The SANFLW Dream Team - 2018
As we continue our countdown towards the Ultimate Dream Team; we thought we would revisit the SANFL Women's season that was 2018.
It was the season that gave us our first look at both Sturt's and South Adelaide's female sides, with the later going on to claim the eventual 2018 Premiership.
It was also the season that gave birth to the Norwood - South Adelaide rivalry; with the two facing off in the nail-biting 2018 Grand Final.
And this is one of the strongest teams we have put together thus far, with at least seven of these players going on to be drafted to the AFLW within the next two years.
Unlike our 2019 Dream Team, players that have since been drafted are still eligible for our side as well as any AFLW players that played enough SANFLW games to qualify for that year's finals.
Scroll down for a breakthrough of every player named in the 2018 SANFLW Dream Team.
Coach: Krissie Steen
Captain: Courtney Gum
Vice-Captain: Cristie Castle
Please note that the named player's team, surname and position is correct to the 2018 SANFLW season; as players have since moved clubs or left the league all together while others have since married, we decided that it was simpler to just keep it correct to the 2018 season. Likewise, the 2018 season saw just 16 players on the field at a time, however we have decided to go with the current 18 to avoid any confusion.
Each team has been represented by at least two players, with both West Adelaide and South Adelaide tying with the most players represented in the Dream Team.
As for the coach of the team, it was an easy decision to go with the 2018 Premiership coach and current North Adelaide coach, Krissie Steen. As for the leadership positions, we put it to a vote and South Adelaide's Courtney Gum and North Adelaide's Cristie Castle received the most votes for the Captain and the Vice-Captain respectively.
Scroll down for a full break down of every player named in the 2018 Dream Team.
Courtney Gum (South Adelaide)
Courtney Gum was voted as the Captain of our Dream team and it is pretty easy to see why.
Making her way back from AFLW duties, Courtney only played four games in the SANFLW during 2018 but she certainly made her presence felt. This is because she managed to boot 11 goals, which saw her finish second in the league's leading goalkicker.
As well as this, she also averaged 18 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and two tackles per match. Which all adds up to makes her one exceptional footballer.
Katelyn Rosenzweig (North Adelaide)
Despite being rather young, Katelyn Rosenzweig was one of the main stories of the 2018 SANFLW season and for good reason, as she topped the league's goalkicking tally with 15 goals from ten regular season matches.
She would also go onto receive an All-Australian nomination, as well as spots in both the 2018 SAWFL and SANFLW Teams of the Year. This was all helped by the fact that, as well as the goals, she also collected a total of 119 disposals and averaged four marks and two tackles per match.
Chelsea Biddell (West Adelaide)
Before she was busy making a name for herself at the Adelaide Crows; Chelsea Biddell was busy kicking goals for the Bloods.
In fact, her first year of SANFLW footy was an amazing one, as the young gun booted nine goals in ten games while also managing to collect a total of 120 disposalsl. As well as this, she also averaged four marks and three tackles per match, which certainly explains why she eventually caught the attention of the Crows.
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Cristie Castle (North Adelaide)
Despite playing the least amount of games out of any other player on our Dream Team; the games that she did play were not only enough to get a spot in the side but to be also voted as the Vice-Captain.
This is because, from the five games that she did play; she managed to boot nine goals and collected 40 disposals, all while maintaining an average of three tackles and two marks per match.
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Kristi Harvey (South Adelaide) Former South Adelaide Co-Captain turned gun North Adelaide defender, Kristi Harvey enjoyed a strong performance during the 2018 SANFLW season.
In total, she managed to collect 161 disposals and five goals from the 11 matches that she played during the 2018 season, all while averaging four marks and two tackles a game; which certainly explains why she was named in the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year.
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Brianna Walling (Glenelg)
As one of two players from the Tigers to make our 2018 Dream Team; Brianna Walling had an overall great season in the black and yellow.
In total, this talented Tiger played nine games during the season, and collected a total of 140 disposals and three goals. Add to this, an average of four marks, four tackles, two rebound 50s and two inside 50s a match, and it certainly explains why she made the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year.
