season from just three rounds.

The first term was an arm-wrestle which would be indicative for the rest of the contest. Four behinds were scored, three of which went the way of the Tigers. The second term was a complete reversal as Chloe Whitington-Charity and Ellie Kellock cancelled each other out with majors in the opening four minutes of the term. Whilst it might have looked like the game was going to open up on the scoreboard, the next goal did not come for another 40 minutes and by that stage, it was Kiana Lee – who had missed a shot just prior – slotting home what would be the winning goal in the tight encounter.

Young gun Shineah Goody gets better by the week and was best on ground for her 16 disposals, two marks, 11 tackles, four clearances, nine inside 50s and two rebounds. Stephanie Walker (12 disposals, eight tackles and four inside 50s), Anastasia Falkenberg (14 disposals, seven tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds), Amie Blanden (12 disposals, six tackles and 12 hitouts) and Jovanka Zecevic (12 disposals, eight tackles, three clearances and three rebounds) were also impressive for the Eagles.

For the Bays, Jessica Bates continued her great form with 15 disposals, two marks, 12 tackles, two clearances and three rebounds, teaming up well with Brooke Tonon (14 disposals, three tackles, two clearances, two inside 50s and three rebounds) and Kellock (13 disposals, two marks, three tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds and one goal). Lauren Bungey (11 disposals, three tackles and four inside 50s) and Tamsyn Morriss (11 disposals, five tackles and three rebounds) were also lively in the loss.

Next week the Eagles face Central District in a rematch of the first round encounter between the sides, while Glenelg take on West Adelaide, both at Hisense Stadium on Friday night.

 

WEST ADELAIDE 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 (9)
NORTH ADELAIDE 0.0 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS:

West: G. Ramsey.
North: J. Tabb, T. Thorn, H. Ewings, T. Gordon.

DC BEST:

West: S. Whiting, B. Owen, L. Young, Z. Venning, Z. Greer
North: L. Tynan, K. Harvey, C. Castle, O. Gallio, P. Waterford

In the final game of the round, North Adelaide stood tall in the battle of the undefeated sides, overcoming a scoreless first term to boot the last four goals of the match, and win by 19 points over West Adelaide. The Bloods were missing a number of key players for the encounter such as Madison Newman, Chelsea Biddell and Melanie Elsegood, leaving them a touch short and down on experience up forward. Nonetheless, the Roosters capitalised with 4.4 to 0.2 after quarter time to run out 4.4 (28) to 1.3 (9) winners.

Despite missing their two tall targets inside 50, the Bloods were first on the board less than three minutes into the match, with Gretel Ramsey slotting a goal after a miss from Nicole Hooper to go seven points up. Neither team could score for the remainder of the quarter, leaving the Bloods in control at 1.1 to 0.0. Quick out of the blocks in the second term, the Roosters roared to life in the opening minutes, as Hannah Ewings and Tayla Gordon booted majors, and the reigning premiers headed into the main break with a seven-point lead themselves. After another goalless third term for both sides, the Roosters had another fierce start to the final quarter, booting another two goals inside the first six minutes with Jaimi Tabb and Tayla Thorn driving home the message and grabbing the four points along the way for a memorable win.

Leah Tynan topped the disposal winners for the Roosters, picking up 16 touches, as well as three marks, five tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s. Poppy Waterford (14 disposals, three marks and four rebounds) and Olivia Gallio (13 disposals, five tackles and three rebounds) backed up Kristi Harvey (11 disposals, six rebounds) in defence, while Tabb (13 disposals, three marks, four tackles, two clearances and a goal) and Cristie Castle (13 disposals, three tackles, two hitouts, two clearances and four inside 50s) were also busy.

For the Bloods, Sharnie Whiting was instrumental once again with 21 disposals, four marks, two tackles, three clearances, two inside 50s and four rebounds, while Lauren Young (19 disposals, four marks, four tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s and three rebounds) was also outstanding. Bec Owen (17 disposals, four marks, six tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s) stood up, while Zoe Venning (17 disposals, two tackles, two clearances and two inside 50s) and Kate Walsh (seven disposals, 19 hitouts, four clearances and two inside 50s) were others who impressed.

