SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Seven
The race to the finals is heating up, Norwood is the clear favourite after brushing aside North Adelaide while Glenelg and South Adelaide gain a boost after claiming Round Seven wins.
After losing in Round One, Norwood has stretched their winning streak to six after beating North Adelaide, 6.3 (39) to 1.2 (8). The Redlegs, who were well supplied by Sophie Armitstead and Leah Cutting, burst out of the box by kicking two unanswered goals during the opening term and never really looked back. The Roosters found some relief through Brianna Arthur and the usual tackling-machine, Jaimi Tabb.
Glenelg looked as if they were going to win their Round Seven match easy but the Bulldogs, who refused to roll over, came back to give them a late scare. The Tigers led by nine points at the final change, and they looked like they were home after booting two unanswered goals to begin the final term. But the Doggies fought back hard and fast by kicking three unanswered goals, and they threatened to kick a fourth but were beaten by then siren which handed them a 4.8 (32) to 5.5 (35) loss.
South Adelaide bounced back with a hard-fought win over the Eagles, 4.0 (24) to 5.3 (33). Playing at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval for the first time, the Panthers were well-supplied by their inclusions as four of their five goals were kicked by players that didn't play during their Round Six loss. The Eagles, who were spearheaded by Kiana lee and Shineah Goody, led at every change before going goalless during the final term. Poetically, returning premiership captain Lauren Buchanan kicked the game sealing goal.
Sturt broke their string of close finishes in spectacular fashion with a 45 point win over West Adelaide. Coming off the back of a draw, the Double Blues stunned the Bloods with seven unanswered goals during the first half. West Adelaide did regroup to some extent, matching Sturt's two goals during the final half but by then the damage was already done, 9.8 (62) to 2.5 (17).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Czenya Cavouras Vice-Captain: Leah Cutting
As always, each SANFLW side has been represented by at least each player, but it is the ladder-leading Redlegs and the Panthers who lead the way with five named players. Sturt follow closely behind with four, while Glenelg and Central District sit with three named players.
The Captain of the Round Seven MWM SANFLW Team of the Week is South Adelaide's Czenya Cavouras who played a vital role in the Panthers' bounce back. The Vice-Captaincy belongs to one of the most reliable and consistent players in the competition, Leah Cutting.
Two Tigers kick off this week's side, with Sarah Wilton joining Jess Bates in our Round Seven attack. Sarah kicked two goals for the yellow and black, while Jess continued her standout season by collecting an impressive total of 14 disposals, 10 tackles and 4 clearances.
The most dangerous forward of the 2021 season continues to hold her spot in our side. Chantel Reynolds finished the Doggies close loss with two goals including a late one which nearly won them the game.
Norwood young-gun, Emma Clark, finds herself at half forward this week after collecting a game-high 19 touches as well as 4 tackles and 3 clearances . She is joined at half forward by South Adelaide forward, Jorja Hooper who celebrated her return with two crucial goals.
The final spot in this week's attack belongs to Sturt's Nicole Baker who helped build the Double Blues big win by kicking three majors.
Rucking duties belong to this week Vice-Captain, Leah Cutting who impressed during her 49th game of SANFLW footy. In total, she collected 34 hit outs, 12 disposals and 10 tackles.
Joining Leah in the middle is this week's Captain, Czenya Cavouras. The fast-paced Panther finished with an equal game-high 26 disposals as well as 6 tackles, 5 marks and a goal.
The wing is home to another Panther in Tahlia Meyer who made an instant impact after returning from AFLW duties by collecting 25 touches, 9 tackles and a goal. On the opposite wing is a fellow Panther in Renee Moon, who also made an impact after returning from injury by collecting 16 disposals and 9 tackles.
Rounding out the followers is a talented Eagle in the form of Jovanka Zecevic, whose Round Seven efforts include an equal game-high of 26 possessions, as well as 6 marks and 3 clearances.
The middle of the ground is home to Sturt young-gun, Isobel Kuiper, who finished with a game-high 20 touches which sits nicely alongside her 4 marks and 2 tackles.
Glenelg's Tessa Kohn certainly made her presence felt around the contest, finishing with 16 possessions and 8 tackles.
A pair of Redlegs are running off of half-back of this week's side, with the Round Seven Breakthrough nominee Sachi Syme joining Jessica Macolino. Sachi finished with 17 touches, 2 rebound 50s and a goal while Jessica collected 13 touches, 8 tackles and a goal.
Kiana Lee, the very versatile Eagle, makes this week's defense after displaying her marking abilities during Round Seven. The Eagle product finished with a game-high 7 marks, 5 of which were contested, as well as 13 disposals.
The reliable Panther defender Jaslynne Smith makes the Round Seven side on the back of signature display which included 18 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles.
The final spot down back belongs to West Adelaide's Madi Russell, whose Round Seven display included 14 disposals and an impressive total of 8 marks.
Headlining this week's rotations is Norwood's Sophie Armitstead, who finished Friday night's clash with 13 touches and 9 tackles. Sturt's Jess Good continued her good form into Round Seven by collecting 21 hit outs, 16 disposals and 4 marks during the Double Blues big win.
Central District's Isabelle Starmer joins the side on the back of an impressive performance that included 27 hit outs, 6 tackles and 4 clearances.
North Adelaide's Brianna Arthur proved to be one highlight for the lackluster Roosters, after she collected a team-high 15 touches as well as 7 tackles and 7 clearances.
Unlucky not to be a starter in this week's side is Central District gun, Shelby Smith who finished with a game-high 19 touches during the Doggies Round Seven defeat.
Swapping the yellow for red and proving that she will be an asset to the Bloods was Sarah Dargan, who collected 13 disposals and a game-high 9 tackles during her first hit out for West Adelaide. The other emergency and the final spot in the side, belongs to Sturt's Alisha Gepp who collected 17 touches, 5 marks and 3 tackles.
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