The SANFLW Season that was, 2019
With the SANFLW finished for yet another year; we look forward to what comes next. 2019 had a lot to take in; the inclusion of two new teams (Central District and Woodville -West Torrens) along with South Adelaide becoming the first in the league to win back to back premierships.
But while many will be looking forwards to next year; and trust us, many teams are already preparing for next year. We thought we wouldn’t rush; and just take in what was another great season of women’s football.
So, join us as we take a look back on the SANFLW season that was, 2019.
For starters; we had two new teams to watch. With both Central District and Woodville-West Torrens gaining licenses to field women’s teams. And while we may say that both sides did not have the most stand out season, there were some positives.
For example, the Eagles showcased some great young talent including Kiana Lee, Teagan Usher and the eventual draftee Jaimi Tabb. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs proved to be a team that you could not afford to take lightly while also showcasing there great young local talent with Laitiah Huynh, Kimberly Fry and Aisha Thomas.
While we had the two new teams; the big three were all vying for top spot. And by the big three we mean North Adelaide, South Adelaide and Norwood. Norwood’s two goal victory over the Panthers looked like it had set the tone for the rest of the season.
Sturt on the other hand struggled to get any momentum going throughout the season, but we had a glimpse of what they're capable of in round seven, with a 62 to 28 win over the Eagles.
Despite the early loss to Norwood, the miracle five goal comeback by the Panthers over North Adelaide early in the year showed that they were still in a position to defend their premiership title. But that was before the Panthers were outgunned by this year's surprise packet Glenelg in round eight.
As for Norwood, well they continued their winning streak until round nine when the Panthers got their revenge with a two-goal win.
With the top four still undecided in the final round; it would be West Adelaide who would once again miss out on a finals spot due to percentage. Meanwhile, Glenelg came storming into the finals but fell just points short of going into the preliminary final, losing to North, 23 to 25. Norwood would go on to lose two of their last three games to miss out on making the big dance
And as we know, South Adelaide and North Adelaide would face off in the 2019 SANFLW Grand Final and despite a close first half, the Panthers came out on top in the end.