GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Thirteen
Round Thirteen played host to one of the greatest GSFLW matches that we have seen while the other three matches were determined by nine or more goals.
Mt Compass managed to outlast McLaren to claim an impressive one-point win during what was a possible Grand Final preview, 6.2 (38) to 5.7 (37). The win, which came thanks to a goal within the dying stages of the match, was one of the Bulldogs best ever. McLaren on the other hand, who were well supplied by the Flanagan-Sjoberg sisters, shot themselves in the foot with their wayward kicking.
Goolwa's greats put on a display during their 90 point thrashing of an undermanned Victor Harbor outfit, 13.12 (90) to 0.0 (0). The 2020 GSFLW Best and Fairest, Renee Moon, was dangerous while Jaimi and Catherine Griffen both had an impact on the black and white. Likewise, Asha Bell certainly made her latest case for this year's Best and Fairest after finishing with four goals. The blue and white found some positives through Demi Morse and young-gun Jaimee Millard.
Three unanswered goals during the first quarter saw Starthalbyn springboard themselves to a 56 point win over Encounter Bay, 9.3 (57) to 0.1 (1). Megan Rich finished with a rich goal tally as she booted seven of their nine goals while Emma Chapman was also strong in the ruck. For the Bays, young SANFLW listed Panther, Tess Huxtable, proved to be a highlight. Strathalbyn sits out of the top four by only percentage, an impressive feat after a rough midseason patch.
After suffering a close defeat to Strathalbyn last round, a win that would have made Willunga equal top, it seems that the Demons took out their anger with a big bounce-back win over Yankalilla, 13.13 (91) to 0.0 (0). This result was a far cry from the match that they had just three weeks prior, which saw the Demons come out on top by 22 points. As for the Tigers, they are left pondering what could have been as they now sit two games out with two to go; not impossible, but it will be a great challenge for them to break into the top four now.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Megan Rich
Vice-Captain: Asha Bell
The Round Thirteen Team of the Week sees Willunga lead the way with six named players while Goolwa has four named, and McLaren, Mt Compass and Strathalbyn each have three represented.
The Captain of the Round Thirteen side is the goalkicking Rooster, Megan Rich, who finished with the most goals of the entire round. Goolwa's Asha Bell, who is one of our picks for this year's Best and Fairest, earns the title of Vice-Captain after collecting four goals during a standout performance for the Magpies.
Headlining this week's forward line is our Round Thirteen Captain, Megan Rich. This Strathalbyn forward finished with seven of her side's nine goals; an impressive feat that explains why she claimed the captaincy.
There is an injection of youth into this week's attack, with Willunga's Lauren Clifton joining her friend, McLaren's Ruby Flanagan-Sjoberg, after both enjoyed stellar outings in their respective colours. Lauren finished with four majors while Ruby's efforts saw her be named as McLaren's Best on Ground.
Ruby is joined up forward by fellow Eagle, Sheena Peters, who bounced back from her finger injury during the Association Game by kicking three of the Eagles' five goals.
The Centre half-forward position is home to the Mt Compass gun, Heidi Smith, who booted three goals during a second Best on Ground performance for the Bulldogs.
The final spot up forward belongs to Goolwa's Jaimi Griffen who, despite being a defender for South Adelaide in the SANFLW, showed her versatility by kicking three goals.
Ruck duties fall to Strathalbyn's Best on Ground, Emma Chapman after she proved to be a standout player in a standout side.
Likewise, on-ball is the first-year South Adelaide player and 2020 GSFLW Best and Fairest, Renee Moon, who reminded us of her influential impact on Goolwa with a Best on Ground performance. The other spot in the on-ball division belongs to a fellow South Adelaide player, Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg, who continued her fine form in her new colours at McLaren.
The middle is home to the Willunga product, Kristen Rothwell, who reminded us of why she was selected into the GSFLW Association Side thanks to her strong presence around the stoppages.
One wing is home to the exciting Mt Compass youngster, Brooke Boileau, who not only impressed with the Bulldogs but also impacted the scoreboard with two goals. The other wing is home to one of the competition's best non-SANFLW listed players, Asha Bell, who continued her stellar 2021 GSFLW season by kicking four goals for Goolwa.
Fast-paced Demon defender, Cailtin Radbone, spearheads this week's backline after earning Best on Ground honours during Willunga's one-sided win. Caitlin is one of the finest examples of a rebounding defender going around.
Joining Cailtin on the half backline is fellow Demon, Emily Cooper, who was also one of Willunga's better performers from a well-rounded side. The other spot on the half backline belongs to Goolwa's veteran defender, Catherine Griffen, whose efforts saw her finish second best for her side.
The full-back spot plays host to Yankalilla's Tegan Cross, a member of last year's Team of the Year who was on the opposite end of Willunga's one-sided win. A Victor Harbor young-gun and South Adelaide defender, Jaimee Millard, also makes another appearance for our Team of the Week after proving to be one of few highlights for the Kangaroos during Round Thirteen.
Mt Compass's Best on Ground, Megan Tilby, finds herself deep in defence after helping hold the Bulldogs backline together despite facing off against an extremely potent McLaren forward line; which proved crucial when you consider that they only won by a sole point.
Willunga's latest recruit, Grace Duffy, a hard-running utility from Glenelg, makes her debut Team of the Week appearance amongst our rotations.
Promising Encounter Bay product, Tess Huxtable, joins the side after a Best on Ground performance for the Bays. She is joined by her cross-town rival's Best on Ground, Demi Morse.
The final spot amongst the rotations belongs to Willunga's ever-reliable performer and tough inside midfielder, Katrice Turner.
The final two spots in the GSFLW MWM Team of the Week belong to Yankalilla's impressive on-baller, Nari Wright, as well as Strathalbyn's long-time leader, Morgan Tucker.
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