AFTER comfortably defeating the Western Bulldogs by 18 points, the GWS Giants have dominated the Team of the Week. The Giants have five representatives in the team, highlighted by consistent ruck, Erin McKinnon and captain, Amanda Farrugia. The Crows were the next best outfit in the Team of the Week, with four players making the cut after their nail-biting win against the Dockers. Meanwhile, the Blues had a somber weekend after losing to Melbourne by 35 points and as a result, they have no players in this week’s best 21.
Adelaide’s Sarah Allan played her best game of AFLW against Fremantle on Friday night and deservingly won this week’s Rising Star award, as well as earning a spot at half-back in this week’s best 21. The Salisbury recruit will be looking to continue her form against Collingwood this weekend.
Courtney Gum was a pivotal player for the Giants in the midfield this week, as she picked up a competition-high 10 clearances, and also racked up 23 disposals. She was the first player picked and an absolute certainty in this week’s best 21. Erin Phillips was another lock in the Team of the Week, playing a phenomenal game up forward for the Crows, virtually on one leg. She was a massive presence inside 50, kicking three goals and setting up another for teammate, Sarah Perkins. Phillips really showed her worth in Adelaide’s win against the Dockers, and with the season being so short it showed why the Crows really need her out on the field, injured or not.
Emily Bates was unlucky to miss out on a spot in the Team of the Week, with a strong performance in a losing team against Collingwood. Cora Staunton also backed up her recent good form for the Giants, playing an pivotal role up forward to help the Giants defeat the Dogs. Unfortunately, it could not warrant her a place in the forward line this week, with many stellar performances across the weekend.
FB: Ebony Antonio (Frem), Kate Lutkins (Bris), Amanda Farrugia (GWS)
HB: Hayley Miller (Frem), Sarah Allan (Adel), Chelsea Randall (Adel)
C: Dana Hooker (Frem)
HF: Christina Bernardi (Coll), Tegan Cunnigham (Melb), Jasmine Garner (Coll)
FF: Erin Phillips (Adel), Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Bris), Moana Hope (Coll)
F: Erin McKinnon (GWS), Elise O’Dea (Melb), Courtney Gum (GWS)
I/C: Kate Hore (Melb), Angela Foley (Adel), Emma Kearney (WB), Nicola Barr (GWS), Alicia Eva (GWS)