North Adelaide will face off against Norwood at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, while West Adelaide host Glenelg at Hisense Stadium on Friday night.

 

Picture credit: SANFL – John Emery

2021 SANFL Women’s Round 3 preview: Undefeated sides to clash as others search for first win

WEST Adelaide and North Adelaide will battle for the right to the top of the ladder after three South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s rounds when they play on Sunday, while the likes of South Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens are searching for their first win of the season.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Friday, March 12 @ 6.30pm
Coopers Stadium

Opening the round is a massive crunch game this early in the season between two sides that have the capacity to push for a finals spot. Central District sit at an even 1-1 from its two games thus far, picking up a big win over Woodville-West Torrens, then let the match against Sturt slip away in the final term. They were a quarter away from heading into this game undefeated, but the Panthers are now in a similar boat with an 0-2 start, albeit coming up against two likely finalists this year in North Adelaide and Norwood. Team selection has hurt the Bulldogs with Lauren Breguet and Lauren Smith both out due to concussion, but some of the ins add serious quality to the team, with Amber James, Gemma Doughty and Alicia Butler among those named back in the side and have he potential to put in strong performances. The Panthers have welcomed back Czenya Cavouras to the mix who was sorely missed in Round 2, and along with Alannah Rochow, the Panthers have an extended bench and only the two confirmed outs with Georgia Pennifold and Tiffany Copley both out of the side.

The Bulldogs took it up to the Panthers last season but could not capitalise on a plethora of inside 50s, and now with extra experience through that midfield, the likes of Butler, Caitlen Teague and Shelby Smith have the opportunity to match up against Cavouras, Nicole Campbell and Tahlita Buethke. Montana McKinnon has been in scintillating form at state level and will be difficult to contain, though with a solid backline that has restricted its opposition this year, the Bulldogs will back themselves in. Shannon Murphy, Doughty and Demi Sonneman make up a reliable half-back line, whilst youngsters at either end in Laitiah Huynh and Madison Lane add some extra tenacity in there. Speaking of youngsters, Gypsy Schirmer has been in terrific form to start the year, with Sarah Wright getting better by the week, and Lauren Clifton teaming up well with Jaslynne Smith in defence. Madison Bennett made a great return to the Panthers side in Round 2, and she just locks onto opposition players with her pressure and burst speed.

This is genuinely a 50/50 game. History says South Adelaide, but potential suggest Central District could cause a boilover, though the Panthers will be keen not to drop to 0-3 in a short season.

 

NORWOOD vs. STURT
Friday, March 12 @ 8.15pm
Coopers Stadium

Two sides that reversed Round 1 losses into Round 2 wins, Norwood hosts Sturt in a game that promises to provide plenty of great matchups. The Redlegs took down South Adelaide last week after a lost to West Adelaide the week before, while Sturt came good in the final term to run over the top of Central District after a forgettable Round 1 loss to Glenelg. A couple of youngsters will be out of the Redlegs side, with Alana Lishmund missing due to suspension, while Tesharna Maher is out with an ankle injury. In comes Jiarna Zerella and Charlotte Nenke, both named on the bench for the clash. Sturt have made minimal changes with only a couple of inclusions to the side as Georgia Hamilton and Allani Dawes join an extended Double Blues bench.

The Redlegs have plenty of firepower up forward, with Jade Halfpenny standing out in attack, while Mattea Breed roamed just about everywhere and even chopped out in the ruck. Speaking of the ruck, Leah Cutting will bring plenty of experience, but will need to try and contain the athleticism and talent of Zoe Prowse who never misses a beat. The draft-eligible AFL Women’s Academy member will make life difficult for not only Cutting, but the opposition midfield as well with her second efforts. Jess Macolino and Sophie Armitstead have nous to extract the ball, with Shai Hiscock and teenager Sarah Branford also named in there. Sharing the load up forward, Isabel Martin can roam up to a wing, while Kate Fenton, Alison Ferrall and Elizabeth Drake are capable of multiple goals. For the Double Blues, their defence is one of the best in the competition, led by Maya Rigter in her new defensive role, and teenage duo, Alex Ballard and Hannah Prenzler. Through midfield, the Double Blues have the youngest onball division in the competition, with 19-year-old Isobel Kuiper the oldest of the quartet featuring Prowse, Alisha Gepp and Tiah Hough who have all stood up against more experienced opposition.

