01/03/2024

The Inner Sanctum presents the AFLW Team of the Week for Round 8. (Photos: AFL; Design: Will Cuckson)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players from Round 8 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 8. (Design: Will Cuckson)

Defenders:

Stacey Livingstone led the Pies’ backline as they kept the Dockers goalless on Sunday. She finished with 12 disposals and five marks in a classic Stacey Livingstone game, also keeping Aine Tighe off the scoreboard.

Laura Pugh was one of the few Dockers than can hold their head up high in a dismal day. She had 24 disposals out of the backline, rebounding any ball that came her way as she tried to keep her side in the game.

Shelley Heath had one of her best offensive games in Saturday night’s big win over Gold Coast. Doing what she does best, she ensured Courtney Jones had no impact on the game, while collecting 20 disposals and six tackles.

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Kicking her first AFLW goal, Tarni Evans made a rare foray from the backline against Hawthorn. Becoming one of the league’s most reliable key defenders, she finished this game with 12 disposals for 255 metres gained.

Emma Kearney just continues to do her thing off half back for North Melbourne, and was crucial to setting up its run and carry again against Port Adelaide. The skipper had 20 disposals, three marks and three tackles in what was a day out.

Midfielders:

Alice Edmonds is making a charge for the All-Australian ruck spot, comprehensively beating St Kilda’s Lucy Burke in the win on Sunday. She collected 39 hit-outs along with nine tackles, three marks and two clearances.

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Alyce Parker had perhaps one of her best games yet, in one of the greatest individual performances of the season. The GWS star midfielder racked up 30 disposals, 11 clearances, five marks and three tackles to help guide her team to a one-point victory.

There’s little praise left to give North Melbourne’s Jasmine Garner at this point of the season. 27 disposals, nine marks, five tackles, two clearances and two goals; just hand her the league best and fairest now.

Olivia Purcell makes another appearance in the Team of the Week after a huge midfield showing against Gold Coast. The 22-year-old picked up 32 disposals, six clearances, five tackles and three marks.

Sophie Conway has been season seven’s best winger by far, and has an All-Australian spot sewn up. In a huge Friday night clash with Adelaide, she kicked two goals to go with her 15 disposals and four marks.

A new face in the Team of the Week, North Melbourne’s Alice O’Loughlin has been slowly building along the wing. This week was a breakout performance for the youngster, as she kicked two goals to go with her 10 disposals.

Forwards:

Greta Bodey made herself known all game to the Adelaide defenders, adding a goal to her 15 disposals for 300 metres gained and four marks.

Providing a spark when her team needed it, Sophie Alexander had her best game in the sash against the Swans. The forward kicked two goals along with her 16 disposals and two marks, in a strong performance alongside skipper Bonnie Toogood.

Georgia Garnett earns her second selection in the Team of the Week after playing a career-best game against Hawthorn. The 21-year-old was everywhere on the centre half-forward line, gathering 20 disposals and taking a huge eight marks, also kicking a goal. She is now the competition leader for marks per game.

Courtney Wakefield had a similar career-best night, kicking four goals in a back-and-forth tussle against Carlton. The Richmond veteran could seemingly do no wrong, as she helped guide the Tigers to their first ever finals series.

Swans youngster Sofia Hurley was a revelation on Saturday against the Bombers. She kicked both her first and second AFLW goals, also bringing the pressure with her 12 disposals and six tackles.

Interchange:

Brisbane captain Bre Koenen led from the back in the big win over Adelaide, with 15 disposals and five marks to be her side’s most influential defender.

Tayla Harris kicked three goals against the Suns, along with 14 disposals, five tackles and three marks. With Maggie Caris taking primary ruck duties, she could worry about her natural game.

Georgie Prespakis made a blistering return to the league after serving her two-game suspension. She finished with 21 disposals, 12 tackles, eight clearances and three marks in the win over West Coast.

Mon Conti provided a bright spark when the Tigers needed to get going over the Blues. She collected a personal best 30 disposals, along with five clearances and three tackles.

Renowned for her tagging acumen, Cathy Svarc rotated between Chelsea Randall and Anne Hatchard in the game against Adelaide to great effect. She laid a massive 12 tackles in a brilliant night.

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