• Jayden J Bartlett

SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Six



SANFLW footy returns after a weekend off, and what a return it was. Returning players impressed, reliable performers shined, and an undefeated team suffers an upset loss.


Round Six kicked off with North Adelaide’s thumping win over an undermanned Norwood outfit, 12.10 (82) to 3.2 (20). Having 5 players forced out of their league side due to the health and safety protocol; the Redlegs were not shown any mercy by a classy and strong Roosters’ side.


Hannah Ewings alone outscored the Redlegs, who already trailed by 5 goals at halftime. As for Norwood, if there is such a thing as a positive from a 10-goal loss – it is the performance of Lana Schwerdt. Doing everything possible that she could for her side, Schwerdt stands as a major highlight for the Legs.



The Grand Final rematch ended in a 26-point victory for Glenelg over West Adelaide, 7.5 (47) to 3.3 (21). Kellock and Bates were amazing for the Tigers, as were Venning and Newman for the Bloods. But ultimately, a 4-goal head start for the Tigers proved too much for the Bloods – who trailed by this margin for the majority of the match.


This win sees the Tigers sit tied at the top of the ladder, while the Bloods are left wondering what is next. Having lost a lot of their Grand Final side from last year – Westies have been up against the wall for most of 2022. Glenelg on the other hand, look in great spirits to defend their premiership title.



Shae Archbold's reaction to her goal of the year contender - this image was taken by MWM.

The headline result of the weekend would have to be Sturt’s shock loss to Central District, 6.6 (42) to 5.6 (36). Although it was a shock upset, the Bulldogs have a history of being ‘giant killers’ and they reinforced it by becoming Sturt’s first loss of the 2022 season.


The Double Blues seemed set to win their sixth straight match as they led by 14 points at the final change. Yet they went on to be held scoreless during the final term while the Bulldogs, through McKee, Sonneman and Murphy, piled on 3 goals in 10 minutes to claim the upset win.


It is not all doom and gloom for the ladder leaders however as, for those who remember, South Adelaide suffered a major upset midway through the 2019 season – only to end up storming home to the premiership.



South Adelaide had their prayers answered by Shae Archbold, with the young gun’s miracle goal spurring a late fightback for her side which resulted in an 11-point win over Woodville – West Torrens, 9.3 (57) to 7.4 (46).


South Adelaide jumped out of the box with a 4 goal to 1 opening term – but the Eagles quickly brought the game back into contention with 5 second-term goals. Then, reminiscent of that fabled Showdown winning goal or a magical bounce by Warne, Archbold kicked a miracle goal from the boundary to level the scores – before Whiteley and Rogers added goals to seal the win.


Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.

Captain: Shelby Smith

Vice-Captain: Nicole Campbell

Most Valuable Player: Hannah Ewings


The captaincy this week belongs to Shelby Smith. The Central District’s skipper has routinely led by example and Round Six was another example of that. Since she has been a standout most weeks – she will be one of the names to watch out for on awards night.


The vice-captain this week is South Adelaide’s beloved Nicole Campbell, who celebrated her fiftieth SANFLW game in style by being one of the main contributors during the Panthers' hard-fought win.


A first for Minutes with Moose, we put it to you’s to vote on who was the weekend’s Most Valuable Player and Hannah Ewings came out on top. It is easy to see why the young Rooster had an amazing performance – typified by her 4-goal haul.

 

FORWARDS:

This week’s MVP, Hannah Ewings, makes an appearance deep up forward after having a stellar outing for North Adelaide. Ewings showed that, even after missing plenty of footy due to injury, she is still one of the best young players in the SANFLW – and her total of 15 disposals, 4 goals and 3 tackles reflects that.


Joining Ewings up forward is another Rooster that was a standout during their massive win. Jade De Melo had a well-rounded display that included 10 touches, 2 clearances, 2 tackles and 2 goals.


Glenelg’s Ellie Kellock enjoyed a fantastic display during her side’s strong win. The proud Tiger product had 21 disposals, 4 tackles, and 2 goals – which we would say has been her best performance of the 2022 season.


Alysha Healy is starting to find her feet as a forward. This Double Blue has kicked at least one goal every game this season, and her 2 on the weekend brings her season tally up to 9. As well as kicking 2, Healy also had 14 touches and 3 marks.


