• Jayden J Bartlett

Top Thirty: Standout SANFLW Performers


We are three rounds into the SANFLW, with another huge round of football coming up this weekend.


But before we get ahead of ourselves, we thought now would be a good time to reflect and admire upon some of the standout performers that the 2020 SANFLW season has gifted us.


For the list, we are focusing on the players that have really stood out over the past three rounds of the SANFL Women’s competition. Because we are solely looking at the past three rounds, AFLW listed players that have played during this time will be eligible for our list.


There have been a lot of standout players from various clubs and playing positions; hence the reason we made this a Top Thirty rather than a Top Eight list.


Ranging from reliable forwards to heavy hitting defenders, and of course, the dangerous midfielders, we have put together a list of who we believe are the Top Thirty: Standout SANFLW Performers of the first three rounds.


Honourable Mentions:

Unfortunately, despite having 30 spots on this list, many great players had to miss out. Most of the players who missed out were forwards or defenders, due to the vast amount of action that midfielders see, they usually end up collecting the bigger numbers.


We will do another Top Thirty list around Round Seven, however, we still want to give the following players an honourable mention as they were extremely unlucky not to make the final cut.


Tesharna Maher (Woodville - West Torrens), Madisyn Freeman (Glenelg), Latiah Huynh (Central District), Stephanie Walker (Woodville - West Torrens), Mattea Breed (Norwood), Chelsea Packer (Glenelg), Sam Franson (Glenelg) and Amber Ward (North Adelaide).


#30 Katelyn Rosenzweig (Central District)

To kick off our list, we look towards a player who really made herself known during Round One. The Central District full forward currently sits fifth for the league’s Leading Goalkicker, with six goals from the first three games. Add to this, 19 disposals at a 79% efficiency and an average of three marks and three tackles a game, and it equals a very strong start for the key forward.


#29 Bella Smith (Norwood)

One of Norwood’s best youngsters, Bella Smith has certainly started 2020 well. Currently, she sits sixth in the league for total contested marks as well sitting seventh in the league for inside 50s. Along with this, she has also collected 25 disposals and has averaged three marks and two tackles a game from the first three games.


#28 Emma Smith (West Adelaide)

A very reliable performer for West Adelaide, Emma Smith has so far collected 43 disposals from the first three games as well as averaging three marks, two clearances and three tackles. She also currently sits fifth in the league for total tackles.




#27 Sam Pratt (South Adelaide)

One of the Panthers best rebound defenders, Sam Pratt has averaged three marks, three rebound 50s and five tackles a game thus far this season. Along with this, she has collected 33 disposals with a reliable 73% disposal efficiency and currently sits eight in the league for total rebound 50s.


#26 Shelby Smith (Central District)

While Central District’s haven’t had the best start, they would surely be happy with the performance of Shelby Smith. In total, Shelby has collected 44 disposals from the first three games and has also managed an average of exactly 3.7 marks, tackles and clearances a game. A promising start for the rest of her season, she also sits equal eighth in the league for total clearances.


#25 Jaslynne Smith (South Adelaide)

We have labelled her as one of the best defenders in the competition and so far so good for Jaslynne Smith. She currently sits equal third in league for rebound 50s, with 12 from 3 games. Add to this, a total of 35 disposals total and an average of two tackles and four rebound 50s a game, and it is easy to see why she has earnt that title.




#24 Kiana Lee (Woodville – West Torrens)

Kiana Lee is not only the Eagles most dangerous forward, but she is also one of the best young forwards in the entire competition. Currently, Kiana sits with a total of 29 disposals and four goals from the first three rounds. She has also managed an average of four marks and two tackles a game. All up, she sits second in the league for contested marks and sixth for the league’s Leading Goalkicker.


#23 Lucy Armitage (Glenelg)

This proud Tiger can sometimes fly under the radar because she is such a brilliant role player. So far this year, Lucy Armitage has collected 28 disposals and booted one goal from three games but has also remarkably averaged seven tackles a game, which sees her sit third in the league for total tackles, with 22 tackles from the first three rounds.


