• Jayden J Bartlett

SFLW Team of the Week - Round Three



SFLW Round Three saw Reynella strengthen their spot at the top of the ladder, while Cove and Aldinga both registered their first wins of the season by very different margins.


Cove held off Christies Beach to claim their first win of the season by 7 points, 5.9 (39) to 5.2 (32). The Cobras could have well and truly put this game to bed by three-quarter-time – if it wasn’t for some stray kicking that saw them register 1.4 (10) during the third term. Nonetheless, the Cobras managed to withstand an attempted comeback by the Saints to claim a thrilling season-opening win.


Ashleigh Need and Ella Gill were among the strong contributors for Cove, as was Rebecca O’Shaughnessy who finished with 2 goals. As for the Saints, Hannah Clarke and Mia Dunn were both impressive – and so was their rising star forward, Savannah Rayner.



Reynella may have claimed a 30-point win, but Port Noarlunga certainly didn’t make it easy for them during the 4.7 (31) to 0.1 (1) result. Heading into the match, many would have assumed that the Wineflies would have come out as the easy victors – but Port Noarlunga took the fight to the favourites.


Kaiya Ivett, the Port Noarlunga leader, was impressive for the underdogs. Likewise, Elisha Scriven and Madison Harris were also great. Grace Doran was a standout again for Reynella, who currently sits nicely at the top of the ladder. Caitlin Williams was also dangerous up forward by kicking 3 of their 4 goals.



Aldinga, a side that has struggled in recent times, got to enjoy being on the opposite end of a one-sided result for a change – and they certainly made the most of it. There is no way to sugarcoat it; the Sharks thrashed Hackham by 170 points, 26.14 (170) to 0.0 (0).


Making the most of the result were the Sharks’ forwards. Dakota Oniszk, Carlee Evans and India Hamdorf combined for 18 goals. While for the Hawks, Carlo Karo was their best afield. We are 3 weeks into the season and so far the Hawks have conceded 538 points without scoring themselves. Tough times indeed.



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

Captain: Dakota Oniszk

Vice-Captain: Grace Doran


 

FORWARDS:

It is one thing to come into a match as the favourites and expect to kick a bag. It is another thing entirely to follow through with it and record a high goal tally – a trio of Sharks certainly followed the latter on the weekend.


Dakota Oniszk, Aldinga’s Best on Ground and our pick for the Team of the Week captain, spearheads the attack this week after booting 5 majors for the yellow and black. Carlee Evans (5 goals) and India Hamdorf (8 goals) round out this high-scoring Aldinga trio. Amazingly, Hamdorf alone outscored every other team on the weekend.


Sitting at centre-half-forward is this week’s vice-captain, Grace Doran. The powerful and talented tall has continued her impressive start to the 2022 SLFW season and, on the weekend just gone, she was picked as the Wineflies’ Best on Ground.


Reynella forms the spine of this week’s attack as Caitlin Williams stands proudly at full-forward after she kicked 3 of the Wineflies’ 4 goals on the weekend.


The final spot up forward belongs to the Christies Beach goal sneak, Savannah Rayner. The young Saint was at it again, this time with a 2-goal display.



MIDFIELDERS/FOLLOWERS:

Neriah Milis, the young Saint, resumes her role as the Team of the Week ruck after impressing in the red, white and black once again.


It was only a matter of time until this Port Noarlunga leader and classy onballer made it into the Team of the Week – and here she finally is. Young Kaiya Ivett was named amongst the best performers during Porties’ brave fight as the underdogs on the weekend.


Cove’s Ella Gill played her part in helping Cobra over the line during their thrilling win – this talented Cobra helps round out this week's on-ball brigade.


Similarly, Reynella’s Cassandra Newbery was one of the Wineflies’ main standouts from their victory. Named alongside her is a fellow talented teammate in the form of Rebecca Hunter – who has continued her strong start to the 2022 season. While rounding out the midfielder is Sarah Bourn, who is another talented Reynella player that has also enjoyed a great start to the year



DEFENDERS:

Defenders need to stay strong during close matches, and Ashleigh Need did exactly that during Cove’s first win of 2022. Need, who was named as Cove’s best, is joined down back by a fellow impressive defender, Jaymie Savaidis.


But just because a team suffers a loss doesn’t mean it is the backline’s fault. Take Christies Beach for example, since their defensive duo of Hannah Clarke and Mia Dunn were some of the Saints’ biggest and best contributors.


Port Noarlunga’s Samantha Lynch sits proudly at centre-half-back and, continuing with the duo theme, she is joined by promising Porties’ defender, Phillipa Worthley. This Cockledivers’ duo is one that fought their hardest – despite facing off against the ladder leader's classy offence.



INTERCHANGE/EMERGENCIES:

Anja Bancevic, the classy Reynella tall, joins the rotations this week as the second ruck option. Joining her is Charlotte Bayford, who was ranked among the best for the Sharks and who added a major to her season tally.


Also adding some classy skills to the rotations is a Port Noarlunga onballer, Elisha Scriven. Labelled as their Best on Ground, Scriven has so far been flying under the radar – but we feel that is about to change.


Dana O’Brien, a talented Cove on-baller, certainly played her role during the Cobra’s hard-fought win. O’Brien was rated as one of the better performers during their clash on the weekend.


A pair of role players round out the Round Three MWM SFLW Team of the Week. These are Cove’s Lauren Kenny and Aldinga’s Eilish O’Hanlon.



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