AFL Womens Team of the Week - Round Two
Round Two saw an undefeated run continue, a nail-biting result, a history making blow-out, and some big statements from the ladder leaders.
The weekend's action saw the Lions, Magpies, Crows and Kangaroos stretch their unbeaten run further while the Bulldogs joined the winners list for the first time during 2021. The Dockers also got the job done during a wet-weather derby, which makes it nine straight wins for the purple and white.
The round kicked off with some deja-vu, as the fast-finishing Bulldogs overcame the Blues to win, 6.6 (42) to 5.6 (36)--making it back-to-back one goal losses for Carlton.
Then the Cats enjoyed a strong start against the Magpies which gave Geelong a slight two point lead at the first break. Unfortunately for the blue and white, they only scored two more points for the remainder of the game while Collingwood piled on four unanswered goals to win, 6.9 (45) to 2.4 (16).
The Demons overcame their second slow start in as many weeks to brush aside the Tigers. Playing at Casey Fields for the first-time this season, Melbourne piled on six unanswered goals after quarter time to win, 7.2 (44) to 2.4 (16). The Kangaroos reinforced their spot at the top of the table with a convincing 5.6 (36) to 1.4 (10) win over the Saints.
The Q Clash was a story of highs and lows, with the Lions enjoying a massive percentage boost and the Suns suffering a history-making loss. Keeping Gold Coast scoreless for two quarters, Brisbane went onto record a big 10.5 (65) to 0.2 (2) win.
The reigning premiers continued their push with a strong 9.8 (62) to 2.3 (15) win. The Crows managed to hold the Giants to just one goal for the first three quarters. The Dockers are now just one win away from making it ten straight wins, dating back to 2020. The Western Derby saw the Eagles enjoy a strong start, but they couldn't fend off the fast-finishing Fremantle who stormed home to win, 2.11 (23) to 2.2 (14).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Georgia Patrikios Vice-Captain: Jesse Wardlaw
The Lions, the Blues and the Crows all lead the way this week with three named players. The former of which is also home to our Vice-Captain for this week, Jesse Wardlaw. The Captain of this week's side is a familiar name in Georgia Patrikios who enjoyed another strong performance for the Saints.
See below for a small breakdown of each named player.
Non surprising, two talented and dangerous Lions call this week's very potent forward line home. Dakota Davidson makes the side after booting four of Brisbane's ten goals, as well as collecting nine touches and four marks. The other Lion to make our forward line is the Round Two Vice-Captain, Jesse Wardlaw, who also finished with four goals as well as eleven disposals and six marks.
Keeping with the duo theme, two Crows also make this week's side with the familiar named, Erin Phillips, joining young gun forward, Danielle Ponter. Erin provided the Crows with a performance that everyone has come to expect from her, finishing their big win with nineteen disposals, six marks and a goal. Danielle certainly made her mark on the scoreboard as well with three goals, while also collecting thirteen disposals and four marks.
The final spot up forward goes to Demon second-gamer and the fifth pick from the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft, Alyssa Bannan. Alyssa helped give the Demons the early push they needed by booting two second quarter goals--she would also finish with nine touches and three marks.
Finding herself on the wing for the second week in a row is Eagle young gun, Mikayla Bowen. Mikayla finished the match with a team-high total of eighteen disposals as well as two marks and two tackles. Also named on the wing is North Melbourne's Jenna Bruton who collected a team-high total of twenty-three disposals. She also collected four marks during the Kangaroos' Round Two win.
In the middle of the ground is the ever-reliable Ellie Blackburn who enjoyed a strong performance during the Bulldogs nail-biting win. She finished the match with twenty-two disposals as well as five marks, three tackles, and two goals.
The ruck in our Team of the Week is Breann Moody who made her presence felt in the air and around the ground, finishing with fourteen disposals, four marks and two tackles.
Named on ball is Fremantle's Kiara Bowers who certainly made her presence felt for Freo as she finished the Western derby with a game-high total of both disposals (twenty-three) and tackles (fourteen). Also named on ball is this week's Captain, Georgia Patrikios, who finished the match with a game-high total of twenty-seven disposals as well as six tackles and three marks.
In a true show of versatility, Nikki Gore may have been playing in a different position but her statistics stayed the same. Playing across halfback, Nikki collected eleven touches and her signature pressure resulted in eight touches.
Also named in defence is a reliable West Coast player in Belinda Smith. Belinda finished the Western Derby with seventeen disposals, two marks and two tackles. Alongside her is St Kilda's Hannah Priest who collected one tackle for every two disposals, finishing with eighteen touches and nine tackles.
A very familiar name finds herself in our backline for Round Two with Stacey Livingstone making the side following another consistent performance. This time she finished with thirteen touches and a couple of marks and tackles.
The final spot down back belongs to yet another Lion, this time being Natalie Grider. Natalie finished the one-sided match with twenty touches, five tackles and three mark.
Gold Coast Captain, Hannah Dunn, proudly represents the Suns in this week's side after leading by example with eighteen disposals and two marks during what was a tough day for the red and yellow.
Our second ruck is Geelong's Aasta O'Connor who collected a decent total during the Cats' loss. She finished the match with a total of fifteen disposals, six marks and three tackles.
Adding more forward power to our interchange is Tayla Harris who kicked two very valuable goals during Carlton's nail-biting loss. She also collected four marks and three tackles, which sit very nicely alongside her Mark of the Year contender.
Further adding another forward option for our Team of the Week is Melbourne's Kate Hore. Providing a strong target up forward for the Demons, Kate finished with twelve touches, four tackles and two goals.
A ball magnet from Round Two also makes this week's side, with Richmond's Monique Conti making the side following her standout performance--which included a game-high total of twenty-seven disposals as well as four tackles.
Alyce Parker was unlucky not to be a starter this week but there was too much midfield talent to fit. She collected twenty-seven disposals, six marks and a goal during the Giants loss. Joining Alyce is the second-game Blue, Mimi Hill who backed up her strong debut performance by collecting nineteen disposals.
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