GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Eight
Round Eight sees Mt Compass continue their unbeaten streak while Victor Harbor wins their second game in 600 days, and last year's Grand Finalists both register big wins.
The Tigers pounced on the Eagles to lead at the first break but ultimately McLaren proved too strong for Yankalilla during the final three quarters, 9.7 (61) to 3.4 (22). With just 11 points separating the two sides a halftime, Sheena Peters and the reigning premiers stormed home by kicking five second-half goals to Yankalilla's one; but overall it wasn't a bad display by the Tigers.
Victor Harbor flicked the switch after quarter time; and they would go onto beat crosstown rival Encounter Bay by 49 points, 8.7 (55) to 1.0 (6). Both teams went scoreless during the opening term before the Kangaroos were able to pile on three unanswered goals to create a healthy buffer--one which they would keep till the final siren.
Despite registering the same amount of scoring shots, some wayward kicking by Strathalbyn saw Mt Compass escape with their eighth straight win of the season, 3.2 (20) to 0.5 (5). It was the usual culprits for the Bulldogs with Demi Sharp, Amy Taylor and Linda Shute all putting in strong performances.
It was Willunga's exciting youth that had the biggest impact during their win over Goolwa, 6.6 (42) to 1.1 (7). All six of their goals came from their young forwards, with Shae Archbold, Jessica Harris and Cleo Guilfoyle all finishing with two apiece.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Layla Rogers Vice-Captain: Cleo Guilfoyle
Each team has been represented in our Team of the Week. Willunga and McLaren lead the way with five named players each. Also, special mention to Victor Harbor who sit with three named players--making it the most Kangaroos named in a single Team of the Week this year.
McLaren's Layla Rogers has continued to take her footy to a new level this season; and her recent strong performance for the Eagles sees her gain the Round Eight Captaincy. Willunga young gun, Cleo Guilfoyle earns the honour of being Vice-Captain after having an impact for the Demons.
Centre half forward is home to our Round Eight Vice-Captain, Cleo Guilfoyle. The Demons' product made her presence felt, with the prospect kicking two majors during a Best on Grounf performance.
Cleo is just one of three Demons that make up this week's forward line; with Shae Archbold and Jessica Williams also joining the team. Shae continued to make a mark at her new club, this time that mark included two goals, whereas Jessica was one of Willunga's best afield.
South Adelaide-McLaren spearhead, Sheena Peters, once again joins the attack after yet another impressive display in front of the sticks. This time, she equated for four of McLaren's nine goals.
Sheena isn't the only Eagle up forward either, with Ruby Flanagan-Sjoberg making the side yet again. It seems Ruby has found her stride in the new colours, with the young Eagle making their best players for the consecutive week.
The final spot up forward belongs to Victor Harbor's Tyla Millard, who managed to kick as many goals in a game as what Victor had kicked all season. The Kangaroos had managed four goals so far this season--and impressively, Tyla managed that during one match.
Rucking duties belongs to Yankalilla's Jemma Ellis, as the 2020 GSFLW U16 Best and Fairest made her mark felt in the middle of the ground.
Joining Jemma in the on-ball division is Caitlin Ross, who continues to make her presence felt in the competition and perhaps did so even more this week thanks to her three goals. The final spot amognst the followers belongs to Demi Sharp, with the reliable Mt Compass product finishing the scrappy game with Best on Ground honours.
The middle of the ground is home to the exciting Kangaroo youngster, Jaimee Millard, who earned Best on Ground honours for the consecutive week. Alongside her on the wing is Willunga's Bella Rigby, who was a strong contributor during the Demons win.
The final spot in the middle belongs to McLaren's standout player and our Round Eight Captain, Layla Rogers. The McLaren speedster continues to make a mark for the reigning premiers and has even provided us with our new favourite duo, the Rogers-Ross duo.
A goalkicking Goolwa defender kicks off this week's back-six, with Tracey Ondonnell joining the side after doing exactly that. She is joined at half back by McLaren's Emily Rowe, who once again impressed for the Eagles.
She is joined by a familiar Strathalbyn duo, with Courtney Mesecke and Tessa Grant making the side after impressing for the Roosters, despite the final result.
One of the headline inclusions this week is the Mt Compass player with the best nickname, Elke Jarvis, aka Moose. Playing her first game back from volleyball duties, the tall defender played a strong role in defense for the league leaders.
The final spot down back belongs to Yankalilla's Amelia Bilney; the U17 defender played well in the yellow and black, which is only made more impressive when you consider that they faced off against the reigning premier.
Plenty of ruck options amognst this week's rotations, with the very versatile Ella Radbone joining Goolwa ruck, Rachel Searle.
Also amognst the rotations is Victor Harbor's Demi Morse, who celebrated Victor's second win in 600 days by kicking three goals. While Mt Compass on-baller, Amy Taylor, joins the side after yet another great display.
The final two spots in our Round Eight MWM GSFLW Team of the Week belong to Yankalilla's Nari Wright, who continues her standout season; and Encounter Bay's Chelsea Walker, who made the most out of an otherwise tough game for the Bays.
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