AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Three
Round Three sees two teams suffer their first loss of the season while two others find themselves on the winners list for the first time during 2021.
Geelong's less than ideal start to 2021 continued on Friday night with a loss against the Western Bulldogs. The lack-lustered Cats went scoreless during the opening term while on their way towards a 1.3 (9) to 3.6 (24) defeat. Gold Coast also continued their winless run with a 1.2 (8) to 2.6 (18) defeat at the hands of GWS, which makes it the Giants first win of the 2021 season.
After suffering two consecutive one goal losses, Carlton managed to keep their finals dream alive with a convincing 6.4 (40) to 2.4 (16) win over St Kilda. On the other side of the coin, Brisbane continued their unbeaten streak with a dominant 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) win over the winless West Coast.
Richmond also suffered yet another loss, however this time they refused to give up--with inaccuracy proving to be the Tigers biggest enemy during their 4.7 (31) to 7.6 (48) loss to Collingwood.
Fremantle's winning streak now sits at ten games following their convincing win over Adelaide in Adelaide. Despite both sides having the same number of scoring shots, the Dockers were much more efficient during their 7.1 (43) to 1.7 (13) win.
Finally, the Battle of Melbourne was one of the better games that we have seen since the AFLWs inception. Melbourne and North Melbourne went head to head in what was a classical shoot out, and the Demons came out on top with a statement making, 9.6 (60) to 8.3 (51) win.
(Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.)
Captain: Brittany Bonnici (Collingwood) Vice-Captain: Taylor Smith (Brisbane)
Each AFLW side has been represented in our Team of the Week by at least one player. Two ladder leaders in Melbourne and Collingwood lead the way this week with three named players each. Big winners, Fremantle and Brisbane, then follow closely behind with two named players each.
Collingwood on-baller, Brittany Bonnici leads this week's team as the Captain following yet another standout display for the black and white. The Vice-Captaincy belongs to young Lions forward, Taylor Smith, who enjoyed a breakout game during Brisbane's big win.
(See below for a small breakdown of each named player.)
Deep in this week's forward are two very valuable targets in Fremantle's Gemma Houghton and Brisbane's Taylor Smith--the former of whom is this week's Vice-Captain. Gemma collected twelve touches, three tackles and two goals for the Dockers, while Taylor managed eleven disposals, five marks and three goals.
Across half forward is the superstar and the rising star, with Adelaide's Erin Phillips joined by Richmond's Ellie McKenzie. Erin provided the Crows with an option up forward during the later stages of the match--when options were few and far between. She finished with fourteen touches, six marks and a goal while Ellie, the number one pick from 2020 draft, finished with twelve touches, five tackles and two goals.
The final spot in the starting forward line belongs to Melbourne's Canberra recruit, Jackie Parry. Jackie managed to collect six tackles and five kicks, but from those five, three resulted in goals.
An almost canon Collingwood line-up makes up this week's followers, with this week's Captain Brittany Bonnici joined by teammate, Brianna Davey. Brittany collected an outstanding total of thirty-one disposals, ten marks and four tackles while Brianna finished with twenty-five touches, seven tackles and a goal.
Rucking duties belong to Brisbane's young ruck, Tahlia Hickie who finished the Lions big win with twelve touches, three marks and two tackles.
A very familiar name makes our Team of the Week again, with Ellie Blackburn making the side on the back of her twenty-five disposals, nine tackles and six marks. Also making the side again is Geelong wing, Amy McDonald who continued her impressive start to 2021 with twenty-three touches and six tackles.
The final spot in the midfield belongs to Fremantle's tackling machine, Kiara Bowers. She certainly did this title justice as she finished her Round Three match with a total of twenty-three touches and thirteen tackles.
The ever-reliable Daisy Pearce calls our centre halfback spot home following her fifteen disposal, six tackle performance for the Demons. Alongside her is another reliable defender in Jess Hosking, who finished Carlton's first win of 2021 with nineteen touches and five marks.
Collingwood's Ruby Schleicher also finds herself at halfback, the young Magpie continued her string of great games with a total of seventeen touches, three marks and three tackles. Gold Coast defender, Lauren Ahrens also calls our defense home after collecting sixteen disposals and six marks.
The final spot in our starting back line belongs to Hannah Priest, who is really starting to make a claim to be one of the AFLWs best defenders. The Saints' defender finished with eighteen touches, six tackles and five marks.
Providing the side with more than just midfielders on the bench, this round's Team of the Week also includes a valuable forward in Tegan Cunningham, who booted two goals for the Demons.
Also named is a talented defender in the form of North Melbourne's Aileen Gilroy, who finished with fifteen disposals and four tackles. There is also two on-ballers amongst the rotations, with Giant's Alyce Parker joined by Melbourne's Karen Paxman. Alyce collected a team-high twenty-four disposals and five tackles while Karen finished with a team-high twenty-five touches and a goal.
The final spot in the rotations belongs to West Coast midfielder, Aisling McCarthy. The Irish recruit finished with eighteen disposals, four tackles and a goal.
The two emergencies belong to second gamer Rachelle Martin, who enjoyed a strong game in what was an otherwise bad game to be a Crow. She finished with fourteen disposals and two marks. Also making the emergencies is North Melbourne star, Jasmine Garner--who collected fifteen touches, twelve tackles and two goals.
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