SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Ten
Round Ten sees the Tigers claim their highest ever SANFLW score, while the Panthers record their biggest win of 2021 and the Leggies lock in top spot.
After a dominant opening term, Norwood looked set to cruise to a win on Friday night to seal top spot--only to just narrowly escape being bitten by the Bulldogs late, 6.2 (38) to 5.5 (35). The ladder leaders kicked four unanswered goals during the opening quarter, only to be held to just two for the remainder of the match. Central District on the other hand stormed home by kicking five majors and they nearly found a sixth--but they just missed.
Glenelg, one of the four SANFLW foundation sides, celebrated the weekend by registering their highest score since joining the competition in 2017, 0.4 (4) to 11.6 (72). However, the game didn't look like it was heading for history territory at halftime as just three goals separated the two. But a dominant second half display which saw the Tigers boot eight unanswered goals was enough to record the impressive 68-point win.
South Adelaide managed to hold Sturt goalless for 49 minutes while on their way to their biggest win of 2021, 2.1 (13) to 9.6 (60). When Alex Ballard goaled late into the opening term it looked as if the match might mirror the Norwood-Centrals clash, but three goals by the Hooper-Hickey duo during the second term saw the Panthers open up some breathing room; which they continued to build on till the final siren signaled the 47-point win.
Inaccuracy proved costly for the Roosters as the side, who collected the same amount of scoring shots as the Bloods, fell to a 20 point loss, 2.7 (19) to 6.3 (39). With no goals coming from either sides during the opening term, the Bloods opened the floodgates during the second term to keep their opponents at arms length and keep their finals dreams alive.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Lauren Young Vice-Captain: Nicole Campbell
Each SANFLW side has been represented in our Round Ten Team of the Week; Norwood leads the way with five named, while Glenelg and South Adelaide sit with four each.
The Round Ten captaincy belongs to the competition's best youngster, West Adelaide's Lauren Young. The vice-captaincy belongs to the Panthers' silky midfielder, Nicole Campbell.
Headlining this week's forward line is a Redlegs duo who combined for four goals during their great escape over Central District, with Rosette Zerella and Elizabeth Drake each registering two majors.
A former Sun continues to shine bright down south, with Jordann Hickey making the Team of the Week again; this time on the back of a three goal performance for the Panthers.
Some familiar AFLW names find themselves in our forward line this week, with Chelsea Biddell joining the side after collecting 14 disposals and a goal, while Chloe Scheer makes another appearance after impressing with 13 touches and a goal.
The final spot up forward belongs to an exciting Tiger that has potential to become a 'familiar AFLW name' and that is young Madi Freeman, whose three goals helped Glenelg reach their historic score.
This week's rucking duties belong to Norwood's Leah Cutting, whose outstanding outing on Friday night included 18 touches, 10 tackles and 6 marks.
This week's Captain, Lauren Young, finds herself amognst the followers after collecting 20 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 2 goals--which certainly makes it one of the better-rounded performances of the weekend.
Adelaide Crows star, Ebony Marinoff joins the team after making an instant impact during her first game back for the Tigers; during which she collected 30 touches and 10 clearances.
This week's Vice-Captain, Nicole Campbell, joins the team on the back of an impressive performance for the Panthers, which included 14 disposals, 7 tackles and two goals.
The two wings are home to AFLW listed Rooster, Katelyn Pope, and goalkicking Tiger, Meara Girvan. Katelyn finished with 19 disposals and a major, while Meara collected 15 touches, 5 marks and two goals.
The milestone Panther, Jaslynne Smith, celebrated her 50th SANFLW match by showing what 50 games of experience looks like; as the composed defender collected 15 touches and 6 marks.
Joining Jas is fellow fast-paced Panther, Cheyenne Hammond, who finished with 16 touches, 5 marks and 4 tackles.
Young gun Sturt defender, Kiera Mueller, was a highlight for the Double Blues as the defender wracked up 20 touches and 4 rebound 50s.
West Adelaide's Sharnie Whiting joins the side on the back of her collection of 22 disposals and 7 marks, alongside her is North Adelaide's Lauren Gauci who impressed with 15 disposals and 4 marks.
The final spot down back belongs to Norwood's Alison Ferrall, who finished their nail-biting win with 12 disposals, 6 rebound 50s and 3 tackles.
Sturt's Jess Good joins the side after collecting 23 hit-outs and 18 touches during the Double Blues' Round Ten defeat. She is joined by AFLW listed Redleg, Najwa Allen, who finished Friday night with a game-high 18 touches.
The ever-reliable Bulldog, Shelby Smith, once again lived up to that title by gathering 16 touches and an impressive 9 tackles during their nail-biting loss.
The final spot amognst the rotations belongs to Glenelg's Jessica Bates, who finished with 13 touches and her usual high-tackle count, which this time stood at 10.
The last two spots in the Round Ten Team of the Week belong to perhaps the only bright part of the Eagles weekend, Annastasia Falkenberg, and the exciting Bulldogs' prospect, Lauren Breguet.
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