GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Five
Lest we Forget: Anzac Round sees the Kangaroos bring their 672 day winless streak to an end, while the Tigers stun the Roosters, and the Bulldogs and Demons look the favourites to contest this year's big dance.
Yankalilla v Strathalbyn:
Yankalilla kicked off Anzac Round with a convincing 28-point win over Strathalbyn, 2.2 (14) to 5.12 (42). The Tigers were well-supplied by the usual culprits, with Colbie Frankland, Helen Maidment, Leah Bailey and Jemma Ellis all putting in strong displays.
Victor Harbor v Encounter Bay:
Sunday, 23 June, 2019, otherwise known as Round 13, was the last time that Victor Harbor found themselves on the winners list when they beat cross-town rival Encounter Bay by 54-points. 672 days later, the blue and white once again find themselves on the winners list after beating the Bays, 1.3 (9) to 3.5 (23).
Mt Compass v Goolwa:
A fast start by Mt Compass saw them get over the top of Goolwa by 40 points, 1.3 (9) to 7.7 (49). It is getting hard to keep a lid on it down at Mt Compass, but with the Bulldogs sitting undefeated after five rounds--maybe their time has come.
Willunga v McLaren:
The Grand Final rematch ended the same as it did during Round One, albeit this time the Demons came out on top with an even greater result, 1.1 (7) to 7.9 (51). Holding the Eagles to just one goal is a major feat in itself--while at the other end Jessica Harris was able to kick four goals to help the red and white over the line easily.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Kristen Rothwell Vice-Captain: Skye Sumner
Each of the GSFLW sides have been represented in our Anzac Round Five Team of the Week: the Tigers lead the way with six named players while Willunga follow closely behind with four.
The Round Five Captain is the Demons Best on Ground player that has continued her standout 2021 season, Kristen Rothwell. The Vice-Captain is the reliable Victor Harbor player, Skye Sumner.
This week's attack is the most mixed it has been in a long while, with the six spots belonging to players from six different sides.
Willunga's Jessica Harris and Yankalilla's Dakota Oniszk lead the attack this week, with Harris finishing with four majors while Oniszk added three to her tally.
Strathalbyn's Round 5 Best on Ground, Indigo Miller joins the side while Mt Compass product Demi Sharp calls the half forward line home after booting two majors for the Bulldogs.
Goolwa's Round Five Best on Ground, Lucy Cuthbert and the ever-consistent Willunga product, Katrice Turner round out this week's diverse and talented attack.
Rucking duties belong to the versatile and high-jumping Jemma Ellis, who is joined on-ball by fellow Yankalilla young-gun, Leah Bailey.
Linda Shute also finds herself amongst the followers after kicking three goals during the Bulldogs impressive Round Five victory.
In the middle is this week's Captain, Kristen Rothwell: the fast-paced Demon product played a strong role during their convincing win over the reigning premiers. On either side of her is the Mt Compass speeder, Emily Smith and the reliable Victor Harbor product, Daisy Blencowe.
A trio of Tigers call our back line home, with two midfield-defenders, Colbie Frankland and Helen Maidment holding their spots in the side after putting on another strong display for Yankalilla. They are joined by a member of the 2020 MWM GSFLW Team of the Year, Tegan Cross.
Also holding her spot down back is Strathalbyn's Courtney Mesecke while McLaren's Emily Rowe makes another appearance in our Team of the Week.
The final spot down back belongs to a young and exciting Victor Harbor product, Maya Overall.
This week's Vice-Captain starts amognst our rotations, with the highly regarded Skye Sumner making the side on the back of a Best on Ground performance for the Kangaroos.
Also joining the rotations is the versatile Ella Radbone, who can practically play any position. She is joined by the skillful Magpie midfielder, Asha Bell and talented Eagle, Katrina Munzberg.
The final two spots in our Anzac Round Five Team of the Week belong to Encounter Bay's Best on Ground, Kate Sanders, and McLaren Eagle, Benita Brinkworth.
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