Norwood are favourites to win back-to-back matches, but Sturt just grind out games and then stand up at critical moments, so the Redlegs will need to be at their best to get the job done.

 

WWT EAGLES vs. GLENELG
Saturday, March 13 @ 10.40am
Hisense Stadium

Kicking off the Saturday double-header at Hisense Stadium, the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles are searching for their first win against a Glenelg side coming off a narrow loss to reigning premiers, North Adelaide. The Eagles have lost to Central District and West Adelaide in the opening two rounds, while Glenelg triumphed over Sturt before going down to the Roosters by five points last weekend. The Bays will be without key player Sam Franson for the clash, while Anja Bancevic is also out, as Ellen Fauser and Lauren Bungey return to the team. Fauser has been named straight at full-forward with Bungey at half-back, adding some fresh faces to either end. The Eagles on the other hand have brought in five players and lost three, with Kiana Lee returning to the side to sure up defence. Jess Sedunary is a massive inclusion with the AFL Women’s talent coming back for her first game since her broken leg last year.

The Eagles have a number of young talents who provide great run and carry, with Charlotte Dolan and Jamie Parish named on respective wins, and Shineah Goody at half-back. The experience of Jovanka Zecevic and Renee Forth in midfield will look to take control, though youngster Piper Window has held her own in the competition, and Ellie Kellock is a reliable inside midfielder. Brooke Tonon and Madisyn Freeman will provide the Bays with run of their own, while Tessa Kohn and Tamsyn Morriss are still young and provide some hardness around the ground. Jessica Bates is in some great form for the visitors, while Amie Blanden is a consistent source of scoring chances inside 50, and Anastasia Falkenberg capable of roaming up the ground when required.

Glenelg have the extra experience, though the Eagles’ inclusions are mighty handy so will make it a tough contest.

 

WEST ADELAIDE vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, March 13 @ 12.25pm
Hisense Stadium

The SANFL Women’s fixture has saved the best until last this week, with a top-of-the-table clash between two undefeated sides in West Adelaide and North Adelaide. The preliminary finalists from last year have defeated Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens in the opening two rounds of the season, whilst reigning premiers North Adelaide defeated South Adelaide and Glenelg to also enter this contest at 2-0. Unfortunately for the Bloods, they have lost some serious experience with Chelsea Biddell bouncing straight back up to Adelaide’s AFL Women’s side, Madison Newman injured and Melanie Elsegood and Louella McCarthy also out. The quartet booted five of the Westies seven goals last week, so coach Mark Moody will need to shuffle the magnets. Into the side come the likes of Samantha Ramm, and Nicole Hooper to take over the key position roles of Biddell and Elsegood, while six other players have been added to an extended bench. For North, they have added two players to the side with Chloe Short in line to make her debut, and Olivia Gallio named in the team for the first time since the 2020 SANFL Women’s Grand Final.

