SFLW Team of the Week - Round Four
The Falcons soared, the Wineflies made sure Bourn celebrated her milestone in style, and the Cockledivers recorded their best start ever to a season.
The weekend had many great performances from the Southern Football League’s rising stars. But unfortunately, we will not be seeing a rising star forward from Christies Beach again this season, with Savannah Rayner out for the year with an ACL injury. We wish this promising Saint all the best – and we cannot wait to see her back bigger and better in 2023.
Now for a more positive topic. It took until Round Seven of the 2021 SFLW season for Port Noarlunga to claim their inaugural win and, by the end of their debut season, they had finished with a 3-8 record. The Cockledivers are now 3 games into their second season and sit with a 2-1 record – which makes it their best start to date – and their most recent win shows how much they have progressed.
Port Noarlunga defeated Hackham by 161 points on Sunday, 23.23 (161) to 0.0 (0). For the Cockledivers, it was a case of winning the centre clearance, gaining a forward entry, trapping it in until they scored, and repeating. There wasn’t much that the Hawks could do since Port Noarlunga set up so well behind the footy that clearing it seemed impossible.
However, the scoreline wasn’t the biggest story of this match. The biggest story was the amount of exciting young talent at Port Noarlunga’s disposal. Kaiya Ivett was amazing. While Philippa Worthley, Shakira Dolman and Ella Harris all sit as ones to watch going forwards.
Flagstaff Hill made certain that they were not going to be on the wrong end of an upset result as they surged away from Aldinga to claim a 73-point win, 9.19 (73) to 0.0 (0). In the winter-like conditions, the Falcons struggled to reap the reward early – booting 3.8 (26) during the opening term. But since the Falcons kept the Sharks scoreless, their accuracy wasn’t a major issue.
Jenna Andrews was deemed as the reigning premiers' best afield, while Brooke Kleinig and Melissa Anderson combined for 6 goals. Amber O’Hanlon, the Aldinga defender, was picked as the main highlight of their tough day out.
An 89-point win to celebrate Sarah Bourn’s one-hundredth game of football: Reynella tightened their grip on the top spot with an 89-point win over Cove, 13.13 (91) to 0.2 (2). Leading by 6 goals at halftime, the Wineflies kicked away during the third term with 6 unanswered goals to ensure their Round 4 win.
Among the Wineflies’ standouts were Dominique Byrne, Morgan Blackwell, Madison Bennett, and their milestone player Sarah Bourn. The Cobras had a familiar duo lead the way again – with Lauren Kenny and Dana O’Brien being labelled as Cove’s first and second-best respectively.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Kaiya Ivett
Vice-Captain: Jenna Andrews
This week’s forward line is a nice balance between high-scoring forwards and young promising forwards.
A Flagstaff Hill duo, made up of Melissa Anderson and young gun Brooke Kleinig, headline this week’s attack after these 2 kicked 3 goals each. As impressive as their tally is there are a couple of Port Noarlunga forwards that went one better. These are Samantha Lynch and Kirsty Watson who were too strong for their opposition since both Lynch and Watson kicked 4 goals each.
Then there is Reynella’s Morgan Blackwell (2 goals) who was involved in most things that were good for the Wineflies.
But the forward that caught our attention the most on the weekend was a promising, yet underrated, Port Noarlunga player named Shakira Dolman (2 goals). Dolman has pace, endurance, and a good kick – which means she has plenty of promise going forwards.
Dominique Byrne from Reynella comes in as the Team of the Week ruck for the first time. A usual defender, Byrne made the most of her position switch by putting on the Best on Ground display.
From new names to familiar ones – there are a few well-known Southern names on this week’s side. For instance, there is Reynella’s milestone girl Sarah Bourn who celebrated her one-hundredth game of football in style. There is also Flagstaff Hill’s hard running player, Jenna Andrews. Andrews made herself standout – which is saying something considering the Falcons' talent on offer – and she was dubbed as their Round 4 Best on Ground.
Consistency and reliability are great qualities to have in a midfielder, and so far Cove has had exactly that from Lauren Kenny. Continuing her great start to the 2022 season, her recent display earned herself Best on Ground honours.
These are not the only much-wanted qualities since speed and power are also great midfield qualities. For an example of this look no further than Flagstaff Hill’s Rachel Crockart who was one of the Falcons’ biggest standouts of the weekend.
Kaiya Ivett was influential on the weekend. The Port Noarlunga co-captain kicked 3 goals, but it was more her efforts around the ground that made her stand out. She was explosive, she weaved in and out of traffic like she had all the time in the world – and she attacked the ball without fear. At one stage, she wrestled the footy from an opponent and then took off at high speed – that is textbook ‘hunger for the footy’ which is something that cannot be taught. Above all else, she was unselfish: she set up well behind the ball – and for that, she earns this week’s Team of the Week captaincy.
Port Noarlunga’s Philippa Worthley is a promising player, to say the least. Worthley is quick, skilful and loves a good goal celebration – and despite not getting to see much of the ball on the weekend – she always made herself known when she did pop up.
Being a defender during a one-sided clash is a tough ask. But a pair of Aldinga defenders in Amber O’Hanlon and Charlotte Bayford, along with Cove’s Ashleigh Need, made the most of it by being some of their side’s best performers on the weekend despite their side’s final result.
Rounding out the backline are 2 quality midfielders, both from Flagstaff Hill, who find themselves behind the ball this week. These are the hard-running Alana Baker and the promising Mia Morriss.
Emma Willoughby joins the Team of the Week as the second ruck. Willoughby went well in the ruck for the Cobras, which is saying something since they were up against Reynella who are renowned for their talented tall players.
A pair of SANFLW experienced players bring some must-watch skills to this week’s line-up. Flagstaff Hill’s Shaylee Dayman and Reynella’s Madison Bennett were both equally impressive for their team.
Balancing the midfielders with some forward talent is Ella Harris (2 goals), who proved to be a bit of a goal sneak for Port Noarlunga on the weekend. She is one of several of the quick youngsters that play for Porties – and she uses that speed to get herself into dangerous spots up forward.
Finishing off the MWM SFLW Team of the Week are 2 players that were among their team’s best performers on the weekend. These are Reynella’s Caitlin Walter and Cove’s Dana O’Brien.
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