SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Four
Round 4 sees the Double Blues continue their unbeaten stretch, while the Tigers, Roosters and Redlegs all secure the highly sought points.
Glenelg kicked off Round 4 with a hard-fought win over Woodville - West Torrens on Saturday morning, 6.11 (47) to 5.7 (37). A second-half surge helped the Tigers see out the Eagles, while Caitlyn Swanson was responsible for the majority of Glenelg's goals. The Eagles on the other hand were once again well supplied by Shineah Goody and McKenzie Dowrick, the latter of whom kicked 3 goals.
The Double Blues continue their unbeaten run after they brushed aside West Adelaide, 10.5 (65) to 2.1 (13). Sturt has now beaten last year's premiers and runners up, with the likes of Bevan, Mueller and Kuiper - the Doublas are looking dangerous. Their performance on the weekend also saw Ladas kick 3 straight majors, further adding another dangerous player to their list. As for the Bloods, Devlyn and Kilpatrick were strong down back, while Boyd has given fans something to look forward to in the future.
Central District's fast start was quickly undone by North Adelaide as the Roosters stormed home to win, 10.9 (69) to 3.5 (23). Impressively, the Roosters had 7 individual goal kickers for the game, with Ewings and Hansen being 2 notable standouts. However, highlights for the Bulldogs were few and far between, with young McKee's 2 goal haul and Starmer starring in ruck being the 2 exceptions.
Rucks at South Adelaide is a topic that has dominated local footy talk for years, and now their women's side have lost their starting ruck and their main backup ruck to knee injuries, and we're only 4 weeks into the year. Likewise, Smith missed her first Panthers' game ever, bringing her 52 consecutive game-streak to an end. Overall, the undermanned Panthers were overcome by the pressure-filled and classy Norwood outfit, 2.5 (17) to 4.10 (34).
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Nikki Gore
Vice-Captain: Caitlyn Swanson
This week's leaders are South Adelaide's Nikki Gore and Glenelg's Caitlyn Swanson. Nikki was a tackling machine for South, laying a total of 21 tackles for the match. Meanwhile, Caitlyn was a massive presence up forward - kicking 4 goals during the Tigers win.
Deep in this week's forward line is the Eagles' McKenzie Dorwrick, who continued her run of fine form by booting 3 goals from her 11 touches. Alongside her is Sturt's Ally Ladas, who played one of her best games in the Double Blue by finishing with 3 straight goals from 10 touches.
Fellow Double Blue, Georgia Bevan, had a major impact on Sturt. Simply, Bevan was brilliant, finishing with 3 goals to match her 17 touches and 5 tackles.
Centre half-forward is home to this week's vice-captain, Caitlyn Swanson. Swanson's efforts accounted for over half of Glenelg's goals as she wracked up 18 disposals, took 5 marks, and kicked 4 goals.
North Adelaide's Doreena Hansen rounds out this week's attack. The speedy and equally classy Rooster kicked 2 majors for the red and white, while also managing 10 touches.
Rucking duties this week belong to Sturt's Jasmyn Hewett, who was an amazing presence around the footy for her victorious side. In total, Hewett had 24 hit outs to go along with her 20 touches, 8 tackles and 5 marks. In case that was not enough, she also had 4 clearances and kicked a goal.
On-ball is the ever-reliable Tiger, Jess Bates, who didn't do that title any harm during Round 4. in total, the brilliant Bates had a match-high of 26 disposals, while also managing to have 8 tackles and 6 clearances.
Pressure, that's the first word that comes to mind when we see Nikki Gore's performance for the Panthers. Turbo earns this week's captaincy, and she is certainly worthy of an AFLW call up after having 19 touches, 6 marks and, amazingly, 21 tackles.
The centre is home to Glenelg's Tessa Kohn, who enjoyed her best game of the 2022 season by collecting 22 touches, laying 11 tackles, and kicking a goal.
A duo of Roosters makes up this week's wings, with Hannah Ewings and Katelyn Pope both making the side on the back of impressive displays. Young gun Ewings had 18 disposals, 5 tackles, and kicked a goal - while the hard-running Pope finished with 2 goals from her 15 touches.
Norwood's Lana Schwerdt was impressive for the Redlegs, finishing with a team-high total of 25 disposals to match her 9 tackles and 3 clearances.
After returning from an ACL injury, South Adelaide's rebound defender, Sam Pratt, has not looked out of place. This weekend was her best since returning, with Pratt poaching on the opposition's attacks by collecting 22 disposals, 7 tackles and 4 marks.
West Adelaide defender duo, Beatrice Devlyn and Emma Kilpatrick join this week's backline. Develyn had a team-high total of 20 touches to go along with her 6 tackles, while Kilpatrick had 17 disposals and 7 tackles. Impressively, both of them finished with 7 rebound 50s each.
Rounding out the back 6 is the Eagles' Renee Forth, who holds her spot in the Team of the Week after taking a match-high of 8 marks. As well as dominating in the air, Forth also had 18 touches and 5 tackles.
Joining the side as the second ruck is South Adelaide's Jemma Ellis, who had to step up for her side after they lost Wedding - and the young Yankalilla product did exactly that. There's nothing like being thrown into the deep end to learn fast and, handling the pressure well, Ellis finished with 15 touches, 4 tackles, and 20 hit outs.
Norwood's Shai Hiscock is speedy, silky and dangerous, and she showed all of that on the weekend. In total, Hiscock had 19 touches, 10 tackles, and kicked a crucial goal.
Adding some x-factor to the rotations this week is West Adelaide's Louella McCarthy, who had 19 touches and 7 tackles. The silky player also contributed a goal.
North Adelaide's Jaimi Tabb joins this week's rotations. The tough inside-midfielder had 17 touches, 3 marks and 2 goals during the Roosters' resounding win.
Exciting Eagle prospect, Shineah Goody, continues to be one of the main youngsters to watch this season. This time Goody had a team-high of 23 disposals, to go along with her 7 marks and 4 tackles.
Central District has found themselves an amazing ruck in the form of Isabelle Starmer, with the gun ruck continuing to be a standout for her side, regardless of the score. In total, Starmer had 16 touches, 4 marks and 4 tackles - and of course, 24 hit outs.
Rounding out the side this week is classy Sturt on-baller, Izzy Kuiper, who had 20 disposals, 5 tackles and 3 marks, and continues to be a valuable member of the ladder-leaders.
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