2023 SANFLW Team of the Week: Round 3

REIGNING premiers North Adelaide got back on the SANFL Women’s winners list in a big way and recorded the most representatives in the Rookie Me Central Team of the Week for Round 3.

The Roosters had five representatives make the 24-player squad, with fellow winners Central District, Glenelg and South Adelaide all contributing four apiece.

There was a gap to the four losers, with Norwood, West Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens managing two each, while Sturt had the solitary representative.

North Adelaide’s five representatives are spread across the three areas of the ground, with defender Ella Quinn in defence after 22 disposals, three marks, three tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s in her side’s big win.

On a wing yet again is Katelyn Pope (23 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s and five rebound 50s), with her partner-in-crime Julia Clark (19 disposals, five marks, nine tackles and three clearances) also in the side.

Up forward, a couple of Roosters who combined for seven goals naturally slot into the side, with Jaimi Tabb (four goals from 10 disposals and two marks) and Sky Jensen (14 disposals, three marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and three goals) topping the round’s leading goalkickers.

Also inside 50 is this week’s captain Piper Window, who takes the reins for the second successive week after a massive 29-disposal, seven-clearance, eight-tackle and three-goal performance in the Bays’ win over Sturt.

Her club captain Ellie Kellock (21 disposals, five marks – one contested – six tackles, eight clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) features in the starting midfield.

Also in the side are the Scholz sisters with Matilda (nine disposals, two marks, three tackles, 23 hitouts and 1.1) impressing in her first game since winning an AFLW contract alongside sister Poppy (13 disposals, five marks – two contested – and two rebound 50s.

The sole Sturt representative in the 24-player squad is Crows talent Kiera Mueller (16 disposals, five marks, six tackles and four rebound 50s).

Top of the table South Adelaide produced another four representatives, with speedster Esther Schirmer doing an impressive job on Lauren Young in the second half. She only had nine disposals and one contested mark herself, but played a key role.

Young, who also made the side at centre half-forward, finished with 23 disposals, five marks, six tackles and six inside 50s. Schirmer was one of two South Australian State Academy members with winger Holly Ifould making the team for the second time this year.

The remaining two Panthers were forward Kyanne Campbell who kicked the winning goal – one of two – from five disposals, while midfielder Senna Gulden chalked up 19 disposals, five marks, 10 tackles, eight clearances and three rebound 50s.

West Adelaide star Iilish Ross was the other Bloods representative in the side after a best-on performance for her team, racking up 18 disposals, four marks, 10 tackles, eight clearances, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s.

Central District is the other side to have four representatives in the team, with midfield duo Caitlin Wendland and captain Shelby Smith selected. Wendland managed 17 disposals, nine tackles, four clearances and five inside 50s, while Smith recorded 26 disposals, three marks, eight tackles, four clearances and three rebound 50s.

Defender Georgia Madigan (17 disposals, three marks and four rebound 50s) and young gun Jasmine Evans – who kicked the winning goal from 10 disposals, five marks and five inside 50s – round out the Bulldogs players.

Norwood and Woodville-West Torrens both boast two representatives in the squad, with the Redlegs coming on the bench. Emily Bartsch payed a key role en route to 14 disposals, two marks – one contested – and two tackles, while Morgan Johnston had the 14 disposals, four marks and four tackles.

For the Eagles, captain Annie Falkenberg slots into the defence again thanks to 16 disposals, three marks and six rebound 50s, while Jemma Charity (16 disposals, five marks – two contested – four inside 50s and a goal) also made the team.

The three emergencies for the week are Sturt’s Georgia Bevan, Central District’s Caitlen Teague and North Adelaide ruck Isabelle Starmer.


B: Georgia Madigan (Central District) – Poppy Scholz (Glenelg) – Annie Falkenberg (WWT Eagles)
HB: Ella Quinn (North Adelaide) – Esther Schirmer (South Adelaide) – Kiera Mueller (Sturt)
C: Katelyn Pope (North Adelaide) – Caitlin Wendland (Central District) – Holly Ifould (South Adelaide)
HF: Jasmine Evans (Central District) – Lauren Young (West Adelaide) – Piper Window (Glenelg) (c)
F: Kyanne Campbell (South Adelaide) – Sky Jensen (North Adelaide) – Jaimi Tabb (North Adelaide)
R: Matilda Scholz (Glenelg) – Iilish Ross (West Adelaide) (vc) – Ellie Kellock (Glenelg)
INT: Emily Bartsch (Norwood) – Jemma Charity (WWT Eagles) – Julia Clark (North Adelaide) – Morgan Johnston (Norwood) – Shelby Smith (Central District) – Senna Gulden (South Adelaide)

EMG: Georgia Bevan (Sturt) – Caitlin Teague (Central District) – Isabelle Starmer (North Adelaide)

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