GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Six
Round 6 of the GSFLW saw the Magpies hold off the relentless Roos under lights while the Roosters withstood an Eagles fightback to claim a thrilling victory.
A fast start by Goolwa during their clash with Victor Harbor helped them claim a hard-fought 4-goal win, 5.6 (36) to 2.0 (12). Set under lights on a Friday night, the Magpies swooped onto an early lead and seemed to be comfortably in control – but a final term comeback by the Kangaroos, spearheaded by Demi Morse, shook the Magpies a bit.
Goolwa’s height advantage was very noticeable, with Rachel Searle and Luce Earl dominating the skies for the Magpies. Whereas Victor Harbor was well supplied by their young trio: Jaimee Millard, Alissa Brook and Maya Overall – the former of who played her first game back from injury. What we learnt was that Goolwa is a side that cannot be taken lightly and that Victor Harbor is just a few key position players short of being extremely competitive.
Strathalbyn managed to hold off a fast-finishing McLaren outfit to claim a thrilling 4-point win, 5.4 (34) to 4.6 (30). The Roosters started fast by kicking 3 answered goals during the opening term – only for the Eagles to kick 3 unanswered goals during the second term
The Roosters added 2 more to their tally in the third term – which proved crucial as they were held scoreless during the final quarter by the Eagles, who ultimately fell just a kick short of snatching the win. Courtney Mesecke was the best in the red and white, while Tessa Grant and Tess Huxtable were also impressive. It was all the usual Eagle names that impressed, with Gwen Humphreys, Sally Fuller and Layla Rogers among their best.
Keep in mind, since the Yankalilla had to forfeit their game due to a lack of numbers, the GSFLW Team of the Week this week had a limited selection of players to pick from.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Courtney Mesecke
Vice-Captain: Maya Overall
Demi Morse swung momentum into Victor Harbor’s favour during their final quarter fightback on the weekend. The fast-paced Kangaroo kicked 2 goals in as many minutes – which were also the blue and white’s only major scores for the match.
Goolwa’s answer to Morse was Toshimi Angus, who showed her reliability in front of the goals with 2 major scores. Speaking of reliability, Indi Miller added 2 more goals to her season tally – which now sits at an even 10.
Heidi Groom, a fellow Rooster teammate of Miller’s, was impressive – albeit she was a wingman, so she is slightly out of position. Nonetheless, Groom was a great performer for Strathalbyn during their resounding win.
A duo of McLaren premiership performers rounds out this week’s attack. Sally Fuller, the strong and powerful key forward, joins Kelli Nijhuis, the fast and agile forward. They both played well on the weekend – the latter of which played her best game of this season so far.
Kalani Bates is an explosive prospect. This Goolwa youngster may not have had a ton of disposals on Friday night, but she always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time. Add to that her quick pace and willingness to attack footy – and that equals a promising prospect for the Magpies.
From a rising star to a current star: Rachel Searle was picked as the Magpies’ best player on Friday night and for good reason because, regardless of whether she was in the ruck or behind the ball, she was outstanding throughout the match.
A Victor Harbor product also returned from injury on Friday night. Playing her first game in months, Jaimee Millard eased herself back into footy with a steady yet solid performance for the Kangaroos.
The middle is home to Strathalbyn’s Tess Huxtable, who continued to prove to be a stellar signing for the red and white. The well-known name of Gwen Humphreys and the fast-paced and silky skills of Layla Rogers combined this week as the Team of the Week’s outside midfielders. Both of these Eagles were strong contributors during their nail-biting defeat.
Defenders are often the unspoken heroes of football, with the attention of most supporters spent on the ball-winning midfielders or the goalkickers up forward – we thought we would change that this week and put the defenders into the limelight.
Spearheading this week’s selection of defenders is our pick for the GSFLW Team of the Week captain, who was also picked as Strathalbyn’s Best on Ground, Courtney Mesecke. This defender enjoyed a strong 2021 season – and it seems Mesecke has headed down that same path again after helping the Roosters over the line during their thrilling win.
Another standout defender from the Roosters’ thrilling win was Vanessa Kitto, whose performance was one of the major highlights for the red and white – which is exactly what a coach would have wanted during a nail-biting result like this.
Tegan Yeomans, the Victor Harbor midfielder-defender, was a reliable performer for the blue and white. Yeomans always seemed to pop up when she was needed the most – and she rarely wasted possession.
Maya Overall played in the earlier under-17s match and was crowned as the Kangaroo’s Best on Ground. She then played in the Open Women’s match and yeah – she did it again – she was named Victor Open’s Best on Ground. In a sign of her endurance, this young Kangaroo was in the thick of the action for the majority of the Open’s match. An effort that sees her get this week’s vice-captaincy.
Alissa Brook, a fellow Kangaroo prospect, was also a highlight of Victor Harbor’s clash under lights. This athletic tall showed her composure to intercept countless Goolwa kicks throughout the night. She also showed her courageous side when, instead of backing down, she took a hard hit that took the wind out of her – only to return to the field minutes later.
Speaking of an athletic and tall, Luce Earl was a constant presence for Goolwa. Dangerous in the air and on the ground – the Kangaroos simply didn’t have a way to combat her, besides trying to keep the ball away from her.
A pair of Magpies kick off the rotations this week, with the classy Rachel Wood and the promising Indiana Quaremba joining the side.
Adding some well-known names to the line-up are McLaren’s Ally Bailey and Strathalbyn’s Tessa Grant. Star players of their respective clubs – a highlight of the weekend was watching these 2 battle it out.
The final spots in the MWM GSFLW Team of the Week belong to 2 players who had different stories from Friday night’s great clash. The first being the reliable Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner who was as good as ever for Victor Harbor.
And, in a sign of good sportsmanship, we watched Kerrie-Ann Moon help an opponent deal with cramp in that same game – before immediately winning the footy and helping the Magpies rebound.
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