Top Eight: Best SANFLW Midfielders
We have covered the Top Eight Best SANFLW Forwards and the Top Eight Best SANFLW Defenders; now it is time to turn our attention towards the engine rooms of the SANFLW clubs, to find who we believe are the Top Eight Best SANFLW Midfielders.
Naturally, all players that play in the midfield will be considered; which includes rucks as well as wings.
So, without further ado, from fast paced wings to ball magnets; these are the Top Eight SANFLW Midfielders.
Lucy Armitage (Glenelg)
Despite last year marking just her second season of football; this proud Glenelg product certainly didn’t look out of place. As she finished the season with 144 disposals and even finished seventh in the league for total tackles; which sits nicely alongside her Breakthrough Player nomination.
Sophie Armitstead (Norwood)
This Norwood player was very unlucky not to make our final cut, considering she finished fourth in league for total tackles. Also, from the 12 games she played last year, she collected 165 disposals as well as an average of five tackles and four clearances a game.
#8 Danielle Stewart (Central District)
To kick off our list, we look towards Central District’s very own Danielle Stewart. Danielle finished the 2019 season with a strong 129 disposals from nine games, which sits well with the average of six tackles and three clearances a game she also managed. Add to this, the fact that these stats saw her finish ninth in the league for total clearances, as well as eighth in the league for total tackles; and it equals the perfect player to kick off this list with.
#7 Leah Tynan (North Adelaide)
Our number seven spot goes to a great player from a great team. North Adelaide’s Leah Tynan finished the 2019 SANFLW season with 157 disposals and four goals, from the 13 games she played. And similar to Danielle Stewart, it was these same stats that saw her finish ninth in the league for total tackles, and sixth in the league for total clearances.
#6 Leah Cutting (Norwood)
Coming in at our number sixth spot is the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year’s ruck. Leah Cutting finished the home and away season with 208 hit outs, which is 26 more than the player in second place. But not only did she top the league in hit outs, but she also finished second in the league for tackles, finishing with an average of seven a game. Add to this, three goals and 121 disposals from 12 games; and it all adds up to make a player that’s certainly worth keeping an eye on during the 2020 SANFLW season.
#5 Samantha Franson (Glenelg)
Glenelg were the surprise packet of 2019, and it was thanks to players like Samantha Franson that it was possible. Playing all of the Tigers 11 games last year, she finished with 125 disposals and six goals; but what makes her stand out the most is the fact that she managed to average three clearances and a remarkable seven tackles a game. Which placed her fifth in the league for total tackles last year and it also makes her a valuable part of the Tigers for 2020.
#4 Monique Hollick (Norwood)
A 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year wingman comes in at our number four spot. Norwood’s Monique Hollick was one of the stand outs in 2019; finishing the season with 172 disposals and nine goals from 12 games. However, that is not all she managed to achieve, as she not only finished fifth in the league for total disposals, but she also created plenty of chances up forward, as she topped the league in total inside 50s.
#3 Abbie Ballard (West Adelaide)
She may be the youngest player on this list; but she is certainly worthy of our number three spot. Playing ten games last SANFLW season, West Adelaide’s Abbie Ballard collected 161 disposals and averaged an outstanding five tackles and four clearances a game. Add to this, the fact that she finished third in the league for total clearances and sixth in the league for total tackles, and it makes it hard to believe that she’s still under 18 years of age. So, considering she is already one of the best young players in the SANFLW, she is certainly worth keeping an eye on going forwards.
#2 Georgia Bevan (Sturt)
Coming in at number two on our list by the narrowest of margins, is former Crow and current Sturt star, Georgia Bevan. By her own admission, the 2019 SANFLW season marked her first full season of playing as an on baller. And it looks as if she was made to play that position, as she ended up topping the league in total clearances with an average of five a game. But not only did she collect 48 clearances in just nine games, she also managed to collect 146 disposals and average five tackles a game as well. So, considering she finished thirteenth in the league for total disposals, and tenth in the league for tackles, it is safe to say that Georgia has certainly proven that she is capable of playing in the AFLW again.
#1 Czenya Cavouras (South Adelaide)
And finally, coming in at number one is South Adelaide Best and Fairest, Czenya Cavouras. She comes from an athletics background, and she certainly shows it. Playing 12 games in the blue and white last year, Czenya collected 227 disposals and averaged eight tackles and four clearances a game. All of this added up to make her finish seventh in the league for total clearances, third in the league for total disposals, and third in the league for total tackles. She has great awareness and great pace along with a tremendous stamina that can see her keeping going right up until the final siren. She is the best midfielder in the league and going by her performances in the trial games this year, it doesn’t look like she’s going to slow down anytime soon.
Special thanks to all those who helped by nominating players