• Jayden J Bartlett

SFLW Team of the Week - Round Five



The Wineflies won a potential Grand Final preview, the Cobras won big, and the Cockledivers claimed their first Saints scalp in a hard-fought affair.


Cove got their season back on track with a one-sided 135-point win over Hackham, 20.15 (135) to 0.0 (0). This match was relatively over by halftime as the Cobras attempted to put the game away early with 7 unanswered goals during the first half.


Lauren Kenny continued her string of standout matches by starring for Cove yet again. Jasmine Dietrich and Talia Saler were also among the other well-playing Cobras. As for the poor Hawks – who are yet to score their first goal of 2022 – they were well-supplied by Olivia Cumming and Bronte McGrail.



Facing off against Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga managed to pull together a final quarter fightback which resulted in the biggest scalp of their short history, 2.2 (14) to 2.0 (12).


This thrilling contest saw the Saints start as the better of the sides. They took a 6-point lead into the first change – a margin that would remain the same until the final term when Porties managed to break the deadlock with the match-winning goal.


Brina Thompson-Fitzgerald, Isabella Zito and Hannah Clarke were among the best for the home side. As for the blue and white: Samantha Lynch and their young gun pair of Kaiya Ivett and Philippa Worthley were some of their biggest contributors.


In a game that had plenty of feel in it: the Cockledivers had the last say. Having only defeated the Hawks and Sharks in their history, the weekend’s result marked the first Port Noarlunga win over Christies Beach – and this victory has also seen Porties equal their last year’s win tally.



Reynella stormed home during the second half to claim a resounding win over Flagstaff Hill by 29 points, 7.8 (50) to 3.3 (21). The Wineflies trailed by a goal at the first break. But 3 unanswered goals during the second term set themselves up for a win in the Grand Final preview.


The Wineflies and Falcons are the most people’s early picks for this year’s Grand Final contenders: with this result now placing Reynella as the firm favourites for this year’s premiership.


Morgan Blackwell was labelled as the victors’ best player afield: while Georgia Scholes was a huge presence up forward as she kicked a round-high total of 4 goals. Reynella’s height, which is SANFLW quality, was on full display as well with Anja Bancevic and Grace Doran both being standouts.


Meanwhile: Shaylee Dayman, along with Kelsey Rodman and Rachel Crockart, were some of the Falcons' best players on the weekend.


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

Captain: Georgia Scholes

Vice-Captain: Lauren Kenny

 

FORWARDS:

A Grand Final preview: what a time for a player to step up and put on a show. And this is exactly what Georgia Scholes did for Reynella. She was a huge presence up forward the Wineflies – which is exemplified by her round-high haul of 4 goals.


Scholes, who also doubles as this week’s captain, is joined by fellow Reynella standout, Caitlin Williams. Williams had a stellar season last year so hopefully, this solid performance is the first of many to come.


The Cobras were able to flex their scoring muscle on the weekend. Amazingly, they finished with 12 names on the score sheet – which is no small feat. From these many names, Alesia LeDuff (3 goals), Talia Saler (2 goals), and Rebecca O’Shaughnessy (2 goals) led the way for the red, white, and blue.


Rounding out this week’s attack is Port Noarlunga’s Best on Ground, Samantha Lynch. Not only did Lynch play well, but she also scored an extremely important goal that helped Porties claim their landmark win.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Anja Bancevic, the Reynella ruck, earns the title of the Team of the Week ruck after impressing on the weekend. This key position player has enjoyed a strong season so far and she will no doubt play a big role during the latter stages of the season.


Blockbuster matches are when the key players come out to play and Morgan Blackwell was the best of the best on the weekend. She earnt Reynella’s Best on Ground honour during the highly likely 2022 Grand Final preview. If the Wineflies end up winning the premiership this year, it’ll be because of key performers like her.


Kaiya Ivett has continued to lead from the front for Port Noarlunga. This young co-captain is tough, explosive, and highly valuable to her side – which she helped over the line on the weekend with a much-needed goal.


The middle is home to Lauren Kenny who has continued to impress week-in and week-out. This Cove midfielder was too much for the opposition to handle as she wracked up 3 goals during her Best on Ground display.


The wings are home to 2 well-known players that went head-to-head during the week’s GF preview. Reynella’s Zannah Loxton and Flagstaff Hill’s Jenna Andrews were both strong performers for their respective clubs.




DEFENDERS:

Brina Thompson-Fitzgerald has continued to show her worth since returning home to Christies Beach. This versatile Saints’ product was a standout from their nail-biting loss on the weekend – which explains why she was named as their Best on Ground.


Another Saints defender joins this week’s backline, with Hannah Clarke making an appearance after playing her role extremely well during the Saints' hard-fought clash with Porties.


Philippa Worthley continues to put her hand up as one of Southern football’s most exciting young defenders. Her efforts on the weekend certainly didn’t lessen this claim since she was one of Port Noarlunga’s best players once again.


Having a composed defender during a nail-biting clash is as good as having a stellar key forward – and Bree Chapman remained brilliant and steadfast during Port Noarlunga’s exhilarating win on the weekend.


Kelsey Rodman tried as hard as she could to help get the Falcons over the line on the weekend but – considering the talent at Reynella’s disposal – this was a massive task. Nonetheless, her efforts saw her get named as one of the best afield for the reigning premiers.


Hackham had trouble scoring against Cove. But if things weren’t tough enough for them they had to battle against Jasmine Dietrich. This Cobra midfielder/defender was influential.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Adding some talented height to the rotations is Reynella’s, Grace Doran. She is strong, passionate, and eager to learn. Oh, and she is also on the same side as Bancevic – which gives Reynella an incredible ruck combination.


But a midfield is more than just a ruck – which is why Christies Beach would be thankful to have Isabella Zito at their disposal. This Saints’ on-baller played probably her best game this season.


Shaylee Dayman is an athlete: plain and simple. Named as the Best on Ground during Flagstaff Hill’s top of the table clash; Dayman is certainly a Falcon that is worth keeping an eye on this season.


Holding her spot in the side is Cove’s Ashleigh Need who was once again one of the best performers in the red, white and blue. This reliable Cobra rounds out this week’s rotations.


Rounding out the SFLW Team of the Week is the Reynella goalkicker Allana Nimmo-Lyne and the classy Flagstaff Hill midfielder Rachel Crockart.



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