South Adelaide will make Glenelg to sweat over its fading finals chances after holding off the Bays by 19 points at ACH Group Stadium.
Earning their seventh win for the season and fourth in succession, the Panthers edged ahead during the second stanza to take a handy 13-point buffer into the half-time break.
Rick Watts’ charges were able to keep the Tigers at arm’s length for the rest of the contest as Czenya Cavouras, Lisa Whiteley and Lucy Northcott proved influential in the result.
Star South forward Jess Kirk was her team’s only multiple goal kicker.
Glenelg can still qualify for the major round considering it has a competitive percentage but it must win both of its games and hope Norwood loses both of its remaining matches.
Interestingly, both the Bays and Redlegs face off in Round 10 in what could prove to be an early Elimination Final.
Crow Eloise Jones booted two of Glenelg’s three goals while Jessica Bates, Ellie Kellock and Madisyn Freeman had the most impact for the hosts.
West Adelaide secured its first finals berth with a solid 32-point win against Central District at ACH Group Stadium.
Securing their fifth win of the season, the Bloods now sit safely in third place on the ladder having restricted the Bulldogs to just one goal across the opening three terms.
A three-goal second term set up the victory for the hosts, who had Crows AFLW premiership forward Rachael Killian make a welcome return to the side to boot two goals.
Zoe Venning, ball magnet Abbie Ballard, neat-kicking Madison Newman and experienced Crow Stevie-Lee Thompson were other strong contributors for West.
Amber James, Kayla McInerney and Zoe Perry scored a goal each for the Bulldogs, who attempted valiantly to close the gap in the fourth term.
Ever-consistent Shelby Smith was one of Central’s best again while Alicia Butler, Ella Mickan and Latiah Huynh also tried hard.
Sturt was denied an upset win after the final siren when Norwood’s Kate Fenton tied up the scores with a goal at ACH Group Stadium.
With the Redlegs seemingly out of the contest, captain Alison Ferrall kicked long inside 50m with just six seconds left in the final term.
Fenton then appiled an excellent tackle on her Double Blues opponent to earn a free kick for a throw, resulting in a set shot directly in front from 25m.
The 37-year-old used all of her experience to calmly kick straight under immense pressure, securing a valuable premiership point in her team’s quest to qualify for finals action.
Fenton and Ferrall’s majors were the only goals kicked for the Redlegs, who were well served by Rhiannon Busch and Ella Murison.
Co-captain Georgia Bevan shone for Sturt, kicking one of her team’s three goals and being named second best behind rising star Zoe Prowse, who continues to excel in her first senior season.
Debutant Nicole Baker hit the scoreboard with an eye-catching goal in her first game while Hannah Prenzler also booted a major for the Double Blues.
North Adelaide took another step toward sewing up the minor premiership with a comprehensive 86-point win against Woodville-West Torrens at Prospect Oval.
Booting a season-high 13.10 (88), the Roosters now have a mammoth percentage in excess of 78 after restricting the Eagles to just two behinds.
Managing just one goal in the first quarter, Krissie Steen’s outfit piled on the pain after half-time booting nine majors to stretch the margin close to triple figures.
Crows AFLW star Anne Hatchard was again outstanding through the midfield and in attack, booting two goals while Brianna Arthur, Kat Reynolds and Cristie Castle were North’s other multiple goal kickers.
Experienced Lauren Daniel, young star Hannah Ewings, wing Katelyn Pope and ruck Bek Rasheed were also strong contributors for the hosts.
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