Sturt Women’s coach Danijel Herbut has hailed the rapid progress shown by star cross-code athletes Jess Foley and Becchara Palmer after the Double Blues chalked up their historic first SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League win on Friday night.
Champion Adelaide Lightning basketballer Foley and former Olympic beach volleyballer Palmer were again instrumental for Sturt, with Palmer kicking three of her team’s four goals en route to a nail-biting two-point victory against Glenelg at The Parade.
Speaking on SANFL: Radio, Herbut said he had been impressed with Foley’s ability to navigate her way through heavy traffic with ball in hand while Palmer’s athleticism in being able to pick the ball up cleanly at ground level was a feature of her game.
After losing their opening three matches, the Double Blues were desperate for victory against the Bays, with their first premiership points keeping them in the hunt for a finals berth in their inaugural season.
Herbut also praised the consistency of captain Caitlyn Swanson in the midfield and emerging defender Shae Gundlach, who has shown great composure across half-back.
Sturt will now begin preparing to face a red-hot North Adelaide outfit, which inflicted the first loss of the season on the previously undefeated South Adelaide in Round 4.
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