SANFLW Team of the Week (Round Three)
Round three of the SANFL Women’s competition saw both South Adelaide and North Adelaide continue their winning streak, while both Glenelg and Sturt registered their first wins of the 2020 season.
With the top four sides facing each other, there were a lot of standout players throughout the round.
And of course, we have taken these stand out players and put them into this week’s SANFLW Team of the Week.
As always, the Team of the Week is based purely on a player's performance during that round. Because of this, any AFLW listed players that play during that week are eligible for our Team of the Week.
Coach: Jason Fairall
Captain: Teah Charlton
Vice-Captain: Lucy Armitage
Glenelg’s and South Adelaide’s comfortable victories were reflected in this week’s team, while the top of the table clash between West Adelaide and North Adelaide saw it difficult to pick the best players, as they made it very difficult for one another.
Once again, every team has been represented by at least once player, with Jess Kirk, Teah Charlton, Tahlia Meyer, Jaimi Tabb, Ashleigh Woodland and Amber Ward all holding their spots in the side.
Meanwhile, Matilda Zander, Hannah Prenzler and Melanie Elsegood still remain as the only players who have been a part of every Team of the Week thus far.
Deciding this week’s coach was extremely difficult, with both Krissie and Rick putting good cases forward for their selection. However, after suffering two crushing defeats, the Tigers ability to bounce back in stunning fashion means that Jason Fairall has been selected as this week’s Team of the Week coach.
Likewise, the leaders were also difficult to pick, but after another impressive weekend of football, we have selected South Adelaide leadership group member, Teah Charlton as the Captain and passionate Tiger, Lucy Armitage, as the Vice-Captain.
Scroll down to see a breakdown of every player named in this round’s Team of the Week.
Alex Ballard (Sturt)
Young Alex Ballard was Sturt’s most dangerous forward during their first win of the year, booting two goals. Along with this, she also showed some great forward pressure, gathering four tackles during Saturday’s game.
Melanie Elsegood (West Adelaide)
For the third week in a row, Melanie Elsegood has held her spot in the Team of the Week. Despite losing their top of the table clash, Melanie’s two goals and three marks was a positive sign for the Bloods. We will be sure to keep an eye on her as West look to bounce back next week.
Jess Kirk (South Adelaide)
Jess Kirk is now the leading goalkicker in the competition, after booting seven goals in the last two games. Jess was extremely dangerous up-forward for the Panthers, with a remarkable marking ability and fast pace making her dangerous both on the ground and in the air.
Half Forward Flank
Lucy Armitage (Glenelg)
While it was her overwhelming passion that saw her receive this week’s title as the Vice-Captain, it was her performance that saw her collect 13 disposals, seven tackles and a goal that made her a part of the side in the first place. Lucy also created plenty of chances for her side during their huge win, gathering two clearances and four inside 50s.
Centre Half Forward
Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide) Montana McKinnon continued her push for AFLW selection, as she finished with 14 disposals and a team high seven marks. South Adelaide played her as a more forward role and it certainly worked, while she didn’t get any goals, her marking ability helped trap it in their forward line while her booming kick helped them set up several goals.
Half Forward Flank
Jade Halfpenny (Norwood) As a very promising Norwood young gun, Jade Halfpenny was impressive during Saturday’s clash, as she finished with a team high 19 disposals and booted a goal. Playing well against tough opposition, she also finished with two tackles and three marks.
Tahlia Meyer (South Adelaide) For the second week in a row, Tahlia Meyer makes the Team of the Week. Playing against her old side, she finished with 22 disposals, three tackles and a goal. With a tremendous pace and willingness to take the game on, Tahlia is quickly becoming one of the most exciting players to watch in the competition.
Ashleigh Woodland (North Adelaide) Ashleigh Woodland had a lot to do in order to back up her performance from the pervious week, but somehow she managed to pull it off. In total, this talented North product collected a team high 22 disposals and a game high seven marks. Add to this, the fact that she also booted three goals and it equals another extremely good performance for her.
Matilda Zander (Norwood) Another week gone and another Team of the Week appearance for Matilda Zander. Finishing with 18 disposals and a game high eight marks, she was extremely dangerous for Norwood, especially during the opening half. Not only talented but also reliable, lets see if she can make it four from four in our Team of the Week.
