SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Two
Round Two sees two four goal wins and two nail biting finishes as the Bloods and Roosters establish themselves as this year's 'teams to beat'.
Playing their second Friday night in a row and losing by twenty-one points for the second week in a row was South Adelaide. The young Panther outfit played better than the previous week, yet they weren't good enough to overcome a classy Norwood outfit who booted four second-term goals to ensure the 7.2 (44) to 3.5 (23) win.
The Sturt and Central District clash was a tale of two halves. The Bulldogs nearly tripled the Double Blues' scoring shots during the opening half--only to score two more behinds for the remainder of the match. Sturt on the other hand stormed home by booting two final-term goals to snatch a 3.1 (19) to 2.5 (17) win.
The following game mirrored a similar story, albeit without the last quarter clutch goal. Glenelg looked like they were outclassed at halftime, with North Adelaide leading by two goals it looked as if the Roosters would storm home for a big win. However, the Tigers, who shot themselves in the foot with poor accuracy, ended up falling just five points short of handing North their first loss in over a year. Instead, the Roosters continued their unbeaten streak with a 3.6 (24) to 2.7 (19) win.
The West Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens clash looked like it could have been over after just ten minutes as the Bloods scored 1.4 within just the first ten minutes of play. However, a late Eagles goal cut the deficit to just four points before the first break. This would prove to be as close as the Eagles would get, with West Adelaide kicking four straight goals during the second term to storm home with a 7.9 (51) to 4.1 (25).
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Zoe Venning Vice-Captain: Isobel Kuiper
The ladder leading Bloods lead the way this week with five named players. Following them is the equally undefeated Roosters, who have four players represented in this week's side, same as big winner's Norwood. Then its a two-way tie between Sturt and Central District--all of whom have three players in the Round Two team.
This week's captain is a West Adelaide young gun, making it the second week in a row that such a player has held the captaincy. Zoe Venning gains the title this week after having a strong performance in the Bloods big win.
The vice-captain is another young gun, except this time they don the Double Blue. Isobel Kuiper gains our vice-captaincy after playing a big roll during the Blues come from behind win.
The talented Northern Territorian, Mattea Breed, makes this week's forward line after collecting thirteen disposals, three tackles, and adding to her goal tally with a single major. Powerful West Adelaide forward and current Crow, Chelsea Biddell also makes the side after kicking one goal an gathering sixteen touches and five marks.
Holding her spot in the forward line after another strong performance was Laitiah Huynh. This time the Bulldog young gun finished with eleven touches and six tackles, while also adding to her goal tally with one major.
Our Round Two vice-captain is proudly placed along the half forward line. Isobel Kuiper played a pivotal role in the Double Blues come from behind win--as she finished with a game-high total of seventeen disposals as well as an equal game-high total of five marks.
A familiar-named forward in Katelyn Rosenzweig finds herself at half forward this week. Despite not getting the result the Bulldogs hoped for, Katelyn still impressed with thirteen disposals, five marks, and a goal.
The final spot in this week's attack is North Adelaide's Erica Greet, who finished with a team-high total of nineteen disposals, as well as six tackles and three rebound 50s.
This week's rucking duties belong to the Panther product and young Crow, Montana McKinnon. Montana was back to her best on Friday night, collecting a game-high of both disposals (nineteen) and marks (six).
Named on-ball is a former premiership Panther turned West Adelaide gun, Louella McCarthy. Louella finished with two goals, while still having the time to collect twelve disposals, six tackles and six clearances.
Also named on-ball is an Eagle/Crow, Renee Forth. Renee was outstanding in the blue, green and yellow. finishing with a game-high total of both disposals (twenty-two) and marks (seven).
Named in the middle is Central District star, Shelby Smith. Shelby finished with a team-high total of fourteen disposals as well as a game-high tally of eleven tackles.
The wing is home to young gun, Hannah Ewings, who held her spot with fourteen touches, five tackles, three marks and a goal. The opposite wing is home to our captain for Round Two, Zoe Venning. Zoe finished with a game-high total of twenty-five touches--she also managed to collect five tackles, two marks and a goal.
Two key defenders keep their spots in this week's side, with West Adelaide's Sharnie Whiting and North Adelaide's Talia Radan both headlining this week's defense. Sharnie finished with sixteen touches, four marks and four rebound 50s for the Bloods. Talia on the other hand, collected fifteen touches and five rebound 50s for the Roosters.
Two talented Tigers also call our backline home, with Brooke Tonon joining Jessica Bates. Brooke was on fire for the Tigers, finishing with a game-high total of twenty touches as well as six marks and two clearances. Jessica was equally as impressive, finishing with a team-high total of five tackles, as well as seventeen disposals and three rebound 50s.
There were a few Sturt defenders who could have made this week's backline, but in the end we went with the ever-reliable, Hannah Prenzler. This Sturt product finished with thirteen touches, five marks and a team-high tally of five rebound 50s.
Named deep in defense is Zahn Anthony who collected ten touches, five tackles and four rebound 50s during what was a tough day to be an Eagle.
Named amongst the rotations is South Adelaide's Nicole Campbell who continued her strong start to the year by collecting eighteen touches, six tackles and four marks. The ever-reliable Redleg Sophie Armitstead also makes this week's side after finishing with thirteen touches, six tackles and two clearances.
A fellow Redleg also makes this week's rotations, with Jade Halfpenny joining the team after booting two goals and collecting eight touches on Friday night. Also amognst the rotations and holding her spot is the tackling machine, Jaimi Tabb. Jaimi finished with thirteen touches but a remarkable total of twelve tackles during the Roosters' win.
One of this week's emergencies is Norwood youngster, Emma Clark. Things seemed to come in pairs for Emma because, as well as collecting fifteen touches, she finished with two tackles, two clearances and two marks.
A young Double Blue also finds herself amongst this week's emergencies, with Tiah Hough joining the side after finishing with eleven touches, six tackles, four clearances, and three marks.
The final emergency for this week is a player that continues to hold her spot in our side but will likely return to AFLW duties sooner rather than later. We are of course talking about Maddi Newman, who collected twelve touches, four tackles, and a goal.
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