Monique Hollick (Norwood)
While Norwood fell just one goal short of winning back to back Premierships; there were several positives that came from their 2018 season, one such positive being the performance of Monique Hollick.
The fast-paced and athletic wing enjoyed a stellar season, playing 12 games in the red and blue she collected an outstanding total of 184 disposals and three goals, all while managing to average five marks and two tackles per match as well.
Hannah Munyard (South Adelaide)
While it was the 2019 season that saw Hannah gain a spot in the Team of the Year as well as get picked up by the Western Bulldogs in the AFLW; it was the 2018 SANFLW season that saw the humble product build the foundations of her promising career.
Playing ten games in the blue and white that season, she collected a strong total of 151 disposals as well as two goals. She also managed to maintain an average of two marks and two tackles per game.
However, what really stands out for us is the fact that she finished the season with an 81 per cent disposal efficiency, which makes her one of the most reliable players on our Dream team when the ball is in hand.
Hannah Martin (West Adelaide)
Arguably one of the most well-known players in our Dream Team; Hannah Martin averaged 15 disposals per match during the 2018 SANFLW season.
It was this stat that undoubtedly led her to be crowned as the 2018 SANFLW Best and Fairest, as well as earn a spot in the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year. On the back of this performance, she would get rewarded further as she was selected by the Crows with pick 55 during the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft.
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Cheyenne Hammond (South Adelaide)
While 2019 was the season that saw Cheyenne achieve her dream of reaching the AFLW as she was signed by the Gold Coast Suns at the end of that year; it was in fact her performance during the 2018 SANFLW season that built the foundations of what was and still is a very promising career.
2018 was the year that saw the fast-paced defender claim a Premiership medallion, a spot in the SANFLW Team of the Year, and claim the Best on Ground honours during the Grand Final.
All of this was helped by the fact that she collected a total of 171 disposals from 11 matches, while also managing an average of two tackles and two rebound 50s per game.
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Allison Evans (West Adelaide)
Alli Evans was another player that enjoyed a strong 2018 season; finishing the eight games that she played with three goals, at a remarkable 100 per cent scoring efficiency, as well as a total of 132 disposals, at a reliable 73 per cent disposal efficiency.
As well as this, her average of five marks, four tackles and three rebound 50s per game is another great reason as to why we chose her for our Dream Team.
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Jami Tabb (West Adelaide)
Jaimi Tabb has come along way since her days at West Adelaide and while she is slightly out of position, we really wanted her to be a starter for our Dream Team.
This is because she has the ability to change the game in favour of her team; this is best shown through the fact that she led the league in total tackles, collecting 79 in just nine matches. It is also this same tackling ability that has become a feature of Jaimi's game, following her to both the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles and the Crows in the AFLW.
Lauren Rodato (West Adelaide)
West Adelaide's Lauren Rodato was dangerous for the Bloods during the 2018 SANFLW season.
The talented player ended up finishing fourth in the league for total rebound 50s, collecting 22 from eight games. As well as this, she also managed to collected a total of 73 disposals while also averaging three tackles and three marks per match.
Jaslynne Smith (South Adelaide)
Jaslynne Smith is a name that keeps coming up whenever we have to put together a team or base a list on the league's best defenders; and this is because she is exactly that, one of the league's best defenders.
The 2018 season saw Jas earn a spot in the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year; no doubt thanks to her total of 142 disposals as well as her average of three marks and two tackles per match. She also earns the title of the most reliable player on our Dream Team, as her 84 per cent disposal efficiency is the highest on our team.
Shae Gundlach (Sturt)
As one of the most impressive defenders during the 2018 SANFLW season; the eventual Team of the Year defender was outstanding for the Double Blues.
Shae Gundlach finished fourth in the league for total marks, averaging four per match during the ten games she played. As well as this, she also managed to boot four goals and gather 126 disposals, which she rarely wasted thanks to her 74 per cent disposal efficiency.
If that was not enough, she also managed an average of three tackles and three rebound 50s; which adds up to make Shae one extraordinary defender.
Jessica Foley (Sturt)
Winner of the 2018 SANFLW Coaches Award and eventual Adelaide Crows draftee; Jess Foley enjoyed a standout season during 2018.
