Top Eight: Best SANFLW Forwards
Offence is the best form of defence; while this is up for argument, our recent poll seems to agree. So, we thought we would go out and find the best of the best, the players that any team would love to have in their forward 50.
Ranging from the classical, strong-marking powerful forwards to the fast-paced high-pressure forwards. We thought it is best to take into consideration more than just the amount of goals kicked this year.
And as always; players who have since been drafted will not be included on this list.
So, without further ado, these are the Top Eight Best SANFLW Forwards.
#8 Melanie Elsegood (West Adelaide)
What better way to kick off our list than with a player that previously featured on our Top Eight SANFLW Hidden Gems list. West Adelaide’s Melanie Elsegood finished the season with nine goals from her ten games; which saw her finish fourth in the league’s Leading Goalkicker tally. But as well as collecting 53 disposals this season, she also showcased some forward pressure with an average of nearly two tackles a game. A worthy player to kick off our list.
#7 Monique Hollick (Norwood)
Coming in at the number seven spot, is Norwood’s Monique Hollick. Monique had an outstanding year, finishing equal fifth in the league for total goals; booting nine goals from her twelve SANFLW games. Likewise, she established herself as a force in the air, topping the league in marks with 69. And as if that wasn’t enough, she also finished fourth in the league for total disposals, collecting 172 this season.
#6 Madison Bennett (South Adelaide)
The number six spot goes to South Adelaide’s Leading Goalkicker, Madison Bennett. Booting nine goals for the season, this SANFLW Premiership player also finished equal fifth in the league for total goals. However, what sets her apart from the others on this list is her immense forward pressure. With quick pace and a remarkable tackling ability, Madi averaged nearly five tackles a game this season. Considering she is a prime example of a pressure forward; her ability to trap the ball in the forward line makes her a very valuable player to have.
#5 Katelyn Rosenzweig (Central District)
Coming in at number five is a very familiar name. Booting nine goals in eight games, Katelyn Rosenzweig still looms as a potential AFLW draftee. Not only did she collected a total of 58 disposals and finish equal fifth in the league for total goals; but her high level of dedication and passion to bounce back from several injuries shows a high level of both talent and professionalism. Meaning that despite several setbacks, Katelyn is still among some of the best forwards in the competition currently.
#4 Kiana Lee (Woodville – West Torrens)
A proud Eagles youngster comes in at the number four spot. Playing ten games for nine goals, Kiana Lee has established herself as a force to be reckoned with up-forward. Finishing this SANFLW season with 114 disposals and an average of four marks a game; not only did she finish equal fifth in the league for total goals, but she also finished fifth in the league for total marks as well. And as if that wasn’t enough, she is second in the league for contested marks. So, considering everything we have just said; she definitely has a lot of draft potential and is worth keeping an eye on.
#3 Ellen Fauser (Glenelg)
The number three spot goes to Glenelg forward, Ellen Fauser. A member of the SANFLW Team of the Year; Ellen finished the season with ten goals and a strong 71% scoring accuracy. Add to this, the fact that she finished ninth in the league for total marks and finished the season with 117 disposals, and it equals a very strong and valuable target up-forward for the Tigers.
#2 Teah Charlton (South Adelaide)
Coming in at number two is another member of the SANFLW Team of the Year’s forward-line. South Adelaide’s Teah Charlton is a remarkable player to say the least; as she is not only among the top ten in the league for total goals, but she is also first in the league for total tackles with 77. Add to this, the fact that she is fourth in the league for contested marks with 11, and seventh in the league for total disposals with 163; and it isn’t a surprise that she has been labelled as one of the best young players in the country.
#1 Kelly Barltrop (North Adelaide)
North Adelaide’s Kelly Barltrop was always destined to be the number one on our best forwards list. Being named at full-forward in the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year, she topped the league’s leading goal kicker with 29 goals from 13 games. Add to this an average of nearly two marks a game and a 76% scoring efficiency, and it equals an extremely valuable player to have up-forward. But just the simple fact that she nearly doubled the amount of goals kicked by the runner-up leading goal kicker, goes to show why she is the best forward in the SANFLW currently.
Special Thanks to all those who nominated.