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Round 9 Statewide Super Women’s League Highlights

Glenelg celebrate a goal against the Eagles. Picture - Cory Sutton

Compiled by Zac Milbank

Glenelg 7.5 (47) d Woodville-West Torrens 1.2 (8)

Glenelg’s bold attempt to snare a place in the Statewide Super Women’s League finals has fallen short despite a convincing 39-point win against Woodville-West Torrens at ACH Group Stadium.

The Tigers, now sitting fifth on the premiership table, needed Norwood to lose to West Adelaide in Round 9 in order to set up a ”mini Elimination Final” showdown with the Redlegs in Round 10.

But it wasn’t to be despite holding up their end of the bargain by leading at every change against the Eagles at the Bay.

Playing without Ebony Marinoff, the Tigers had Caitlin Gould make an impact on the scoreboard with three goals while Sam Franson, Eloise Jones and Madisyn Freeman all performed strongly.

Grace Smallacombe scored the Eagles’ sole goal in the first term while Ashlee Reid, Annastasia Falkenberg and Charlotte Dolan battled valiantly.

 

Glenelg’s Deni Varnhagen drives the Tigers forward against the Eagles. Picture – Cory Sutton

Norwood 4.9 (33) d West Adelaide 3.4 (22)

Norwood secured its berth in the Statewide Super Women’s League finals with a solid 11-point win against West Adelaide at Thebarton Oval.

In what looms as a Semi-Final preview, the Redlegs edged ahead early with two goals in the first term before booting another two in the fourth to seal the vital premiership points.

The victory ensured there would be no mini Elimination Final against Glenelg in Round 10 after the Tigers easily accounted for the Eagles in Round 9.

Tessa Hankinson booted two of Norwood’s four majors while Jessica Macolino, Mattea Breed and AFLW experinced pair Najwa Allen and Sophie Armitstead all stood tall in the victory.

West captain Lauren Rodato led from the front for her side while Stevie-Lee Thompson and Ashlea James were also solid contributors for the Bloods.

South Adelaide 9.5 (59) d Central District 2.8 (20)

South’s Teah Charlton stretches high for a mark against Central’s Lauren Breguet. Picture – Hannah Howard

South Adelaide cruised to a comfortable 39-point win against Central District at Thebarton Oval.

Banking a top two finish in the Statewide Super Women’s League, the Panthers led at every change to secure win number eight for the season.

Three goals in the first term set Rick Watts’ team on its way as Western Bulldogs-listed Hannah Munyard booted three of South’s nine for the match.

Joining Munyard on the best players list for South were Teah Charlton, Lisa Whiteley and young key position player Gypsy Schirmer.

Central’s Renai Richardson booted her team’s two goals while Lauren Breguet and the Smiths – Shelby and Lauren – held their heads high despite the loss.

Central’s Ella Mickan flies for a mark among the Panthers. Picture – Hannah Howard

North Adelaide 13.9 (87) d Sturt 0.6 (6)

North Adelaide has all but secured the Statewide Super Women’s League minor premiership after its comprehensive 82-point win against Sturt at Prospect Oval.

The Roosters have a one game and significant 15 per cent advantage on second-placed South Adelaide heading into the final minor round game against Central in Round 10.

North’s intentions were made clear early against the Double Blues after banging on 6.2 by the first change.

Roosters coach Krissie Steen would have been pleased with the even spread of goal kickers as Ashleigh Woodland, Katelyn Pope, Anne Hatchard, Charlotte Taylor and Erica Greet each booted two goals.

Hatchard, Pope, and GWS-listed Britt Perry were all influential in the result for North.

The youthful Sturt outfit was best served by star ruck Zoe Prowse while co-captain Georgia Bevan battled hard for the entire match.