As the ruck of the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year, she collected the second highest total of disposals during the home and away season, finishing with 163 from just three games. Which sits very nicely alongside the average of five marks and four tackles that she also managed as well.
Jess would go onto be drafted during the 2018 AFL Women's Draft by the Adelaide Crows with pick 30.
Nikki Gore (South Adelaide)
It feels like many years have passed since we watched Nikki 'Turbo' Gore take to the field for the first time in the SANFLW. But right from early on there were certainly promising signs for the rest of her football career.
Just like 2020 has been her breakout year in the AFLW, the 2018 season was her breakout year in the SANFLW, with the young gun finishing third in the league for total disposals, collecting 156 from just eight home and away matches. But as well as averaging 20 disposals a match, she also managed an average of five tackles and four inside 50s per game.
This does help explain why she would go on to claim the 2018 Breakthrough Player award, South Adelaide's inaugural women's Best and Fairest, and get drafted by the Crows with their first pick and the eight overall during in the 2018 AFLW Draft.
Rachelle Martin (West Adelaide)
Rachelle Martin has certainly not let her high standards slip over the past few years but she definitely went above and beyond during the 2018 SANFLW season.
Donning the red and black, she collected 180 disposals from the ten games she played that season; which saw her top the league for total disposals gained during the regular season. Likewise, her average of seven tackles a match also saw her finish second in the league for total tackles; which was obviously enough to make the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year.
Leah Cutting (Norwood)
Leah Cutting is the star ruck of Norwood and has been one of the league's best ruck for years, and of course 2018 is no exception.
The 2018 SANFLW season saw Leah finish second in the league for total hit outs, collecting 212 from just ten home and away games. She also proved to be just as dangerous on the ground as she is in the air, as the talented tall averaged six tackles per match.
Caitlyn Swanson (Sturt)
As one of the most consistent performers for the Double Blues during the 2018 season; Caitlyn Swanson collected a strong total of 144 disposals which she rarely wasted thanks to her 72 per cent disposal efficiency.
Considering that she also averaged four marks and three tackles per match; it isn't a surprise then that she not only made the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year but was also named as the Vice-Captain of the side as well.
Rhiannon Busch (Norwood)
Norwood's Rhianna Busch had a very good year during the 2018 season, as she managed to play well across all the main aspects of football.
This is shown through her stats for that season; as she collected 171 disposals from 11 games, while also managing an average of three marks, three tackles and three rebound 50s per game.
Cass Hartley (Glenelg)
While Glenelg did not have the best year during the 2018 SANFLW season, the same cannot be said about Cass Hartley, as she was a consistent and reliable performer for the Tigers throughout the year.
That much of a reliable performer that she would go on to collect a grand total of 150 disposals for the yellow and black; while also managing a strong average of five tackles and two marks per match.
Elyse Haussen (South Adelaide)
Making her way from Flinders University to South Adelaide for their inaugural year in the SANFLW; Elyse Haussen is a player that still flies under the radar, despite making the 2018 SANFLW Team of the Year.
A player that has since become a leader at the Panthers, Elyse enjoyed a great 2018; collecting 159 disposals and four goals from the 11 matches that she played. Likewise, her tendency to get into the thick of the action allowed her to average a very strong three tackles per match.
Brittany Perry (North Adelaide)
Very unlucky not to be named as a starter for our Dream Team, Brittany Perry was one of the standouts during the 2018 SANFLW season.
This is easily shown through the fact that she collected 157 disposals and booted seven goals in just nine games. She also managed to average four marks and three tackles per match as well.
This is exactly why Brittany would go onto to finish third in the league Best and Fairest, and get picked up by the GWS Giants with pick 43 during the 2018 AFLW Draft.
Melanie Elsegood (West Adelaide)
Despite West Adelaide having several standout players, Melanie Elsegood was able to make herself known. This is thanks to her impressive stats for the 2018 season; which include booting four goals at 100 per cent accuracy, as well as managing an average of three marks per game.
But as well as collecting 80 deposals in just nine matches, she also finished second in the league for total rebound 50s, finishing the year with 26.
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