• Jayden J Bartlett

GSFLW Team of the Week - Round One



Great Welcome for Great Southern: the GSFLW welcomes its return with a Grand Final rematch and a Kangaroo Island cup clash.


The Kangaroo Island Cup signalled the start of the 2022 Great Southern Football Women's competition; and it was Goolwa who retained the cup after overcoming a slow start to defeat Yankalilla by 8 points, 6.5 (41) to 5.3 (33).


Playing at Penneshaw Oval, the Tigers started the better of the two sides and held a narrow 4-point lead at halftime. However, the Magpies, who were well-supplied by Kaya Angus and Amber McKinlay, wrestled back control of the game with 3 second-half goals.


The KI Cup Winners - this image was kindly supplied by Cailtin.

The Grand Final rematch saw Willunga make a statement to the rest of the competition with their 38-point win over McLaren, 12.8 (80) to 8.4 (52). It took some time for the reigning premiers to shake the Eagles - but 7 goals to 4 after halftime broke the game open.


Sheena Peters, the reigning GSFLW leading goalkicker, gave herself a good chance to go back-to-back by booting 4 goals. Goals side, Ally Bailey and Ruby Flanagan-Sjoberg were also standouts. While for the Demons, Lauren Buchanan made a mark on her debut and Emily Steele was impressive with 4 goals.



Mt Compass finished off the opening round with a 28-point win over Victor Harbor, 6.10 (46) to 3.0 (18). It took the Kangaroos 3 quarters to score but when it came, it came in droves as Victor booted 3 final term goals while holding the Bulldogs to a sole behind.


Demi Sharp had the best possible start to her Best and Fairest defence with an eye-catching display for Mt Compass. Other strong contributors included Linda Shute, Kelly Haverty and Kiara Upitis. The Roos also found a great supply of the footy through their usual performing duo of Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner and Demi Morse.



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

Captain: Demi Sharpe

Vice-Captain: Lauren Buchanan

 

FORWARDS:

Spearheading this week's attack is Sheena Peters, who made a great start to the year by booting 4 majors for McLaren - which sits as the equal highest tally for the weekend.


The pockets are home to a duo of high-scoring Demons with Emily Steele and Stellar Remphrey-Pese making the side after enjoying strong performances. Steele matched it with Peters by slotting 4 goals of her own; while Remphrey-Pese booted 3 majors and was named amongst the best players.


Impressing on debut was a South Adelaide women's pioneer, Lauren Buchanan. Earning the vice-captaincy of our Team of the Week, Buchanan was crowned as Willunga's Best on Ground - and we feel that's only the start for her.


Victor Harbor's Demi Morse also makes an appearance on the half-forward line after trying everything she could to spur the Roos on to a Round One win. Morse's efforts are typified by the fact that she kicked 2 of Victor's 3 goals.


At centre-half-forward is Tayla Hoad. She rounds out this week's attack after impressing on Kangaroo Island - and she comes back to the mainland with a goal to her name.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Rucking duties fall to Jessica Veasey. Veasey was one of the competition's better rucks last year - and it already looks likely that she is going to continue to carry that notion throughout 2022.


Joining her in the on-ball brigade is Goolwa's Kaya Angus who was an integral part of the Magpies' KI Cup win. Angus's Best on Ground efforts included 2 crucial goals.


Demi Sharp, this week's captain and reigning GSFLW Best and Fairest, makes an appearance amongst the followers. Calling her performance influential is probably an understatement - considering the impact she had on the Bulldogs.


The middle is home to a usual McLaren culprit named Ally Bailey. The talented Eagle has kicked off the season flying as she was crowned as her side's Best on Ground.


One wing is home to young Eagle, Meg Bentley, who welcomed footy's return with a great goal. The other wing is home to Emma Zimmermann, who made her presence known for Mt Compass.


DEFENDERS:

Goolwa's Megan Hoad calls centre-half-back home after having one of the better games in the black and white. She joins a fellow standout Magpie, Lacey Cuthbert, who sits at full-back.


Making her presence felt on the weekend was Kiara Upitis, who joins the side after enjoying one of the Bulldog's better displays of Round One. She is joined by fellow talented Mt Compass defender, Emma Galbraith.


A couple of impressive defenders round out this week's backline after they played well despite facing off against quality opposition. These are Jasmine Bailey from Victor Harbor and Tegan Stewart from Yankalilla.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Doubling as the second ruck this week is Linda Shute, who seems to have reinforced her status as one of the Bulldogs' most consistently good players after this great start to the season.


Labelled as Goolwa's second Best on Ground, Amber McKinlay enjoyed a great start to her year in the middle - despite just missing out on a starting position in our Team of the Week.


A familiar-named Victor Harbor player in Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner joins the rotations after showing that her skills haven't weakened over the off-season.


She is joined by another familiar name in the form of the Willunga rising star, Bella Rigby. Rigby looks poised to have an even bigger season this year.


Yankalilla's rising ruck, Chloe Howlett, was a highlight of the Tigers' trip to KI. She, along with Willunga forward Patty Parry, round out the MWM GSFLW Team of the Week.



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