#22 Demi Sonneman (Central District)

This valuable player has the title of being the player with the best disposal efficiency on this list, sitting with a 91% disposal efficiency from 44 disposals. She is also top of the league in rebound 50s, with an average of five a game. Which makes her one of the best defenders in the league and a vital part of the Bulldogs side.




#21 Leah Cutting (Norwood)

Labelled as one of the bet rucks in the entire competition, Leah Cutting is currently top of the league in total hit outs, with 61 hit outs from just three games. She has also collected 31 disposals and has averaged six tackles and three marks in what looks like another big year of footy for her.


#20 Tahlia Meyer (South Adelaide)

The speedy South Adelaide recruit comes in at number 20. Playing all three games so far this season, Tahlia Meyer has collected 50 disposals at an average of 16.7 a game, as well as an average of three tackles and two marks a game. Along with this, she has also booted two goals at an impressive 100% scoring efficiency.


#19 Jaimi Tabb (Woodville – West Torrens)

It is easy to see why Jaimi Tabb was drafted by the Adelaide Crows, because so far this year she has booted three goals and has collected 20 tackles from the three games that she has played. This means that she is currently ninth in the league’s Leading Goalkicker and equal fifth in the league for total tackles.



#18 Lauren Daniel (North Adelaide)

In a team like North Adelaide, it would be very hard to standout thanks to their vast amount of talent across the field, but Lauren Daniel manages to make herself known. No doubt thanks to the 54 disposals that she has collected from the first three games, as well as an average of four marks, four tackles and three clearances a game. She has also managed to add a goal to her goal tally and currently sits seventh in the league for total disposals.


#17 Keeley Kustermann (West Adelaide)

We were excited to see what Keeley Kustermann could do for West Adelaide and so far she hasn’t disappointed. In total, she has collected 41 disposals which she rarely wasted thanks to her impressive 80% disposal efficiency. She also managed an average of two marks, two tackles and four rebound 50s a game, making her equal fourth in the league for total rebound 50s.


#16 Hannah Prenzler (Sturt)

One of the best young players in the league let alone of the best defenders, Hannah Prenzler currently sits top of the league for total marks, with 17 from three games. She also has one of the best disposal efficiency’s on this list, sitting with an 81% efficiency from 37 disposals. Add to this, an average of two tackles and two rebound 50s a game, and it equals a very promising start for the bright Double Blue.




#15 Tessa Kohn (Glenelg)

One of the standout performers so far for the Tigers this season, Tessa Kohn has collected an impressive 36 disposals and averaged five tackles a game so far this season. She is also currently equal third in the league for total clearances, with 13 clearances from three games.


#14 Indy Tahau (South Adelaide)

As one of the Panthers best youngsters, Indy Tahau has already collected 44 disposals as well as managed an average of three marks and two tackles a game from the first three rounds. 2020 marks her first season in a more ruck role, which explains why she is currently sixth in the league for total clearances, fourth in the league for total contested marks and ninth in the league for total hit outs. Certainly, is a player worth keeping an eye on.


#13 Melanie Elsegood (West Adelaide)

West Adelaide has had a strong start to 2020 and it is because of key players like Melanie Elsegood that it has been possible. She currently sits second in the league’s Leading Goalkicker, with seven goals from three games. As well as this, she has collected a total of 20 disposals and has averaged three marks a game, which explains why she is currently equal sixth in the league for contested marks.



#12 Maya Rigter (Sturt)

Maya Rigter is simply a very good player and she has certainly showed that already this year. Maya currently sits top of the league in total tackles, with 24 from just three games. She is also ninth in the league for total marks with 12. As well as this, she has also collected 44 disposals with an outstanding 82% disposal efficiency and has managed an average of two clearances a game. Making Maya one of the best players in the Double Blue.


