The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in Round 1 of the 2022 AFLW season.
Defenders are rewarded for their defensive play, midfielders receive accolades for their dominance, while forwards receive a shout-out for hitting the scoreboard and applying pressure.
Find last round’s Team of the Week here. With the game between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs still being played at an unconfirmed date, that game will not be included.
Against a North Melbourne side bolstered by reinforcements, Sarah Allan was at her intercepting best, finishing with 14 disposals, six marks, and four rebound 50s. After facing a tough challenge against Chloe Molloy last week, Kerryn Harrington had much more license to play her natural loose game, with 23 disposals, nine marks and five tackles. Herself and Allen average the equal most rebound 50s in the competition, with 5.5 each.
After a slow start last week, Gab Pound benefitted from a more cohesive Carlton defensive unit. Libby Birch makes her second appearance in as many weeks, collecting 14 disposals and three marks of her own while keeping Courtney Wakefield and Christina Bernardi scoreless. Jordyn Allen is in career best form, outshining even Ruby Schleicher and Stacey Livingstone.
Dana Hooker was without peer along the wings for West Coast, collecting 18 disposals, four tackles, four clearances, and three inside 50s. Brit Bonnici stood up in the absence of Bri Davey and Steph Chiocci, one of the round’s best midfielders by far. Stevie-Lee Thompson is loving the freedom the wing provides, kicking a goal to go with her 16 disposals.
Breann Moody is our starting ruck for the second week in a row, giving the Blues’ midfielders first use and finding the ball herself around the ground. In her first battle against her sister, Maddy Prespakis came away with the chocolates. Anne Hatchard revealed another dimension to her already elite contested midfield game, finishing with a career-high 12 marks alongside her game-high 29 disposals.
Kate Hore resumes her post again, kicking another two goals and threatening the Richmond backline all game long. Tara Bohanna transformed into a goalkicking superhero in the last quarter for Gold Coast, kicking three and bringing home the win. Kate Surman brought the Suns ground ball game to a new level in the second half, while also contributing a goal in the final term surge.
Aishling Sheridan kicked her second and third goals for the year, looking like the Pies most dangerous forward while winning every disposal with grit and determination. Ash Woodland is leading the competition goalkicking double the next best player with another four goal haul, while also providing an extra option moving the ball inside 50 with 14 disposals and seven marks.
After a quiet week last week, Karen Paxman showed off why she’s one of the competition’s elite midfielders again. Katie Brennan kicked two more goals, a consistent lead-up target for the Tigers’ mids. Lauren Pearce barely earns the second ruck mantle ahead of her opponent in Gabby Seymour, losing the disposal count but doing the better tap work. Charlie Rowbottom makes her Team of the Week debut after bringing the pressure all game long against the Eagles, finishing with 17 disposals, 12 tackles, and three clearances. Hayley Miller‘s leadership and ability to play herself back into the game after a quiet first term, while kicking another goal, earn her the last bench spot.
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