As the SANFLW competition continues, the Sturt Football Club continue their march towards a potential finals berth. Sturt remain unbeaten thus far with former and current Adelaide Crows AFLW players contributing heavily.
The Inner Sanctum breaks down the best performances in Round 5.
Three of the strongest performances came from the Norwood versus Sturt match at Norwood Oval on Saturday afternoon. Sturt had a sensational game leading by only eight points at half time to run out 52-point winners.
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Since being dropped in round four, Jasmyn Hewett has gone from strength to strength in the SANFLW. Hewett’s form would have been rewarded if it weren’t for the strength and depth of the AFLW side and the individual performances young ruck duo of Caitlin Gould and Montana McKinnon.
During this game Hewett was exceptional, taking out the Ellen Maple Medal for best on ground between the two clubs, Sturt and Norwood. The award is named after Ellen Maple who sadly passed away in 2018 after having played for both sides.
The first medal was awarded in 2019 to Hewett’s Crows teammate Najwa Allen .
On the way to earning the Ellen Maple Medal, Hewett asserted her dominance in the ruck to give the Sturt midfield first use, starting their surge after half time. She was not only dominant in the air with four marks, but also collected 17 disposals.
Four tackles meant that she was working hard defensively for her side when they didn’t possess the football and this was rewarded with a goal of her own.
Angela Foley is a defender/midfielder that is currently listed on the Crows’ inactive list due to an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury which she suffered during the AFLW 2021 grand final between the Adelaide and Brisbane.
Before the AFLW, Foley had won a flag with Bendigo Thunder prior moving to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) and winning three consecutive premierships with the NT Thunder.
During her time in the NTFL, Foley was awarded ‘best and fairest’ in two consecutive seasons, named ‘best on ground’ in a grand final, and participated in the women’s state representative matches in 2016.
Selected by the Adelaide Crows as a priority selection, Foley entered the AFLW in the 2017 season and was a member of the team that won the premiership that season.
Another career highlight was being named in the top five of the Crows best and fairest in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
On Saturday, Foley played her first match after recovering from her ACL injury. Foley looked like the footballer Crows fans have come to love on debut for the Double Blues.
Foley played across half-back but often had a run in the midfield, earning 24 disposals and a goal. Six tackles and four marks rounded out a decent return with the hope she will feature at AFLW level next season.
Georgia Bevan backed up a number of solid games at SANFLW level with another strong performance to help set Sturt up for a win. Playing on a wing with bursts through the middle, Bevan had 14 disposals along with a goal.
Five marks and another six tackles rounded out the performance, giving the AFLW expansion clubs a reason to sign the experienced footballer.
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