2020 GSFLW Team of the Year
Updated: Sep 20, 2020
The 2020 Great Southern Football League Women's competition has come to a close--with McLaren taking home the flag for the first time following their third Grand Final appearance in as many years.
Willunga, while not getting the result they were hoping for, can still be proud of their club having made both the Opens and the U16s Grand Finals--the latter of which was won by Mt Compass. The Bulldogs would also be happy with their 2020 campaign, as they would progress through to the Preliminary Final where they would fall just 11 points shy of the eventual Premiers.
The reigning three-peat Premiers Strathalbyn would be a little disappointed that they didn't extend their run to four straight flags--but they still hold their title of being one of the league's best sides as they once again played finals footy.
Goolwa were the surprise packet of the 2020 season--and looked as if they would make finals until the tail end of the season. Still, claiming three wins for the season and having the league Best and Fairest donning the black and white, they have plenty to build on for next season.
As for Encounter Bay, their highlight of the season would be defeating their cross-town rival, which was just one of their two wins for the year. Following close behind them is Yankalilla, whose one win came in the final game against Victor Harbor, in what we called the "Battle for the Wooden Spoon".
The Kangaroos, similar to the Tigers, have no shortage of young talent--with both their U16 sides making the top four despite their open teams making up the bottom two. But with Maya Overall and Jaimee Millard in the blue and white, and Jemma Ellie and Leah Bailey in the yellow and black--both sides have plenty to build on going forwards.
Overall, 2020 saw the top four continue their string of final appearances, the only difference this time is that it was McLaren who came away with the flag instead of the remarkable Roosters. With a game on Kangaroo Island, plenty of SANFLW talent, and young-guns aplenty--the 2020 GSFLW season was a great one at that.
Scroll down to see the 2020 GSFLW Team of the Year plus a small breakdown of each player.
Captain: Renee Moon
Vice-Captain: Emogen Johnson
The 2020 GSFLW Team of the Year is heavily reflected of the ladder positions, with both Willunga and McLaren holding the most spots in this year's side with six each--followed by Mt Compass, Yankalilla, and Strathalbyn who each have three named players.
As for the leaders, Goolwa's Renee Moon has rightfully earned this year's Captaincy following her impressive season which saw her crowned as the League's Best and Fairest. Equally as deserving of the Vice-Captaincy is Strathalbyn's Emogen Johnson, who finished off her impressive year by finishing runner-up to the League Best and Fairest.
We have tried to name all players as close to their accurate positions as possible.
Achol Agany (Encounter Bay)
As a great target to have up-forward, Achol Agany proved to be a very dangerous forward for Encounter Bay this season. In total, she finished with eight goals from six games including a five-goal performance against Victor Harbor during Round Four. Goals aside, Achol also represented the Bays well in the GSFLW Best and Fairest, finishing highest for her club at equal tenth.
Sally Fuller (McLaren)
What a season it was for the McLaren Captain Sally Fuller. In total, she finished the season with 15 goals, five of which came during McLaren’s Grand Final win—which explains why she received Best on Ground honours. As well as this, Sally also finished third for the GSFLW Best and Fairest with nine votes.
Indigo Miller (Strathalbyn)
Indigo Miller only donned the red and white for six matches this season—but she still managed to boot 11 goals for her side. This talented-tall also went well in the GSFLW Best and Fairest as she finished equal tenth, now just imagine what she could do with a full season.
Half Forward Flank
Demi Sharp (Mt Compass)
This midfield/forward had an outstanding year for Mt Compass this season. Not only did she make her presence felt around the stoppages, which is shown through her performance in the GSFLW Best and Fairest as she finished equal sixth with seven votes—but she was also very dangerous up-forward as she booted eight goals in eight matches.
Centre Half Forward
Emily Cozamanis (Strathalbyn)
Strathalbyn seems to be good at finding young talent, and Emily Cozamanis is exactly that. Being crowned as the League’s Leading Goalkicker for the 2020 season, Emily managed to boot 14 goals in just eight matches. Which certainly makes her a player to watch out for in 2021.
Half Forward Flank
Kelli Nijhuis (McLaren)
2020 marks Kelli Nijhuis’s first full season of football—and what a season it was. As a member of South Adelaide’s SANFLW squad, Kelli was dangerous up-forward for the Eagles and finished with 12 goals from nine matches. With great pace and overhead marking, she also went well in the GSFLW Best and Fairest finishing equal tenth.
Layla Rogers (McLaren)
The ever-reliable Layla Rogers was outstanding during the 2020 GSFLW season. Upon returning from her first season with South Adelaide in the SANFLW, she did not waste time making her presence felt as the fast-paced midfielder finished the year with four goals from seven matches. She also went well in the League Best and Fairest, finishing fourth with eight votes—and was also impressive during McLaren’s Grand Final win.
Katrice Turner (Willunga)
A through and through Willunga girl, Katrice Turner was a familiar name in the best players each week. As a member of South Adelaide’s 2020 SANFLW squad, Katrice enjoyed a stellar season for the Demons—and would go onto finish the year with eight goals from nine games, from which she was named amongst Willunga’s best players a total of seven times.
