SFLW Team of the Week - Round One
The Falcons kicked off their premiership defence with a one-sided win, the Wineflies also secured the 2 points and the Cockledivers won their low scoring yet thrilling clash!
The big question of this season is will Flagstaff Hill continue its dynasty in the SFLW? Well, their Round One performance has gone a long way in answering that question already.
Flagstaff Hill, the reigning premiers, sits comfortably near the top spot following their resounding win over Hackham, 28.22 (190) to 0.0 (0). Ironically, the Falcons won too well since they currently sit with a percentage of 0 because, due to the strange world of mathematics in football, the calculation of percentage only works when the team gets scored against.
However, the Falcons won't mind missing out on percentage because the 190-point win is a good way to send a message to the rest of the competition. Tamsyn Morriss, along with her sister Mia, were standouts for the Falcons while Bethany Bell got a head start in the goalkicking tally with 5 majors.
Jessica Sherry and Maddison Hay were among the Hawks' best. Hopefully, this result isn’t a sign of things to come for the poor Hawks.
Port Noarlunga, despite suffering from inaccuracy, managed to win a thriller against Aldinga, 2.8 (20) to 2.1 (13). The Cockledivers started well, but their failure to convert their chances meant they left the door open for the Sharks to have a last-ditch fightback.
Leading 1.6 (12) to 1.1 (7) at three-quarter-time, Porties managed to withstand a late Aldinga comeback to secure a handy Round One victory. Bree Chapman and Philippa Worthley were judged as the best afield for the winners, while Aldinga was well-supplied by Jemma Looyestyn and Ayla Regione.
A second-quarter surge saw Reynella claim a 42-point win over Christies Beach, 7.7 (49) to 1.1 (7). Trailing by a point at the first break, the Wineflies registered 5 goals during the second term and conceded 1 to set up their Round One win.
Casie Coombe did most of the damage for Reynella by booting a game-high haul of 4 goals. Zannah Loxton and Grace Doran were also impressive. As for the Saints, Melanie Koster was their best afield, while rising forward Savannah Rayner was also a standout.
Scroll down to see the Team of the Week, plus a small breakdown of the squad.
Captain: Tamsyn Morriss
Vice-Captain: Casie Coombe
While it is enjoyable being a forward during a one-sided clash as it allows the player to boost their season goal tally—they still need to be able to finish their work, and that is what Bethany Bell did for Flagstaff Hill. Kicking a match-high haul of 5 goals, this Falcon forward gained an early head start in the league goalkicking tally.
Jasmin Partridge, Bell’s fellow Falcon teammate, was also impressive during their weekend’s win. Partridge kicked a goal during her standout performance that was labelled as the Falcons’ second-best display behind Nipper’s.
Stepping up in Reynella’s Round One clash was Casie Coombe. This crafty and fast-paced player was the Wineflies' best player afield, finishing with 4 of their 7 goals to earn this week’s vice-captaincy.
Similarly, Sheridan Poland stepped up during Port Noarlunga's season-starting clash. Poland was one of the better players on the field for the Cockledivers and she kicked a very important goal.
The forward line is also home to Reynella’s talented tall, Anja Bancevic. While she is named up forward, which is her resting position, Bancevic was predominantly impressive in the ruck for the Wineflies—but since that spot went to her teammate, and since we had to have her as a starter, she joins this week's attack.
Rounding out the Round One attack is Chloe Meyers, a Flagstaff Hill role-player, who enjoyed a decent outing for the Falcons. Her efforts on the weekend saw her get labelled as one of the Falcons' best afield, while also being one of their many goalkickers.
Reynella is spoilt for ruck options. The Wineflies are home to 2 talented SANFLW experienced rucks. It is Grace Doran who, after slightly edging out her rucking teammate, earns the title as the Round One starting ruckmen.
Joining this talented tall on-ball is Port Noarlunga’s inside-midfielder, Elisha Scriven. Named among the Cockledivers’ best players, Scriven certainly played her role during her side’s handy season-opening win.
No on-ball brigade is complete without a powerful player. These are those players that are not only strong on the defensive end but are also dangerous on the offensive side: and this is exactly what Tamsyn Morriss brings to the table. Morriss, judged as Flagstaff Hill’s Best on Ground, kicked off her season in great stride by booting 3 goals.
The middle is home to the ever-reliable Christies Beach performer, Melanie Koster. Reinforcing her title as the Saints' best player, Koster kicked off her season by earning the Saints’ Best on Ground honours.
The wings are home to Bree Chapman, Port Noarlunga’s Best on Ground, and Reynella’s Caitlin Walter.
Having a reliable player in defence is crucial to winning those close matches, and Phillipa Worthley taught Port Noarlunga that on the weekend. The composure of this Porties defender was a must-have during this result: and her efforts saw her rated as their second-best afield.
Showing her class at both ends of the ground on the weekend was Ella Thomas. The Flagstaff Hill centre-half-back snuck forward and kicked 2 goals—which puts into perspective how that clash unfolded.
Defenders always have a tough time during games that their teams lose. But some defenders can make the most of having the ball down their end like Naomi Jones, the tough tackler from Christies Beach, who was a standout. Amber O’Hanlon and Charlotte Bayford, both from Aldinga, are great defenders that also fit into this category.
Rounding out this week's backline is Reynella's Sarah Bourn, who kicked off her season with a decent outing.
Makenzie Bryowsky was a highlight for Christies Beach on the weekend. The young speedy wingman was one of the better performers for the Saints and hopefully, this display sets the tone for the rest of this twin’s promising season.
From one exciting prospect to another: an exciting young SFLW player product from Flagstaff Hill, Amelia Morriss, joins the rotations this week after being a strong contributor for the Falcons.
Adding another talented wingman to the rotations this week is Reynella’s Tyler Davies who was a great performer during the Wineflies’ hard-fought win.
Aldinga’s Jemma Looyestyn joins the rotations as the side’s second ruck option. Looyestyn kicked off her season in style by earning the Sharks’ Best on Ground title.
Rounding out the MWM SFLW Team of the Week are players who tried their best, despite being up against the wall for the majority of the match. These players are Jessica Sherry, Hackham’s Best on Ground, and Savannah Rayner, the young Christies Beach goalkicker.
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