23/04/2024

Paige Scott (L), Monique Conti (M) and Jesse Wardlaw (R) featured in the Round 3 Team of the Week. (Photos: AFL; Richmond FC)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players from Round 3 of AFLW season seven.

Defenders are rewarded for defensive play, midfielders receive accolades for their dominance, while forwards receive a shout-out for hitting the scoreboard and applying pressure.

You can read last week’s team here.

The team selected is…

The Inner Sanctum’s AFLW Team of the Week for Round 3. (Design: Will Cuckson)

Defenders:

North Melbourne’s Jasmine Ferguson earns her first selection of the season after doing a power of work in her match-up on Adelaide’s Ash Woodland. She kept the season six leading goalkicker scoreless for just the second time in her past 10 games, also taking four marks and laying four tackles.

In a tight match-up with the Bulldogs, Emma O’Driscoll led the way from defence, helping to weather 32 inside 50s for just eight scoring shots.

After a quiet Round 2, Eilish Sheerin returns to the team of the week. The Tigers recruit is the competition’s leading interceptor after just three AFLW games, and is taking the backline to new heights.

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Phoebe Monahan‘s rebounding and intercepting power was nearly unmatched throughout the weekend, amassing a massive 25 disposals and 11 marks in the thumping of the Suns.

Lauren Butler‘s ball use off half-back was as silky as it comes in a high-intensity game against Geelong. She had 11 kicks from her 16 disposals, gaining 241 metres.

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Midfielders:

It’s back-to-back selections in our team of the week for Tigers midfield superstar Monique Conti. In her side’s first win for the season, she was undoubtedly the best on ground, racking up 23 disposals and 11 contested possessions, and kicking three goals. It was the first time she’d kicked multiple goals in a match.

After her teammate Emily Bates stole the show last week, it was Ally Anderson‘s turn for the Lions this week. 28 disposals, eight marks, seven tackles, six clearances and a goal paint a picture of an elite performance by the premiership midfielder.

Essendon’s Maddy Prespakis has earned selection all three weeks in a row. The 2020 league best and fairest winner had a massive influence on the game, even after battling through a shoulder scare, finishing with 22 disposals, four clearances, three tackles, and two goals.

Selected as our starting ruck, Alice Edmonds broke the league record for hit outs to advantages on Friday night. She monstered Fremantle’s Mim Strom to give her midfielders first use of the footy time after time.

On the wings, Carlton skipper Kerryn Peterson and Collingwood youngster Jordyn Allen take up opposite posts for both of their first selections this season.

Allen, much like Butler, was a consistent driver of the footy forward in a game where scores and movement inside 50 were hard to come by. She finished with 17 disposals, five marks, 249 metres gained, and kicked an ever important goal.

Captain Peterson has been shifted around out of necessity so far this season, but a place on the wing seems to suit her perfectly. 21 disposals, three marks, three tackles and a goal was a fair outing for the veteran, kicking just her second career major.

Forwards:

Returning from dual shoulder reconstructions, the Bulldogs’ Gabby Newton is adding a much-needed aerial presence into the forward line. 17 disposals, six marks, and the game-winning goal were the spark her side needed to head into Round 4 undefeated.

Jesse Wardlaw was unstoppable in the Lions forward line on Saturday in the Q Clash. Kicking an equal career-high four goals (which was also against the Suns), she’s tied with fellow team of the week member and teammate Greta Bodey for second place in the league goalkicking.

Dons duo Steph Wales and Paige Scott combined for six goals between them, in a day where the goals flowed for the Bombers.

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Wales battled hard in the ruck against the more experienced Sarah Lakay, while showing off her contested marking and long-range goalkicking skills.

Interchange:

Adelaide’s Dani Ponter is very unlucky to miss starting on field with her 16 disposal, two goal performance, in what was a strong week for forwards.

Narrm’s Eliza West is making her case as one of the league’s best in and under players. Forming a threatening duo with Olivia Purcell, she racked up 22 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight clearances and six tackles against St Kilda.

Lions skipper Bre Koenen features again this week. She was an aerial wall against the Suns with nine marks, barely letting a single entry past her.

Lauren Pearce earns the second ruck spot after solidly winning her match-up against Erin McKinnon. Paired with Tayla Harris and Eden Zanker, Pearce was allowed to do more work around the ground, notching up 15 disposals, 13 hit outs and three marks.

Adelaide’s Ebony Marinoff is very unlucky to only be featuring for the first time in Round 3. Ever the tough nut, she laid an insane 13 tackles along with her 29 disposals and six clearances to make life hard for the North Melbourne midfield.

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