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Weekend preview: SANFL Women’s – Round 8

THE top four sides face off against the bottom four sides this round in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition, in a week where finals can just about be locked in. Norwood is secure, South Adelaide is all but in barring a catastrophic end to the season, and North Adelaide has a soft run home. For West Adelaide, Round 8 provides a chance to get breathing space on Glenelg, while for Sturt and Central District, there are no second chances in the final few rounds. Woodville-West Torrens is still searching for its first win and will be hoping to upset North Adelaide this weekend.

STURT vs. NORWOOD
Saturday, April 13, 11.30am
Peter Motley Oval

The top-of-the-table Norwood travel to Peter Motley Oval to take on Sturt, which experienced its best win of the season last week, running over the top of Woodville-West Torrens to keep the Double Blues faint finals hopes alive. Unfortunately for the underdogs, a loss here and it is curtains on season 2019. West Adelaide is eight points clear in fourth, and playing Central District, with a win to the Westies making it impossible for Sturt to make it if the Double Blues lose, while even if they win, they need to hope their rivals do not pick up another win. To Sturt’s credit, they have headed in keeping the same team that found winning formula, with Zoe Prowse and Lilla Berry both added to the side. For the Redlegs, they have lost three players through injury and suspension, with Rhiannon Busch (suspended), and Jane Fitzgerald and Elisha Gallagher (both injured). Into the team comes seven players on an extended interchange bench, with Jo Hill named at centre half-back, while Ellen D’Alessandro is in the back six, while Kate Fenton and Cassie Tsoumbris have been added to the midfield rotation. Norwood’s midfield is the most superior in the competition, and along with South Adelaide’s, knows how to just get the job done when down. Najwa Allen has leather poisoning most weeks, and has been named at centre half-forward in Round 8, while Hannah Dunn and Matilda Zander will be crucial rovers to Leah Cutting who is enjoying a good season. luckily for Sturt, the midfield is where the Double Blues also hold plenty of cards, with clearance gem, Georgia Bevan, Maya Rigter and Caitlyn Swanson all capable of winning the ball then going forward and creating scoring opportunities. Alex Ballard will provide run out of defence, while Monique Hollick and Sophie Armitstead will do the same for Norwood.The Redlegs are heavy favourites in this clash and it is hard to see an upset given the depth of the team across the field, but if Sturt can get a fast start, and follow up its work from the week before, anything is possible.

GLENELG vs. SOUTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 13, 4.15pm
ACH Group Stadium

There will be a sense of deja vu when these sides meet on Saturday evening, having played at the same venue against each other just a week earlier. In that game, South Adelaide were too good, coming away with a 28-point win over the Tigers. From last week, the Tigers have gone in adding potential goalkicking forward, Hannah Crump, and Chelsea Packer to their side, while the Panthers have welcomed back Montana McKinnon after missing due to AFL Women’s Academy duties. They have also added Stacey Huddleston to the starting 18, named in the back pocket alongside the reliable Jaslynne Smith. There is no surprise that South Adelaide will be favourites in this game, having not lost since Round 1 and looking every bit the main challenger to Norwood. The midfield of Hannah Munyard, Czenya Cavouras, Nicole Campbell and Elyse Haussen is as good as any, while McKinnon and Teah Charlton add youthful excitement inside 50. Mykala Walker-Murphy has stood up in recent weeks, and with Cheyenne Hammond patrolling the backline, the Panthers have talent across the field. Glenelg is also capable to causing an upset, but unlike the Panthers, come into the game desperate to get out of a run, having lost five games on the trot since bursting out of the blocks with three wins. Lucy Bellinger looms as the danger for the Panthers with the Tigers sharpshooter able to hit the scoreboard and set up her teammates. Ellen Fauser through the middle with Cassie Hartley will no doubt find plenty of the ball, while Tess Morcom and Sam Franson provide good strength and stability in the back half. They will need some luck, and plenty of direct football to topple the mighty Panthers who have one eye on the finals, but Glenelg’s finals hopes are fading, and a loss here would almost certainly spell the end for season 2019 after a promising start. Meanwhile a win for South Adelaide guarantees the Panthers a top two spot.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 13, 4.15pm
X Convenience Oval

