GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Fourteen
A wet and muddy Sunday saw Willunga leapfrog Mt Compass into the top spot, while Goolwa looks set for finals after brushing aside Encounter Bay by 45 points.
There is just one weekend left of the Minor Round, which means just one weekend left for Willunga to defend the 2021 minor premiership. After being top for the majority of the season, Mt Compass slip to the second spot after the Demons came out of the top of the table clash victorious.
Goolwa, who gained some help from Yankalilla, also look to be safely locked into the fourth spot. The Magpies big win and Strathalbyn's loss means the black and white are a game plus percentage clear of the Roosters with just one game to go.
The dramatic action of Round Fourteen kicked off with a top of the table clash between Willunga and Mt Compass. During this possible Grand Final preview, the Demons managed to break away from the home side with two unanswered goals during the second term. Since this was a muddy and scrappy match, this buffer proved too big of a hurdle for Mt Compass to climb, 5.1 (31) to 2.1 (13).
It took some time for McLaren to shake off a determined Victor Harbor outfit, with the Eagles only mustering a single goal during the opening term. Spearheaded by Sheena Peters, McLaren would eventually break down the Kangaroos to win, 11.11 (77) to 0.2 (2). However, since the young Victor Harbor duo of Maya Overall and Jaimee Millard were Victor's main contributors, it provides a promising sign for the Kangaroos.
Goolwa could be headed to the finals series after defeating Encounter Bay, 8.4 (52) to 1.1 (7). The Magpies, who held the Bays scoreless for the first three quarters, showed their class with five first-half goals to set up the convincing win. This handy percentage boost could also be crucial as it now puts them a game and 60 per cent clear over the fifth-placed Roosters.
Despite the fact that Yankalilla's season will not continue past the end of the Minor Round, this did not stop the Tigers from possibly ending another team's shot at the finals. The Tigers piled on five final term goals to bring up the impressive 12.7 (79) to 1.1 (7) win over Strathalbyn. This loss for Strathalbyn means that they must now defeat McLaren and rely on Mt Compass beating Goolwa.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Sheena Peters
Vice-Captain: Jessica Williams
Willunga, the ladder leaders, also lead the team this week with five named players. Closely followed by Yankalilla and Goolwa, both of whom have four players represented.
The Round Fourteen Captain is McLaren's Sheena Peters, whose five goals on the weekend now sees her lead the GSFLW Leading Goalkicker by one. The Vice-Captain is the Best on Ground from the new league leaders, Willunga's Jessica Williams.
Headlining this week's forward line is McLaren full forward and our Round Fourteen Captain, Sheena Peters. Sheena finished with 5 majors, the highest tally of the round, which explains why she received the Best on Ground honours.
Yankalilla's Best on Ground and high-scoring forward, Jasmine Smith, joins the forward line this week after booting 3 goals during the Tigers convincing win over Strathalbyn. She is joined up forward by fellow Tiger, Chloe Howlett, who also collected 3 goals during Round Fourteen.
A pair of goal-kicking Magpies also join the side this week. Goolwa's Best on Ground, Megan Hoad, joins Goolwa's second Best on Ground, Stevie Robinson, after both kicked 2 majors in the black and white.
The final spot up forward belongs to the hard-running Mt Compass prospect, Brooke Boileau, who is quickly becoming a regular name in their Open Women's best players.
Rucking duties fall to the GSFLW's Best on Ground from the 2021 Association Game, which is none other than Goolwa's Rachel Searle. Joining Rachel in the on-ball division is Mt Compass's Best on Ground, Amy Taylor.
Rounding out the followers is a player who has certainly found her stride this season and looks to be finishing off a great season in strong fashion, Yankalilla's Nari Wright.
The Rogers-Ross duo makes an appearance at the tail-end of the season and for good reason. Our favourite duo were big contributors for McLaren, with Cailtin Ross kicking 3 goals while on her way to be named second best, and Layla Rogers added a major to her tally as well as being named third best.
Our Vice-Captain, Willunga's Jessica Williams, finds herself on the wing after putting together a standout display in tough conditions and against an especially tough outfit.
Finding herself a bit behind the ball this week is Victor Harbor's Maya Overall, whose Best on Ground performance for the Kangaroos meant she had to be included in our starting 18.
Also finding herself a bit more behind is Yankalilla's Tahlia Sheenan, who was one of the standouts from the Tigers eye-catching win.
Deeper than usual in defence is Willunga's reliable rebounder Calitin Radbone, who is joined down back by a promising young Demon in Holly Ilfould.
Backing up last week's performance was Mt Compass's Megan Tilby, who holds her spot in the back pocket. In the opposite pocket is Strathalbyn's Courtney Mesecke, who continues her run of Team of the Week appearances after a decent display during an otherwise dismal game for the Roosters.
This week's rotations are certainly a star-studded lineup, with Willunga's skilful on-baller, Katrice Turner, headlining the backup brigade.
She is joined by Tess Huxtable, a young gun performer and first-year SANFLW player who was also named Encounter Bay's Best on Ground. Strathalbyn's Best on Ground, Matilda King, also makes an appearance in our rotations.
The final rotation belongs to Goolwa speedster and the 2020 GSFLW Best and Fairest, Renee Moon, who continued her impressive return to the Great Southern with another great display.
The final two spots in our Round Fourteen MWM GSFLW Team of the Week include Victor Harbor's promising prospect Jaimee Millard, and Willunga's goalkicking midfielder, Kristen Rothwell.
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