• Jayden J Bartlett

GSFLW Team of the Week - Round 14



The Eagles and Roosters fly high heading into finals, while the Demons claimed one more resounding win to complete their unbeaten home and away season.

The 2022 GSFLW home and away season has ended. Now we look to finals and, going on recent form, the Strathalbyn and Goolwa clash looks too close to call. Whereas the McLaren and Willunga game, we hope, is going to be a fantastic exhibition of Great Southern Women’s footy.

Four things we learnt this weekend:
  1. Dees' title defence seems unbeatable

  2. Sophia has found her stride at the right time

  3. Victor falls just short

  4. Joint Best and Fairest winners shone in the final round

(1) The Demons' title defence seems unbeatable: after all, they just completed an undefeated home and away season to snatch the minor premiership. Their talent is unquestionable, with Turner, Archbold, Farr, Gum, Clifton, Guilfoyle, Rothwell, Kohn and the Radbone sisters – the list goes on and on. However, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. The teams chasing them have plenty of talent on offer as well. And – as the past seasons have shown – the favourites don’t always win. Strathalbyn rarely entered the final dance as the favourites, yet they always seemed to find a way.



(2) Speaking of talent coming from the other finalists; Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg has found her stride at the right time for McLaren. Playing fantastic footy consistently over the past few weeks, Sophia is one of those players that can either be the Eagles’ best or nullify the opposition’s best. Above all else though, she is the type of footballer that seems to rise to the occasion of finals footy – meaning her best this year could be yet to come.


Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg during their Round 12 clash - MWM took this image.

(3) Victor Harbor have had a tough season, but it certainly wasn’t a wasted season. They pushed Goolwa twice and took the fight to McLaren and Yankalilla – but they perhaps lacked just a couple more experienced key position players. Injuries didn’t help much either considering, if things had gone their way, their starting midfield could have been Arnold, Tabb, Barry, and Millard – which would have been one of the best midfield groups in the league. But at least they’ve built a solid foundation to do some damage next year.



(4) The joint 2022 GSFLW Best and Fairest shone in the final round. Tiff Copley and Amy Vitkunas were some of their respective sides’ best on the weekend – an early hint at how well they would also perform on Wednesday night’s medal count. And for Mt Compass, that’s the second straight year that a Bulldog has collected the honour.


 

Victor Harbor did take the fight to McLaren, but they ultimately ended up falling 18 points short, 1.3 (9) to 4.3 (27).


The Eagles did enough to win and, in doing so, they have kept their impressive momentum going as they head into the finals. Most of the damage was done in the opening half when the Eagles did the majority of their scoring. The Kangaroos did fightback in an attempt to snatch their first win of the year – but by then, the damage was already done.


A downside of this win was the loss of gun forward Sheena Peters to a knee injury – and we wish her all the best with her recovery. On a much more positive note, Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg, Emily Rowe and Tiff Copley were among the standouts for the Eagles. As for the Kangaroos, Jaimi Tabb continued to impress in her new colours, while Aloura Kirk and Courtney Barry were also solid performers.



Strathalbyn surged away from Mt Compass early which helped them claim a confidence-boosting 29-point win, 7.7 (49) to 3.2 (20).


This was a much-needed confidence boost heading into the finals, with the Roosters now looking extremely competitive at the right time. They looked to be in control for most of this match as they registered 7 goals to 1 during the opening half. The Bulldogs enjoyed a better second half, scoring 3 goals to 1, but it was too little too late.


It was a who's who for the Roosters. Tessa Grant, Georgie Pater, and Tess Huxtable rounded up their top 3 best players. The Bulldogs – who looked to be making finals for the first half of the year – finished off their 2022 season with strong performances by Amy Vitkunas, Brooke Boileau, Caroline Scott, and Jessie Lowe.



Willunga wasted no time in ensuring their unbeaten season as they brushed aside Goolwa by 92 points, 14.8 (92) to 0.0 (0).


