SFLW Team of the Week - Round Eight
The Battle of the Birds, Bree Chapman, and Zannah Loxton all made headlines during Round Eight of the SFLW.
The Battle of the Birds ended in a lopsided 172-point win for Flagstaff Hill over bottom-placed Hackham, 25.22 (172) to 0.0 (0).
The match between the reigning premiers and the bottom-placed Hawks was over by quarter-time. The Falcons piled on 9 unanswered goals to build a formidable 57-point lead at the first break – and from then onwards, there wasn’t much the inexperienced Hawks could do to counter them.
Flagstaff Hill’s Carli Morton and Brooke Kleinig combined for 8 goals, which amazingly beats every other team’s final score from the weekend. Ella Thomas, Meghan Bell, Alana Baker, and Chloe Meyers were among their many other standouts. While for Hackham, Sarah Noble earned their best afield title while Alice Worrall and Jessica Sherry round out their top 3.
Port Noarlunga tightened their grip on the third spot with a 20-point win over Aldinga, 3.6 (24) to 0.4 (4).
Looking destined to play in their first SFLW finals series, the Cockledivers stunned the Sharks during the opening term with 2 unanswered goals to help set themselves up for the hard-fought win. Port Noarlunga now sit 3 wins above the fourth spot and – amazingly – is only a win below second.
Bree Chapman led the way with a Best on Ground display, while Chrysti Flevill, Kaiya Ivett and Jolie Malinowski were all impressive as well. As for the Sharks, Eilish O’Hanlon was their best – with Kimberly Robinson and Ayla Regione rounding out their top 3.
Reynella held onto the top spot after surging away from Christies Beach to claim a 32-point win, 5.12 (42) to 1.4 (10).
The Wineflies, who led by 8 points at the first break, surged away from the Saints after quarter-time by kicking an inaccurate but win-worthy 3 unanswered goals and 10 behinds. Reynella remains the only undefeated side with 7 straight wins from the first 7 weeks.
Zannah Loxton and Sarah Bourn were both standouts for the Wineflies, while Caitlin Williams scored a match-high total of 2 goals. Melanie Koster continued her fine form for Christies Beach – while Daisy Crowe and Rachael Farlam were also among their strong contributors.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a minor breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Carli Morton
Vice-Captain: Bree Chapman
The Falcons swooped on their chances up forward during the Battle of the Birds. Carli Morton was rated as Flagstaff Hill’s best afield after putting on a stellar display that included 4 goals. Likewise, the promising Brooke Kleinig run amuck with a 4-goal performance. Combined, Morton’s and Kleinig’s tally of 8 goals outscores every other side’s weekend score. The Falcons also had Meghan Bell who added 2 more majors to her season tally.
Caitlin Williams, the Reynella half-forward, impressed with the Wineflies by booting a game-high tally of 2 goals. While on the opposing side, Christies Beach forward Rachael Farlam was a strong performer and was a part of the Saints’ best.
Rounding out the attack is the hard-running Falcons’ midfielder Alana Baker who not only played well but also added another goal to her season tally as well.
Anja Bancevic was – as always – a strong performer in the ruck for Reynella. We have lost count of the number of times she has been the Team of the Week ruck, but the consistent and reliable tall is here again.
Kaiya Ivett – much like her beloved Port Noarlunga side - has continued to grow and develop into something special. And her most recent performance is another testament to that. Also, on-ball is Saints’ midfielder Daisy Crowe who was one of their best during their face-off with the ladder leaders.
In the middle is Ella Thomas, the versatile Falcon, who was one of the better performers during Flagstaff Hill’s thumping win. Alongside her is Reynella’s Best on Ground Zannah Loxton – whose display was the main standout from the Wineflies' classy Round Eight win.
The other wing is home to the promising Port Noarlunga midfielder, Bree Chapman. Possessing clean skills, a decent pace, and a good footy brain: this young talent is certainly a member of the Saints’ highly promising group of prospects. Chapman’s recent efforts – which saw her get picked as their Best on Ground – have seen her get selected as this week’s team vice-captain.
Philippa Worthley has continued her breakout season with yet another terrific outing for Port Noarlunga. Another member of the Porties prospects: Worthley is a fine rebounder of the footy. She is named alongside the consistent Aldinga Shark, Amber O’Hanlon, who was once again a strong performer for the yellow and black.
A versatile Reynella pair find themselves behind the footy this week. Shanique West and Olivia Gallio were both standouts for the Wineflies, and both were named among their best players.
Keeping with the duos' theme, a pair of Hawks round out this week’s backline. Alice Worrall and Jessica Sherry were 2 of the Hawks' best 3 players on the weekend: a rare highlight from their tough result.
Spearheading this week’s talented rotations line-up is the Saints’ classy midfielder, Melanie Koster whose recent standout display earnt herself Best on Ground honours yet again.
Then there are the role players, such as Flagstaff Hill’s Chloe Meyers and Reynella’s Sarah Bourn, who not only played their part during their teams’ wins but played them extremely well.
And speaking of playing extremely well, that was Aldinga’s Eilish O’Hanlon on the weekend. This versatile Shark has found her footing in the midfield which has been expressed by her Best on Ground selection.
Rounding out the MWM SFLW Team of the Week is Port Noarlunga’s Jolie Malinowski and Aldinga’s Kimberly Robinson.
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