West put finals hopes back in own hands

WEST Adelaide now remains in control of its own SANFL Women’s finals destiny when it takes on Norwood next week after defeating Woodville-West Torrens by 10 points on the weekend. The Bloods won the Round 13 clash 5.11 (41) to 5.1 (31).

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It was a tough slog for both teams, with the Bloods getting on top through the first term, and stretching out to as much as a 12-point lead at half-time. Inaccuracy definitely kept the Eagles in the game, though top-ager Klaudia O’Neill proved a threat up forward slotting two goals.

Three consecutive goals to start the third term got the ball rolling for the Eagles and they hit the front by five points and looked to have all the momentum. However a late major to Sarah Campbell – who was playing her first SANFLW game since 2022 – put the home side back in front at the last chance. She kicked her third goal in the last quarter to give her side breathing space and the eventual win.

Campbell’s three goals was the key in the win, though the experience of Iilish Ross (20 disposals, 12 clearances) and Zoe Venning (24 disposals, five clearances) around the ball was key. Top-agers Asha Dufour and Emma Kilpatrick found plenty of the ball, while the likes of Lucy Waye and Emily Mableson also caught the eye.

For the Eagles, Leah Cutting (16 disposals, nine tackles, 34 hitouts, six clearances and six inside 50s) took control it the ruck, as skipper Annie Falkenberg (17 disposals, 11 rebound 50s) and Christina Leuzzi (14 disposals, four marks and three rebound 50s) were strong in defence. Under 16s talent Lucy Moore (14 disposals, 10 tackles and six clearances) was influential through the middle.

WEST ADELAIDE 1.2 | 3.7 | 4.9 | 5.11 (41)
WWT EAGLES 1.1 | 2.1 | 5.1 | 5.1 (31)

West Adelaide:
S. Campbell 3, E. Kilpatrick, L. Waye
WWT Eagles: K. O’Neill 2, M. Cavallaro, C. Mitchell, R. Zerella

West Adelaide:
I. Ross, Z. Venning, A. Dufour, E. Kilpatrick, S. Campbell
WWT Eagles: L. Cutting, A. Falkenberg, L. Moore, P. Waterford, C. Leuzzi

Panthers maul Bays to lock up top spot

South Adelaide will retain the minor premiership for a second successive year after a dominant performance against Glenelg. Though mathematically the Panthers are percentage clear of their final round opponent in Central District, that result would need to be over 200 points in favour of the Dogs to nudge South from its position.

Against Glenelg, the Panthers took full advantage of a Bays side missing a host of top-end talents, shaking off some early resistance – and just a two-goal half-time lead – to piled on seven goals to one in the second half and storm away with a 64-point win.

The Panthers forwards feasted with Lucy Northcott and Doreena Hansen both kicking three goals, while Melissa Anderson and Shae Archbold each kicked two. Though the midfield, Nikki Nield and Jordann Hickey were too strong around the stoppages, with ruck Soriah Moon (20 disposals, five marks – three contested – 22 hitouts and eight clearances) having a field day.

Jo Miller was a lone ball-winner without most of her usual starting midfield, recording 26 disposals, five marks, four tackles, five clearances, four inside 50s and six rebound 50s, while Ellen Tyminski and Alexandra Walker also tried hard. Bottom-ager Jordan Horne converted two goals in the loss.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.2 | 5.2 | 9.5 | 12.8 (80)
GLENELG 0.2 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 4.2 (26)

South Adelaide
: D. Hansen 3, L. Northcott 3, M. Anderson 2, S. Archbold 2, L. Baxter, E. Brockhurst
Glenelg: J. Horne 2, G. Fielder, K. Robran

South Adelaide: S. Moon. N. Nield, M. Anderson. J. Hickey, L. Northcott
Glenelg: J. Miller, A. Wlker, E. Tyminski, M. Freeman, J. Horne

Dogs day out as double chance within reach

Central District moved up to second spot on the SANFL Women’s ladder to give itself a shot at a double chance after a strong 26-point win over North Adelaide. The Bulldogs had a fight on their hands against a reinvigorated North Adelaide outfit, but kicked five goals to one after quarter time to come away with the 7.9 (51) to 3.7 (25) victory.

Central District took a whopping 31 more marks and controlled the play, also notching up 14 more hitouts (43-29), nine more clearances (29-20) and 12 more inside 50s (31-19) in the win. The Roosters were more than competitive for most of the game, but the middle two quarters – of 5.3 to 0.3 – was the difference.

Forward Katelyn Rosenzweig was unstoppable in front of goal except for perhaps her inaccuracy, kicking 2.6 from 19 disposals and 10 marks – two contested – in a commanding effort. Skipper Shelby Smith (25 disposals, seven clearances and four inside 50s) was outstanding once again, working well in tandem with Jovanka Zecevic (18 disposals, seven clearances), while Tara Lord and Madison Lane were lively.

North Adelaide speedster Aprille Crooks continued her great form in Roosters colours, while Ella Quinn and Jessica Edwards were strong through midfield. Kristi Harvey had eight rebound 50s from 18 touches in defence, and Tayla Gordon was busy in attack once again.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 2.2 | 4.3 | 7.5 | 7.9 (51)
NORTH ADELAIDE 2.3 | 2.5 | 2.6 | 3.7 (25)

Central District:
K. Rosenzweig 2, T. Doumanis 2, T. Borgas, L. Breguet, S. Eaton
North Adelaide: T. Gordon, L. Niejalke, A. Ward

Central District: K Rosenzweig, S. Smith, J. Zecevic, T. Lord, T. Doumanis
North Adelaide: A. Crooks, E. Quinn, K. Harvey, J. Edwards, T. Gordon

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