AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Four
Round Four sees top teams tumble, bottom sides rise, and set the stage for the Battle of Hoskings.
The year was 1066, a year that gave birth to an epic battle that is still well-known to this day, the Battle of Hastings. It is now 2021, over 900 years since the Battle of Hastings, and it set the stage of another battle of the ages, the Battle of Hoskings.
The Richmond-Carlton rivalry is already a healthy one to say the least. Add to that, a talented sibling rivalry, and it sets the stage of an epic clash--and it certainly didn't disappoint. Carlton got the job done in the end but they had to fight off the desperate Tigers to win, 8.3 (51) to 7.4 (46).
Epic battles aside, Round Four also saw Adelaide rejoin the winners list as they knocked off the ladder leading Lions to win, 6.9 (45) to 5.3 (33). Inaccuracy decimated the Demons who suffered their first loss of the season after booting 2.12 (24) to the Bulldogs 6.1 (37).
Inaccuracy wasn't just hurting the Demons, as North Melbourne managed eight scoring shots which was equal to Collingwood's, yet they only registered 0.8 (8) compared to the Magpies 4.4 (28).
The Giants versus Eagles clash started with a bang as the two sides combined for seven first quarter goals. But it would be the orange and charcoal who would get the points in the end, coming out on top with a 7.6 (48) to 4.4 (28).
St Kilda's young guns and familiar faces lived up to the Friday night lights as they brushed aside Geelong to win, 7.9 (51) to 3.4 (22). The Suns on the other hand mustered just one goal against the Dockers, who continued their unbeaten run into double digits.
Scroll down to see this week's team plus a small breakdown of the named squad.
Captain: Erin Phillips Vice-Captain: Tyanna Smith
Keeping with the rivalry theme, two of the game's biggest rivals leads the way this week as both Collingwood and Carlton sit with three named players each--the most out of all the sides. Following closely behind is Adelaide, GWS, and the Western Bulldogs, all of whom have two players represented.
A superstar and a rising star make up the leaders of the Round Four side, with Erin Phillips and Tyanna Smith earning the captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively.
Named proudly at half forward for this week is our Round Four captain and Adelaide Crow superstar, Erin Phillips. She finished the match with four goals, including the match sealer--as well as twenty-one disposals and eight marks.
Proving to be a real star studded forward line, both Chloe Molloy and Darcy Vesico also make part of this week's attack. Chloe finished the Magpies' win with a total of twelve touches, four marks and a game-high two goals. While in the blue and white, Darcy gathered six marks and a game-high tally of three goals.
St Kilda's Caitlin Greiser also finds herself up forward following her game-high tally of three goals. Alongside her is Cora Staunton, who finished with a game-tally of four goals for the Giants, as well as sixteen touches and two tackles.
Continuing her breakout season was Geelong's Amy McDonald who once again calls our wing position home following her Round Four performance that included twenty-one disposals, six tackles and three marks. Alongside Amy is Collingwood gun, Jaimee Lambert, who gathered twenty-seven disposals, six tackles and four marks.
Rucking duties still belong to Brisbane's Tahlia Hickie, who finished with eleven touches, four marks and two tackles. While on the other wing is Alica Eva who makes the side after collecting eighteen touches, two marks and two tackles during the Giants' win.
Unsurprising, Collingwood star Brianna Davey continues her run of outstanding performances. This week saw the on-baller collect six marks, three tackles, and a game-high total of thirty-one disposals. Equally as unsurprising was Maddy Prespakis and her Round Four performance that included nineteen touches, five tackles, and two goals.
Finding herself deep in this week's defense is a very familiar named defender in the form of Adelaide's Sarah Allan. A handy player to have, especially when playing against the scoring power of the Lions, Sarah finished the Crows bounce-back win with sixteen touches.
Also named deep in defense is North Melbourne's Jasmine Grierson, who finished her Round Four outing with eleven touches and four marks. At centre half back is Gold Coast's Lauran Ahrens who, despite playing against one of the league's best offensive units, still made an impact with ten touches and four marks.
Young Bulldog back, Sarah Hartwig, makes the side after continuing her run of solid performances in the blue, red and white. She finished the Bulldogs statement making win with thirteen touches, three tackles and two marks.
One half the 'Battle of Hoskings' participants is also named in defense, with Carlton star Jess Hosking making the side following her tally of nineteen touches, two marks, and two tackles.
Providing this week's rotations with plenty of attack is Brisbane's Greta Bodey, who finished with seventeen disposals and two goals during the Lions' Round Four defeat. Also adding some extra offensive skill to the rotations is Fremantle's Gabby O'Sullivan who finished the Dockers win with sixteen touches and a game-high tally of two goals.
Tyanna Smith continues to prove why she is one of the competition's best young players following her sixteen disposal, thirteen tackle performance on Friday night.
Unlucky not to be a starter in this week's side is Richmond recruit, Sarah Hosking. Despite not winning the 'Battle of Hoskings', she at least played her part as she finished with fifteen disposals, seven tackles, and six marks.
Also unlucky was Melbourne star, Karen Paxman, who had a signature impact for the Demons--finishing with a game-high total of twenty-seven touches as well as four marks and a goal.
Finding herself as emergency this week is an exciting prospect not just for the Bulldogs but also for women's footy, Jess Fitzgerald. Jess makes the side after collecting twelve touches, eight tackles, and kicking two crucial goals.
The other emergency is an equally as impressive and promising youngster in the form of West Coast's Bella Lewis. During just her fourth game of AFLW footy, Bella collected a team-high tally of sixteen disposals as well as nine tackles and two marks.
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