SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Eleven
One of the closest endings to an SANFLW season yet sees the Panthers scrape into finals after a final quarter fightback while Glenelg and Norwood enter the major round in fine form.
After suffering a scare the previous round, Norwood made sure not to let the Eagles have a chance to fightback and they did exactly that. By halftime the Leggies were already up by 41 points and they would continue to dictate the match before ultimately winning, 11.7 (73) to 2.2 (14).
It looked as if South Adelaide's finals chances were all but gone midway through the third term as the Bloods broke away to lead by 21 points. This was until a three goal to none final term almost saw the Panthers snatch victory; but despite not getting the result, the 5.3 (33) to 5.4 (34) result meant their percentage was minimally affected.
Woodland's six goals was an impressive way to finish off the Roosters season, with North Adelaide brushing aside Sturt, 3.4 (22) to 7.5 (47). Yet the reigning premiers fell just short on percentage; meaning this the first time that the Roosters haven't contested the SANFLW finals.
Glenelg looked set for a comfortable win over Central District, with the Tigers leading by 17 points at the final change. But once again the Doggies fought back and they managed to give the Tigers a scare as they brought the deficit down to four points. But Gould held the Tigers steady as her goal sealed the Tigers 6.4 (40) to 4.5 (29) win.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Ashleigh Woodland Vice-Captain: Lauren Young
Our final SANFLW Team of the Week ends in a similar fashion to how it started; with each side represented by at least player. West Adelaide lead the pack with five named players, closely followed by Glenelg and Norwood who both sit with four spots in the side.
Kicking a bag to finish the season was Ashleigh Woodland, and as such it is hard to go past her for this week's Captain. Whereas picking the Vice-Captain was a more difficult task, but in the end it is West Adelaide's Lauren Young and her strong finish to her debut home and away season that sees her earn the title.
Full forward is home to none other than North Adelaide/Adelaide Crow, Ashleigh Woodland, who ended her 2021 SANFLW season in style with six goals--a performance that also sees her gain this week's Captaincy.
A West Adelaide duo calls the attack home this week, Melanie Elsegood makes the side after finishing with a classical forward display; which included 3 kicks for 2 goals. Young West Adelaide prospect, Zoe Venning impressed once again, this time with 18 touches and 6 tackles.
Keeping with the duo theme, two Redlegs make the side as well with Rosette Zerella joining Erika Sporn; both of whom combined for six goals, splitting it with three apiece.
Centre half forward is home to Central District's Katelyn Rosenzweig, who finished her 2021 SANFLW season with another strong display which included 12 touches and 2 goals.
This week's rucking duties belong Adelaide Crow/Glenelg Tiger, Caitlin Gould, who certainly enjoyed a big day out in the yellow and back. Besides kicking two goals, the gentle giant also finished with 18 touches and 23 hit-outs.
Joining Caitlin in the on-ball division is a fellow Tiger/Crow who, to much gratitude from her teammates, has enjoyed a stellar start to her SANFLW matches this year. We are of course talking about Ebony Marinoff, who finished with 24 disposals, 5 clearances and a goal.
This week's Vice-Captain, Lauren Young, also finds herself amognst the followers for the second week in a row after collecting 22 touches, 8 tackles and a goal.
In the middle is South Adelaide's Nicole Campbell, who backed up her strong performance from last week by collecting 21 touches, 9 marks and 5 clearances. Alongside her on the wing is fellow Panther, Gypsy Schirmer who found her stride again, finishing with 15 possessions, 4 tackles and a goal.
While Chloe Scheer may be slightly out of position this week, we just had to roll the dice and have the Central District star in the side. This week the Crow-Bulldog's player finished with 18 touches, 6 tackles and a goal.
This week's backline has some of last week's best defenders in it once again, as Kiera Mueller and Sharnie Whiting both backed up last week's strong performances. Kiera was one of the highlights for the Double Blues once again, finishing with 17 touches, 8 marks and 8 rebound 50s. Whereas Sharnie finished with 15 disposals and 6 rebound 50s.
Named along the halfback line is the exciting Glenelg prospect, Brooke Tonon, and while she may be a little out of position; her collection of 15 disposals and 5 rebound 50s was too good to leave her out.
The extremely versatile Eagle, Kiana Lee, enjoyed a strong end to another impressive SANFLW season for her as she finished with 18 touches, 9 marks and 6 rebound 50s.
A West Coast/North Adelaide player joins the Team of the Week at full back, with the accurate Amber Ward collecting 12 touches and 4 marks during her side's big win. Alongside her is a fellow Rooster who is a tackling-machine, Jaimi Tabb, who collected 12 touches and a whooping 12 tackles.
Sturt's Jess Good was just too good for the Double Blues as she finished with 14 disposals and an amazing total of 42 hit-outs. Norwood's Najwa Allen makes the team yet again, this time the Adelaide Crow gathered 19 disposals, 5 marks and a goal.
Adelaide Crow's impressive draftee and South Adelaide product, Teah Charlton, joins the side this week on the back of her collection of 21 disposals, 5 tackles and 4 clearances. Fellow Adelaide Crow, Ailish Considine also joins the side after finishing with 19 touches and 6 clearances.
The emergencies this week are two of the biggest names in the competition, with Norwood's Leah Cutting and Glenelg's Jessica Bates both putting in strong performances yet again but neither were able to break into the starting side.
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