SFLW Team of the Week - Round Nine
Sweat, mud and tears: a rainy Round Nine sees the two ladder leaders register massive wins while Port Noarlunga dug deep to record their second-ever victory.
Emily Brockhurst now leads the league in goal kicking after booting 7 majors for Flagstaff Hill during their 120 point win over Hackham, 17.18 (120) to 0.0 (0). Impressively, this is the second consecutive week that Brockhurst has achieved this feat. As a team, the Falcons kicked six unanswered goals during the opening term which put the Hawks, who were once again well supplied by Alana Browne and Hannah Crump, well onto the backfoot.
Reynella's potent forward line was on display during their convincing win over Christies Beach, 14.12 (96) to 0.0 (0). Emily Woods, Emily Franklin and Rebecca Denyer combined for 10 of the Wineflies' goals. As for the Saints, Rachael Farlam gave them some relief through the middle but the red, black and white won't receive any more help on the outside with winger, Emma Crisp, being ruled out for the season with ACL and meniscus damage.
Playing in wet and muddy conditions, Port Noarlunga dug deep into the mud to overcome Aldinga by 7 points, 4.3 (27) to 3.2 (20). With just a point separating the two sides at the first change, Port Noarlunga broke away during the second term with three unanswered goals. However, they had to hold off the fast-finishing Sharks who booted two second-half goals but a scoreless final term from both sides saw Porties get home for their second-ever win. The Cockledivers saw their young guns impress once again, with Bridie Nye having her usual impact. As for the Sharks, they lost valiant defender, Kiara Lovett, to a serious shoulder injury.
Scroll down to see this round's Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Emily Brockhurst
Vice-Captain: Emily Franklin
The Round Nine Team of the Week sees each side represented by at least one player. But the one-sided results are reflected in the side with Flagstaff Hill and Reynella both having the biggest representation this week.
The leaders of the side this week are Emilys. The first Emily is Flagstaff Hill's rampaging forward, Emily Brockhurst, who earns the title of Captain after kicking 7 goals for the second week in a row. The second Emily is Reynella's Emily Franklin, who takes the title of Vice-Captain after kicking 3 goals and having an overall strong day out for the Wineflies.
Headlining this week's attack is our Round Nine Captain, Emily Brockhurst. Emily's season tally of 29 goals is currently the league highest, with the next being at 25. Amazingly, 24 of these 29 goals have come within four games--with her recent 7 goal display being the second time she's accomplished such a feat. Previously, she kicked 5 goals in a game for back to back matches.
Also up forward is the league's current second-leading goal kicker, Reynella's Rebecca Denyer. Despite the less than favourable conditions, Rebecca's weekend tally included 3 goals. She is joined up forward by fellow Reynella player, Emily Woods, who collected 4 majors during the same match.
Rounding out the potent Reynella forward trio is our Vice-Captain, Emily Franklin. Emily's weekend display, which was rated as the fourth-best for her side, included 3 goals as well.
At centre-half-forward is Aldinga's Amy Matthewson, whose performance for the Sharks included a goal and was rated as the second-best for the yellow and black. The final spot up forward belongs to Port Noalrunga's Brittany Pratt, whose performance included 2 much-needed goals.
Rucking duties this week belong to Christies Beach ruck, Rachael Farlam, who was one positive during what was an otherwise negative day to be a Saint.
Joining her in the on-ball division is Port Noarlunga young gun, Bridie Nye, who has been one of the standout performers of the SFLW's newest inclusion for the majority of the season.
Rounding out the followers this week is another player who has certainly become a standout this season, Flagstaff Hill's Emma Sjoberg. Emma has been in extremely fine form recently, which is typified by her receiving of the Best on Ground honours during two of her last three matches.
The middle of the ground is home to Port Noarlunga's Best on Ground, Madison Harris. Madison's performance on the weekend was certainly a good one, with her display also including a goal.
The two wings are home to two hard-running and fast-paced Falcons, Tamsyn Morriss and Alana Baker. A valuable pair to have but a terrible pair to face off against; these two were some of the better performers during the Falcons massive win on the weekend. Nipper even struck the scoreboard with 3 majors.
Finding herself deep in defence is Christies Beach's Daisy Crowe, who played well on the weekend despite the tough conditions and the even more tough opposition. Reynella young gun and SANFLW listed Panther, Georgia Pennifold, finds herself a little behind the ball this week after being one of many strong performers for the Wineflies.
Aldinga's Holly Rowe joins the back six after impressing with the Sharks, while the versatile young gun from Port Noarlunga, Kaiya Ivett, also finds herself behind the ball this week.
The final two spots down back belong to a pair of Hawks which fittingly make up the spine of the back six. Full back is home to Caitlin Haire while centre-half-back is reserved for Kayla Stanton, both of these defenders kept fighting for Hackham--despite facing off against classy opposition.
Aldinga's Best on Ground, Jemma Looyestyn, joins the rotations as the team's second ruck. Adding pace to this height is Reynella's Best on Ground, Jessica Redigolo.
Jessica is joined by fellow Reynella midfielder, Sarah Bourn, who was a standout performer during the Wineflies' eye-catching win.
Continuing her streak of Team of the Week performances is the ever-reliable Hawk, Alana Browne, who once again earned Best on Ground honours for Hackham on the weekend.
The final two spots in our MWM SFLW Team of the Week for Round Nine include Flagstaff Hill goalkicker, Jenna Andrews, and Aldinga's multiple goal kicker, Jessica Mccann.
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