GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Ten
Yankalilla secured their first win of the season with a victory over Victor Harbor; while Goolwa outlasted Strathalbyn to win the Battle of the Birds, and McLaren claimed a handsome win over Mt Compass.
We are 10 weeks into the Great Southern Football League Women’s (GSFLW) competition and teams are battling the flu as much as each other. But while some key players had to miss this weekend – the key results remained. Whether it was Goolwa establishing themselves as a genuine contender, Yankalilla finally getting the job down; or McLaren claiming a resounding win: the tenth weekend of GSFLW footy was a great one.
Four things we learnt this weekend:
Kangaroo Island produces serious talent
McLaren are firm second flag favourites
Bates and Earl are on fire for the Magpies
Goolwa is a wildcard
(1) Kangaroo Island gave us Kimberley Rowe – the first female from the island to make it into South Adelaide’s SANFLW squad. Now, the island has provided another exciting prospect by the name of Kelesha Rewiti-Edwards. A young defender who, in addition to her Yankalilla commitments, also plays mixed boys footy on KI. Fast, silky, promising: Rewiti-Edwards was the Tigers Round Ten Best on Ground – and our pick for the Team of the Week captain.
(2) Nothing sends a message like a one-sided result. And McLaren’s big win on the weekend did exactly that. Positioning themselves as the favourite to meet Willunga in a potential Grand Final clash: the Eagles' impressive list boasts the likes of Rogers, Ross, Pratt, Copley, Buethke, Bailey, Boal, Peters, Veasey, Whish and, of course, the Flanagan-Sjoberg sisters.
(3 & 4) However, Goolwa’s recent win over Strathalbyn in the Battle of the Birds has created some talk of them being a wildcard come finals time. The Magpies are a well-coached side that has the experience of Browne and Searle, the talent of Moon and Earl, and the youth of Bates and Headon. Speaking of which, Bates and Earl are in red hot form at the moment.
McLaren soared to a big 50-point win over Mt Compass on Saturday night, 7.11 (53) to 0.3 (3).
The Eagles held the Bulldogs scoreless for the opening half, which saw them head into the halftime break grasping a strong 35-point lead. With the likes of Katie Whish, Ally Bailey, and Jessica Veasey all playing well; the Eagles surged away with 3 straight goals to claim the impressive win.
As for the Bulldogs, their youth was once again a highlight with Kiahni Russell and Brooke Boileau playing well. Their defender duo of Kiara Upitis and Caroline Scott – as well as midfielder Amy Vitkunas – were also among the Bulldogs’ best players.
Yankalilla ground down Victor Harbor to claim their first win of the 2022 season by 9 points, 4.0 (24) to 2.3 (15).
Despite registering one less scoring shot: the Tigers made the most of their chances to defeat the Kangaroos during a hard-fought battle on Sunday morning. The yellow and black picked their moments to strike and – after kicking the opening 2 goals of the match – they were able to hold off the fast-finishing Kangaroos.
Courtney Barry was Victor Harbor’s best: while Maya Overall, Aloura Kirk, and Jasmine Bailey were also strong contributors. As for the Tigers, a pair of Kangaroo Islanders were impressive – with these being Rowe and Rewiti-Edwards. The youth of Bilney and Parsons, as well as the experience of Wright, were also notable performers.
Bates and Earl impressed as Goolwa held out to claim a stellar Battle of the Birds victory over Strathalbyn, 2.10 (22) to 1.0 (6).
Being plagued with inaccuracy, the Magpies were able to keep the Roosters at an arm’s length to claim a hard-fought 16-point win. The excitement of Kalani Bates – who kicked the Magpies' only major scores – was once again a highlight for the black and white. While Luce Earl remained steadfast in defence. Likewise, Goolwa was also well-supplied by Megan Hoad, Amber McKinlay, and Kaya Angus.
As for the Roosters, Tess Huxtable helped control the skies with some impressive marks; while Georgie Pater, Katie Ehlers and Heidi Groom were named amongst the red and white’s best. Special Mention goes to Lily Jenke, a Roosters junior, who kicked 3 goals for Strath’s under-17s before then backing it up in the senior’s match by slotting the Roosters’ only major score.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a minor breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Kelesha Rewiti-Edwards
Vice-Captain: Luce Earl
Kalani Bates: explosive, exciting, promising. Rightfully named as the Magpies' second best player, this young Magpie laid tackles, took strong marks and kicked Goolwa’s only 2 goals. And, despite running hard throughout the match, she showed no signs of slowing down. A true Great Southern prospect.
