• Jayden J Bartlett

AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Six


The Round Six results were not close to say the least, as all games were settled by at least five goals while eleven goals separated the Dockers and Crows from their opponents.


The theme of Round Six began on Friday night when North Melbourne piled on six first-half goals to Richmond's two behinds. To the Tigers credit they would pile on five second-half goals but by then the damage was done and they fell to a 5.2 (32) to 10.7 (67) defeat.


Then the Brisbane decided to follow the Kangaroos lead as they to kicked six first half goals while holding GWS to just two behinds. However, the goals dried up after halftime, and the final score line read 2.5 (17) to 7.13 (55) in favour of the Lions.


After these two one sided matches, the Adelaide and Gold Coast looked to be the deal breaker, as just two goals separated the sides at the first break. However, this would be as close as the Suns would get, as the Crows piled on eleven goals across the final three quarters to win, 13. 7 (85) to 2.3 (15).


Melbourne exorcised some Demons of their own, more specifically the goal kicking demons that have plagued them over their back to back losses. Daisy Pearce helped get things moving for the Demons, and they stormed home to beat St Kilda, 9.12 (66) to 3.4 (22).


Carlton on the other hand had no trouble kicking goals in their opening term against Geelong, as the side piled on four straight while on their way towards a 10.4 (64) to 4.7 (31) win.


The final two matches saw the two ladder leaders continue their push towards the finals. First it was the undefeated Collingwood, who overcame their early inaccuracy to defeat the Western Bulldogs, 7.9 (51) to 2.3 (15).


Then it was Fremantle who bounced back with a one-sided win in the Western Derby, defeating West Coast, 11.9 (75) to 1.2 (8).


Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.

Captain: Maddy Prespakis Vice-Captain: Danielle Ponter


Due to the very one sided nature of Round Six, not every side has a player represented in this week's side. Adelaide and Collingwood lead the way with four named players, while Melbourne and Fremantle follow close behind with three players represented.


As for this week's leaders, it is unsurprising that we see Maddy Prespakis earn the title of captain after another standout performance in the navy blue. The vice-captaincy belongs to Adelaide's Danielle Ponter who put on a kicking clinic during Adelaide's big Round Six win.

Forwards

This week's vice-captain, Danielle Ponter, is named deep in attack after booting four goals for the Crows--but could have had even more as she also collected three behinds. Joining her up forward is a very familiar Crow in Erin Phillips, who continues to hold her spot in the team after collecting nineteen disposals, seven marks and two goals.


Keeping with the duo theme, two powerful Dockers make this week's side, with Gemma Houghton and Sabreena Duffy combining for eight goals. Gemma collected five goals as well as fifteen touches and seven marks, while Sabreena also finished fifteen disposals alongside three goals.


Also holding her spot at half forward is Collingwood's Chloe Molloy, who continued her streak of kicking goals with two majors against the Bulldogs.


Midfielders/Followers

Rucking duties belong to Melbourne's Lauren Pearce, who kept making her presence felt around the stoppages while on her way towards a grand total of twenty-two touches and four tackles.


Named on-ball is Collingwood's Brianna Davey. Continuing her run of Team of the Week appearances, Brianna finished with twenty-eight touches, eight marks, seven tackles, and a goal. Joining her on-ball is this week's captain, Maddy Prespakis who despite going off with an injury, returned to collect twenty-eight touches and a goal.


Meanwhile, in the middle is North Melbourne's Jasmine Garner, who enjoyed another strong game with a total of twenty-two touches, as well as five tackles and a goal.


Named on the wing is Adelaide's Justine Mules. As one of the more underrated Crows, Justine finished with fourteen touches and five tackles. On the opposite wing is Geelong's Amy McDonald, who despite the end result, enjoyed a strong game for the Cats by finishing with twenty touches and eleven tackles.


Defenders

Continuing to hold her spot in the side is the reliable Suns defender, Lauren Ahrens. It certainly was not the best day to be a Suns defender but Lauren continued to fight, and ended up finishing with eighteen touches, seven marks and two tackles.


Joining her at half-back is the reliable Magpie defender and hard runner, Stephanie Chiocci. She finished Magpies Round Six win with fourteen touches and four marks. The final spot at half-back belongs to Aileen Gilroy, the sweeping defender collected seventeen touches and five marks under the Friday night lights.


Named deep in the backline and continuing her appearances in our Team of the Week is St Kilda's Hannah Priest, who collected seventeen touches, five marks and four tackles during an otherwise bad day for the Saints.


Also holding her spot in the side is young Giant, Georgia Garnett, who makes the side again on the back of a strong total of fifteen touches, three marks and three tackles.


Interchange/Emergencies

Making this week's rotations and as a player that can play either end of the ground, Chelsea Randall enjoyed a big day out during Round Six--finishing with thirteen touches and two goals.


Also joining the side this week is a familiar surname at Collingwood who enjoyed a big day out on Victoria Park, Tarni Brown. Tarni finished with one major, as well as fifteen disposals, four marks and three tackles--making it her best AFLW display yet.


Excitement machine and reliable Carton forward, Darcy Vescio, makes the side after booting two goals for the navy blue, as well as collecting ten touches and three tackles.


Adding X-factor to this week's rotations is Fremantle's Rouxy Roux, who finished the Dockers massive Round Six win with thirteen touches, seven marks, and she also doubled her scoring tally for 2021 with two majors.


Proving that she can play in any position during Round Six was Daisy Pearce, who helped the Demons solve their goal kicking problems by kicking two of her own. Which sits nicely alongside the thirteen touches and six marks that she also managed.


One of this week's emergencies is young Demon, Alyssa Bannan. Alyssa showed her skills with two goals--one of which was a quick thinking kick off the ground.


The final spot on the side belongs to Brisbane's Emily Bates, who was on fire for the Lions--finishing with a team-high of twenty touches.



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