Click here for the final team selections and coach interviews ahead of the 2018 SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final between South Adelaide and Norwood on Anzac Day.
Starting at 4pm on April 25 at Peter Motley Oval, the title-decider will follow the Macca’s League Grand Final rematch between Sturt and Port Adelaide from 1.10pm.
The minor premier Panthers will attempt to win a premiership in their first year in the competition, while the Redlegs are aiming for back-to-back triumphs after defeating North by 27 points in last year’s inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final.
The big clash will be live streamed on the SANFL Website and YouTube Channel.
F: (7) Lucy Northcott, (1) Kristi Harvey, (5) Louella McCarthy
HF: (14) Mollie Mckendrick, (23) Courtney Gum, (42) Jorja Rowe
C: (6) Hannah Munyard
HB: (4) Lauren Buchanan, (13) Lisa Whiteley, (15) Nicole Mark
B: (3) Stacey Huddleston, (29) Cheyenne Hammond, (35) Jaslynne Smith
R: (33) Anne Hatchard, (8) Elysse Haussen, (2) Nikki Gore
INT: (9) Leah Mencel, (19) Montana McKinnon, (30) Elisabeth Davison, (11) Czenya Cavouras, (16) Cat Williams, (24) Danielle Goding,
IN: Nikki Gore, Lauren Buchanan, Elisabeth Davison
OUT: Grace Duffy
F: (24) Kate Fenton, (15) Sally Riley, (10) Nicola Burns
HF: (26) Nicole Campbell, (29) Jane Fitzgerald, (7) Ebony O’Dea
C: (28) Rhiannon Busch
HB: (9) Rebekka McMahon, (2) Monique Hollick, (5) Cassie Tsoumbris
B: (12) Elisha Gallagher, (30) Whitney Benson, (22) Lisa-Jane Millard
R: (21) Leah Cutting, (13) Alana Browne, (34) Rhianna Peate
INT: (35) Tess Baxter, (14) Michele Reid, (25) Jo Hill, (19) Alison Ferrall, (18) Alannah Rochow, (23) Matilda Van Reil
IN: Michele Reid
OUT: Matilda Zander
SANFL STATEWIDE SUPER WOMEN’S LEAGUE GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
By Peter Cornwall
SANFL Budget Editor
Courageous Norwood has a shot at completing back-to-back premierships in the first two seasons of the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League.
The Redlegs bounced back from three successive losses to stun North Adelaide by eight points in a windswept preliminary final and set up a mouthwatering showdown with minor premier South Adelaide in the grand final.
The Panthers have the chance to emulate the Legs’ feat of last year by winning the flag in their first year. Krissie Steen’s South will start the Anzac Day finale as strong favourite after winning nine of its 10 minor round games and beating the Legs by 13 points in round five and by a convincing 30 points in the final minor round.
The Panthers’ line-up boasts possibly the best female footballer in the land, with Courtney Gum capable of singlehandedly turning any game on its head. Just six weeks ago she dominated as Greater Western Sydney snatched a stunning victory against eventual premiers the Western Bulldogs.
The talented 36-year-old showed it’s never too late to enjoy a meteoric rise to the top. After winning last year’s SANFLW best-and-fairest award playing with Glenelg, she was voted the AFLW MVP. Then she switched her attention to a Panthers premiership assault and in three games she has already booted 10 goals. Only one player – North’s Katelyn Rosenzweig, with 15 – has kicked more goals this year. The Panthers’ Jorja Rowe also has booted 10.
Few players have had the ball more than Nikki Gore this season. The talented teenager from Christies Beach has averaged almost 20 touches a game. Another young gun, Hannah Munyard, hit the ground running by being awarded the Powerade Breakthrough Player nomination for round one despite being just 16. The slick Mt Barker recruit has averaged 15 disposals a game, as has strong leader Kristi Harvey and speedy midfielder Elyse Haussen. Strong-marking defender Cheyenne Hammond also is a player to watch.
But Steve Symonds’ Redlegs continue to stick to the club’s Latin mantra Fortis in Procella – strength in adversity –refusing to ever concede they are out of it. Last year they only qualified for the grand final by beating Glenelg in the last minor round but they went on to beat North by 27 points in the premiership decider.
And they finished two wins behind North this year after incredibly being held scoreless by the Roosters in a 34-point drubbing at Noarlunga. The Redlegs edged West Adelaide out of a preliminary final spot only by percentage with a 5-5 win-loss record before overcoming North at its home ground at Prospect Oval.
Crows-listed Sally Riley continued her good form in Norwood’s gutsy win against the Roosters with 18 disposals and six tackles, while Ebony O’Dea, an outstanding contested-ball winner and one of the best handballers in the competition, had 12 disposals and showed her desperation with a game-high nine tackles.
High-leaping Leah Cutting has had more hit-outs than any other player in the SANFLW this season, averaging 22 per game, and she continually sets her side on the way. And highmarking
Monique Hollick is another potential matchwinner in a final showdown that looms as a ripper.
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