SANFLW Team of the Week - Round One
Round One sees familiar names shine, new faces star, and a very impressive debut by a young Blood.
Kicking off with a Grand Final rematch on Friday night, South Adelaide struggled to make the most of their early chances and it cost them dearly. North Adelaide's ability to rebound, even without star defender and AFLW draftee Amber Ward, was on full display as they soared away to a 5.3 (33) to 1.6 (12) win.
Then came the repeat of last year's Elimination Final, and once again it when in the favour of West Adelaide. The Bloods, who were fielding arguably their best line up in years, punished Norwood during the second half to claim a 4.6 (30) to 2.4 (16) win.
Glenelg piled on three goals during their opening term, which ended up being close to Sturt's final score come the siren. The Tigers had no trouble finding the goals as they steamed towards a statement making, 8.4 (52) to 3.2 (20) win.
Then Central District over came Woodville-West Torrens in what started out as a shoot-out before the new-look Bulldogs ran over the top to win, 8.5 (53) to 4.3 (27).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week plus a small breakdown of the named squad.
Captain: Lauren Young Vice-Captain: Sam Franson
Arguably the two favourites to make the Grand Final after Round One sit with the most players represented in this week's side as both North Adelaide and West Adelaide lead the way with five named players each. Following closely behind them is Central District with four named players, then Glenelg and Norwood, both of whom have three players named.
Probably a Minutes with Moose first in terms of this week's captain, who fittingly goes to the first-gamer in Lauren Young. We have been anticipating the West Adelaide youngster and U15 All Australian's debut, but even then she managed to still surprise us with an outstanding display.
The vice-captaincy belongs to a very proud and valuable player for the Tigers, Sam Franson. Sam seemed to have an impact all around the ground for Glenelg as they kicked off their season with an impressive win.
Headlining this week's forward line is West Adelaide forward and Adelaide Crow, Ailish Considine, who finished the Bloods win with eighteen disposals, five tackles and a goal.
A pair of Tigers also finds themselves up forward, with Madi Freeman joined by Chelsea Packer. Madi collected four tackles and two goals while Chelsea gathered thirteen disposals, four marks, and a game-high total of three goals.
Named on the half forward is a fast-paced Panther in Sophia Flanagan-Sjoberg. Sophia showed her toughness and footy smarts during the Panthers Round One defeat, finishing the game with nineteen touches and a team-high total of five marks.
Two talented Bulldog forwards also call our forward line home, with young gun Laitiah Huynh joining Chantelle Reynolds. Chantelle finished with a game-high three goals while Laitiah impressed with twelve touches, five tackles and two goals.
Named on-ball this week is the West Adelaide debutant and our Round One captain, Lauren Young. Certainly not letting the age difference affect her, she collected a game-high total of both marks and disposals, finishing with nine and twenty-three respectively. She also finished with seven tackles, five rebound 50s and two clearances--making it one of the best debuts by a youngster that we have seen to date.
One of the most consistent rucks in the competition started off 2021 on the right foot. Leah Cutting collected an equal game-high total of nine tackles--which sits nicely alongside her eleven disposals and five clearances.
The final on-baller is former Eagle turned Rooster, Jaimi Tabb, who helped fill the void left by North's draftees by collecting fourteen disposals, seven tackles and three clearances.
A fellow Rooster is also named on the wing, with Hannah Ewings, the 2020 Powerade Breakthrough Player, making the side after collecting a team-high total of twenty-two disposals as well as five clearances and five tackles.
On the opposite wing is this week's vice-captain in Sam Franson. Sam was impressive during the Tigers big win, finishing with twenty-one disposals, four tackles, four marks, and a goal.
South Adelaide debutant and winner of the 2020 GSFL Women's Best and Fairest, Renee Moon, also makes this week's team. The Goolwa product was impressive during her first SANFLW match, collecting a game-high total of twenty-three disposals as well as five clearances and two tackles.
Impressing during her West Adelaide debut was former Carlton defender, Sharnie Whiting. Making the impact you would expect from someone of her caliber, she finished with sixteen touches of which six were rebound 50s.
Named deep in defense is another Blood product, this time it is young Keeley Kustermann who finished West's win with a strong total of eight touches, four tackles, two clearances and two rebound 50s.
Also at halfback is a former Eagle turned Redleg, Tesharna Maher. Tesharna showed her speed on several occasions on Friday night and finished with eleven disposals, three tackles and two clearances.
Former West Coast defender also makes the side, with North Adelaide's Talia Radan joining the defense after collecting seventeen disposals and a game-high total of six marks. A sole Eagle makes this week's side, with Annie Falkenberg making the team after collecting seventeen touches, five tackles and four marks.
The final spot in defense belongs to young Bulldog product, Maddy Lane. Maddy topped off the Dogs win with a total of ten disposals and three tackles.
Two Double Blues make their way into the side, with Zoe Prowse and Isobel Kuiper both making the side. Zoe finished with thirteen touches, six tackles and four clearances while Isobel impressed with a team-high eighteen touches.
Also amongst the rotations is classy Rooster, Lauren Daniel--who finished with seventeen touches, three rebound 50s and two marks.
Another West Adelaide product makes the rotations, with current Crow Maddi Newman joining the side after collecting thirteen disposals, four marks and a goal. Maddi also put her hand up to be recalled by collecting an equal game-high total of nine tackles.
Lauren Smith, who was unlucky not to be a starter, makes the emergencies for Round One. Lauren collected seventeen touches, six tackles and three clearances during the Bulldogs big win.
Also amongst the emergencies is a familiar Redlegs name in Sophie Armitstead. Sophie finished Round One with fourteen touches and five tackles. The final emergency is strong Rooster forward, Kelly Barltrop who ended their Round One win with three tackles and two goals.
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