SANFLW Crows Connections: Round 4

Adelaide Crows ruck Jasmyn Hewett. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

As the SANFLW competition has gone along, the exemplary individual performances by former and current Adelaide Crows players have grown exponentially.

The Inner Sanctum breaks down the best performances in Round 4.

Nicole Campbell

Having represented South Australia in football, Aussie rules was not Nicole Campbell’s first choice when it came to sport. However in 2017, she lost her passion for the game, joining Norwood and then South Adelaide.

In 2018, she played in the Redlegs’ losing grand final against none other than the Panthers. The following season she was on the other side of history, winning the flag with her new club.

She made the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year, finishing in the top 10 for inside 50s and disposals for the season.

When she was taken with pick 46, Adelaide’s third of the 2019 AFLW draft, Campbell was highly touted as a quick running half-back.

Unfortunately for her, Adelaide already possessed too much star power in this position. Justine Mules, Eloise Jones and even Nikki Gore have filled this position lately.

She played five games for the Crows and was delisted at the end of the 2020 season.

On Saturday evening, Campbell was the best player in the Panthers’ 17-point loss to Norwood. The newly appointed captain has been enjoying the added responsibility, with a noticeable improvement in her game.

Flying the flag all day, Campbell impressed with 23 disposals, running up and down the ground.

Along with her attacking play, she also worked hard defensively with 11, while over her average of five per game.

Former Adelaide Crow Nicole Campbell. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

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Jaimi Tabb

Drafted as a small midfielder from Woodville-West Torrens, Jaimi Tabb was picked up in the same draft as Campbell with pick 53.

Before being drafted she had represented South Australia and the Allies in state competitions. She was named in the SANFLW Team of the Year in 2019, and was the leading tackler at the NAB 2019 AFLW Under 18 competition.

With other small midfielder/forward options that can play up the ground such as Danielle Ponter, Tabb wasn’t playing well enough to cement her spot in the team. As she found herself on the fringes, she only played three times in the tri-colours.

On Saturday afternoon, Tabb was at her absolute best for North Adelaide against Central District. She was a massive contributor to the 46 point win with her 17 disposals, two tackles, and score of 2.1.

She has averaged two tackles a game so far, a constant contributor to the Roosters’ forward pressure, while averaging 15 disposals a game. Scoring at 60 per cent accuracy and with a 72 per cent disposal efficiency, she’s growing her skills in a bid to return to AFLW level.

Former Adelaide Crow Jaimi Tabb. (Picture: Adelaide FC)

McKenzie Dowrick

Adelaide 2022 recruit McKenzie Dowrick had another massive performance for Woodville-West Torrens on Saturday.

She enjoyed a day out kicking three goals, bringing her tally to seven for the season. However, it was not enough as Glenelg held on through the onslaught to come up winners by 10 points.

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

It was a show of the best the SANFLW has to offer on Saturday afternoon when West Adelaide played Sturt. The Double Blues walked away from the encounter with a monumental win to hand the Bloods a 52 point loss.

Former Sturt captain and former Crow Georgia Bevan and current AFLW-listed Crow Jasmyn Hewett ran rampant on Thebarton Oval to stun their opposition.

Georgia Bevan

The former captain of this club, Georgia Bevan showed why her experience and endurance mattered in her dominant display in tandem with Hewett.

She amassed 17 disposals with three marks and five tackles, playing on the wing and through the middle. Adding to this, her score of 3.1 helped her team to pull away from West Adelaide.

Bevan is having a fantastic season, averaging 15 disposals and kicking at least a goal a game from the midfield. With an average of six tackles and three marks a game, her work has helped to elevate the Double Blues this season.

Former Adelaide Crow Georgia Bevan (Picture: Sturt FC/Facebook)

Jasmyn Hewett

Being kept out of the AFLW team by the consistently solid performances of Caitlin Gould and Montana McKinnon, Jasmyn Hewett is doing her best to put her name foward.

In the same game on Saturday, Hewett had a superb game playing in the ruck and up forward.

She kicked 1.2 in Sturt’s highest score of the season to go along with her 20 disposals, eight tackles and four clearances.

Despite question marks over the ruck situation in pre-season, coach Matthew Clarke should have confidence that there is a quality replacement for the Crows should he need one come finals.

Adelaide Crow Jasmyn Hewett. (Picture: Sturt FC)

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