The Bloods defence has been steady this season with the inclusion of Sharnie Whiting at centre half-back, she has provide the strong intercept marking ability, with 15-year-old young gun Lauren Young also providing support by dropping back there and earning a Breakthrough Player of the Week nomination in Round 1. West Adelaide have an abundance of youth, and it showed when hard nut Zoe Venning attacked the contest last week and came away with her nomination for Round 2 after a dazzling 25-disposal performance. With Keeley Kustermann another one with high-end potential, West Adelaide have no shortage of talent running around. The Roosters have a Rising Star of their own in Hannah Ewings who won the Breakthrough Player Award in 2020 after also earning a nomination in debut. She teams up well in midfield with another young talent in Jaimi Tabb, as well as the experience of Leah Tynan and Lauren Daniel. The Roosters are able to roll players in different positions around the field, with Brianna Arthur able to play forward or midfield, Kate Case in defence or midfield, and Julia Clark pushing further up the ground from her traditional deep defence role. Zoe Greer and Venning will be looking for feeds from Kate Walsh in midfield, and hoping to create some scoring opportunities up front. It will be difficult with the two rocks in defence in Kristi Harvey and Talia Radan who have proven near impenetrable at times.

The reigning premiers look stronger on paper with the two AFL Women’s talents and experienced players out for the Bloods, so it will be up to the youth of West Adelaide to step up and match it with the Roosters who have so much versatility there are plenty of backup plans if the magnets need to be shuffled on gameday.

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2021 SANFL Women’s Team of the Week: Round 2

UNDEFEATED sides, North Adelaide and West Adelaide have topped this week’s Draft Central South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s Team of the Week with four representatives apiece in the 24-player squad. North Adelaide’s quartet features three players who made it the week before, while West have a couple of fresh faces rejoining back-to-back nominees.

West Adelaide youngster Zoe Venning captains the team this week after an outstanding performance with 25 disposals, two marks, five tackles, four inside 50s, two rebounds and one goal. She is joined by tall target Chelsea Biddell, as well as back-to-back nominees, Sharnie Whiting and last week’s captain, Lauren Young in the side.

North Adelaide’s Kristi Harvey locks down full-back once again and has been handed the vice-captaincy for her performance which was highlighted by 14 disposals and seven rebounds. Partner-in-crime Talia Radan is in the back pocket next to her, whilst young gun Hannah Ewings, and draft-eligible talent Kate Case are also in the side.

Norwood’s win over South Adelaide saw the Redlegs receive three nominations in the side, with consistent midfielder Jess Macolino named in the centre of the ground. Forward Jade Halfpenny and tall utility Mattea Breed are the others to earn places in the team this week. Their opponents South Adelaide also had three players nominated, with ruck Montana McKinnon staking her case for an AFL Women’s recall, as Nicole Campbell and Jaslynne Smith both made the side too. South’s Lauren Clifton was close to making the side and was named as an emergency this week.

Sturt’s first win of the season meant three teenagers worked their way into the side, with top-age talents, Hannah Prenzler and Isobel Kuiper both in the starting team at half-back and onball respectively, while ruck Zoe Prowse will provide backup to McKinnon. Their opponents Central District also recorded three players in the side, with tenacious forward Laitiah Huynh making the team for a second consecutive week, this time joined by midfielders, Caitlen Teague (wing) and Shelby Smith (interchange). Katelyn Rosenzweig was named as one of three emergencies in the team.

The two sides which recorded just the two players in the team had an even spread across the board and made it difficult to pick best players. For Glenelg, defender Sheridan Howell, and midfielder Brooke Tonon were the final inclusions, with Piper Window named as an emergency. Woodville-West Torrens Eagles had two players at different ends of the experience scale, with Adelaide AFL Women’s player Renee Forth, and Under 16s talent, Shineah Goody slotting onto flanks at opposite ends of the field.

DRAFT CENTRAL SANFL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: ROUND 2

B: Talia Radan (NA) – Kristi Harvey (NA) (vc) – Sheridan Howell (GL)
HB: Renee Forth (WWT) – Sharnie Whiting (WA) – Hannah Prenzler (ST)
C: Zoe Venning (WA) (c) – Jess Macolino (NW) – Caitlen Teague (CD)
HF: Hannah Ewings (NA) – Chelsea Biddell (WA) – Shineah Goody (WWT)
F: Jade Halfpenny (NW) – Mattea Breed (NW) – Laitiah Huynh (CD)
R: Montana McKinnon (SA) – Isobel Kuiper (ST) – Nicole Campbell (SA)
INT:  Kate Case (NA) – Zoe Prowse (ST) – Jaslynne Smith (SA) – Shelby Smith (CD) –  Brooke Tonon (GL) – Lauren Young (WA)

