SANFLW Team of the Week - Round Two
Two weeks into the SANFLW competition and it’s the Double Blues that dominate discussions with their ladder leading start to the season.
Sturt has kicked off 2022 on the right foot by remaining as the only unbeaten side this season. The Double Blues managed to break away with 3 unanswered goals during the third term to defeat the reigning premiers, 5.3 (33) to 3.5 (23). Glenelg was well supplied by the usual culprits, Ellie Kellock and Lucy Armitage, while Kuiper, Bevan and Mueller were all impressive for the ladder-leading Blues.
Woodville – West Torrens got their season back on track with a 33-point win over West Adelaide, 9.6 (60) to 4.3 (27). A 4 goal first term by the Eagles set themselves up for the resounding win, while last year’s grand finalists can find some comfort in the continued performance of their star recruit, Jessica Macolino.
The Redlegs survived a late scare to beat the Bulldogs, 7.9 (51) to 5.2 (32). Holding a 30 to nothing lead at halftime, Norwood looked like they were going to cruise home, but the Bulldogs drastically turned things around in the third term, kicking 4 goals to 1. However, the damage was already done, and the Redlegs managed to keep the Bulldogs at arm’s length.
The South Adelaide – North Adelaide rivalry continued with another thrilling clash, this time ending in a 5.5 (35) to 6.7 (43) win in favour of the Roosters. Spearheaded by young Archbold, the Panthers held a narrow lead at the first 2 breaks but, after a third term blitz, it seemed the Roosters were going to break away comfortably. However, 2 final quarter goals in as many minutes brought the Panthers back into contention, but the Roosters remained firm.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Jade Halfpenny
Vice-Captain: Izzy Kuiper
Spearheading this week’s forward line is the Eagles recruit Jordann Hickey, who finished with 13 touches, 5 tackles, 4 marks and 3 goals – making it one of the weekend’s best all-round performances.
People would have left Norwood’s clash saying, “how good is Halfpenny”. Our Round Two captain, Jade Halfpenny, was outstanding for the Redlegs on the weekend, she had 26 touches and 9 marks, of which 4 were contested, while also having 4 clearances and kicking 2 goals.
Keeping with the theme of recruits, Jess Waterhouse backed up her impressive Panthers’ debut with another standout display, finishing with 21 touches, 4 tackles and a goal.
North Adelaide fans must have been stoked to see Hannah Ewings continue her great run of form upon returning from injury. Ewings led the way with a team-high of 25 disposals, which set very nicely alongside her 4 marks and 4 clearances.
The Bulldogs were extremely well-supplied by Georgia Mckee, who finished with a game-high total of 27 touches and a team-high total of 7 marks.
Rucking duties this week fall to Glenelg’s Matilda Scholz, who had a classical-ruck performance. Having 8 touches, 3 tackles and 2 contested marks – the standout comes in the form of her performance in the ruck battles, where she finished with a round-high total of 33 hit-outs.
Young gun Eagle, Shineah Goody, has continued her stellar start to the season and continues to capture attention. Gaining 26 touches, this young Eagle was also dangerous in the air, finishing with a game-high of 7 marks.
Abbie Ballard showed why she gained the attention of the Adelaide Crows with her Round Two performance. The West Adelaide product had 21 touches and kicked a goal, and was also a presence around the ground, thanks to her game-high total of 9 tackles.
Fellow Blood, Zoe Venning, has headed into the new year with the same great presence as before. Although not getting the win, there was something great about Venning’s total of 20 touches, 8 clearances, and 4 tackles.
Earning the title of vice-captain for this week was Izzy Kuiper, who was a standout performer during a standout result. This dangerous Double Blue display was made special by her 11 tackles, which sit nicely alongside her 20 touches and 3 marks.
Continuing her great start to the year was Glenelg’s Sarah Goodwin, who collected 19 touches, laid 3 tackles, and took a team-high of 5 marks.
Jaslynne Smith was, as she has been for much of her 50 South Adelaide games, a valuable part of the Panthers defence. Her latest display saw her collect 27 touches, have 5 rebound 50s, and take 4 marks.
Also impressive, and finishing with 17 touches, 4 tackles and 4 rebound 50s, was Renee Forth who enjoyed a night out for the Eagles during their big win.
West Adelaide young gun, Keeley Kustermann, was as good as we have come to expect on the weekend. The exciting Kustermann had 15 touches, laid 7 tackles, and made 3 clearances.
Young gun Bulldog, Maddy Lane, was a highlight during the Doggies defeat. Lane had 18 touches and made the most of them by finishing with a game-high total of 8 rebound 50s.
The ladder-leading Double Blues have exciting young talent at both ends of the ground. Having had 15 touches and 7 rebound 50s, Kiera Mueller has continued to play her role – and its winning games.
North Adelaide’s Sarah Steele-Park helped her side over the line Saturday night with a well-rounded performance that included 19 disposals, 4 tackles and 4 clearances.
Bulldogs’ leader, Shelby Smith, has continued her high standard of footy this year with another strong outing. With 24 touches, 11 clearances, 6 tackles, and a goal to her name – Smith’s Round Two display was amazing.
Norwood’s Sophie Armitstead had her usual effect during Round Two. The talented Redleg claimed 18 touches, laid 5 tackles and had 4 clearances.
Playing her best SANFLW game so far was Ella Little, whose performance for the Eagles included 20 disposals, 6 tackles, and 3 clearances. This all adds up to make this young Eagle another prospect to keep an eye on in 2022.
Adding some goal kicking finesse to the rotations this week is Sturt’s Alysha Healy, who booted 2.2 from her 7 kicks. She was also dangerous in the air, finishing with 3 contested marks.
Unlucky not to be a starter this week is Georgia Bevan, who was too strong around the stoppages for Sturt’s opposition to cope with. In total, Bevan finished with 12 touches, 8 tackles and 3 clearances.
Rounding out the Round Two Team of the Week is Steph Simmonds whose latest Redleg display included 15 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and a goal.
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