SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Six
Adelaide Oval set the stage for Round Six, which saw the Bulldogs claim another big scalp, the Bloods get their first win over the Panthers, and the Double Blues come from behind to draw.
Round Six kicked off with yet another Double Blues clash that came down to the wire. Glenelg seemed to be the ones in control for majority of the match but their inaccuracy in front of goals left the door open for the Double Blues.
A momentary lapse in concentration during the final minute of play saw Sturt smother the ball, force a turnover, and allow Alysha Healy to take a shot dead in front to level the scores. The Tigers, who registered five more scoring shots, would leave the ground a tie, 5.9 (39) to 6.3 (39).
Coming off of a landmark win, Central District not only proved it wasn't a fluke, but they actually claimed an even bigger scalp. Facing off against the reigning premiers, the Bulldogs looked lively early as they booted three unanswered goals during the opening term.
The Roosters did cut the deficit a bit with two goals during the second term, but this would prove to be their only two goals for the match. A goal after the three quarter time siren by second-gamer, Caitlin Wendland, all but sealed the win. Rosenzweig and Reynolds continued to cause havoc up forward for the red, white and blue, right up until the siren signaled the 9.3 (57) to 2.1 (13) win.
Norwood could have put their Round Six win to bed in the opening term if it wasn't for some inaccurate kicking. The Redlegs booted 1.5 (11) during the first quarter, and it looked as if this was going to come back and bite them as they only led the Eagles by three points at three quarter time.
However, Norwood were able to run over the top of the Eagles during the final term, kicking two goals in quick succession. Kiana Lee would manage to strike one back, but with just ten seconds left on the clock it was too late to prevent the 3.4 (22) to 4.8 (32) loss.
The final game of a string of first SANFLW matches to be played at Adelaide Oval ended up in West Adelaide's first win over South Adelaide. It was a tough day at the office for the Panthers, as the side faced off against a classy Bloods' outfit which included the likes of Maddi Newman, Chelsea Biddell, Ailish Considine, Lauren Young and Keeley Kustermann.
The two finalists from 2020 went head to head in the opening term, but after the first break the fast-paced and lively Bloods broke the game open. Playing in warm conditions, the Panthers, who lost Bennett to injury and conceded twenty-two free kicks to the Bloods nine, just couldn't match it with the red and black, and ended up falling to a 7.11 (53) to 2.4 (16) defeat.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Chelsea Biddell Vice-Captain: Sophie Armitstead
Each SANFLW side has been represented by at least once player, but it is West Adelaide and Central District who lead the way with four and five named players, respectively.
The Captain for this week is the West Adelaide product and Adelaide Crow forward, Chelsea Biddell. The Vice-Captaincy belongs to Norwood's Sophie Armitstead.
Both the leaders of our Round Six side call our forward line home, with Sophie Armitstead finding herself on the half forward line after collecting seventeen touches and five clearances during Norwood's big win.
Chelsea Biddell makes the side on the back of a performance that caused headaches for the opposition as she finished West Adelaide's win with two goals, eight marks and fifteen touches.
Sophie is not the only Redleg in this week's attack, as Elizabeth Drake joins the team on the back of her strong display which included thirteen possessions, five marks nd two goals.
Finding herself at half forward after booting two goals is Sturt's Alysha Healy. Kicking a third of the Double Blues' goals, this Northern Territory product was the one who kicked the game-levelling goal with just a minute left.
A very familiar and powerful Central District duo joins the attack yet again. Katelyn Rosenzweig and Chantel Reynolds combined for four goals during the Bulldogs landmark win, and both were dominant in the air, finishing with seven marks between them.
Rucking duties belong to Sturt's Jess Good, who amassed forty-six touches during the Double Blues draw. As well as this, she also collected ten touches, five tackles and three clearances.
Jess is joined on-ball by fellow Double Blue, Jaimee Wittervan who also impressed during Sturt's draw by gathering nineteen touches, seven tackles and four clearances.
West Adelaide on-baller Louella McCarthy also joins the Round Six side after collecting seventeen touches, four clearances and four tackles during their big win.
Glenelg's Ellie Kellock calls our midfield home after impressing with twenty-one disposals, seven tackles and six clearances.
One wing belongs to North Adelaide's Erica Greet who collected a game-high total of eighteen touches for the Roosters.
The other wing belongs to star Central District recruit, Paige Allan. Playing against her old side, the fast-paced Bulldog finished with a grand total of twelve touches, four marks and a goal.
West Adelaide's young-gun defender, Keeley Kustermann makes this week's side on the back of her seventeen touches. She is joined at half back by fellow Blood, Maddi Newman who finished with sixteen touches and five tackles.
First-year Panther Jaimi Griffen finds herself at half back after collecting seventeen touches and five marks during what was a tough day for South Adelaide. She is joined by fellow Panther and team Vice-Captain, Brianna Wedding, who finished with a game-high of twenty disposals.
Keeping with the duo theme, completing the hat-trick of duos is Eagle pair, Nicole Collie and Renee Forth. Nicole collected a game-high of twenty touches as well as six marks and five rebound 50s. Renee on the other hand finished with seventeen touches, five marks and three tackles.
Jessica Bates, Glenelg's tackling machine, makes the rotations this week after finishing the Tigers' draw with fourteen possessions and a remarkable total of twelve tackles. Also amognst the rotations is fellow Tiger Madi Freeman, who finished with thirteen disposals and two goals.
Joining the rotations for this week is the promising Bulldog and U19 South Australian state player, Lauren Breguet. Showing exactly why she got called up to the state squad, the young-gun finished with ten disposals, four marks, three tackles and a goal.
Adding plenty of pressure to the rotations this week is Norwood father-daughter, Jade Halfpenny. She finished with fifteen touches, four marks and three clearances.
The two emergencies for the Round Six side are a promising newcomer and an experienced player. Central District's second-gamer, Caitlin Wendland, makes her Team of the Week debut after finishing with twelve touches, five marks and a goal.
Meanwhile, North Adelaide's Lauren Daniel makes the side yet again, this time on the back of fourteen touches and six marks.
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