18/04/2024

The Inner Sanctum's AFLW Team of the Week, Round 7. (Photos: AFL; AFL Women's)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players from Round 7 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 7. (Design: Will Cuckson)

Defenders:

Charlie Thomas earned a Rising Star nomination for her career-best performance against Richmond. She was rock solid alongside Belinda Smith, finishing the game with 23 disposals, 11 intercepts and seven marks. Thomas had shown flashes behind the ball previously, but this was truly her breakout game.

In just her second game of AFLW, Jenna Richardson looked extremely comfortable down back in a game where possession was hard to come by. She helped to keep Port Adelaide to just a solitary goal with 12 disposals, 10 intercepts, and three marks.

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Lucy McEvoy‘s distribution off half-back has been fantastic for Carlton all season, and she was vital to the side’s structure once again in the big win over St Kilda. She helped weather the 22 inside 50s, responding with 17 disposals and five marks.

Though they crumbled into the final term, Emma O’Driscoll kept the Dockers in the game against the Crows from defence. She finished the game with 18 disposals and five marks, and kept Ash Woodland well within reach every time she was on her.

The league’s rebounding queen Eilish Sheerin earns yet another selection in the team of the week. In addition to her remarkable offensive work off the half back flank, she also found the goal she’s been gunning for, scoring her first in the AFLW.

Midfielders:

There are very few rucks in the competition that can run with Breann Moody at the moment. Against a makeshift Saints group, she took the opportunity to absolutely dominate, finishing with 22 hit-outs, 11 disposals, three marks, three tackles, three clearances, and two goals. Her tally now sits at a respectable six for the season.

Kiara Bowers did quite literally everything in her power to try and drag Fremantle over the line against Adelaide. Her game heralded a monstrous stat line which included 29 disposals, 19 tackles and 11 clearances. She was without a doubt the most complete player on the ground, and possibly of the weekend overall.

Doing battle with Bowers was midfield superstar Ebony Marinoff, who is well on her way to another All-Australian selection, and league best and fairest contention. She had 32 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances, in a game where she somehow wasn’t the best midfielder on the field.

Maddy Prespakis nearly set a new record during Sunday’s loss to Geelong. The Essendon midfield jet would finish the game with 37 disposals, the second highest recorded in a match in AFLW history. She had 21 disposals more than her next best teammate, in a game where she did it all.

Karen Paxman had a scare during the massive win over the Bulldogs, coming off with a potential concussion. She was cleared to play, and continued to dominate along the wing on the way to collecting 19 disposals, four marks and three tackles.

Jordyn Allen has been indomitable for the Pies, whether it be along half-back or on the wing. Against the Giants, she even saw a little bit of time on-ball, but it was once again her outside work that stood out. She would finish the match with 19 disposals and eight marks.

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Forwards:

Kate Hore has been ultra consistent as the Demons continue to rise, kicking another goal against the Bulldogs. But as has been the case all year, her role as the linking player between the midfield and forward line played to the advantage of Alyssa Bannan, Tayla Harris and Eden Zanker, who combined for seven majors.

Chelsea Randall sets the example week after week for just what a captain should do on field. When the game was there to be won against the Dockers, she kicked the first crucial goal of the final term, inspiring her side and leading them to victory with her 18 disposals, five marks, five tackles, and two goals.

Chloe Molloy was at her crafty best against the GWS defence, kicking two goals despite some inaccuracy. However, she was just as important at applying pressure. Both inside 50 and in the middle, she also laid 10 tackles, showing a side to her game that we see at her best.

Jacqui Dupuy has a case to make as one of the league’s most improved players this season. After a two goal performance against the Power in Round 5, where she also earned team of the week selection, she kicked another two against the Swans, along with 14 disposals, 11 hit-outs, and three clearances.

Chloe Scheer‘s form in recent weeks has been absolutely critical to giving the Cats a sniff at the top four. She kicked three goals against the Bombers, two of which came in the final term, to drag her team to victory. Not only that, but she also took eight marks, and is now leading the competition for contested marks.

Interchange:

Olivia Purcell dominated the Bulldogs midfield on Sunday, forming a dangerous trio with Eliza West and Tyla Hanks. She collected 25 disposals, nine tackles and four clearances in a brilliant day.

Bonnie Toogood, along with Prespakis, tried with all her might to will the Bombers back into the game in Warrnambool. Kicking two goals, her around the ground marking was a highlight as it has been all season, taking six.

Nat Grider was at her intercepting best, finishing with eight from her 14 disposals. The Lions defenders had to take on 43 inside 50s from the Kangaroos, and Grider was the most important part of their structure.

Caitlin Gould earns the back-up ruck spot after a magnificent job against Fremantle’s Mim Strom. Not only did she dominate the hit-outs, with 24, but she also kicked two goals, including one in the final term to extend the lead to 10 points.

Grace Egan was the match-winner when Richmond desperately needed one on Friday night. With the Eagles pushing, she kicked two last quarter goals to complement her 18 disposals, seven tackles and two clearances.

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