SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Eight
Anzac weekend plays host to a close round of SANFLW footy, with three matches being decided by ten points or less.
The reigning premiers join the winners list for the first time in a month after they stormed home to defeat the Eagles, 5.2 (32) to 1.1 (7). Bouncing back strongly, the Roosters kicked two unanswered goals during the opening term--a feat they would repeat during the closing quarter.
Norwood were forced to hold off a reinforced West Adelaide outfit to win, 5.5 (35) to 3.7 (25). Trailing by four goals at the final break, the Bloods managed to nearly triple their score during the final seventeen minutes--but inaccuracy saw them fall just 10 points shy of this year's flag favourites.
A Glenelg goal with just four minutes remaining proved too big of a hurdle for the Panthers to overcome during their narrow loss, 2.5 (17) to 3.2 (20). The Panthers managed to overcome a slow start and gain the lead during the third term, but the Tigers were able to fightback and win the arm wrestle.
A Central District goal with just four minutes left was enough for the Bulldogs to outlast the Double Blues, 3.6 (24) to 3.5 (23). Yet another close result that includes the Double Blues, this time there was not much separating the sides at each break--but in the end, it was Rosenzweig who stepped up to the plate by kicking the Doggies match winning goal.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Chloe Scheer Vice-Captain: Tahlita Buethke
Each of the SANFLW sides have been represented in this week's team. North Adelaide, the reigning premiers, and Norwood, this year's favourites for the flag, sit with the most players named.
The Round Eight Captain is Adelaide Crow and Doggies game-winner, Chloe Scheer. The Vice-Captaincy belongs to the Round Eight Breakthrough player, Tahlita Buethke.
A Norwood duo calls this week's forward line home, with Lana Schwerdt joining Rosette Zerella. Lana finished with 10 touches and a goal while Rosette added two goals to her season tally.
The Round Eight Captain, Chloe Scheer, also joins our attack this week after collecting an impressive total of 21 disposals, 5 tackles and 5 clearances.
Backing up last week's performance was South Adelaide young forward, Jorja Hooper who, for the second week in a row, finished with two goals. She is joined by young Westies sensation, Lauren Young, who finished with 16 disposals and 6 inside 50s.
The final spot up forward belongs to the former Sun, Tayla Thorn, who finished the Roosters' win with two majors.
Poetically, rucking duties this week belong Norwood's milestone player, Leah Cutting. In total, the reliable Redleg collected 30 hit outs, 5 tackles, and 3 clearances.
Tahlita Buethke, the Vice-Captain for this week, joins the followers after collecting 23 disposals, 6 clearances and 4 tackles during the Panthers narrow defeat.
Also amongst the followers is one of the competition's most consistent performances in Shelby Smith. Tackles seemed to be the word of the day for Shelby, as she wracked up 10 tackles to go along with her 11 touches and 6 clearances.
The wing is home to an AFLW experienced duo, with North Adelaide's Katelyn Pope joining South Adelaide's Cheyenne Hammond. The West Coast and Gold Coast players respectively, both played well--Katelyn finished with 18 touches, 8 tackles and a goal, while Cheyenne finished with 16 disposals.
The final spot belongs to Adelaide Crow and valuable West Adelaide player, Ailish Considine, who finished with 12 touches, 3 tackles and a goal.
Two very versatile Tigers call our half back line home, with Brooke Tonon joining Jessica Bates. Jessica collected 25 touches and 5 tackles while Brooke, the young-gun Tiger, finished with 20 disposals and 6 tackles.
Norwood's Sophie Armitstead joins Alison Ferrall down back: Sophie finished with a team-high 15 touches while Alison collected 13 disposals and 4 rebound 50s.
The final two spots down back belong to former South Adelaide premiership player, Nicole Mark, and reliable Eagle, Zahn Anthony. Nicole collected a team-high 4 rebound 50s during the Doggies nail-biting win, while Zahn finished with 12 touches and 7 tackles.
Joining the rotations as a back up ruck is North Adelaide's Cove recruit, Jaime Norup, while Sturt winger Elise Dawes also calls the rotations home.
Glenelg midfielder, Tessa Kohn, joins the side on the back of an impressive display with included 23 touches, 6 clearances and 6 tackles--which makes her unlucky not to be a starter.
The final spot amognst the rotations belongs to Eagle's Annie Falkenberg, whose outstanding display included 23 touches and goal.
The final two spots in our Anzac Round Eight Team of the Week belong to young Sturt ruck, Zoe Prowse and powerful Roosters forward, Kelly Barltrop.
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