AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Eight
Adelaide, Collingwood, Carlton and Melbourne all register big wins as the race to finals edges into its final week.
Darcy Vescio led from the front as the Blues cruised to a massive win on Friday night, knocking off Gold Coast after a shaky opening term, 4.3 (27) to 13.9 (87). Likewise, Collingwood were also massive winners over the Saints, albeit the Magpies were in control for the entire match to win, 8.11 (59) to 2.1 (13).
The Giants just managed to get over the top of Geelong in a low scoring affair. Just one behind was scored after halftime, but it was enough for the Giants to get home, 2.4 (16) to 1.3 (9).
Brisbane managed to out last North Melbourne to win 4.11 (35) to 2.8 (20)--the Lions really being let off the hook after some very wayward kicking. This was a similar thing that plagued Richmond, who despite scoring twelve behinds, was still able to knock off the Eagles and win their first match at Punt Road, 5.12 (42) to 5.4 (34).
Adelaide then made a huge statement leading up to the finals, with a massive win over the Western Bulldogs. The Crows booted four second-term and fourth-term goals while on their way to record a 12.6 (78) to 3.4 (22) win.
Finally, Melbourne proved their doubters wrong as were able to defeat Fremantle in Perth, making it one of the Demons biggest scalps. But it didn't come easy, as they had withstand a late push by the Dockers to win, 4.8 (32) to 5.7 (37).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Darcy Vescio Vice-Captain: Georgia Patrikios
With many one-sided games split in-between evenly matched ones, the teams represented this week aren't necessarily a reflection of the end result. Melbourne, Richmond and West Coast lead the way with three named players each, while Collingwood, Carlton and Adelaide follow closely behind with two named players.
As for the leaders, it is hard to beat Darcy Vescio and her impressive display for the Blues. Likewise, it is hard to go past Georgia Patrikios for the vice-captaincy following her strong performance for the Saints.
This week's captain finds herself in our forward line, which is unsurprising as Darcy Vescio recorded five goals during Carlton's massive Round Eight win. This sits nicely alongside the fifteen possessions and six tackles that she also managed to collect.
Joining this week's captain is Melbourne's Kate Hore who also had an impact for the Demons with two goals. Kate also collected fourteen disposals, four marks and three tackles.
On the half forward line is a Crow that played her best game of the season, Chloe Scheer. Not only did Chloe help the Crows to a massive win by kicking three majors, but she also gathered a strong total of thirteen touches, four marks and three tackles.
Another Crow finds herself at half forward, and it is none other than Erin Phillips. Erin makes the side yet again on another impressive display, this time it included fourteen touches, six marks and a goal.
The final spot in the forward line belongs to a Tiger who played well on the deck at Punt Road. Katie Brennan finished the Tigers win with fourteen touches, three tackles and two goals.
The rucking duties this week belong to Carlton's Breann Moody, who was impressive for the Blues as she finished with sixteen touches, six marks and a goal.
Joining Breann on-ball is the ever-reliable Magpie, Brittany Bonnici, who once again impressed by finishing with a game-high tally of twenty-nine touches. The other on-baller is Richmond's Ellie McKenzie, who continues to impress in her debut AFLW season. This time she finished with twenty-two touches.
The centre is home to our vice-captain for this week, St Kilda star Georgia Patrikios. Georgia was extremely valuable for the Saints, and while they didn't get the win they should at least be happy with her collection of twenty-nine disposals.
Named on the wing is the exciting Demon prospect, Eliza McNamara. While she managed to make a mark on the scoreboard with a goal, she also made her presence felt around the ground as she finished with twenty-one touches and four tackles.
The other wing is home to a young Eagle in Mikayla Bowen. Mikayla nearly doubled her goal tally for this season with two during Round Eight--she also made herself known with twenty-one touches, six marks and five tackles.
Named in defense is the reliable Suns defender, Lauren Ahrens. In a game that wasn't the best to be a defender, Lauren at least made her presence felt with eighteen touches, four marks and five tackles.
Playing her best AFLW game thus far was young Demon defender, Brenna Tarrant. Showing her strong marking ability, Brenna finished with an equal game-high of six marks, as well as twelve touches.
Also named at half back is Collingwood's Ruby Schleicher, who impressed for the Magpies with twenty-three touches, five marks and three tackles.
Finding herself deep in defense is young Eagle, Amber Ward who played her best game in the AFLW thus far. Amber finished with an impressive total of twenty-two touches, which is double her previous highest total.
The final spot in defense belongs to the hard-running Geelong Cat, Amy McDonald. Amy continued her best season of AFLW footy by collecting twenty-one touches and eleven tackles.
Adding some forward pressure to the rotations is young Docker, Roxy Roux. Finishing the Dockers close loss with two goals, Roxy also impressed with eight touches and five tackles. Also adding some goalkicking power is the Bulldogs' Bonnie Toogood, who collected two majors, nine disposals and three tackles during Round Eight.
Adelaide ball-magnet, Ebony Marinoff, makes this week's rotations after collecting a game-high of twenty-five disposals as well as six tackles during the Crows massive win.
Likewise, Richmond ball-magnet Monique Conti also finds herself in the side after collecting a game-high twenty-four tackles, as well as three marks and two tackles.
The final spot in the rotations belongs to West Coast young-gun, Bella Lewis. Bella impressed with eighteen touches and five tackles.
Unlucky not to be a starter this week is North Melbourne's Jenna Bruton, who makes the side after collecting a game-high tally of twenty-six touches. Also unlucky was Collingwood's Aliesha Newman, who booted three goals during the Magpies big Round Eight win.
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