EMG: Lauren Clifton (SA) – Katelyn Rosenzweig (CD) – Piper Window (GL)

SANFL Women’s Round 2 wrap: Roosters and Bloods remain undefeated

NORTH Adelaide and West Adelaide are the only undefeated teams after the first two rounds of South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s action, while Norwood and Sturt grabbed wins to leave South Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens Eagles as the winless sides in 2021.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 0.0 | 1.2 | 3.5 | 3.5 (23)
NORWOOD 1.1 | 5.2 | 6.2 | 7.2 (44)

GOALS:

South: J. Kirk, G. Schirmer, T. Page.
Norwood: E. Drake 2, J. Halfpenny 2, M. Breed, K. Fenton, L. Schwerdt.

BEST:

South: N. Campbell, M. McKinnon, G. Schirmer, E. Brockhurst, L. Clifton
Norwood: J. Macolino, S. Armitstead,  E. Gallagher, M. Breed, L. Cutting

Norwood has bounced back from its Round 1 loss to West Adelaide with an impressive 21-point victory over South Adelaide. The Panthers were missing key onballer Czenya Cavouras for the clash, and stuck with the Redlegs early, but a four goals to one second term blew the margin out, with both teams scoring two majors in the second half during the 7.2 (44) to 3.5 (23) result.

Booting six of the first seven goals – including two to both Elizabeth Drake and Jade Halfpenny and 1.2 to Mattea Breed – the Redlegs made the most of their chances to lead by a game-high 30 points early in the third quarter. Back-to-back goals to Jess Kirk and Gypsy Schirmer gave the Panthers some hope, but three consecutive behinds – to those goalkickers and Lauren Clifton – hurt the home side, as Kate Fenton‘s final quarter major was the only score of the quarter during the win.

Norwood had 14 more disposals, 10 more marks and 10 more inside 50s, with South narrowly winning the hitouts and clearances. Norwood’s key dominance was in the inside-50 count with 32 to 20 being the ultimate difference, though the visitors only finished with one more scoring shot – nine to eight – but were far more accurate.

In terms of individual performers, the ruck battle was fascinating with Montana McKinnon (19 disposals, six marks – three contested – 15 hitouts, six clearances, three inside 50s and three rebounds) stating her case for an Adelaide Crows recall up against Leah Cutting (12 disposals, three marks, five tackles, 16 hitouts, two clearances and two inside 50s). Jess Macolino was the top ball-winner for the winners, picking up 17 disposals and five clearances, while Emma Clark (15 disposals, two marks and three inside 50s) and Sophie Armitstead (13 disposals, six tackles and three rebounds) were also lively.

Up forward, Breed (13 disposals, three tackles and a goal), Drake (13 disposals, three marks and two goals) and Halfpenny (eight disposals, two marks and two goals) were all lively in the win. For South, Schirmer had another impressive night out with 15 touches, three tackles, two rebounds and a goal, while Nicole Campbell (18 disposals, four marks – one contested – six tackles, four clearances and five inside 50s) was also productive. Youngsters Sarah Wright (16 disposals, three rebounds), Tahlita Buethke (14 disposals, two marks and two tackles) and Clifton (12 disposals, three marks and three inside 50s) all stood up.

South Adelaide take on Central District in the first game of a double-header at Coopers Stadium next Friday night, before Norwood host Sturt in the second game.

 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.2 | 2.3 | 2.5 | 2.5 (17)
STURT 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS:

Central: K. Rosenzweig, L. Huynh.
Sturt: A. Brooks-Birve, C. Forby, A. Healy.

BEST:

Central: C. Teague, S. Smith, K. Rosenzweig, L. Huynh, D. Sonneman
Sturt: Z. Prowse, I. Kuiper, H. Prenzler, A. Gepp, T. Hough

Sturt has stepped up in the final term to run over the top of Central District in a low-scoring tussle to secure its first win of the season. After not scoring in the first term, and then trailing by as much as 10 points at the final break, Sturt booted the only two goals of the last quarter to win by two points, 3.1 (19) to 2.5 (17).