Rounding out this week’s forward line is South Adelaide’s Shae Archbold who lived up to the hype around her debut season – and then some. Leading the league’s goal tally, Archbold had 10 touches, took3 contested marks, and booted 3 goals – including a serious contender for goal of the year.


Eagles' and Panthers' rucks battle it out - this image was taken by MWM.

MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

At this point, we are getting tired of saying that Isabelle Starmer is one of the league’s best rucks – but when she keeps having games as she did on the weekend, I guess we just have to keep saying it. Starmer did a little bit of everything; 25 hit-outs, 14 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 marks and 3 clearances.


Finishing with a game-high total of disposals and tackles, as well as an equal game-high total of marks – it is easy to see why Shelby Smith is this week’s captain. Setting the example for her beloved Bulldogs, super Smith’s performances this year have made her one of our top picks for this year’s Best and Fairest.


Jess Bates did exactly what we thought she would do during Round Six. She played great, and she wracked up plenty of tackles. A contender for this year’s Best and Fairest – this consistent Tiger had a game-high total of 28 disposals and laid 11 tackles.


Collecting a game-high total of 23 disposals, as well as having a team-high total of 5 marks and 8 tackles – Nicole Campbell made her milestone game a memorable one. In simple terms, the tough on-baller did in her fiftieth game what she has become most known for – which is winning the hardball.


Norwood’s Lana Schwerdt was the main highlight for the Redlegs – at least from our perspective. The super Schwerdt had a team-high total of 23 disposals and an equal game-high total of 7 tackles.


Rounding out this middle is South Adelaide’s Layla Rogers who enjoyed her best game of the year. Finishing with 10 touches, 4 tackles, 3 marks and a goal – it is her final term performance that makes her weekend stand out. When most players would be slowing down, Rogers laid a crucial tackle, set up a lead-taking goal, and kicked the match sealer.



DEFENDERS:

Returning from the Crows and having an instant impact on the Bloods was Maddi Newman. As well as 5 tackles, the speedy and silky player also managed a team-high total of 25 touches and a game-high total of 6 marks – which we think makes West Adelaide wish that they had her services more often.


Sturt’s Jaimee Wittervan is as underrated as she is consistent. However, Double Blues’ performer should have made herself known on the weekend thanks to her display that included 15 touches, 8 marks and 5 rebound 50s.


Centre-half-back is home to the Eagles’ rebounder, Renee Forth, who had 18 disposals during her side’s narrow loss on the weekend.


Madison Lane returns to the field for the first time in around 5 weeks – and gets 15 touches, has 6 rebound 50s and lays 4 tackles. Lane was one of Central’s first ‘favourite daughters’, a young gun that has grown up with the side – and it is safe to say that the team looks better with her in it.


South Adelaide’s Nari Wright was the definition of the role player on the weekend. Having had 9 disposals and 4 tackles – the Yankalilla recruit always seemed to pop up at the most crucial of times.


Rogers attempts to prevent an Eagles rebound - this image was taken by MWM.

INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

There is a duo of Roosters’ talent in the rotations this week, with Katelyn Pope joining Jess Edwards. Both were tremendous performers for the red and white – Pope had 17 touches, 7 tackles and a goal, while Edwards finished with 24 disposals, 4 marks and a goal.


Continuing her breakout year in the red and black was West Adelaide’s Zoe Venning. Venning was involved in most things that were good – finishing with 18 disposals, 7 tackles, and a goal.


Young gun Bulldogs’ forward, Georgia McKee, adds some class to this week’s rotations. Having had 12 disposals, taken 6 marks and kicked a goal on the weekend – this bright Bulldogs prospect has been one of the best young players to make their debut this season.


Adding plenty of contested pressure to the rotations this week is the Eagles’ Sophie Zuill, who had 17 touches and laid a game-high total of 12 tackles.


She may be named as an emergency this week, but this exciting Tiger will only get more appearances as she continues to develop. Piper Window, the young gun Tiger, had 13 touches, laid 9 tackles, and kicked a goal on the weekend.


Rounding out the Round Six MWM SANFLW Team of the Week is Sturt’s Georgia Swan who took an equal game-high total of 8 marks, which sit very nicely alongside her 17 disposals and sole goal.



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