SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Five
Round Five sees the Bulldogs claim a landmark win, the Panthers receive a historic draw, and the Redlegs claim top spot.
Friday set the stage for another close encounter between the Panthers and the Roosters. For context, the 2019 clash at Flinders University Stadium between these two saw South Adelaide go end to end to win within the final minute. Then in 2020 North Adelaide repeated this same feat in their favour. Now in 2021, it ended the same way it started with the two sides splitting the points, 3.3 (21) to 3.3 (21).
Then Sturt continued their run of leaving things late, as they once again threatened to take the game after halftime. However they left it too late, and the Eagles were able to hold out to win, 3.5 (23) to 2.7 (19), a win that sees them tighten their grip on a finals spot.
A two goal to none opening term helped set up a landmark win for Central District. Both them and West Adelaide were weakened as their best young players were playing in the state U19s clash, yet it was the Bulldogs who capitalised on their chances to claim a 8.9 (57) to 5.5 (35) win.
The final match of Round Five saw Norwood overcome some wayward kicking to beat Glenelg, 3.11 (29) to 4.3 (27). The Redlegs recorded one goal and eight behinds during the second term, a far cry from their perfect record of five straight goals during Round Four.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Montana McKinnon Vice-Captain: Alisha Gepp
Once again, every SANFLW side has been represented by at least one player. Central District and South Adelaide lead the way with four named players, closely followed by Norwood, North Adelaide, West Adelaide and the Eagles, all of whom have three players represented.
The Captain of our Round Five side goes to an AFLW listed ruck that has consistently played well all season, which is none other than South Adelaide's Montana McKinnon. The Vice-Captaincy goes to the highest disposal getter of this round, Sturt's Alisha Gepp.
An extremely potent forward duo makes up this week's forward line, as both Katelyn Rosenzweig and Chantel Reynolds join the side after having a major impact for the Bulldogs. Katelyn finished with two goals and eight marks while Chantel collected three majors.
Keeping with the duo theme, to Norwood players join the side after impressing during their close Round Five win. Mattea Breed finished with fourteen touches and two tackles while Emma Clark collected fifteen touches and a goal.
Adelaide and Bloods' forward, Ailish Considine, makes this week's side after collecting two goals, six clearances and seventeen touches. At half forward is the talented Eagle young forward, Kiana Lee, who had ten possessions and a goal during the Eagles close win.
Named in the middle this week is a familiar named Bulldog in Shelby Smith, who continues to prove that she is one of the best mids in the competition after collecting twenty-six touches and four tackles.
The rucking duties belong to our Round Five Captain, South Adelaide's Montana McKinnon who earns the honour after collecting twenty-five touches and eight marks. Joining her on-ball is a fellow Panther in Nicole Campbell, who continued her stellar start to 2021 by collecting twenty-four touches, six marks and six tackles.
Also on-ball is this week's Vice-Captain, Alisha Gepp. With one of the better individual performances of the round, she finished with thirty-five possessions, six tackles and four marks, which makes it two impressive performance sin two weeks for the Double Blue.
Talented Eagle and Crow, Jessica Sedunary makes the side due to her total of twenty-one touches and two goals. On the opposite wing is North Adelaide's Lauren Daniel who finished with a team-high of twenty-one touches.
A young West Adelaide defender calls this week's backline home, with Taylah Jayne joining the side after finishing with thirteen touches and four rebound 50s.
Making the defense this week is Crow and Panther defender, Lisa Whiteley. Making a strong case to get reselected, Lisa finished with sixteen touches, five marks and four tackles.
Holding her spot in this week's side is Norwood's Ella Murison, who finished with fourteen touches, five rebound 50s and four tackles.
A new addition to this week's side is a Tiger who made her presence felt during her first match of 2021. The hard-running Milli Gentle joins the side after collecting fifteen touches and five tackles.
Deep in this week's backline is Sturt's Kiera Mueller, who finished the nail-biting loss with twelve touches, five marks, four tackles and four rebound 50s. While at half back is the talented Renee Forth, who finished with twelve disposals, four tackles and three rebound 50s.
Adding plenty of on-ball pressure to our rotations for this week is Central's Caitlen Teague, who finished with fifteen touches, four clearances and three tackles.
Athletic South Adelaide on-baller, Czenya Cavouras, also joins the side this week after finishing with nineteen touches, five tackles and three clearances.
Also amognst the rotations is Sharnie Whiting, who showed her versatility by kicking two goals for the Bloods. She is joined by North Adelaide on-baller, Jaimi Tabb, who finished the Friday night draw with fifteen touches and a goal.
The final two spots in our Round Five SANFLW Team of the Week belong to North Adelaide's Leah Tynan and Glenelg's Sheridan Howell--both of whom impressed for their respective sides.
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