SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Three
Round Three was split over two different weather conditions, the warm night saw the Panthers pounce late to win their first game of 2021 while a wet Saturday set the stage for the Roosters to continue their unbeaten streak.
It all began on Friday night, but contrary to the name it was more around thirty degrees and sunny by the time of the first bounce. Similar scenes seemed to plagued South Adelaide during the opening half--that being inaccurate kicking in front of goal. Playing a real pressure driven style of game, Central District looked to be the clear winners--only for the Panthers to storm home, kick five second half goals, and snatch the win from the Bulldogs jaws, 5.7 (37) to 4.8 (32).
The final game on Friday night also looked to be an upset in the making when, against most peoples' bets, Sturt really put Norwood under the pump. The Double Blues were leading by eight points midway through the third term, only for the Redlegs to boot two unanswered goals to finish the quarter. They came close to retaking the lead but could only muster three behinds, leaving the Leggies to escape with a hard-fought, 3.2 (20) to 2.6 (18) win.
From a near upset to an actual upset, Saturday's game between Glenelg and the Eagles was played under the more 'traditional' wet weather conditions. This meant that there were stoppages aplenty but the goals were few and far between. Inaccurate kicking once again shot the Tigers in the foot--which left the door open for Kiana Lee to send the Eagles in-front. She would also go onto get the game winning clearance out of Glenelg's forward 50, with the siren sounding minutes later to signal the 2.3 (15) to 1.6 (12) win.
Then came the dream matchup of the season, with one and two facing off against each other. With no Newman, Biddell or Elsegood, one might have questioned where the Bloods goals could come from--but this was put to bed with the red and black scoring after just two minutes. However, this would prove to be their final goal of the game as the powerful Rooster outfit began to take control, before storming home in the final term to win, 1.3 (9) to 4.4 (28).
Scroll down to see the Round Three Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Leah Tynan Vice-Captain: Kiana Lee
Playing in the highest scoring match of Round Three, South Adelaide whom have only had a maximum of two players named the last two weeks--leads the way this week with six. Followed closely by the undefeated Roosters with four, then Central District and Norwood with three.
The leaders of the Round Three Team of the Week are North Adelaide's Leah Tynan and the Eagles match-winner, Kiana Lee.
This week's forward line is made up of a trio of Panthers, with Jess Kirk and Jorja Hooper making the side as the only two players to kick more than one goal during Round Three. Madison Bennett also joins the side after collecting fourteen touches and three tackles.
Named at half forward is the former Crow and Sun, Tayla Thorn, who finished with ten possessions, three tackles and one major. Joining her is the slightly out of positioned, Zoe Venning, who we had to have as a starter thanks to her collection of seventeen disposals, two tackles and two clearances.
The final spot up forward belongs to Glenelg's Tamsyn Morriss, who finished with eleven touches and an impressive tally of five tackles.
Named on-ball is this week is the lively Central District player, Caitlen Teague. She could have made the side on the back of her Goal of the Year attempt alone--but her collecting of seventeen touches, four clearances and three tackles is also worth a mention.
Joining Caitlen on-ball is this week's captain, Leah Tynan. Seemingly unaffected by the weather, Leah collected a team-high of sixteen touches, which sits very nicely alongside her five tackles, four clearances, and three marks.
Rucking duties belong to the Leah Cutting, who did exactly what most expect from Leah Cutting these days. Playing her role greatly, she finished with thirteen touches, five clearances and four tackles.
Named in the middle is Panther product, Tahlita Buethke, who played a pivotal role in the Panthers two quick goals--which certainly helped the Panthers eventually snatch the win. In total, she had fifteen possessions and three clearances, two of which resulted in goals.
On the wing is Sturt's Elsie Dawes, who made a mark for the Double Blues by collecting twelve disposals, three clearances and three tackles. On the opposite wing is Glenelg young-gun, Brooke Tonon who continued her strong start to 2021 with a strong total of fourteen touches, three tackles and two clearances.
Making the side for the first time this year is the reliable Panther defender, Jaslynne Smith. Not only did she put her body on the line during the final term, but she also helped minimise the early damage that the Bulldogs could have had--by gathering thirteen touches and six rebound 50s.
Eagle young-gun Shineah Goody was very impressive during the Eagles win, in fact she had one of the better performances of the weekend. By the time the final siren sounded, Shineah had a total of sixteen touches, eleven tackles, and four clearances to her name.
Continuing her streak of Team of the Week appearances is Talia Radan. This time she finished with thirteen touches, two tackles, and two clearances.
Also continuing her streak of appearances is Sharnie Whiting, who still managed to make her presence felt for the Bloods. In total, she collected a game-high total of twenty-one disposals, as well as four marks, four rebound 50s, and three clearances.
Named along the half back line is Norwood's Morgan Johnston, who certainly proved valuable in their nail-biting win. Not only did she impress with sixteen possessions, but she also managed seven marks, six rebound 50s, and three tackles. Which makes it one of the better individual displays of the round.
The final spot in defense belongs to our game-winning vice-captain, Kiana Lee. Not only getting the game winning goal but also getting the game-winning defensive rebound that made sure of it--Kiana also collected ten touches, three tackles, and two clearances.
Named amongst the rotations for this week is Shelby Smith who enjoyed a big Friday night, finishing with seventeen touches and a game-high total of both tackles (eight) and clearances (five).
Our back up ruck for Round Three is Montana McKinnon, who helped turn the tied on Friday night with her taps. Making her presence felt in the air and around the ground, she finished with four marks and five tackles.
The tackling machine Jaimi Tabb also makes the side after yet another strong performance. This time it included thirteen touches, four tackles, three marks, and a goal.
In just her third game, West Adelaide young gun Lauren Young makes the side for the second time this season. Proving that age doesn't affect results, Lauren finished with nineteen touches, four marks and four tackles--while also managing to gather three rebound 50s and two clearances.
Adding some rebound potential to the emergencies is Norwood's Ashlee Gould, who not only did the aforementioned rebounds by collecting three, but she also collected ten touches and four marks.
Finishing with a game-high total of twenty touches, as well as four tackles and three clearances, Sturt's Alisha Gepp also makes the side as an emergency.
Also named as an emergency is Maddy Lane, who impressed yet again for the Bulldogs--collecting eighteen disposals and four rebound 50s.
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