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SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Eight

SANFLW Round Eight in a Nutshell: the Double Blues bounce back, the Panthers pounce on fourth straight win, the Redlegs claim a resounding victory and the Roosters reign supreme.

Sturt bounced back after consecutive losses by claiming a landslide win over West Adelaide, 11.6 (72) to 1.2 (8). Holding the Bloods goalless for 3 terms, the Double Blues were merciless during this win – a win that has seemingly put their season back on track.

Amy Brooks-Birve was a much-welcomed return for Sturt, while Alisha Gepp had an outstanding game. Zoe Venning was the Bloods' biggest highlight – along with Beatrice Devlyn, who did everything she could to combat the barrage of Double Blue forward entries.

Extending their run of wins to 4 on the weekend was South Adelaide, who managed to keep Central District at an arm’s length during their 16-point win, 6.2 (38) to 3.4 (22). The second quarter was where the damage was dealt since the Panthers booted 3 goals and only conceded a behind.

South Adelaide’s Nari Wright played her best SANFLW game to date, while Tahlia Meyer was a welcomed addition from AFLW duties. As for the Bulldogs, Shelby Smith and Isabelle Starmer were once again influential, while role-player Caitlin Wendland was a quiet achiever.

Rising Ruck meets Star Ruck - this image was taken by MWM.

Norwood made a statement to the rest of the competition with a 28-point win over the reigning premiers Glenelg, 7.2 (44) to 2.4 (16). Holding a narrow 4-point lead at the final chance, the Redlegs broke away in the last term by booting 4 unanswered goals.

Alana Lishmund, Leah Cutting and Sachi Syme were among the standouts for the Redlegs – who remain as strong finals contenders thanks to this win. Jess Bates and Sarah Goodwin were both amazing for the yellow and black.

The final match of the round looked to be heading towards one of the upsets of the season, but inaccuracy cost the Eagles dearly during their 4-point loss to North Adelaide, 3.9 (27) to 4.7 (31). After the Eagles kicked 3 goals to 1 during the opening term – they registered just 7 behinds for the remainder of the game.

This allowed the Roosters to slowly chip away at the margin; before finally hitting the front in the final term. Shineah Goody was a standout for the Eagles, while Elaine Grigg, Hannah Ewings and record-setter Jess Edwards were impressive in the red and white.

Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.

Captain: Alisha Gepp

Vice-Captain: Leah Cutting

Most Valuable Player: Jess Edwards

She took the competition by storm in 2021 by seemingly coming out of nowhere – and, on the weekend, Alisha Gepp was back to that usual high standard with her best game of the year. Because she set the standard for the Double Blues when it mattered most – she earns this week’s captaincy.

Returning from AFLW duties and having an instant impact on her side was Leah Cutting. The strong yet mobile ruck was a welcomed addition to the Redlegs, and she certainly played a role in helping keep the Leggies’ finals dreams alive.

Named as this week’s Most Valuable Player is the talented North Adelaide on-baller, Jess Edwards. Seemingly having the footy on a string – Edwards finished with the highest disposal count of the round - and set a new SANFLW record in the process.



Centre-half-forward is home to Double Blue’s key forward, Amy Brooks-Birve. Making her presence felt after missing the last round – Brooks-Birve booted a match-high haul of 3 goals.

From Sturt’s key forward to their developing forward; rising star India Rasheed makes an appearance this week after booting 2 goals from her 16 touches. The young gun also managed 6 tackles as well.

Alana Lishmund, the Redlegs’ rising star forward, was at it again on the weekend. Booting 4 straight from her 14 touches, the promising goal scorer also had 4 marks and laid 3 tackles.

South Adelaide’s Jess Waterhouse, otherwise known as the “human highlight reel”, was at it again on the weekend. Waterhouse finished with 11 touches, 3 tackles, and 3 goals – including another contender for goal of the year.

Holding her spot in the attack this week is Elaine Grigg. Beginning to develop into something special; the young Rooster had 14 touches, kicked a goal, and laid a match-high total of 11 tackles.

SAFC's Sam Pratt and CDFC's Georgia McKee race for thee footy - this image was taken by MWM.


Isabelle Starmer has not let the title of being the competition’s best ruck go to her head as she added another great display to her repertoire. The Bulldogs’ star ruck finished with 29 hit-outs, 22 touches, 8 tackles and 4 clearances.

Joining Starmer on-ball is another star of Central District, Shelby Smith. Leading by example once again, the inspirational skipper had a game-high total of 32 disposals to match her 15 tackles and 6 clearances.

Jess Edwards, the Round Eight SANFLW Most Valuable Player, was influential. She collected a SANFLW record of 46 disposals to go along with her 11 marks. Etching herself into the record books of the SANFLW – no wonder she was voted as the MVP.

The middle is home to South Adelaide’s Nari Wright who took things to the next level with the best game of her debut SANFLW season. Quietly going about her role, Wright was involved in most things that were right – typified by her collection of 24 touches, 11 tackles, and 6 clearances.

Named alongside her is South Adelaide’s Tahlia Meyer, who made her return from AFLW duties in style. The fast-paced outside midfielder had 24 touches, 6 tackles and 6 marks.

Sturt’s Alisha Gepp was back to her usual best on the weekend. The often-underrated Double Blue put together her most impressive display of 2022 by collecting an equal game-high total of 27 touches and a taking match-high total of 7 marks. This is why she was voted as this week’s captain.


West Adelaide’s Beatrice Devlyn was one of the Bloods’ better ways to combat the influx of Sturt attacks on the weekend. Battling it out till the end, Devlyn finished with 24 disposals, 10 rebound 50s and 3 tackles.

Named deep in defence is South Adelaide’s often underrated defender, Jaslynne Smith. The Panthers’ games record holder showed her composure on the weekend with a display that included 20 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles.

Making up a less than orthodox half backline this week is Glenelg gun Jess Bates (34 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 clearances) and standout Eagles’ duo, Shineah Goody (26 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles) and Jordann Hickey (15 disposals, 6 rebound 50s, 4 marks).

CDFC's Shelby Smith attempts to smother SAFC's Tahlia Meyer - this image was taken by MWM.


She is seemingly over-qualified to be the second ruck but nonetheless, Leah Cutting joins the rotations as exactly that after having a standout display to welcome herself back into the SANFLW. Upon returning from AFLW duties, Cutting had 36 hit-outs, had 9 touches, laid 8 tackles, and kicked a goal.

Zoe Venning has developed into a key player for West Adelaide – and her recent display reinforces that. Leading the way for Bloods, Venning had a team-high total of 27 disposals and a team-high total of 6 marks.

A standout Double Blue duo round out the rotations this week. Georgia Bevan (25 disposals, 8 tackles) and Kate Harris (21 disposals, 5 marks and a goal) were both major influences on the Blues as they claimed their much-needed victory.

Sarah Goodwin enjoyed another amazing weekend in the yellow and black. Despite not getting the result, the youngster should still feel pleased after gaining 29 touches, 4 marks and 3 tackles.

Central District’s Caitlin Wendland (17 touches, 9 tackles and a goal) is one of the league’s most underrated. This season is just her second year of playing football ever, yet she has settled into the SANFLW with ease.

Rounding out the Round Eight MWM SANFLW Team of the Week is North Adelaide’s star youngster, Hannah Ewings. Continuing to enjoy her time off the injury list – the crafty speedster had 17 disposals, laid 7 tackles and kick a goal.

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