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.
You can read last week’s team here. There will be no Gold Coast or Western Bulldogs players selected from this round, as neither team played a match.
Maddy McMahon’s reading of the play, aerial work and one-on-one wins give her the spot as our full-back this week. Phoebe Monahan has stepped up strongly in the absence of Kate Lutkins, rebounding, marking, and taking on opposition forwards.
Sarah Lampard was prolific against St Kilda, collecting 17 disposals while the Saints were on the attack. Emma O’Driscoll played one of her best games in purple, taking five marks as an important part of the defensive group weathering a potent Richmond attack. At the other end of the ground, Kate Dempsey proved that her move to half back may be a stroke of genius from coach Ryan Ferguson.
Tilly Lucas-Rodd was one of the few Saints that could hold their head up high in a dismal last quarter showing, a consistent running threat along the wing. Jaimee Lambert has been due an appearance in the Team of the Week, and was easily Collingwood’s best midfielder on Friday. Orla O’Dwyer has similarly been in career best form, averaging 5.5 inside 50s and 20.5 disposals.
Not many rucks work around the ground better than Breann Moody, taking marks and utilising her long boot to be one of just two players to appear in our team in every round so far. Kiara Bowers is a relentless midfield force, finishing with 28 disposals, 16 tackles, and nine clearances. Emily Bates relished the opportunity to get back on field, with 23 disposals, seven clearances, and kicking a goal.
Eloise Jones racked up her career-high disposals and kicked a long running goal, playing the high half-forward linking role to perfection. Gemma Houghton kicked another two goals to make it four for the season, also taking three marks and laying four tackles. Chloe Molloy gave her side two goals when it needed a lift, crucial in a low-scoring, contested game.
Courtney Jones is yet to go goalless in her three-game long career, and made a statement with a breakout three goal, 15 disposal performance in the loss to Brisbane. The best of Tayla Harris‘ aerial marking was on show, taking four while kicking three goals.
Super captain Hayley Miller is the other player to have appeared in the Team of the Week all three times so far, kicking another goal on the weekend. Tyla Hanks stood out amongst a Melbourne midfield that shared the load with 16 disposals, eight tackles, four clearances, and two goals. Erin Phillips is beginning to strike the perfect balance between the midfield and forward lines. Ash Riddell was tireless out of the centre bounce, running the GWS mids ragged. Jess Wuetschner found her mojo with two goals and 12 disposals, bridging the gap between the midfield and forward lines while getting on the scoreboard herself.
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