SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Five
Round Five was a weekend of one-sided footy, with each game being decided by 6 goals or more.
A 4 goal to 1 opening term by North Adelaide set themselves up for a crushing 51-point win over Woodville – West Torrens, 11.5 (71) to 3.2 (20). In a sign of their offensive strength, the Roosters shared their goals around as 4 players (Ewings, Tabb, Hansen, and Arthur) all registered 2 goals each.
Scores for the Eagles came few and far between, but they were able to find some highlights through the displays of Annie Falkenberg and Jordann Hickey. The Roosters' resounding win sees them tighten their grip on a finals position, whereas the Eagles sit equal last after seemingly looking to be in for a breakout year on the back of a promising preseason.
The reigning premiers Glenelg made quick work of Central District during their 56-point win, 12.7 (79) to 3.5 (23). The Tigers kicked 4 unanswered goals during the opening term to put the Bulldogs on the back foot early. From there, the Tigers cruised towards the biggest win of the weekend.
In the yellow and black, Kohn, Packer, and Swanson were responsible for 2 goals each. Whereas the Bulldogs’ young forward, Georgia McKee, added a goal to her tally – and she now sits equal fourth in the league tally. Around the ground, Caitlen Teague was a highlight for the Doggies, while Jess Bates was at her usual best for Glenelg.
Continuing their fairy-tale story was Sturt, who added another week to their unbeaten streak after brushing aside Norwood, 11.5 (71) to 2.7 (19). The Double Blues’ big win over their fellow top 4 counterparts is another resounding win from their terrific season.
Ally Ladas played her part for the Double Blues by kicking 3 straight goals, while Alana Lishmund, the young Redlegs forward, was responsible for all of her side’s goals. Sturt’s tall tandem of Hewett and Prowse continued to do damage, while Foley was fantastic during her first hit out for her new side. It is not all doom and gloom for Norwood, as Sachi Syme and Molly Brooksby continue to show plenty of promising signs.
South Adelaide snapped their winless streak with a comprehensive win over West Adelaide, 9.10 (64) to 4.4 (28). For the Panthers, Jess Waterhouse added an amazing goal to her ever-growing highlights reel, while Campbell, Gore and Schirmer, were all standouts for the blue and white. But it was Shae Archbold who stole the show with 4 goals.
As for West Adelaide, Kustermann and Venning were great – as was Lily Johnston up forward. But as the old saying goes, “don’t blame injuries”, but when you lose 9 players due to the COVID protocol – that may allow for an exception to the saying. COVID aside, with the likes of Lauren Young, Paris Francis, and Lucy Boyd watching on from the sidelines (or more accurately the scoreboard), it becomes easy to see how the Bloods have slumped.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Shae Archbold
Vice-Captain: Ange Foley
From a weekend that was full of great performances, there is one that standouts above all else – and that is the performance of South Adelaide’s young forward, Shae Archbold. Receiving the captaincy of our Round Five side, Shae Archbold’s 4-goal haul now sees her lead the SANFLW goal tally.
The vice-captain is a player who had an instant impact during her first game with the Double Blues – with Ange Foley showing her AFLW class with an amazing display on the weekend.
Shae Archbold, at just 15-years-of age, currently leads the league’s goalkicking tally during her debut season. The display that sees her gain this week’s captaincy included 10 touches, 7 tackles and 3 marks. Amazingly, she also kicked a career-high of 4 goals – which would have been 5 if it was not a controversial touched call.
Joining Archbold up froward is fellow Panther, Tahlita Buethke, who continued her great year. Possessing great pace, silky skills, and more x-factor than most – the young prospect collected 17 disposals, laid 9 tackles, and kicked 3 goals. She would have also had a contender for goal of the year if it hadn’t struck the post.
Sturt’s Ally Ladas holds her spot in the attack after having another great display for the Double Blues. Booting 3 straight goals from her 9 disposals – the key Blue was simply brilliant up forward. Not only is she highly economical in front of goal, but Ladas also put the pressure on with 4 tackles.
North Adelaide’s Brianna Arthur enjoyed her best game of the year during her side’s big win. Kicking a season-best of 2 goals – Arthur was also impressive with 16 touches, 5 marks and 2 clearances. We hope that this is a sign of things to come from the promising Rooster.
Rounding out this week’s attack is Tessa Kohn, who proudly sits at centre-half-forward after kicking 2 straight goals from her 17 touches. Kohn did more than just kick majors, as she also racked up 5 tackles and 3 marks.
