SFLW Team of the Week - Round Eight
Round Eight was good or bad, depending on which side of the result you were on: the winning sides combined score was 264 while, between the three losing sides, they only mustered a single goal.
Cove set the theme for Round Eight with their 80 point win over Aldinga, 12.8 (80) to 0.0 (0). A five-goal haul during the second term broke the game open for the Cobras, and they never looked back. Renee Ullrich and Jaime Norup were standouts for the blue, red and white, while the Sharks defence had to perform with their backs against the wall for the majority of the match.
Reynella's 83-point win over Hackham could have been even more one-sided if it was not for some wayward kicking, 12.17 (89) to 1.0 (6). Despite finishing with a 41 per cent scoring efficiency, that did not stop the Wineflies from kicking goals, best shown through Georgia Pennifold's five-goal tally. As for Hackham, they hold the special mention of being the only losing team to score during Round Eight.
A six-goal opening term helped steer Flagstaff Hill to a 95-point win over Christies Beach, 14.11 (95) to 0.0 (0). Emily Brockhurst is now the competition's equal leading goalkicker after booting seven majors during this clash--which is seven times more than the combined score of the three losing sides of Round Eight. As for the Saints, they found some relief through Brooke O'Brien and Amelia Morriss, but in the end, the Falcons had too big of a head start.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Emily Brockhurst
Vice-Captain: Georgia Pennifold
The three big winners of Round Eight are reflected in this week's team, with Reynella and Flagstaff Hill leading the way with six represented players. Cove follows closely behind with five named players.
The Captain of the Round Eight Team of the Week is the same player that made history as the first father-daughter player to win the SFLW Association Best on Ground medal; which was of course Flagstaff Hill's Emily Brockhurst.
The Vice-Captain is the Reynella prospect and SANFLW listed Panther, Georgia Pennifold, whose Best on Ground performance for the Wineflies included 5 goals.
Headlining this week's forward line is our Round Eight Captain who is also currently the competition's leading goalkicker, Emily Brockhurst. This high-flying Falcon finished her team's win by kicking 7 of their 14 goals.
Also up forward is the hard-tackling Reynella prospect, Georgia Pennifold, who flexed her goalkicking skills by booting 5 majors for the black and white. This performance also saw her be named as their Best on Ground, unsurprisingly.
Joining Georgia is fellow Reynella player, Rebecca Denyer, who is equal with Brockhurst for the league Leading Goalkicker and whose Round Eight performance included 2 goals. Emily Woods, also from Reynella, mirrored her efforts from the recent Association Game with 2 majors for the Wineflies.
Full forward is home to Cove tall, Jaime Norup, whose Round Eight display showed that she can play either up forward or in the ruck contests as she finished with 4 goals. Fellow Cobra, Ashleigh Need, joins the Team of the Week on the back of an impressive display that included 2 majors.
Rucking duties this week fall to Reynella product and Glenelg SANFLW ruck, Anja Bancevic, who helped provide her side with the first look at the footy throughout their Round Eight clash.
Joining her on-ball is once again, Hackham's Alana Browne, whose Round Eight performance not only saw her earn Best on Ground honours but also register the only goal to come from a losing side during the weekend.
Rounding out the followers is the fast-paced Falcon who recently became a SANFLW premiership Tiger, Tamsyn Morriss. Nippers' Round Eight efforts included 2 goals.
The middle is home to the Flagstaff Hill's Chloe Meyers, who continues her standout string of matches with yet another appearance in our side. This hard-tackling and hard-running Falcon was one of the better performers from a standout side.
One wing is home to the promising Christies Beach product, Mia Morriss, who provided the Saints with one positive to take from their Round Eight clash. The other wing belongs to Flagstaff Hill's Isobel Dyson, who impacted the scoreboard with 4 goals.
Cove's Best on Ground, Renee Ullrich, adds plenty of rebound potential to this week's defence. Renee, along with Flagstaff Hill's Best on Ground Hannah Griffin, spearhead one of the more potent backlines that have been named so far this year.
The other spot on the halfback line belongs to Cove's Lara Ward, who joins the side after receiving high praises from her teammates; which is perhaps the ultimate accolade.
Deep in defence is Christies Beach's Best on Ground, Brooke O'Brien, who played well despite facing off against one of the best forward lines in the league. Also down back is Alindga's Holly Rowe, whose performance saw her finish second best for the Sharks.
The final spot down back belongs to a member of the 2021 SFLW Association side, the high-awareness and interception Hawk, Emily Hateley-Watson.
The Round Eight rotations this week are star-studded to say the very least.
Adding plenty of speed and tackling pressure to this week's backup brigade is Reynella's Madison Bennett, with this Panther's Round Eight performance being one of the better ones from the Wineflies. She is joined by fellow Reynella gun, Emily Franklin, who brings a more potent forward presence to this week's rotations.
Hackham's Hannah Crump comes in as the second ruck option for the Team of the Week, while Cove's Seraphina Moon brings in some extra pace.
The final two spots in our MWM SFLW Team of the Week belong to Flagstaff Hill's Zoe Walker-Roberts and Aldinga's Amy Mathewson; both of whom received several nominations.
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