GSFLW Team of the Week - Round Two
Round Two of the GSFLW left us thinking: could we be seeing a new dynasty emerging or is the original one returning?
Are we seeing a new dynasty in the making? The early years of the GSFLW saw Strathalbyn go back-to-back premiers within the league’s first two seasons – and a hattrick if you want to include the 2017 South Australian Women’s Football League Div.5 flag in that as well.
They were the original dynasty of Great Southern women’s footy – and now we may be seeing the emergence of another.
The women at Willunga got their redemption win over McLaren in last year’s Grand Final. They then defeated McLaren in Round One of this season – before demolishing Victor Harbor on the weekend. Yet the Demons are set to get even stronger as they will hopefully regain their homegrown talent following the end of the SANFLW season.
Willunga, facing off against an undermanned Victor Harbor outfit, showed no mercy as they brushed aside the Kangaroos, 26.18 (174) to 0.0 (0). The Kangaroos who had to watch from the sidelines due to the health and safety protocols could only watch in dismay as they conceded 14 goals within the first half.
Ella Quinn, 1 of 3 Willunga debutants from this game, was a standout – as was Courtney Gum who booted 7 goals. Jasmine Bailey, the Victor Harbor defender, was labelled as their Best on Ground.
Strathalbyn’s big Round Two win was reminiscent of their former selves, with the Roosters defeating Yankalilla, 14.15 (99) to 0.1 (1). Bleeding several recruits, the Roosters built themselves an impressive early lead by booting 4 unanswered goals within the opening term.
Rosie Shaw and Tijana Jokic combined for 8 goals for Strathalbyn, while the young Tiger pair, Amelia Bilney and Kimberley Rowe, gave Yankalilla a glimpse of their potential by being some of the better players in the yellow and black.
Goolwa made a statement to the rest of the competition with their resounding win over Mt Compass, 8.8 (56) to 0.2 (2). It was an overall good game by the Magpies as they slowly increased their lead throughout the match – at a rate of roughly 2 goals a quarter.
Exciting Goolwa youngster, Kalani Bates, was a standout for the black and white. Amy Vitkunas was the Bulldogs’ best, while Amelia Sartor offered hints at her promising future.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Courtney Gum
Vice-Captain: Kalani Bates
Spearheading this week's forward line is our Round Two captain, Courtney Gum. Gummo was a hand full for the opposition, and she couldn't be stopped as she kicked her way toward a round-high haul of 7 goals.
Joining Gummo on the half-forward line is Patty Parry, who continued to lead the Demons by example with another great display. The versatile Demon, Courtney Gutschmidt, also makes an appearance here after kicking 3 goals on the weekend.
Strathalbyn's Rosie Shaw sure had a great start to her 2022 season. The Roosters' Best on Ground booted 5 goals during their first match of the year.
Likewise, Tijana Jokic's season-opening display included 3 major scores. It is only their first match of the year yet Jokic and Shaw look to already make a dangerous forward combo for Strathalbyn.
Rounding out this week's attack is Goolwa's Hannah Crump, who made her presence felt in the black and white after booting an equal game-high total of 2 goals.
Rucking duties belong to Willunga's Ella Radbone. As the Demons' Best on Ground from last year's premiership - Radbone has hit the ground running in the GSFLW after returning from her SANFLW duties.
Joining her on-ball is a fellow SANFLW-listed Demon in Katrice Turner. The 2021 premiership captain welcomed herself back to GSFLW footy with 2 goals.
Goolwa's Amber McKinlay is the other follower this week. The crafty Magpie backed up last week's strong display with another highlight-packed outing.
The middle is home to this week's vice-captain, Kalani Bates. The young gun Goolwa prospect had a stellar outing for the Magpies which included 2 goals and earned herself the Best on Ground title.
Goolwa's Kerrie-ann Moon and Starthalbyn's Katie Ehlers were both great outside midfielders for their respective clubs on the weekend.
A pair of Mt Compass defenders are named along the halfback line this week. These are their Round Two Best on Ground, Amy Vitkunas, and their rising youngster, Amelia Sartor.
Ella Quinn, one of several Demons who made a major impact during their debut, finds herself at centre-half-back. The versatile Quinn was impressive during her first outing for Willunga - typified by her being named as their Best on Ground.
Victor Harbor's Jasmine Bailey holds her spot in defence after being named as the Kangaroos' Best on Ground.
Goolwa's ruck/defender, Luce Earl, joins the Team of the Week after impressing us and her teammates alike during the Magpies' big win.
Finally, Yankalilla youngster, Amelia Bilney, rounds out the defence this week after being named as the Tigers' Best on Ground - a sure sign of her potential going forwards.
Tamara Page, Willunga's versatile recruit, was impressive with 4 goals on debut during their landslide win.
A pair of some of Strathalbyn's best players joins the rotations this week. These Roosters are Tessa Grant, who opened her season account with a goal, and the well-known Morgan Tucker.
Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner holds her position on the team after continuing to be one of Victor Harbor's most consistent performers.
Rounding out the Round Two MWM GSFLW Team of the Week is Yankalilla rising star, Kimberley Rowe, and Goolwa's current star, Rachel Searle.
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