• Jayden J Bartlett

SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Twelve



The final round of the SANFLW saw Glenelg narrowly edge out the Roosters in a thriller. While the Double Blues head into the finals on the back of a strong victory and the Panthers booked themselves into the finals with a resounding win.


Sturt’s fast start at the Summit Sports Park saw them breeze part Central District to claim a 28-point win, 5.10 (40) to 1.6 (12). The Double Blues kicked 3 unanswered goals during the first term and never looked back – with this 28-point win sending them into their debut finals series with great form.


Izzy Kuiper backed up last week’s display with another great outing for the Double Blues, while Amy Brooks-Birve made her presence felt up forward with 2 goals. It was all the usual stars for the Bulldogs that stood out for them: Shelby Smith, Isabelle Starmer and Caitlen Teague.



It was a game of contrasting accuracies during Woodville-West Torrens' 33-point win over West Adelaide, 7.9 (51) to 2.6 (18). The Eagles booted 4 straight goals during the opening term while the Bloods scored 4 straight behinds – and from there, it was the Eagles' game to lose.


Chantelle Mitchell, Cheryllee Waters and Jess Sedunary were all impressive for the Eagles. As for the red and black, Jessica Macolino and Zoe Venning were easy picks as their standouts.


South Adelaide's Czenya Cavouras weaves through traffic - image taken by MWM.

South Adelaide surged away from Norwood to keep their finals record intact with a 25-point win, 4.9 (33) to 1.2 (8). The Redlegs booted the opening goal of the game – but back-to-back goals in 3 minutes gave the Panthers the lead, and they held on to it for the rest of the match.


Leah Cutting, Ashlee Gould, and Lana Schwerdt were all strong contributors in the red and blue. But with the likes of Gypsy Schirmer, Nicole Campbell, Jess Kirk and Senna Gulden, the Panthers were able to run over the top of them. The Panthers are the only side to have competed in finals during every season they’ve played in.



The Glenelg and North Adelaide clash was the perfect way to show off a possible Grand Final preview. A Chelsea Packer goal was the match-sealer during this see-sawing and close affair that was decided by 10 points, 5.6 (36) to 4.2 (26).


The final score was the biggest margin at any of the breaks. Glenelg held a point lead at quarter-time and halftime, while North Adelaide held a 3-point lead at the final change – before the Tigers broke away to win by 10.


Glenelg’s Jess Bates and North Adelaide’s Hannah Ewings battled it out in the middle. Jaimi Tabb and Kristi Harvey were also impressive for the Roosters. As for the Tigers, they also had Ellie Kellock and Ella Boag.



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

Captain: Cheyenne Hammond

Vice-Captain: Zoe Venning

Most Valuable Player: Hannah Ewings


Hannah Ewings not only heads into the SANFLW final series in great form – but she has boosted her draft rating after a stellar display for the Roosters. Running into form at the best of times, this was arguably her best display yet – with the 97 votes she received being a new record in our MVP voting.


Cheyenne Hammond (31 votes) earns the captaincy this week. This Gold Coast Suns’ performer has continued to shine since returning home to South Adelaide – and her display on the weekend was the latest example of this.


Zoe Venning (23 votes), the exciting West Adelaide product, rounds out the final leadership squad of the year. This young Blood finished off the year in style – and we cannot wait to see what is in store for her next season.

 

FORWARDS:

Heading into this year’s final series, teams want to know that their key forwards are ready and firing – Sturt is lucky in this category since they have their reliable key forward, Amy Brooks-Birve. Impressive up forward, this Double Blue finished with 4 contested marks and 2 goals on the weekend.


Then there is Izzy Kuiper, who was been ready and firing for the majority of the season. This classy Double Blue onballer showed her usual class on the weekend by collecting 19 touches, 10 clearances, 7 tackles, and a goal.


Jess Sedunary had a similar effect on the Eagles. Finishing with 29 disposals, 8 clearances and 5 tackles – this excellent Eagle was on fire during their season-ending win.


In finals footy, a team needs more than a key forward. They need those forwards that are a massive presence within the arc, and South Adelaide’s Lucy Northcott can be exactly that. Northcott’s rugby experience shows. She is tough and strong, yet quick and nimble – and she showed this on the weekend with 15 disposals, 4 tackles and 2 goals.


