The South Australian National Football League Women’s competition began on the weekend for season 2022, and there were a number of exceptional performances for the current crop of Adelaide Crows AFLW listed players for their respective sides.
The Inner Sanctum breaks down the performances of each player.
The best performance for the week has to be the Glenelg Tigers’ midfielder/forward Brooke Tonon.
Tonon was drafted by the Crows this past off-season, but has not yet made her AFLW debut. She was drafted at pick #20 as a small defender after winning the SANFLW premiership in 2021 with the Tigers.
She featured in the 2021 SANFL Team of the Year as a defender and was called up to play in the AFLW Crows Academy during last season. Her strength is reading the play well, breaking lines, running hard, and her strong marking.
Tonon was in fine form at Norwood Oval on Friday night, amassing 21 disposals, three tackles and six marks in her team’s 73 point win.
The feat that made this so impressive was not only was she collecting disposals and marking, but she was finishing her team’s work down the ground, finishing with six goals for the game.
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After a 30 point win over the star-studded Woodville-West Torrens Eagles, Sturt had heads turning. Two of the big performances of the game for the Double Blues came from new recruit Jasmyn Hewett and Crows draftee Zoe Prowse.
Hewett was selected by the Sturt Football Club in the SANFLW mini-draft with pick two. The SANFLW mini-draft takes place for AFLW recruits that need to be allocated to a SANFLW club.
She had previously played seven AFLW games for the Crows, then made her way to the Gold Coast Suns, where she was riddled by injury and poor form.
Hewett has since returned to the Crows in 2022, and hopes to produce in the SANFLW to make her way into the AFLW side.
Over the off-season she played in the Northern Territory and in 2021, she won the MVP medal and was best-on-ground in the NTFLW (Northern Territory Football League Women’s) Grand Final.
On Saturday afternoon she enjoyed a great performance against the Eagles. Lining up in the ruck, she was prolific with 18 disposals, five tackles, one mark and one goal.
Zoe Prowse was recruited to the Crows with pick #17 in the 2021 AFLW national draft ahead of season 2022.
Prowse is an exceptional prospect, playing in the ruck as well as being able to play as an athletic key forward and back.
She was named in the 2021 All Australian Under 19s team and featured in the 2021 SA Under 19s team. She was Sturt’s 2020 best and fairest winner, and the 2020 Sturt best under 21 player. She even made the SANFLW Team of the Year in 2020.
Prowse was recruited due to her versatility, being a larger body but playing like an athletic ground level player. She is clean above her head and below her knees, and possesses an enviable vertical leap.
Playing in the same game as Hewett, Prowse had 17 disposals playing down back. She was everywhere, taking four marks and three tackles, even chopping out for Hewett in the ruck.
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