AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Five
Round Five sees the Lions fall for the first time in a year, the Eagles soar for the first time in 2021, the Tigers roar for the first time in the AFLW, and members of the 2020 draft class impress.
Every once in a while we get a round of football that was like Round Five of the AFLW. A round where no matter what day you watched a game, there was bound to be a significant result.
It all began Friday night when Richmond joined the winners list for the first time in their AFLW history. Over a year in the making, the Tigers certainly made it worth the wait as they brushed aside Geelong with ease. The yellow and black led, 63. (39) to 0 at halftime, and would go onto finish with an impressive 9.6 (60) to 2.1 (13) win.
Then came the Western Bulldogs and GWS Giants clash which saw the Bulldogs break the game open after the first break, booting six goals to two during the final three quarters to win, 7.5 (47) to 3.4 (22).
The Tigers claimed a historic win, and the Dockers suffered a somewhat historic defeat as their winning streak was finally broken. Brisbane were the ones to take down the goliath as Fremantle struggled to find any goals, booting just seven behinds up until three quarter time. The final score would read, 3.7 (25) to 1.8 (14) in Brisbane's favour.
Carlton and North Melbourne would go onto put on a final quarter bonanza, as the two sides would combine for eight final term goals. The Kangaroos would eventually out pip the Blues to win, 9.5 (59) to 6.1 (37), but not before young Mimi Hill threatened to take the lead back for the Blues.
Then Adelaide was back to their best with a crushing win over St Kilda in a game that was pretty much settled by halftime. Leading 30 to nothing at halftime, the Crows continued to keep their foot down as they stormed home to win, 9.13 (61) to 1.2 (8).
Inaccuracy continued to be the biggest enemy of Melbourne as the side finished with just one goal from nine scoring shots. Compare this to Collingwood who only strengthened their chances of going all the way with a 7.7 (49) score line, easily beating the Demons' 1.8 (14).
The last game of the round turned out to be the closest, with West Coast just getting over the top of the Gold Coast, 5.4 (34) to 4.9 (33). The 'Clash of the Coasts' saw the Suns bounce back after trailing by three goals at quarter time--but their fight back just fell short.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Jasmine Garner Vice-Captain: Katie Brennan
Round Five sees Richmond and Adelaide lead the way with three named players each. Collingwood, North Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane all follow closely behind with each having two players represented.
The captaincy for the Round Five side belongs to North Melbourne's Jasmine Garner who enjoyed another strong display for the Kangaroos. Equally as impressive was Katie Brennan and her Tigers side, Katie's standout performance sees her receive this week's vice-captaincy.
Scroll down to see the small breakdown of the squad.
An Adelaide Crows young gun and their first pick from the 2020 AFLW Draft finds herself in this week's forward line. Teah Charlton, the 2020 South Adelaide Best and Fairest, had a big day out for the Crows, finishing with eight disposals, three tackles, and two impressive goals.
Joining Teah at half forward is a very familiar Crow in Erin Phillips who holds her spot in the side following another impressive display that saw her collect twenty-one touches, five marks and a goal.
Also named at forward is Bonnie Toogood who was simply too good for the Giants defense as she collected ten touches, five marks, three tackles and three goals.
Our vice-captain for this week finds herself at half forward--with Katie Brennan leading by example with seventeen touches, five marks and three goals during the Tigers first ever win.
The other spot along the half forward line belongs to a player that continues her run of goals, Chole Molloy. She has backed up her strong start to the season, this time be kicking three goals and collecting eight touches and three marks.
Rucking duties belong to Richmond tall, Gabrielle Seymour who finished the Tigers first ever win with eleven disposals, four marks and a goal. A fellow Richmond teammate is also named on-ball, as Monique Conti joins the side after having a stellar display which included a game-high twenty-seven disposals.
The final spot on-ball belongs to none other than Brianna Davey, who not only got plenty of the ball as she finished with twenty-five touches, but she also hit the scoreboard with two goals.
Named in the middle is this week's captain, Jasmine Garner. It is easy to see why she gained the captaincy for this week as she finished with a game-high total of thirty-one disposals as well as seven marks and a goal.
Hitting the scoreboard for the first time in her career and at such an important stage was Blue young gun, Mimi Hill. Not only did she kick two final term goals for Carlton, but the fan-favourite also collected thirteen disposals and three marks.
The other wing belongs to an Eagle young gun who has continued to impress. Mikayla Bowen certainly played her part during West Coast's first win of 2021--finishing with twenty-one touches, seven marks, three tackles and a goal.
Named at half back is a defender that finally found the scoreboard. Justine Mules, one of the foundation players for the Crows, gathered nine disposals, three marks, three tackles and finally hit the score board with the aforementioned goal.
Also named at half back is the reliable Blue defender, Jess Hosking, who holds her spot in the side after finishing with fourteen touches, four tackles and three marks. while centre halfback continues to belong to Lauren Ahrens, who collected a team-high total of nineteen touches as well as seven marks.
Playing back at the ground where she was drafted from, Hannah Priest was impressive in what was an otherwise tough day to be a Saint. She finished Round Five with twenty disposals, eight marks and two tackles.
Also named deep in defense is the young gun Giant, Georgia Garnett. Georgia finished off her third game of AFLW footy by collecting a career high total of thirteen disposals and five marks.
One of the most improved Cats this year continues to hold her spot in the side, with Amy McDonald finding herself in the rotations after collecting seventeen touches, seven tackles and a goal on Friday night.
Brisbane small forward, Courtney Hodder, adds plenty of x-factor to this week's rotations. She had a strong game for the Lions, finishing with seven touches, seven tackles, and a goal. A Brisbane teammate of hers is also named amongst the rotations, with Emily Bates making the side after collecting twenty-six touches and five marks.
Gold Coast Sun, Sally Riley, makes the Team of the Week after impressing during her first game of the year. She finished with a solid total of twelve touches and three marks.
The Fremantle tackle machine, Kiara Bowers, continues her appearances in our Team of the Week after collecting twenty-four disposals and she also left her signature mark with eight tackles.
The most over qualified emergency that we have ever named, Emma Kearney continued her impressive season with twenty-eight touches, seven marks and six tackles. Also named as an emergency is Melbourne's Tyla Hanks, who despite the end result, had a strong display for the Demons--finishing with twenty-two touches, six marks and six tackles.
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