It was a tough day for the Magpies. A team that we had picked to be a wildcard for the flag were pretty well dismantled by the juggernaut that is Willunga. However, it was a fitting end to a stellar regular season by the Demons. They have remained the favourites for the flag throughout the year and have beaten every hurdle that has been thrown at them so far. Goolwa was no exception to this.


Lucy Earl was a standout for the Magpies, with Tracey Odonnell and Kaya Angus also among their best 3. As for the minor premiers, Tamara Page starred with 4 goals, while Patty Sommerville, Cleo Guilfoyle and Courtney Gutschmidt were also fantastic performers.



Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a minor breakdown of the squad.

Captain: Tamara Page

Vice-Captain: Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg

 
FORWARDS:

This week’s line-up is spearheaded by a deserving Willunga Demon, Tamara Page. Page was involved in most things that were good for the Dees. She was labelled as their Best on the Ground, she booted 4 goals – and she has also received the final Team of the Week captaincy. Page certainly wasn’t the only goalkicking Demon on the weekend, with the hard-running Chelsea Farr, who kicked 3 goals; and the passionate Jodie Hunt, who scored 2 goals, also being amongst their best players.


The experienced and capable Eagle Sally Fuller makes an appearance this week. This strong and powerful leader was a key contributor during McLaren’s final win of the home and away season. She finished with a goal, and was a part of their best players,


Some exciting Strathalbyn youth rounds up this week’s attack. Indi Miller, who is developing into an exciting forward, finished the Roosters’ win with 2 goals. Likewise, the ever-so versatile Tess Huxtable was at her usual best for the red and white – and she finished with a sole goal.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Rucking duties belong to the experienced Rooster, Emma Chapman. She was a key contributor for the Roosters’ impressive statement-making win. And joining her on-ball is another standout in the form of Tessa Grant. These 2 will undoubtedly be valuable players as Strath looks to add another premiership to their record-tally.


Rounding out the on-ball division is the newly crowned 2022 joint GSFLW Best and Fairest, Amy Vitkunas. The Best and Fairest finished her season on a high – and not just with this award – as she was the Bulldogs’ Round 14 Best on Ground.


Speaking of finishing things on a high, Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg made sure the Eagles’ finished the home and away season with a win. This fantastic player has been a reliable performer for McLaren these last few weeks – and she will continue to be as they look to claim a premiership redemption.


Exciting youth is on the wings this week. Fast-paced Demon Cleo Guilfoyle, who has been a standout during the tail end of the season; and Brooke Boileau, who has been brilliant in the majority of the games she has played this year.



DEFENDERS:

Luce Earl reinforced her stance as one of the league’s best defenders with a Best on Ground display for the Magpies. A rare highlight from an otherwise tough match for the Magpies.


And on the topic of standout defenders, the powerful Tiff Copley has enjoyed an impressive week. From being one of the best players in McLaren’s most recent win to being crowned as the joint 2022 GSFLW Best and Fairest winner – it’s been a big seven days of success for Copley.


Similar to Copley, Courtney Gutschmidt will be a must-watch during this year’s finals series. Gutschmidt was a standout for the Demons in their resounding win – and it’s likely that her side will clash with Copley’s in the final game of the year.


However, there will be a few impressive defenders that we won’t get to see again this season. Caroline Scott, a tough see-ball win-ball type of defender finished off her season on a high for Mt Compass. While at Victor Harbor, their rising star, Maya Overall, and their current star, Jaimi Tabb, were both great performers during their near-upset of the year.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Adding some class to this week’s rotations is Georgie Pater, who is a standout Rooster and was rated as their second-best player during their impressive win. Keeping with the second-best player theme: Victor Harbor’s reliable player, Aloura Kirk, and McLaren's role player, Emily Rowe, were both key players on the weekend.


And another second-best player rounds out this week’s rotations. Patty Sommerville led by example on the weekend, and we bet that she will continue to do so as the Demons look to defend their title.


Rounding out the final MWM GSFLW Team of the Week is Strathalbyn’s impressive wing, Eliza Fergusen; and Goolwa’s second Best on Ground, Tracey Odonnell.



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