North Adelaide cruised into the 2022 Hostplus SANFLW League Grand Final with an ominous 57-point Second Semi-Final win against Sturt at Prospect Oval.
Celebrating premiership wing Erica Greet’s 50th SANFLW match in fine style, the Roosters led at every change in the dominant display, booking a valuable week’s rest while sending Sturt to the Preliminary Final.
Rising star Hannah Ewings, set to have her name called in this year’s AFLW Draft, put on a show for the hosts with 25 disposals, five clearances and three goals while fellow forward Jade De Melo also chimed in with three majors.
North’s efficiency was a highlight given it only had seven more inside 50 entries for the match, booting 6.3 in the second half while holding the visitors scoreless.
Former Roosters skipper Jess Edwards continued her stunning season with a game-high 31 disposals and five tackles while Katelyn Pope was also influential for North with 19 disposals and two goals.
The Double Blues, featuring in their first Hostplus SANFLW League final, hung in to trail by an attainable 19 points at half-time before allowing the floodgates to open.
Crows-listed Zoe Prowse worked hard for Sturt with 24 disposals, 10 clearances and five tackles while Alex Ballard had 17 disposals and eight marks for the visitors.
Young forwards India Rasheed and Abbey Rigter kicked a goal each for Sturt, which will confront Glenelg in the Hostplus SANFLW League Preliminary Final.
Glenelg produced a spirited second-half surge to eliminate South Adelaide from the Hostplus SANFLW League finals race with a 16-point First Semi-Final win at Prospect Oval.
Trailing by a point at half-time, the Tigers, who finished the minor round in third place, suddenly found themselves a goal behind when Panthers forward Shae Archbold kicked truly in the sixth minute of the third term.
This seemed to spark the Bays into action though as goals to Caitlyn Swanson, Sarah Wilton and Poppy Scholz earned them a handy 13-point lead by the final change.
Wilton struck again for the reigning premier in the sixth minute of the fourth term, opening up what would prove to be a match-winning 19-point advantage.
South’s Jess Waterhouse pegged one back in the 14th minute but it would be the Panthers’ final score of the season after succumbing in the cut-throat clash.
Bays captain Ellie Kellock led the way with talented midfielder Sarah Goodwin in earning a team-high 18 disposals while Marie Martino had 17.
Tigers Swanson and Wilton were the only two multiple goal kickers with two each.
Panther Waterhouse stood tall against the tide with a match-high 22 disposals, six tackles, five tackles and a goal while teammate Senna Gulden had 15 disposals and nine tackles.
Glenelg will now tackle Sturt, which lost the Second Semi-Final to North, in the Hostplus SANFLW Preliminary Final.
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