Tahlita Buethke (McLaren)
As a fast paced and skillful player—Tahlita Buethke proved to be a consistent performer for McLaren once she had returned from her debut SANFLW season with South Adelaide and was also a key contributor during the Eagles finals campaign. In total, Tahlita would go onto play five games this GSFLW season and get named in their best players for each of those matches.
Half Back Flank
Colbie Frankland (Willunga)
With experience in both SAWFL and SANFLW football, Colbie Frankland was a welcome addition to Willunga this year—best shown through the fact that she was named as Co-Captain of her new side. A very versatile player that can play both ends of the ground, she would go onto finish the season with a total of seven goals from nine matches.
Centre Half Back
Caitlin Radbone (Willunga)
A fast paced defender that provides plenty of rebounding potential, Caitlin Radbone is a player that plays her role perfectly. She played all nine of Willunga’s games this season and was named amongst the best plays during six of them. Arguably the most impressive feat is that she even managed to add to her goal tally with two goals.
Half Back Flank
Jaimee Millard (Victor Harbor)
One of the youngest players to make our Team of the Year, and the only player from Victor Harbor—Jaimee Millard enjoyed a strong season in both the Opens and the U16s competitions this year. She finished as the runner-up to the U16s League Best and Fairest while also playing in six senior games from which she was named amongst the best players on four occasions.
Emma Grycezwski (McLaren)
A veteran defender who played in South Adelaide’s SANFLW Premiership last year, Emma Gryczewski is a formidable last line of defence—no doubt thanks to her strong hands and great composure. A reliable and consistent performer for the Eagles all season, Emma was also a valuable defender during their 2020 GSFLW Premiership win.
Carli Perryman (Willunga)
Carli Perryman, who along with Millard, make up the two youngest players in our Team of the Year. Carli finished equal third for the GSFLW U16s Best and Fairest while she was also named as Willunga’s Best on Ground during this year’s Grand Final. A young-gun full back, Carli played all of the Demons’ nine senior matches and was name amongst the best players on five occasions.
Tegan Cross (Yankalilla)
A reliable and consistent defender for the Tigers this season—Tegan Cross was also a familiar name in our Team of the Week as she played seven matches in the yellow and black and was named amongst the best players on a total of four occasions.
Laura Smith (Yankalilla)
Yankalilla’s Laura Smith can hold the title of being the best ruck during this 2020 GSFLW season—best shown through the fact that she finished equal fourth in this year’s League Best and Fairest with eight votes. Best and Fairest aside, Laura was also a familiar name in our Team of the Week as she was named amongst the Tigers best players on five separate occasions.
Renee Moon (Goolwa (Captain))
As the 2020 GSFLW Open Women’s Best and Fairest who collected an impressive 18 votes during the medal count—Goolwa’s Renee Moon was an obvious choice to hold the title as our 2020 Team of the Year Captain. Renee made her presence felt around the ball in every game she played this season as she was named in Goolwa’s best players in all seven of this year’s matches.
Emogen Johnson (Strathalbyn (Vice-Captain))
The runner-up to the 2020 GSFLW Open Women’s Best and Fairest and a two-time Premiership player with Strathalbyn, Emogen Johnson is certainly worthy of holding this year’s Team of the Year Vice-Captaincy. With experience playing SANFLW footy with South Adelaide—Emmy played eight games for three goals, and was named in the Roosters best players on seven occasions.
Ella Radbone (Willunga)
As an extremely versatile player that can play ruck or anywhere she is otherwise needed, Ella Radbone finished the season ninth in this year’s League Best and Fairest medal count with five votes. Yet another member of South Adelaide’s 2020 squad, Ella played eight matches for the Demons and was named in amongst their best players on seven occasions.
Asha Bell (Goolwa)
Goolwa’s Asha Bell was a consistent performer in the black and white despite playing less games than most the others on this team. This is because Asha only played five games this season, but she certainly made the most of it as she booted five goals and was named in Goolwa’s best players on five occasions.
Leah Bailey (Yankalilla)
As a fast-paced wing and young Yankalilla product, Leah Bailey was one of the best performers in the yellow and black this season. In total, this young Tiger would finish tenth in this year’s League Best and Fairest which is not surprising as she made Yankalilla’s best players on five separate occasions.
Linda Shute (Mt Compass)
One of two talented Mt Compass players that finished equal sixth in this year’s League Best and Fairest—Linda Shute was a very valuable and reliable performer for the Bulldogs this season. She would go onto play in eight games where she managed four goals and was named in amongst their best players on seven occasions.
Kristen Rothwell (Willunga)
Willunga’s Kristen Rothwell made her SANFLW debut in Round Ten of this year with South Adelaide—but as for GSFLW level, she ended up playing in seven matches for the Demons. As an impressive midfield/forward, Kristen managed to boot four goals during this GSFLW season.
Taylah Eastwood (Mt Compass)
A very familiar name from Mt Compass, Taylah Eastwood was an extremely reliable performer for the Bulldogs this season. With a beautiful kick and a great mindset, Taylah played eight games for Mt Compass this season and was named amongst their best players during seven of them.
Lexie Bentley (McLaren)
A valuable ruck for McLaren who puts in 100 per cent effort week—Lexie Bentley was named amongst the Premiers’ best players on five occasions this year.
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