#11 Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)

Montana McKinnon has shown why the Adelaide Crows picked her up, as she has continued to be one of the Panthers best throughout the first three rounds. Montana currently sits first in the league for total contested marks, with ten from three games. She has also managed to collect 47 disposals with a 72% disposal efficiency and average three clearances and two tackles a game. If that wasn’t enough, she is also second in the league for total marks with 16 from three games, and fifth in the league for total hit outs with 40 from three games.


#10 Jess Kirk (South Adelaide)

Jess Kirk has certainly been busy over the past three rounds, as she now sits on top of the league’s leading Goalkicker with eight goals from three games, at an impressive 80% scoring efficiency. Along with this, she has collected a total of 20 disposals and has averaged three marks and three tackles a game. She is also currently third in the league for total contested marks, with six from three games.



#9 Zoe Venning (West Adelaide)

We seriously doubt that we aren’t the only ones who have taken notice of Zoe Venning following her first three matches this season. This youngster is certainly putting a good case forwards to be drafted within the next few years, as she currently sits fourth in the league for total disposals, with 55 from three games. She is also tenth in the league for contested marks and sixth in the league for total marks, making her a player that is worth keeping an eye on.


#8 Cristie Castle (North Adelaide)

Cristie Castle has certainly been one of the league’s most standout players from the first three games. She has managed to collect an impressive 55 disposals and boot two goals for North Adelaide, as well as managing an average of five marks and two clearances a game. These stats see her currently sit equal fourth in the league for total disposals, as well equal sixth in the league for total contested marks and second in the league for total marks.


#7 Matilda Zander (Norwood)

Matilda Zander has arguably been Norwood’s best performer thus far this season, as she has collected 53 disposals, and averaged five marks and three tackles a game from her first three games. All this adds up to make her eighth in the league for total disposals, as well as equal sixth in the league for total contested marks and fourth in the league for total marks.



#6 Teah Charlton (South Adelaide)

Labelled as one of the best young players outside of the AFLW, Teah Charlton has had the start that most would have expected from her. So far this season, she has collected 64 disposals and has averaged six tackles, four clearances and two marks a game. All this adds up to see her currently sit top of the league for total disposals and equal eighth in the league for total clearances.


#5 Georgia Bevan (Sturt)

A very familiar name comes in at number five. Sturt’s Georgia Bevan is a very reliable and consistent performer and it looks as if she is in for another huge season of football, having already collected 58 disposals as well as an average of seven tackles, three marks and three clearances a game. She also currently sits third in the league for total disposals and fourth in the league for total tackles.


#4 Abbie Ballard (West Adelaide)

Abbie Ballard will certainly continue to be a named we hear, even after she gets drafted. From three games alone this talented Westies product has averaged five clearances and three tackles a game and has managed to also collect a total of 59 disposals. All this means that she is currently second in the league for both total disposals and total clearances.



#3 Rachelle Martin (West Adelaide)

Rachelle Martin has certainly been dangerous for West Adelaide, as she has collected 52 disposals during her first three games. Add to this, an average of five clearances and six tackles a game, and it equals a player that is sitting ninth in the league for total disposals, eighth in the league for total tackles and first in the league for total clearances.


#2 Czenya Cavouras (South Adelaide)

One of the Panthers most reliable performers, Czenya Cavouras has collected 55 disposals from three games at a remarkable 80% disposal efficiency. Along with this, she also averaged seven tackles and four clearances a game. This all adds up to make her third in the league for total clearances, fifth in the league for total tackles, and equal fourth in the league for total disposals.


#1 Ashleigh Woodland (North Adelaide)

The most standout performer of the first three rounds is none other than North’s Ashleigh Woodland. There doesn’t seem to be much that she can’t do, as she currently sits tenth in the league for total disposals with 50, as well as sitting fifth in the league for total marks, and second in the league’s Leading Goalkicker with seven goals from three games. Add to this, an average of three tackles a match, and it isn’t a surprise that we have her here at number one.


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