Continuing to show the promising youth on offer by the GSFLW: named at centre-half-forward is an exciting youngster from Mt Compass, Kiahni Russell. Able to play up forward or through the middle, this Bulldogs’ product was selected as their best afield after a strong display. Deep forward is Strathalbyn’s Lily Jenke who, despite being the youngest on the field, kicked the Roosters' only goal – she also kicked 3 goals during the earlier under-17s match.
Tahlia Parsons comes into the line-up after enjoying a strong outing for Yankalilla. The young Tiger was not only named as one of her team’s best performers, but she also kicked a crucial goal as well.
Layla Rogers has hinted at her return to great form with another decent display for McLaren. Named amongst the Eagles' best players: Rogers can win the contested footy or play on the outside where she can offer great pace. Rounding out the attack is fellow Eagle Sheena Peters who has continued her fine form in front of the sticks with a 2-goal haul.
This week’s midfield is elite, with 4 SANFLW-listed midfielders adding some serious talent to this week’s line-up.
For starters, Jessica Veasey reaffirmed her spot as one of the league’s best rucks. The Eagles have a high-quality midfield: and Veasey was able to give them the first look at the footy throughout the match.
Courtney Barry has continued to be a regular amongst Victor Harbor’s best players – and for good reason. This on-baller routinely puts on good performances for the Kangaroos with much-needed clearances and strong tackles. Nari Wright caused headaches for the opposition. She helped marshal the Tigers during the season-first win. Whether she was tackling an opponent or picking off a pass: Wright always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
The middle is home to McLaren’s Ally Bailey, who once again impressed with the Eagles. Alongside her is a fellow in-form Eagle with the hard-running Katie Whish – who was picked as their Round Ten Best on Ground – named on the outside. The other wing is home to the fast and promising Mt Compass product, Brooke Boileau.
Kelesha Rewiti-Edwards was a standout. She was Yankalilla’s Best on Ground during their first win of the year and is our pick as this week’s captain. As a young Kangaroo Island product, Rewiti-Edwards was evasive, quick, and hard at the contest. And she also gave the Tigers plenty of rebound potential off half-back.
She is joined by fellow Tiger, Kimberley Rowe. A presence in the air and at ground level: this Tiger is arguably one of the league’s most versatile youngsters since she has the ability to pay forward, back, ruck, and in midfield.
A pair of Mt Compass defenders join this week’s line-up; they both have different strengths. Kiara Upitis is a tough in-and-under type defender who can run off half-back. While Caroline Scott has the ability to bust through the packs and break through the lines.
During their hard-fought win, Megan Hoad was a pillar of the Magpies' defence. A trustworthy player with the ball in hand, Hoad not only helped thwart several Rooster attacks, but she also made sure it was cleared efficiently.
A few weeks ago, we claimed that Luce Earl is one of the best defenders in the competition. On the weekend, she reinforced that title with a Best on Ground display for Goolwa. Earl has the speed to break the lines and rebound, the skills to hit up teammates, and the ability to pick off opposition passes. She is a mixture of a key defender and a rebounding defender and she can impact the contest in the air and at ground level.
Tess Huxtable helped control the sky during the Roosters' clash with Goolwa. She is tall, athletic, and offers another example of the Great Southern’s extremely versatile prospects since she can play forward, back, or go on ball. Joining her amongst the rotations is the classy and consistent Rooster, Georgie Pater.
Maya Overall had her signature impact on Victor Harbor’s seniors and under-17s teams on the weekend. The Kangaroo product has continued to be one of their best and most consistent players – despite still being eligible for junior football.
And coming in as the second ruck option is the McLaren defender/ruck Tiffany Copley who has continued to display her SANFLW class for the Eagles with yet another strong outing on Saturday night.
Rounding out the Round Ten MWM GSFLW Team of the Week is Kaya Angus, one of the Magpies' best from Saturday; and Katie Ehlers, a hard-running Rooster who was also a part of their best during the same game.
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