• Jayden J Bartlett

GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Eleven



A wet and wild weekend of GSFLW footy saw Willunga win big over Victor Harbor, Goolwa outlast Mt Compass to claim a thriller, and Yankalilla stuns Strathalbyn in an upset.

We are into the tail end of the season, yet new and familiar names alike continue to impress. Willunga look destined for the minor premiership, while Strathalbyn seems set for a finals berth following Mt Compass’s narrow loss to Goolwa, who themselves sit second on the ladder. Round Eleven showed how close the Great Southern competition has become.

Four things we learnt this weekend:
  1. Wrights are right for football

  2. Boileau on-ball is a must

  3. Victor Harbor is building

  4. Shae ‘Amazing’ Archbold

(1) Nari Wright and Tasiah Wright – Yankalilla’s mother-daughter duo – are a talented pair. As a hard-working and tackling on-baller, Nari forged a name for herself during her debut SANFLW season with South Adelaide. And now it seems that her daughter Tasiah – who impressed during the Great Southern’s recent Association Game victory – is primed to make her mark in footy. This talented Tiger pair were named first and second-best during Yank’s upset win on the weekend.


(2) Speaking of talented and tough on-ballers, how about Brooke Boileau. This Mt Compass prospect put on a Best on Ground display for the Bulldogs on the weekend. If she wasn’t in the middle of a contest trying to win the hard ball, she was on the outside using her pace to break the game open. Now we see why South Adelaide picked her up.


Brooke Boileau amongst Saturday's action - this image was taken by MWM.

(3) They may sit winless, but Victor Harbor has built a strong foundation. Their recruiting masterstroke has continued with the signing of Jaimi Tabb, the tough inside midfielder from North Adelaide. We had to wait months to see if that rumour was true – it is, and it was worth the wait. Considering that they also have Ayzia Arnold, a developing ruck from Woodville-West Torrens; Nicole Mark, a key defender from Central District; and the exciting homegrown talent of Maya Overall and Alissa Brook – that’s a group you can build a team around.


(4) Willunga’s game on the weekend had as saying “was that Shae Archbold again?” She came into this game having missed the last few clashes – so we thought she may have been a little rusty – but no, she wasn’t. Shae started the day by kicking 4 in the under-17s game, then followed it up with a further 6 in the senior match. Having finished with 10 goals from 6 quarters of footy – since she didn’t play the full under-17s match – Shae has reinforced her title as the best young forward on the Fleurieu.

 

Goolwa withstood a fast-finishing Mt Compass to claim a thrilling 3-point win, 3.5 (23) to 3.2 (20).


The Magpies look set to claim a comfortable win as they stretch their lead to 15 points at the final break. But the Bulldogs mounted a last-ditch fightback that saw them come within a goal of claiming an upset victory. The ball was deep within the Bulldogs' forward line when the siren sang.


Amongst the strange conditions that swayed from raining to sunny: Brooke Boileau stood out the most. Kiahni Russell, her exciting Bulldogs’ teammate, was also impressive – but unfortunately, she had to be sidelined late with an injury. Amy Vitkunas and Georgina Thomas were also strong performers. As for the Magpies, they flexed their depth. Without the usual contributors of Earl and Bates, Goolwa was lifted by Renee Moon, Kaya Angus, Megan Hoad, and Rachel Searle.


Brooke Boileau looks for a pass during the rain - this image was taken by MWM.

Youth and experience combined as Yankalilla upset Strathalbyn by 6 points, 4.5 (29) to 3.5 (23).


Coming off their first win of the season, the Tigers enjoyed a fast start but soon found themselves trailing at halftime by 8 points. Refusing to go down without a fight, Yank scored 2 unanswered goals after halftime to claim the hard-fought win.


Yankalilla’s best was an amazing mic this week. As mentioned earlier, Nari Wright and Tasiah Wright were amazing. While former Encounter Bay player Teagan Stewart was also a key performer. Jemma Ellis, a favourite daughter of Yankalilla, made her long-awaited return to the Tigers following her SANFLW and state football journey. And Kangaroo Island talent was also on display through Kimberley Rowe and Lisa Henley.



Caitlin Radbone showing off her signature pace - this image was taken by MWM

Victor Harbor had no answers for the classy ladder-leaders as Willunga surged toward a 94-point win, 14.10 (94) to 0.0 (0).


A dominant midfield display by the Demons meant the Kangaroos’ backline was under the pump for the majority of the day. After a 5-goal blitz in the opening term, the Demons ran away with a huge win.


Shae Archbold starred with 6 goals, while Tessa Kohn, Ella Radbone and Katrice Turner were amazing through the middle. However, an unsung ability of Willunga is their outside pace. Cleo Guilfoyle and Caitlin Radbone ran amuck on the wing with their speed. This, in conjunction with the team’s elite handpassing, helps build a clean line towards the goal.


The Kangaroos were well-supplied by Courtney Barry, who had to be put behind the ball to try and combat the tide. Likewise, debutant Jaimi Tabb was also impressive and found herself in a familiar situation. First-season player Jasmine Bailey was great in defence, while Stacie Findlow and Aloura Kirk rounded out their best.



