2023 SANFLW Team of the Week: Round 5
SOUTH Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens lead the way for Round 5 in the SANFL Women’s Team of the Week, both having four representatives. In what was an even spread across the eight teams, the Panthers and Eagles were one ahead of fellow winners, Glenelg and Norwood, while Round 5 losers West Adelaide and Central District also had the three. North Adelaide and Sturt still recorded two representatives in the team.
South Adelaide is no stranger to have multiple representatives in the Team of the Week, with defender Jaslynne Smith anchoring down the team at full-back. She had 26 disposals, four marks, four tackles and nine rebound 50s, while other bookend, Indy Tahau was named at full-forward following 1.2 from 12 disposals and three marks.
Exciting double bottom-ager Lily Baxter booted two goals from 14 disposals and was named at half-forward, while ruck Soriah Moon had a big night out with 17 disposals, four marks – two contested – 10 tackles, 30 hitouts, three clearances and two inside 50s.
After breaking through for their first win of the season, the Eagles had a season-high four representatives this week. Top-age AFLW draft prospect Shineah Goody headlines the players from the side after a promising 23 disposals, five marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. She was also named vice-captain of the hypothetical team.
Eagles’ captain Annie Falkenberg recorded six rebound 50s from 19 disposals to continue her run of Team of the Weeks, while inclusion Abbey Dowrick racked up 29 disposals, five marks, four tackles, five clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s. To complete the quartet of players, bottom-age forward Jemma Charity also made the Team of the Week after three goals from eight disposals and four marks.
Glenelg supplied the captain for this week’s Team of the Week, which was Adelaide AFLW recruit, Sarah Goodwin. Producing another starring role for the Bays, Goodwin had a round-high 33 disposals, nine marks – two contested – six tackles and five inside 50s.
All three Glenelg representatives are named on the one side, with regular half-forward Piper Window retaining her place in the side after 21 disposals, seven marks – three contested – two tackles, six clearances and two goals. Madisyn Freeman (20 disposals, five marks, six tackles, three clearances, eight inside 50s and a goal) completed the Bays’ representatives.
Norwood also had three players in the team after its win over Sturt. Midfielder Sachi Syme racked up 26 disposals, three marks, eight tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s in the game to be named in the side. Defender/midfielder Morgan Johnston (18 disposals, seven marks – one contested – four clearances and three rebound 50s) and Najwa Allen (two goals from 11 disposals, three marks, five tackles and two goals) were the others to make the team.
West Adelaide also had three representatives, with top-age AFLW Draft prospect Lauren Young who collected 22 disposals, six marks – one contested – six tackles, seven clearances, five inside 50s and two rebound 50s. Fellow midfielder Zoe Venning made the Team of the Week in her 50th game after 20 disposals, seven marks – one contested – five tackles, five clearances, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s, as did Bloods’ defender Milli Gentle (24 disposals, eight marks, three tackles and five rebound 50s).
Central District had a trio of players in the 24-strong team. Defender Madison Lane cracked in after 16 disposals, three marks, four tackles and five rebound 50s, while ruck Jess Allan dominated in the ruck with 17 disposals, 20 hitouts, four clearances, three inside 50s and two rebound 50s to secure the starting ruck spot. Midfielder Jovanka Zecevic (32 disposals, three marks, two tackles, two clearances and two rebound 50s) had the second most touches of any player this round.
North Adelaide and Sturt both contributed the two representatives in Round 5, with winger Katelyn Pope (23 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and four rebound 50s) and forward/midfielder Hannah Ewings (22 disposals, five marks – two contested – eight tackles, two clearances, five inside 50s and a goal) were the Roosters representatives.
The pair of Double Blues were midfielders, Isobel Kuiper (23 disposals, five marks – two contested – six tackles, six clearances, four inside 50s and two rebound 50s) and Georgia Bevan (19 disposals, four marks, nine tackles, three clearances, two inside 50s and four rebound 50s).
In addition to those who made it, there were three emergencies named on the cusp of selection. These were South Adelaide’s Brooke Boileau, Norwood’s Georgie Jaques and Glenelg’s Brooke Tonon.
2023 SANFLW TEAM OF THE WEEK: ROUND 5
B: Madison Lane (Central District) – Jaslynne Smith (South Adelaide) – Annie Falkenberg (WWT Eagles)
HB: Morgan Johnston (Norwood) – Milli Gentle (West Adelaide) – Sarah Goodwin (Glenelg) (c)
C: Shineah Goody (WWT Eagles) (vc) – Isobel Kuiper (Sturt) – Madisyn Freeman (Glenelg)
HF: Lily Baxter (South Adelaide) – Hannah Ewings (North Adelaide) – Piper Window (Glenelg)
F: Jemma Charity (WWT Eagles) – Indy Tahau (South Adelaide) – Najwa Allen (Norwood)
R: Jess Allan (Central District) – Lauren Young (West Adelaide) – Abbey Dowrick (WWT Eagles)
INT: Georgia Bevan (Sturt) – Soriah Moon (South Adelaide) – Katelyn Pope (North Adelaide) – Sachi Syme (Norwood) – Zoe Venning (West Adelaide) – Jovanka Zecevic (Central District)
EMG: Brooke Boileau (South Adelaide) – Georgie Jaques (Norwood) – Brooke Tonon (Glenelg)