SANFLW Team of the Week - Round One
SANFLW kicks off in 2022 with impressive displays all over, from the big cats to the debutants to the Double Blues, there’s plenty to take away from its first weekend of the year.
The South Australian National Football League (SANFLW) competition is back for its sixth instalment and what a weekend it was to welcome its return. There are new faces, new rules, and plenty of new talking points after an action-packed Round One.
Glenelg wasted no time in setting up their premiership defence, with their 13.9 (87) to 2.2 (14) thrashing of Norwood on Friday night seeing the Tigers sit top after Round One. The reigning premiers held the Redlegs goalless during the second half while booting 8 majors of their own. Amazingly, 6 of these goals came from Brooke Tonon alone. Meanwhile, Jess Bates reinforced her title as one of the competition’s best tackling machines.
West Adelaide survived a final quarter scare against an undermanned North Adelaide outfit, 6.4 (40) to 4.11 (35). The Bloods burst out of the box with 2 unanswered goals during the opening term – yet the Roosters fought back and very nearly snatched the win. Considering the Roosters kicked 3.5 in the final term, the Bloods were lucky to escape – while North fans would have been happy to see Hannah Ewings back at her best.
South Adelaide stormed home to defeat Central District during what was their best-ever start to a season. The 10.13 (73) to 4.3 (27) win, the Panthers highest ever Round One score, was helped up forward by Jess Waterhouse and Shae Archbold, who combined for 6 goals on debut. After clawing themselves back into the match during the second term, the Bulldogs brought the deficit down to just 5 points during the early stages of the third – but South Adelaide kicked away.
The Double Blues made their intentions for 2022 clear with a 7.8 (50) to 2.8 (20) win over the Eagles. Woodville-West Torrens, who arguably recruited the best during the off-season, seemed stunned during the second term as Sturt piled on 4 unanswered goals. Abbey Rigter did her surname justice with 2 goals on debut, while Shineah Goody gave Eagles fans something to be excited about with an amazing display.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Brooke Tonon
Vice-Captain: Shineah Goody
Glenelg’s Brooke Tonon made a case for her debut AFLW selection with an outstanding display on Friday night. The Tiger’s product flicked the switch after halftime, kicking 6 goals during the second half. In case that was not enough, Tonon’s total also included 21 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles – making her an easy selection for Round One captain.
Half of this week’s forward line were making debuts for their respective clubs. Shae Archbold, a Panther pathway product from Willunga, proved why her debut was a highly anticipated event as she collected 15 touches, laid 6 tackles, and took 5 marks. Archbold also added 3 goals to her tally – including a contender for the goal of the round.
Fellow Panther debutant, Jess Waterhouse, was equally as dangerous up forward. Clever with the ball in hand and great at getting the ground ball, Waterhouse’s first hit out in the blue and white ended with 16 disposals, 4 marks and 3 goals.
Double Blue debutant, Abbey Rigter, gave Sturt fans another Rigter to remember after her first match that included 2 straight goals from 9 touches.
From debutants to a well-known Rooster, Hannah Ewings was back at her best after battling an injury during 2021. Making up for last year’s lost time, Ewings finished with 21 touches, 6 clearances, 4 tackles, and 2 goals.
Adelaide Crows recruit and Double Blue debutant, Jasmyn Hewett, proved to be a dangerous asset in the ruck as she routinely gave Sturt’s midfielders the first look at the footy. Hewett finished with 18 disposals, 7 clearances and 5 tackles to go along with her match-high of 32 hit-outs.
On-ball is the young gun Eagle and our Round One vice-captain, Shineah Goody, who gave Woodville-West Torrens’ fans something to be excited for this season with an eye-catching display. Goody was seemingly good all-around, finishing with a game-high total of 26 disposals to match her team-high total of 9 tackles and 5 marks.
Jessica Bates continued her tackling spree with a round-high total of 19 tackles on Friday night. The Glenelg gun also got plenty of the ball, finishing with 23 disposals and 6 clearances.
The centre is home to former Redleg turned valuable West Adelaide recruit, Jessica Macolino, whose first match in the red and black ended with a game-high total of 25 touches. Macolino was also a massive presence around the stoppages, finishing with 11 tackles and 8 clearances.
South Adelaide’s Tahlita Buethke seemed to have the ball on a string. Finishing with a game-high total of 24 touches, the fast-paced Panther didn’t let the warm conditions slow her down, adding 5 tackles and an eye-catching one-handed intercept mark to her Round One display.
Glenelg’s Sarah Goodwin was yet another standout for the Tigers. Goodwin had a good well-rounded display by gaining 21 disposals, laying 9 tackles, and taking 6 marks.
Adding even more credibility to her media work was Kiera Mueller, who impressed down back for the Double Blues with a game-high total of 7 marks. As well as dominating in the air, Mueller gathered 16 disposals, 5 rebound 50s and 3 tackles.
Keeley Kustermann, a fine example of a young gun defender, made sure she did that title justice for the Bloods by collecting 19 touches, 5 rebound 50s and 4 tackles. Meanwhile, fellow pack member, Madison Russell, proved just as valuable with 15 disposals, 6 tackles and 4 marks.
North Adelaide’s Ella Metcalfe was impressive in her first match for the red and white by finishing as the highest disposal getter for the Roosters with 23. The recruit from Broadview also matched her touches with a total of 5 marks.
Rounding out the backline is the Eagles’ Leah Kaslar, who had to face off against a dangerous Double Blue attack. Despite this, Kaslar collected 18 disposals, 4 marks and a game-high total of 9 rebound 50s.
The second ruck is the Bulldogs’ Isabelle Starmer, who dominated the air in Round One with a game-high total of 8 marks. Along with this, Stramer also had 19 hit-outs, 18 touches, and kicked a goal – making it a strong all-rounded display.
Glenelg’s Piper Window was on fire during the Tigers’ Friday night clash. Unlucky not to be a starter in our Team of the Week, Window finished with 17 disposals, 9 clearances, and a goal.
Adding plenty of x-factor to the rotations is the experienced Tiger, Chelsea Packer, who kicked 3 majors from her 13 touches on Friday night. As well as hitting the scoreboard, Packer also collected 4 tackles and 2 contested marks.
The Double Blue ball magnet, Alisha Gepp, picked up where she had left off last season with a team-high total of 25 disposals. Gepp also got 5 clearances, 3 marks and 2 tackles – making it a great start to the season for her.
The hard-running Katelyn Pope makes an appearance in the rotations for Round One. The well-experienced Pope was, as usual, a strong contributor with her 22 touches and 6 tackles.
Shelby Smith led from the front in the Doggies Round One clash – finishing with a game-high total of 9 tackles that sit very nicely alongside her 17 disposals and 5 marks.
Norwood young gun, Jade Halfpenny, was a highlight during what was an otherwise tough game for the Redlegs. Halfpenny, who equated for half of Norwood’s goals, finished with 14 disposals and 4 clearances.
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