North Adelaide’s Ashleigh Woodland is relishing her move into defence, evidenced by her outstanding performance which earned her the Round 7 Powerade Breakthrough Player nomination.
Earning a Powerade Breakthrough Player nomination as a key forward last year, Woodland has displayed her versatility rebounding from the backline this season.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 19-year-old said Roosters coach Matt Slade decided to switch her and Katelyn Rosenzweig to opposite ends of the field for the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League season.
The result has been a major win-win for North, with Woodland blossoming into one of the best defenders in the competition while Rosenzweig is leading the League’s goal kicking award.
On Saturday, Woodland dominated against Glenelg to rack up a game high 26 disposals, while also chalking up eight inside 50 entries. She also snared a courageous mark on the Grandstand Wing at City Mazda Stadium while also helping herself to a nice goal on the run.
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