SANFLW Crows Connections: Round 2

Jessica Sedunary in action for Woodville-West Torrens. (Picture: SANFL/Twitter)

The South Australian National Football League Women’s competition played its second round across the weekend. There were some incredible performances for some current (and one former) Adelaide Crows AFLW listed players for their SANFLW sides.

The Inner Sanctum breaks down the performances of each player.

All the best showings took place during one game at Hisense Stadium between the Woodville West Torrens Eagles and the home side, the West Adelaide Bloods.

The Eagles broke records during this game, winning their first game against the Bloods, kicking their highest score with 9.6.60 in SANFLW history and their largest ever winning margin of 33 points.

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McKenzie Dowrick

Mckenzie Dowrick was signed by the Crows in the offseason after a tumultuous couple of years in the AFLW system.

Playing as a top under-18 player in her draft year, she was earmarked as a top talent because of her kicking and overhead marking.

A native West Australian, Dowrick has played 12 AFLW games for the Brisbane Lions and the West Coast Eagles. She played seven games for the Lions in 2019 and played five games for the Eagles.

Dowrick played both as a forward and a defender for those sides therefore she was looked at by the Crows because of her booming kick and versatility.

The 21-year-old sat out the 2021 season of AFLW due to personal health reasons, but had moved to play for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFLW competition.

During the game against West Adelaide, she showed why she was highly sought at AFLW level. She kicked two goals to join Jessica Sedunary in dampening the spirits of the Bloods, while contributing a few tackles to pressure the opposition into turning the ball over to great effect for her team.

Dowrick also got a clearance, proving that she can also win the ball in and under rather than always getting on the end of a scoring chain.

Adelaide Crows recruit McKenzie Dowrick. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

Jessica Sedunary

Jessica Sedunary was drafted in the 2016 AFLW draft with the Crows’ 16th selection. She made her debut in the first ever Crows game at Thebarton Oval against the eventual wooden spoon winners, GWS. This was also subsequently their first ever win for the club in the AFLW competition.

Sedunary went on to play in the 2017 AFLW premiership, which the Crows win against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium while playing every match in that year. She also placed fourth in the Club Champion Award.

She signed with Adelaide for the following year, but only managed another seven games across 2018 and 2019 before moving to St Kilda, as it prepared to enter the league in 2020. Missing out on playing in the 2019 flag was a a disappointment for her after being plagued by injury.

After a run of poor form and injury, Sedunary departed the Saints to return to Adelaide for 2021, where again she only managed to add a few games for the Crows.

Informing the Crows of her desire to be put on the inactive list, Sedunary has been training during the 2022 season with Cycling Australia’s Olympic Fast Track Program to qualify for the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2024.

Training and playing with Woodville-West Torrens seems to have helped Sedunary keep fit, because she has found some great form in the SANFLW, especially in the Round 2 win.

She brought the same spark she did to the Crows forward line with great skills once the ball hits the deck, and the aerobic capacity to run up and down the field all game.

Sedunary finished the game with two goals to wreck havoc on the Bloods with fellow ex-NT Thunder teammate Jordann Hickey, who had three goals of her own. One clearance, three tackles and eight disposals sums up a game where she didn’t need much of the ball to have an effect.

Former Adelaide Crow Jessica Sedunary. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

Abbie Ballard

The third selection (pick 34) in the 2021 draft, Abbie Ballard was recruited from West Adelaide as a small midfielder that could also play as a forward due to her goal sense and good foot skills.

She was the vice-captain of the West Adelaide side and stood in as captain when they lost the SANFLW premiership last season to Glenelg.

Ballard was also recognised in the 2020 SANFLW Best and Fairest, where she finished in equal-fifth position. The then teenager also won the West Adelaide Best and Fairest award in 2019.

Although she was on the losing end of the game on Friday, Ballard was the best on ground for the West Adelaide team, showing Crows coach Matthew Clarke that she deserves a spot in the high-flying side.

She collected 21 disposals and kicked a score of 1.1 to keep her team in the game as much as she could. Her work around the ball was also a feature, with four clearances.

Ballard’s work wasn’t done when she handed off the ball either, laying nine tackles and taking two marks. making sure she did everything to show why she was drafted in the first place.

Adelaide Crows recruit Abbie Ballard in her West Adelaide colours (middle). (Picture: SANFL/Twitter)

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