For every key forward and powerful forward – it is nice to have a little bit of x-factor. Whenever a goal is needed, an x-factor can use their pace and crumbing skills to pop up and kick that much-needed score. The Eagles have found this in Chantelle Mitchell, an underrated Eagle, who had 10 disposals, 2 tackles and 2 goals on the weekend.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Hannah Ewings, this week’s Most Valuable Player, spearheads the on-ball bridge this week. This super exciting Rooster had her best game for the season – finishing with 34 disposals, 8 clearances, 5 tackles and a goal – and she will no doubt play a major role in this year’s finals series. Quick, silky, and hard at the footy – Ewings’ excellent display has shown recruiters what she can do.


Finals are when the stars come out to shine. Unfortunately, we won’t see one of the biggest and best stars of the SANFLW during this year’s finals – since Shelby Smith and her beloved Bulldogs missed out. An all-around star midfielder, Smith has enjoyed an amazing season and she finished it off perfectly by collecting 23 disposals, 18 tackles and 7 clearances.


As good as a midfield can be – it is even better when it can get a first look at the footy, and that is what having a classy ruck can do. For a classy and top-quality ruck, you cannot go past Norwood’s Leah Cutting. This strong, mobile and AFLW experienced player had 36 hit-outs, 15 disposals and 5 tackles on the weekend.


The middle is home to the hard-running Panther, Cheyenne Hammond. Earning the captaincy this week, Hammond is a true midfielder who can play on the inside and out. On the weekend, Hammond stepped up massively by collecting 16 disposals, 14 tackles and 4 clearances.


Zoe Venning finished her season the way she had started it – by playing beautifully. Venning, along with her 27 touches, 10 tackles and 9 clearances; was amazing for the Bloods. Likewise, Lana Schwerdt, the Redlegs’ young gun, was a standout for her side – finishing with 22 disposals, 5 tackles and 5 clearances.


South Adelaide's Tahlita Buethke jumps for the footy - image taken by MWM.

DEFENDERS:

The ability to change things up during a final is a huge advantage, and that is exactly what Gypsy Schirmer allows. A classy onballer, a dangerous rebound defender, a terrific outside mid – all these are roles that Schirmer can play and play well. On the weekend just gone, she had 22 disposals and 6 tackles.


Speaking of rebound defenders, they would have to be one of our picks for the most important roles on the footy field. Any player that can turn an opponent’s chance to score into a score for their side is great in our books – and of course, Sturt has the best young version of one in Kiera Mueller. Relentless, quick, and with great awareness – this Double Blue defender had 19 touches on the weekend.


There are plenty of exciting and young defenders in the SANFLW. Madison Lane (16 disposals, 8 rebound 50s, 5 tackles) is one such player. She has grown and developed from a young Central’s pup into one of the Bulldog’s most reliable backs – it is just a shame that we won’t get to see any more of her this season.


Lane isn’t the only young gun that we won’t get to see more of this season. The decision to move Lucy Boyd to behind the footy was a stroke of brilliance on the weekend. Despite the Bloods not getting the win, Boyd impressed with 18 disposals, 10 rebound 50s and 4 tackles.


As good as small defenders and rebound defenders are, every backline needs a key defender – and there are few better than North Adelaide’s Kristi Harvey (17 disposals, 6 tackles, 5 rebound 50s) who will no doubt play a huge role in this year’s finals series.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Isabelle Starmer – what a season she had. Having had 30 hit-outs, 9 tackles and 5 clearances on the weekend – her final match of the season summed up what she has done throughout the year. She not only dominates the ruck battle, but she was also a massive presence around the stoppages.


When it comes to finals, a reliable performer is a must-have and the Panthers have one in the form of their NSW recruit, Senna Gulden. Finishing with 19 disposals and 7 tackles, her strength and speed make her equally as dangerous in the air as she is on the ground – which explains why she’s in the Swans Academy.


Jess Bates (25 disposals, 13 tackles, 8 clearances) is one of the competition’s best midfielders – and we feel that this will be reflected come this year’s SANFLW awards night. But until that night comes, this Tiger will just continue to rack up the tackles. Bates is joined in the rotations by fellow brilliant Tiger, Ellie Kellock. Kellock had 22 disposals, 5 tackles, 5 clearances and a goal – so when teamed up with Bates – it is no wonder they have made the finals.


Since the season is over for half the teams – there are some players that we cannot wait to see in action again. Cher Waters,from the Eagles, waited until the final round to show her amazing potential as she collected 12 tackles and 10 disposals.


The final spots in the final MWM SANFLW Team of the Week for the year include players who impressed during their final matches of the season. These being the Bulldogs’ Caitlen Teague (19 disposals, 9 tackles) and the Bloods’ Jessica Macolino (30 disposals, 10 tackles, 9 clearances).



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