Rucking duties fall to Jasmyn Hewett once again. Hewett continues to sit as one of the best rucks in the competition and her total of 24 hit-outs, 17 disposals, 4 tackles and 4 marks shows that. Not only strong in the contest but also strong around the ground, Hewett managed to add a goal to her season tally as well.
Joining Hewett on-ball is fellow Double Blue, Ange Foley, who showed her class during her first hit out with Sturt. Earning the vice-captaincy for Round 5, Foley did a bit of everything – finishing with a match-high of 24 disposals, to go along with her 6 tackles and 4 marks. All of this sits very nicely alongside her first goal for the Double Blues.
Rounding out the on-ball brigade is North Adelaide’s exciting youngster, Hannah Ewings. The young Rooster was everywhere – finishing with 20 touches, 5 marks, 5 clearances, and 3 tackles. Not only showing off her speed but also her accuracy, the young gun registered 2 goals.
Named in the middle is South Adelaide’s Nicole Campbell who has continued to play her role week in week out. The weekend saw Campbell continue to follow this mantra by collecting 20 touches, laying 6 tackles, taking 4 marks, and being responsible for 4 clearances.
West Adelaide’s Zoe Venning is named on the outside this week, but it was on the inside where she did plenty of damage for the Bloods. Finishing with 16 disposals, 13 tackles and a goal, this young Blood was a rare highlight for Westies on the weekend.
Finishing with a match-high of 9 tackles, Norwood’s Lana Schwerdt was a main positive to take away from the Redlegs' performance on the weekend. As well as wrapping up her opponents, Schwerdt also led the way with a team-high total of 19 touches to go along with her 4 clearances.
Gypsy Schirmer, who was labelled as “a wall” down back by Head Coach Rick Watts, has embraced her new position in defence for the Panthers. Having had 18 disposals, 5 marks, 4 rebound 50s and 3 tackles on the weekend – the hard-running Panthers’ product has managed to be a consistent performer in recent weeks.
North Adelaide’s Kristi Harvey once again put together a well-rounded and strong performance. The key Roosters player collected 13 touches, laid 5 tackles, and took 4 marks – she then turned these statistics into 7 rebound 50s.
Glenelg’s Jess Bates finds herself behind the ball this week. But honestly, no matter where she plays she is going to do some damage. Bates continued to perform at her usual brilliant level by collecting a match-high of 21 disposals, while also managing to lay 10 tackles, gain 4 clearances, and kick a goal.
Alongside Bates is a fellow black and yellow player, Sheridan Howell. Collecting a team-high of 4 rebound 50s, Howell also had 12 touches and 3 marks – which makes it an overall strong display.
Caitlen Teague did her best against quality opposition. The proud Bulldogs player led the way for her side with a team-high total of 18 touches. Teague also did more than just touch the footy as she wracked up 4 tackles and 3 clearances.
Spearheading the rotations this week is South Adelaide’s Nikki Gore, who continues to put her hand up for an AFLW call-up. Turbo was everything, having a match-high of 27 disposals and an equal match-high total of 13 tackles.
Showing Sturt’s strength in the ruck department is the fact that Zoe Prowse, the Double Blues' favourite daughter, joins the side as our second ruck. Prowse had 18 hit outs, 15 touches and 4 marks – which adds to her growing case for an AFLW selection.
Keeley Kustermann was up to her usual antics for West Adelaide on the weekend. Having 18 touches, 8 tackles and 6 clearances, Kustermann remains as one of the better players on the Bloods list – and as one of the better youngsters in the league.
Adding plenty of goal kicking potential to this week’s rotations is Glenelg’s Caitlyn Swanson who backed up last week’s strong performance with another 2 goals. Swanson also swooped on her chances by collecting 12 touches, taking 4 marks, and laying 2 tackles.
North Adelaide’s Jess Edwards was a standout performer during a standout result. Edwards had a game-high total of 25 touches, and she was also a massive presence around the footy thanks to her 7 clearances and 5 tackles.
Jordann Hickey was a rare highlight on the weekend for the Eagles. The talented tall had 12 disposals, 4 marks, and 3 tackles while also managing to add another goal to her season tally.
Rounding out the Round 5 MWM SANFLW Team of the Week is Sturt’s Georgia Bevan, who has continued to have a major impact on her side after making her return. Bevan had 14 touches, laid 6 tackles, took 5 marks, and kicked a goal – what a player to end the Team of the Week with.
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