SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Ten
Lest We Forget: there were some nail-biting finishes and season-defining results during this year's ANZAC Round.
Only poor kicking prevented Norwood from registering an even bigger win over West Adelaide in their 22-point win, 4.12 (36) to 2.2 (14). The Redlegs recorded 8 behinds during the third term but ultimately their inaccuracy didn't come back to haunt them.
Sophie Armitstead and Tesharna Maher were among Norwood's biggest contributors. While Beatrice Devlyn had the Bloods thankful that they had her in defence. Yet, overall, it was Leah Cutting who stole the show.
Jaimi Tabb kicked the weekend's most important behind as her minor score, which came after the siren, was enough to see North Adelaide escape Central District by the narrowest of margins, 4.10 (34) to 5.3 (33).
The ruck battle between North's Megan Ryan and Central's Isabelle Starmer stole the show: but those at their feet, like the Bulldogs' Shelby Smith and the Roosters' Jess Edwards, were also impressive.
Sturt managed to keep their top-placed ambitions alive after defeating South Adelaide by 15 points, 4.4 (28) to 2.1 (13). This low scoring affair saw most of the goals come midway through the match, with Sturt's 3-goal surge in the second term proving to be the deciding factor.
Alisha Gepp and Kate Harris were among the Double Blues' standouts, while Amy Brooks-Birve was economical up forward. Cheyenne Hammand and Gypsy Schirmer were impressive for the Panthers as was their NSW debutant, Senna Gulden.
Efficiency may have kept Woodville-West Torrens in the match, but it was points that saw Glenelg snatch victory, 4.8 (32) to 5.0 (30). The Tigers held the Eagles scoreless in the final term and registered 4 behinds to claim the thrilling result.
Jess Bates was at her usual best for the yellow and black. Tessa Kohn and Ellie Kellock were also impressive. For the Eagles, McKenzie Dowrick and Klaudia O'Neill did the scoring, while Annie Falkenberg and Leah Kaslar did the rest.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Leah Cutting
Vice-Captain: Isabelle Starmer
Most Valuable Player: Jess Bates
Taking the deep spots in this week's attack are the players who did the majority of their team's scoring. The Eagles' Mackenzie Dowrick (10 disposals, 5 marks, 3 goals) and Norwood's Alana Lishmund (12 disposals, 2 goals) are these such players.
North Adelaide was once again well-supplied by Jess Edwards, who continued her string of amazing matches. This time Edwards did it by collecting 27 disposals, 9 tackles and 5 marks. Erica Greet (15 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 goals) was another impressive performer in the red and white.
Sturt's Amy Brooks-Birve proved that disposals don't equal impact as she helped the Double Blues over the line despite having only 5 touches. This is because she also had 19 hit-outs, had 2 clearances and kicked 2 crucial goals.
What use is a good midfield if you cannot supply them with the footy? This must have been going through Leah Cutting's head on Friday night as she tore through the Bloods. Showing her AFLW class, Cutting collected 53 hit-outs, laid 15 tackles, and had 12 touches.
One such player that was fortunate to have a front-row seat to the Leah Cutting Show was Norwood midfielder, Tesharna Maher. Maher made the most of it by finishing with 23 disposals, 7 clearances and 4 tackles.
The big names lived up to the occasion on Monday's ANZAC Day clash. Glenelg's Jess Bates (31 disposals, 12 tackles, 8 clearances) and Ellie Kellock (29 disposals, 7 marks, 6 clearances, and a goal) were influential performers.
Senna Gulden slotted straight into the Panthers midfield and straight into the SANFLW competition as well. Hailing from the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs, Gulden had an equal game-high total of 22 disposals as well as 9 tackles and 8 clearances.
Alongside their interstate recruit was their homegrown talent, Gypsy Schirmer who was a massive presence around the contest. Her display included 22 disposals and she laid a game-high 13 tackles.
The Bloods were blessed to have Beatrice Devlyn behind the ball during their clash on the weekend. Devlyn did her best against the constant opposition attacks which earned her 32 disposals, 11 rebound 50s and 4 tackles.
Madelyn Zacher (11 disposals, 7 tackles, 6 rebound 50s) was another Westies' defender that had to face the repeated forward entries by the Redlegs: and her efforts have earnt her an appearance as well.
A defensive Doggies' duo makes this week's side, with the familiar-named Caitlen Teague (17 disposals, 8 tackles,) joining the Bulldogs' well-known product Maddy Lane (12 disposals, 5 rebound 50s).
Rounding out the backline is Annie Falkenberg, (19 disposals, 8 tackles, 5 rebound 50s) was a standout performer for the Eagles.
The ruck battle between Isabelle Starmer and Megan Ryan was a highlight of this year's ANZAC Round, but it is hard to settle who won this contest. Starmer starred with 32 hit-outs, 14 disposals 11 tackles, 5 clearances, and a goal. Meanwhile, Ryan had 33 hit-outs, 17 disposals, 12 tackles and 8 clearances. We will leave this one up to you to decide.
Shelby Smith (18 disposals, 8 tackles, 5 clearances) finds herself among this week's rotations. The skipper did everything she could to help her team cause an upset, and they were 2 points shy of it.
A Double Blues' duo of ball-winners and game-changers join this week's team. Alisha Gepp (22 disposals, 6 clearances, 5 tackles) and Izzy Kuiper (18 disposals, 7 clearances, and a goal) are 2 young Blues who have extremely bright futures in the game and their weekend displays highlight that.
Rounding out this weekend's team are those players who, in true ANZAC spirit, kept fighting despite their team facing defeat. These are West Adelaide's Jessica Macolino (21 disposals, 11 tackles) and South Adelaide's Cheyenne Hammond (22 disposals, 7 clearances, 6 tackles).
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