While the Tigers/Panthers game has serious finals ramifications, spare a thought for the Bulldogs/Bloods match which will ultimately decide more than one team’s fate this season. If West Adelaide gets up as one would expect the Bloods to, they are all but booked into finals unless Glenelg upsets South Adelaide, and in the process, slamming the door shut on both Sturt and Central District in season 2019. West Adelaide can still grab third too as the Bloods are equal with North Adelaide on points despite a loss to them last week. Given the Roosters face the three bottom teams over the three rounds, this is simply a must-win for the Westies, who while facing the two bottom sides, also have a date with South Adelaide in the final round. But keeping it simple, a win should be enough to book a finals spot. Both sides have opted for a number of changes, and Central District brings back some serious talent with full-forward Katelyn Rosenzweig and captain Nicola Biagi back into the line-up. For the Bloods, Rachelle Martin returns and is a massive inclusion to the on-ball brigade. Chelsea Biddell was quiet last week with just seven touches and three marks, and one can expect a dominant goalscorer to not stay down for too long. She looms as a massive task for the Central District defence, while Niamh Davis could be the one tasked with restricting Rosenzweig who while inaccurate, often finds plenty of opportunities inside 50. Kimberley Fry at full-back will steady the Bulldogs, while Jayme-Lee Sonneman and Demi Sonneman were terrific last week despite the loss, as was Gemma Doughty who has been a ray of consistency off the half-back flank. For West Adelaide, Abbie Ballard will be excited to have Martin back in the midfield mix, while Maddie Newman continues to just find the ball and perform. Helen Maidment is an underrated played in the Bloods line-up, while Melanie Elsegood is also capable of finding the big sticks with a goal a game so far this season. West Adelaide are favourites, but this is expected to be the closest game of the round, so tune in to see two teams battling to keep their seasons alive.

WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, April 13, 3.45pm
Maughan Thiem Oval

In the final game of the round, the struggling Eagles take on a reborn North Adelaide outfit at Maughan Thiem Oval. The Eagles are yet to win a game in their debut season, while the Roosters are starting to click into gear at the right time of the season. They looked shaky early on against the top sides, and dropped a game to Glenelg as well, but now they have their sights firmly focused on finals. While top two is realistically out of reach, another win will book their spot in the top four given their superior percentage to rivals. With the bottom three sides in the final three rounds, the Roosters could take full advantage of the draw and gather percentage and momentum heading into finals. North Adelaide has made two changes to the line-up with Alex Fittridge and AFL Women’s player, Brittany Perry returning to the line-up, while last week’s top disposal winner, Erica Greet is unavailable, as is Sarah Ellis. After spending most of the season through the midfield, captain Nadia Von Bertouch has been named at half-forward, and with Emma Sampson, Cristie Castle and of course competition leading goalkicker, Kelly Barltrop all in the forward 50, it makes the Roosters front half the most damaging in the league. Their midfield also has plenty of runs on the board with Paige Allen and Leah Tynan, while Jane Altschwager is among the best rucks in the competition, and Amber Ward is a rebounding machine at half-back. There are not too many weaknesses in the North Adelaide line-up and if you were up for backing a roughie in the competition, the Roosters are the perfect side to turn to now they are hitting their straps. Their opponents are the Eagles who have also made at least three changes, with Jaimi Tabb a notable inclusion to the side. They have had fast starts in recent times, but have struggled to go on with it, as Kiana Lee has been the key goalkicker inside 50. Georgia Taylor has been named at half-forward after starting the season in defence, while Natasha Farrier will also be hoping to provide support for Lee in the forward 50. Tesharna Maher and Jovanka Zecevic have been impressive in the back up, while a whole team effort will be required to get up in this game. North Adelaide should continue their winning ways of late, while for the Eagles, the power of breaking the winless drought is something that will keep them focused for the remainder of the season.

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.