• Jayden J Bartlett

GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Seven



The top 3 all reaffirmed their spots on the ladder with strong wins: the Roosters won 15, the Demons by 64 points, and the Eagles by 69.


The weekend, while it had some resounding results, will also be remembered as the weekend that Katrice Turner, the Demon who dons the number 1 guernsey, played her 50th GSFLW match.


A local footy star: Katrice has represented the Great Southern Association side, the Southern District Country Championships team, and was co-captain of Willunga’s first-ever GSFLW premiership.


“I’m just thankful for the support and love, not only today, but every time I take to the field, whether that be trainings or games,” Katrice Turner said after her milestone match. “Love the club and I can’t wait to see what more we can achieve in many more years to come.”


“It’s been 50 of the best with the best.”


'Katrice Turner (right) with Ella Radbone after last year's premiership' - this image was taken by MWM.

Willunga made sure Katrice celebrated her 50th match in style as they ran over the top of Goolwa to claim a 64-point win, 10.16 (76) to 2.0 (12). The Demons held the Magpies scoreless for the first half of the match to ensure another strong victory.


Caitlin Radbone and Grace Duffy were strong performers for the red and white. Tamara Page was also impressive as she finished with a game-high tally of 3 goals. Goolwa was once again well-supplied by Rachel Searle, while Megan Hoad and Kerrie-Ann Moon were named among their best.



Strathalbyn ground down Mt Compass to claim a hard-fought 15-point win, 5.4 (34) to 3.1 (19). The Roosters, who headed into the first break facing the narrowest of margins, broke away during the second term by scoring 2 unanswered goals – and they would defend this margin for the remainder of the match.


Among the best for the red and white included Tessa Grant, Rosie Shaw and Rebecca Rice. While Tijana Jokic finished with a team-high tally of 2 goals. For Mt Compass, Amy Vitkunas and Brooke Boileau were impressive. So was the Bulldogs’ young forward Kiahni Russell, and the Bulldogs’ in-and-under midfielder, Kiara Upitis.


Overall, it seems the Strathalbyn Roosters are crowing once more. Last week they defeated McLaren, a genuine premiership contender, in a nailbiter. This week’s win against Mt Compass has helped tighten their grip on a top 3 finish.



McLaren bounced back from their Round 6 loss to register a percentage-boosting win over Victor Harbor, 11.9 (75) to 1.0 (6). The Kangaroos managed to hold the Eagles to 2 goals during the opening term – but last year’s Grand Finalists stormed home after that by booting 9 goals to 1.


Last week we noted the Kangaroos' lack of height – and it seems this might have been a reason behind the dangerous display of Sally Fuller, the Eagles powerful forward, who booted 4 goals. Meg Bentley and Kaysha Dellow were also impressive.


Victor Harbor had a good showing by Grace Doward and Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner, while Jaimee Millard registered her first goal since returning from injury – which also doubled as the Kangaroos’ only goal of this game.



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

Captain: Sally Fuller

Vice-Captain: Caitlin Radbone

 

FORWARDS:

There is something special about a key forward that can not only take strong grabs but can also go back and finish off their work in front of the goals. They are powerful, dangerous, and reliable – all qualities found in this week’s Team of the Week captain, Sally Fuller. Fuller, who was picked as the Eagles’ Best on Ground, was a huge presence up forward for McLaren which is typified by her 4-goal haul.


From a star McLaren forward to a McLaren rising star forward: young Kaysha Dellow was one of the Eagles' best performers during their bounce-back win. Completing the Eagles' trio of talented forwards is Hannah Georgeson, who was a reliable target within the arc on the weekend which led her to kick 2 goals.


Centre-half-forward is home to the SANFLW experienced Demon, Tamara Page. This tough Willunga performer was a force to be reckoned with up forward on the weekend – a display that ended in a game-high haul of 3 goals.


Alongside Page is an exciting Willunga youngster who has just begun her SANFLW journey. Holly Ifould, who is silky and speedy, added 2 goals to her season tally during her team’s one-sided win.


Brooke Boileau returned from her SANFLW duties to instantly have an impact on the Bulldogs. A rising star in the making, this proud Mt Compass product was a highlight of her team’s weekend.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Rachel Searle has thoroughly protected her title as the competition’s best ruck. The Goolwa tall took the fight to the Demons, was labelled as the Magpies’ best afield, and added a goal to her season tally.


Morgan Tucker is a name that has become synonymous with women’s footy in Strathalbyn. Tucker doesn’t show any signs of letting up either since she continued her consistent run form by being named as one of their best players on the weekend.


Rounding out the on-ballers is the Bulldogs’ Round 7 Best on Ground, Amy Vitkunas. This Mt Compass midfielder has routinely been one of their better players so far this season – and hopefully – she can keep it up.


The middle of the ground is home to the Willunga milestone woman, Katrice Turner. Turner displayed the same qualities on the weekend that we have become accustomed to seeing throughout her 50-game journey. She is gutsy, clever, and a leader at heart.


Pace, pressure, and tackling: all things that Caitlin Radbone brings to the Willunga line-up. This young Demon was one of the reigning premiers’ best performers on the weekend – which is why she was not only picked as their Best on Ground but as our Team of the Week vice-captain as well.


The other wingman is a hard running and tough Eagle by the name of Meg Bentley. Bentley’s wing play was exceptional on the weekend as she not only got amongst the thick of the action, but she also got forward and slotted 2 goals.




DEFENDERS:

In a close game, the coach would want their defenders to remain composed, determined and calm – because, with the pressure mounting, one momentary lapse in concentration can cost a team the game. Luckily for the Roosters, they had Tessa Grant and Rebecca Rice behind the ball – the former of who was labelled as the red and white’s best afield.


This week’s defender duo theme continues with a pair of talented Demons. The tough and athletic Grace Duffy joins the Demon rebounder Jodie Hunt after both starred during their team’s big win.


Victor Harbor’s backline is among its biggest strength. On the weekend, Courtney Marks defended that title with a gutsy effort against the classy and highly dangerous McLaren offence.


Continuing to impress with Goolwa is Luce Earl. This multi-talented defender is a reliable performer for the Magpies. At this stage, Earl has become one of the Great Southern’s best key defenders.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Kiara Upitis, the tough and courageous inside midfielder, adds some strength to this week’s rotations. This Mt Compass mid was one of the Bulldogs’ better performers – and she can always be trusted to take the fight to the opposition.


Adding some backline class to this week’s team is a reliable Magpie, Megan Hoad. She has continued to be a solid and well-rounded player for the black and white. She was also named amongst Goolwa’s best afield.


Victor Harbor’s Best on Ground also finds herself among the rotations this week. Grace Doward played her best match this season, which resulted in her earning the blue and white honours.


Jessica Shaw adds some forward class to the backup brigade. Shaw was selected as one of McLaren’s best players from the weekend which – considering the Eagles’ talent – is a huge honour in itself.


Rounding out the Round 7 MWM GSFLW Team of the Week is the classy Strathalbyn midfielder, Rosie Shaw: and the composed Magpie performer, Kerrie-Ann Moon.



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