GSFL Womens Team of the Week - Round One
Round One sees the Demons get redemption, the Roosters and Bulldogs record massive wins, and the Magpies claim the SeaLink KI Challenge Cup.
After a slight delay, the 2021 Great Southern Football League Women's competition made its long awaited return, and it didn't take long for last year's finalists to make their mark.
Round One kicked off with the SeaLink Kangaroo Island Challenge Cup, and it was Goolwa/Port Elliot that claimed the first win of 2021. After a high scoring opening term in which the two sides combined for five goals, the Magpies stormed home to defeat Yankalilla, 7.7 (49) to 4.4 (28).
Young forward Kiahni Russell enjoyed her day out by kicking five goals during the Mt Compass and Encounter Bay clash. The Bulldogs piled on twelve unanswered goals during the second half to brush aside the Eagles, 16.11 (107) to 0.0 (0).
Great Southern football also returned to Milang after a roughly fifty year long hiatus as Strathalbyn faced off against Victor Harbor. The Kangaroos were put on the backfoot early as the Roosters, who were well supplied by Emogen Johnson, booted five unanswered goals during the opening term. The one-sided affair ended in a massive 19.16 (130) to 0.0 (0) win in favour of the Roosters.
The final match of Round One saw the Grand Final rematch between Willunga and McLaren. The Demons' recruits certainly didn't disappoint as the two evenly matched sides went head to head. The Demons' inaccuracy left the door open for the Eagles, but in the end Willunga were able to just hold on to win, 2.7 (19) to 2.4 (16). This was just McLaren's second loss in two seasons, but both of which have come at the hands of Willunga.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Demi Sharp Vice-Captain: Emogen Johnson
All except one side is represented in our Round One GSFLW Team of the Week. Willunga and Strathalbyn lead the way with five named players, followed closely by the big winners in Mt Compass, who sit with four players represented.
The leaders for Round One are Demi Sharp from Mt Compass, and Emogen Johnson from Strathalbyn--both of whom had strong performances for their respective clubs.
Headlining our forward line is the 2020 Leading Goalkicker, Emily Cozamanis. Emily didn't waste much time in showing that her goalkicking skills still remained, as she booted five majors during the Roosters big win.
Likewise, young-gun Mt Compass forward Kiahni Russell makes the side on the back of a five goal display. Encounter Bay youngster and SANFLW listed Panther, Tess Huxtable also makes the side after playing well during a match that was otherwise tough to be an Eagle.
Goolwa's Megan Hoad and Strathalbyn's Indigo Miller also make the Round One side after having an impact on the scoreboard for their respective sides. Megan finished with three majors while Indigo registered four.
The final spot in our starting forward line belongs to another promising young-gun, this time in form of Willunga's Cleo Guilfoyle.
Rucking duties belong to McLaren's Jessica Veasey, and joining her on-ball is Willunga's Round One Best on Ground, Kristen Rothwell.
Also named on-ball is our Vice-Captain for Round One, Emogen Johnson. Emmy's Best on Ground performance for the Roosters was a special one, perhaps typified by her two goals.
The Captain of the Round One GSFLW Team of the Week is Demi Sharp. Demi was one of many strong contributors for the Bulldogs, but it is hard to go past the goalkicking midfielder who kicked off her 2021 tally with two majors.
On the two wings are the reliable McLaren Eagle, Lexie Bentley and the Mt Compass/SANFLW Panther, Brooke Boileau.
A duo of Tigers makes up this week's back line, with Daisy Baxter joining the 2020 Team of the Year member, Tegan Cross. In-between these two Tigers is another member of the 2020 Team of the Year, with the young Demon defender Carli Perryman joining the side.
At half back is the latest and rather exciting addition to the GSFLW, with Shae Archbold making the Team of the Week after impressing during her Demons' debut.
Strathalbyn's Morgan Tucker, who impressed all around the ground, also finds herself down back after being named amongst the best players and also booting two goals. The last spot down back belongs to another Rooster defender, Rose Shaw.
The Best on Ground from the 2020 GSFLW Grand Final finds herself amongst our rotations for this week, with Sally Fuller making the side after impressing yet again. Goolwa's Best on Ground from the KI Cup, Tess Fraser, also joins the side as a rotation.
Adding some versatility to the side is Panther listed player and Yankalilla young-gun, Jemma Ellis. While the final player to make the rotations is Willunga leader, Katrice Turner who kicked off where she had left off from the previous season with another impressive display.
Rounding out this round's Team of the Week is Encounter Bay's Sherrie Hurrell whose Round One performance was one upside for the Eagles. The final spot belongs to another member of the 2020 Team of the Year who started 2021 off on the right foot, Goolwa's Asha Bell.
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