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

Captain: Shae Archbold

Vice-Captain: Brooke Boileau

 
FORWARDS:

Unsurprisingly, spearheading this week’s attack is Shae Archbold. She is the Team of the Week captain for Round Eleven after putting on an unforgettable display for Willunga. As a tough player to beat in the air and at ground level, Archbold finished with 6 goals – which came from all angles. This exciting youngster is paired up forward with the AFLW experience of Courtney Gum, who showed her class on the weekend with 3 goals.


Tessa Kohn also represents Willunga up forward after impressing on the weekend. Honestly, we lost count of how many kicks inside 50 she was responsible for – but her pace was on full display on the weekend. This, combined with her 2 goals, explains why she was named amongst their best.


Indi Miller reminded people of her ability after she announced her return to the side by kicking 2 of the Roosters’ 3 goals. Likewise, Renee Moon was a constant performer for Goolwa. Moon racked up tackles and was generally involved in most things that were good for the Magpies.


Rounding out this week’s potent attack is Kiahni Russell. She was a standout for Mt Compass: she had an impact up forward, she had an impact on the ball, and she kicked a crucial goal. She was one of the Bulldogs’ best. It is a shame she didn’t get to play the full match as she, unfortunately, suffered an injury late into the game – and we wish her all the best.


Shae Archbold kicks toward the goals - this image was taken by MWM.

MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

The ruck battles this week between Rachel Searle and her Mt Compass counterpart were a battle within a war. They were evenly matched, but Searle still had her usual impact around the stoppages – particularly with the way she hunts for the footy.


Joining her on-ball is the classy Demon midfielder, Katrice Turner. A tough in-and-under footballer, Turner is the one you can count on to get amongst the pack and win the hard ball. Always opting for a contested possession over an easy touch – Turner is one of the best on-ballers in the league.


Then there is Brooke Boileau, an inside and outside midfielder hybrid. She has the pace and endurance of a wing, with the toughness and grit of an inside midfielder. We watched her get tackled in the mud and the wet several times within a minute – and every time, she got straight back up and went back into the action again.


Kaya Angus was just hard at the contest throughout the day. She earnt the Best on Ground title for Goolwa on the back of a display that included hard-ball-gets and tackles. A true testament to Goolwa football.


Cleo Guilfoyle was amazing on the wing for the Demons. Fast yet silky, Guilfoyle has the ability to break the lines open with her speed and still has the ability to pick out a teammate for a pass. Being able to kick well while running fast is an often-overlooked skill – and Guilfoyle has it.


Of course, when we are talking about speed it is hard to go past Caitlin Radbone. She was the Best on the Ground during the Demons’ big win, and she would have to be one of the quickest players in the competition. Even when it seems too congested to break through – Radbone accelerates and more often than not finds a gap. Overall, just an amazing wing player.


Cleo Guilfoyle passes to a teammate - this image was taken by MWM.

DEFENDERS:

Jemma Ellis showed her class for Yankalilla during their thrilling upset win. This athletic and agile tall was complimented down back by fellow exciting Tiger Kimberley Rowe. They make a perfect combination for the Tigers: the speed and class of Ellis mixed with the power and strength of Rowe.


Yankalilla’s story doesn’t stop there. They had Ellis, who represented the South Australian under-18s this year; they had Rowe, the first Kangaroo Islander to make it into South Adelaide’s SANFLW squad; and they also have Tasiah Wright, one of the youngest prospects within the GSFLW. For Wright to get named as their Best on Ground puts show much potential this daughter of a gun has.


Courtney Barry had an impact in the middle for Victor Harbor before she was then shifted back in order to try and stem the flow of Willunga's goals. Her experience certainly shows – and she brings some much-needed leadership and class to a relatively young and inexperienced line-up.


Speaking of young and new, Jasmine Bailey was a highlight of the Kangaroos’ weekend. The first-year footballer played well considering she was up against the amazing forward line of Willunga. Bailey has a strong mark, never backs down from a contest, and is a fine tackler for someone who came from a soccer background.


Rounding out this week’s defence is Strathalbyn’s Eliza Fergusen. This Rooster was a highlight of Strath’s weekend – a weekend that ended with her getting named as the red and white’s Best on Ground.


Jasmine Bailey takes a stunning grab - this image was taken by MWM.

INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Ella Radbone, one of the Great Southern’s most versatile players, finds herself as the second ruck option this week. The young Demon was not only great in the ruck contest, but she also continued to have an impact around the ground. Plus, we have to mention how fine of an example her marking ability is.


Adding experience to the line-up is Yankalilla’s usual performer, Nari Wright. Named as the Tigers’ second-best on the weekend, Wright may seem small compared to some other midfielders but don’t let that fool you – she is a terrific midfielder.


Stacie Findlow was impressive for Victor Harbor – and that isn’t just us saying that her teammates thought that as well. Likewise, Megan Hoad was her usual standout self for the Magpies: she even kicked a rare goal.


And rounding out the MWM GSFLW Team of the Week for Round Eleven is Lisa Henley, who is a silky and quick KI girl who dons Yankalilla’s colours; and Goolwa’s Kate Moore, who stood out for the Magpies during their nail-biting and season-saving win.



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