Central District fired up early, piling on 2.2 by the first minute of the second term, with Sturt yet to score. Despite a drought-breaking goal by Amy Brooks-Birve to reduce the deficit, three consecutive behinds over the second and third term saw the Dogs get out to a double-digit lead. Needing a response in the final term, ex-Eagle Chloe Forby got on the board in the opening 90 seconds with a goal, then midway through the term, Alysha Healy kicked what would be the winning goal, handing the Double Blues a two-pint win.

Central District finished with more disposals (171-163), clearances (22-20) and inside 50s (25-19), but unsurprisingly, Sturt dominated the hitouts (41-14) and rebounds (23-16) with Zoe Prowse and the Double Blues’ defence standing up under pressure. Prowse returned to her more permanent ruck role, racking up 32 hitouts to go with 13 disposals and three inside 50s, while Hannah Prenzler (13 disposals, five marks and five rebounds), Kiera Mueller (12 disposals, four tackles and three rebounds) and Alex Ballard (10 disposals, four marks and three rebounds) standing up well in the back 50.

Isobel Kuiper (17 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and three clearances) worked well with fellow youngsters Tiah Hough (11 disposals, three marks, six tackles and four clearances) and Alisha Gepp (16 disposals, four tackles and five clearances) on the inside. Caitlen Teague was a standout for the Bulldogs in the loss, picking up 13 disposals and laying 10 tackles, as well as four inside 50s and two clearances, while Shelby Smith (14 disposals, 11 tackles and five clearances) worked hard throughout. Up front, Katelyn Rosenzweig kicked 1.3 from 10 disposals, five marks (three contested) and three inside 50s, while Laitiah Huynh had 11 disposals, six tackles and a goal. In defence, Shannon Murphy was a rock with 12 disposals, four marks, four tackles and a game-high seven rebounds.

In Round 3, Sturt will take on Norwood at Coopers Stadium in the second game following Central District’s clash with South Adelaide in a Friday night double-header.

 

GLENELG 0.2 | 0.4 | 1.4 | 2.7 (19)
NORTH ADELAIDE 1.4 | 2.4 | 2.6 | 3.6 (24)

GOALS:

Glenelg: L. Armitage, J. Bates.
North: H. Ewings K. Barltrop, T. Gordon.

BEST:

Glenelg: B. Tonon, J. Bates, T. Morriss, P. Window, L. Armitage
North: E. Greet, K. Harvey J. Tabb, H. Ewings, K. Case

North Adelaide moved to 2-0 in the Roosters’ premiership defence season, defeating Glenelg in a battle of the Round 1 winners. The Roosters won by five points, 3.6 (24) to 2.7 (19), holding off a determined Bays outfit in the second half after kicking the only first half goals. The first major did not come until Tayla Gordon‘s goal in the final two minutes of the first term after six consecutive behinds between the teams. Kelly Barltrop kicked a second goal for the Roosters midway through the second term to give her side breathing space, before Jessica Bates hit back with an important one in the third quarter.

Following back-to-back behinds, Hannah Ewings kicked a vital goal early in the fourth term, and whilst Glenelg had four scoring shots in the last quarter, kicking 1.3, Lucy Armitage‘s major in the final few minutes cutting the final deficit to five points was not enough. Despite the loss, Glenelg topped the disposal count (227-212), and dominated the marks (54-36), but the Roosters pressure of 70 tackles to 44, and holding firm around the ground was crucial.

Erica Greet found plenty of the ball for the Roosters, racking up 19 touches to go with six marks – one contested – six tackles, two inside 50s and three rebounds, while Kate Case provided great run and strength in the air with 15 touches, five marks – two contested – and two tackles. The defensive pillars in Talia Radan (15 disposals, five rebounds) and Kristi Harvey (14 disposals, seven rebounds) stood up again, whilst Ewings (14 disposals, three marks, five tackles and a goal) and Jaimi Tabb (13 disposals, 12 tackles) were fierce.