Half Back Flank
Madisyn Freeman (Glenelg) Making her way back to the Team of the Week, Madisyn Freeman was impressive during the Tigers big win. In total, this Tiger young gun collected 15 disposals as well as three clearances and two tackles. It was the performance that we have become to expect from this promising player, and this will no doubt be the first of many strong performances this season from her.
Centre Half back
Emily Brockhurst (South Adelaide) Playing her first game this season, Emily Brockhurst certainly made her presence felt. While she is slightly out of position in our team, her versatility means that she can pretty well play anyway. In total, she finished with 15 disposals, four marks and four rebound 50s during the Panthers win.
Half Back Flank
Sam Pratt (South Adelaide) Finishing with six rebound 50s, 18 disposals and eight tackles, Sam Pratt played arguably her best game in the blue and white thus far. She played higher up the ground which allowed her to trap the ball in South’s forward line, while she also came back and helped South’s backline that played outstanding on Saturday night.
Tessa Kohn (Glenelg)
Playing in just her third senior SANFLW match, Tessa finished with a strong 13 disposals and five tackles during Glenelg’s much needed win. She also gathered five clearances and three inside 50s during what was a very promising sign for her future.
Amber Ward (North Adelaide) Making the team for the second week in a row, North young gun Amber Ward was a reliable player during their top of the table win. While she didn’t collect huge numbers, she stepped up in the final quarter and intercepted several plays to halt any chance of a West comeback.
Demi Sonneman (Central District) As the only Central District player to make this week’s team, Demi Sonneman was impressive despite the end result. Finishing with a game high 19 disposals, as well as two marks and an outstanding six rebound 50s. As the Bulldogs look to bounce back after suffering back to back defeats, she will surely continue to be valuable.
Caitlin Gould (Glenelg)
Making her way back to Glenelg, Caitlin Gould certainly made her case for re-selection by the Crows. Finishing with a team high 17 disposals and a game high six marks, Gould was also very dangerous up-forward, finishing with four goals. Add to this, four tackles and four clearances, and it equals arguably the best performance from any player this round.
Teah Charlton (South Adelaide) With each passing week Teah Charlton is getting better and better. This week, the young gun collected 26 disposals, six tackles and five inside 50s in what was yet another example of why she is labelled as one of the best young players outside of the AFLW. And don’t even get us started on her self-fed handpasses.
Zoe Venning (West Adelaide)
She was one of the youngest players on the field during the top of the table clash, but you wouldn’t notice. That is because young gun Zoe Venning collected a team high six marks and a game high 26 disposals during what was a promising sign for her future.
Indy Tahau (South Adelaide) The Panthers young gun played a more ruck role during their strong win over rival Norwood. All up, Indy collected 14 disposals, three clearances and booted a goal in what was another promising performance by the talented Panther.
Isobel Kuiper (Sturt) One of Sturt’s extremely promising youngsters, Isobel Kuiper was impressive during the Double Blues first win of this season. In total, Isobel collected 18 disposals, five marks and six tackles during Saturday’s clash. She also created plenty of chances, finishing with four clearances and two inside 50s.
Jaimi Tabb (Woodville - West Torrens) Jaimi Tabb is continuing her push to get back into the Crows AFLW side. Booting a team high three goals, she was arguably one of the Eagles most impressive players during their round three lost. Along with the three goals, she also collected ten disposals and five tackles.
Georgia Bevan (Sturt) Another week gone and another impressive performance by Georgia Bevan. Bevan was busy getting into the thick of the action, collecting a game high 20 disposals. Add to this, six tackles and four clearances, and it equals another good performance as she looks to get re-drafted.
Stephanie Walker (Woodville – West Torrens) A stand out during the Eagles loss, Stephanie finished with a team high 18 disposals and a strong eight tackles. Very unlucky not to be named as a starter during this week’s Team of the Week, however if she continues performing like this she will surely break into it.
Leah Tynan (North Adelaide) Leah was extremely unlucky not to make it into the starting 22 but ww are sure that this won’t be the last strong performance by her. In total, she finished with 18 disposals, six tackles and three clearances.
Hannah Prenzler (Sturt) As one of only a few players to make the Team of the Week squad for the first three rounds. Hannah finished with ten disposals and four marks during their tense victory over the Eagles. Once again, Hannah’s composure under pressure was a key stand out, as she continues to be one of the best key position youngsters in the league.
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