A host of youngsters stepped up for the Tigers, with Brooke Tonon (20 disposals, six marks) leading the way, while Piper Window (17 disposals, four marks and four inside 50s), Tamsyn Morriss (16 disposals, six marks) and Madisyn Freeman (13 disposals, three inside 50s) also impressed. Bates had another good outing with 17 disposals, three marks, five tackles and three rebounds, while Armitage finished with 13 disposals, four tackles and a goal.

North Adelaide face off against fellow undefeated side West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium in the second of a double-header clash at the venue on Saturday, following Glenelg’s meeting with Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.

 

WEST ADELAIDE 1.4 | 5.4 | 5.8 | 7.9 (51)
WWT EAGLES 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.1 | 4.1 (25)

GOALS:

West: K, McCarthy 2, M Elsegood, C. Biddell, M. Newman, Z. Venning.
Eagles: S. Goody, A. Blanden, N. Collie, A. Gooley.

BEST:

West: Z. Venning, L. Young, C. Biddell, L. McCarthy, B. Owen
Eagles: R. Forth, S. Walker, A. Blanden, Z. Anthony, S. Goody

A four goals to one second term has seen West Adelaide set up a strong 26-point win over Woodville-West Torrens to remain undefeated and set up a top of the table clash with reigning premiers in Round 3. The Bloods were inaccurate in the first term, then slotted 4.0 to 1.0 in the second term to storm to a 22-point half-time lead. The Eagles cut the deficit and threatened to steal the game from the inaccurate Bloods at one stage before West straightened up to win, 7.9 (51) to 4.1 (25).

Zoe Venning had an outstanding game and was best afield, also kicking the opening goal of the game 97 seconds into the match. Despite fiercely attacking for the first quarter, the Bloods kicked four consecutive behinds, and then Eagles’ Astrid Gooley made them pay with a late major cutting the deficit to just four points. Four of the next five goals all went the way of the home team, with AFL Women’s talents Chelsea Biddell and Madison Newman, and Melanie Elsegood and Ashlea James all converting goals either side of Eagles’ Amie Blanden.

At half-time the Westies lead by 22 points, but four consecutive behinds to the Bloods throughout the third term, and then goals either side of the final break to Nicole Collie and Shineah Goody, brought the deficit back to 13 points with the visitors in with a chance. That chance was snuffed out late in the game with Louella McCarthy kicking back-to-back goals in the final five minutes of the match to seal the 26-point victory.

West Adelaide dominated possession (215-158) and still won the tackle count (60-56), whilst being ahead in the hitouts (29-14), clearances (24-20) and inside 50s (30-24). Venning’s best afield performance included 25 disposals, two marks, five tackles, four inside 50s, two rebounds and one goal, while Round 1 Breakthrough Player, Lauren Young picked up 18 disposals, three marks, six tackles, two hitouts and four clearances in the win. Sharnie Whiting (16 disposals, four marks and four rebounds) was rock solid again in defence, while Biddell (16 disposals, five marks – three contested – 11 hitouts, five inside 50s and a goal), Bec Owen (17 disposals, four tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s) and McCarthy (12 disposals, six tackles, six clearances and two goals) were also among the best.

Renee Forth was a standout in the loss for the Eagles, picking up a team-high 22 disposals, as well as seven marks, four tackles, three clearances, five rebounds and two inside 50s. Blanden had 14 disposals, eight hitouts, five inside 50s and a goal, while Stephanie Walker (12 disposals, five marks, four tackles, five clearances and two rebounds) and Goody (11 disposals, three tackles, two clearances, four rebounds and goal) were both prolific across the board.

West Adelaide hosts North Adelaide in the final game of the round on Saturday afternoon, the second game of a double-header at Hisense Stadium, while the Eagles take on Glenelg in the earlier game.

Picture: Cory Sutton / SANFL