Team of the Week: Dockers fly high, Roo named again

FREMANTLE'S star players headline the AFLW Team of the Week for round five, with four players selected.

Geelong and Adelaide both had strong wins at the weekend, and three players from each side received a nomination.

Kangaroo Jess Duffin's strong season continued with her fifth consecutive selection in defence.

AFLW intercept specialist puts on a masterclass

01:33 Mar 5. 2019. 10:55 AM

North Melbourne's star defender Jess Duffin sets an AFLW record with 10 intercept marks

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The team, brought to you by AccorHotels, is selected to mirror the All Australian side: five defenders, six midfielders (including a ruck), five forwards and five interchange players.  

Like the All Australian team, it has players selected in general categories, rather than in traditional positions. The 16-a-side set-up often means teams play with varying configurations, making set selections (e.g wings and flanks) difficult. 

Defenders: Ash Brazill (Collingwood), Brianna Davey (Carlton), Jess Duffin (North Melbourne), Meg McDonald (Geelong), Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)

Brazill and Duffin were great sources of rebound for their respective sides, with seven rebound 50s apiece. Duffin also set an AFLW record for most intercept marks with 10.

McDonald was outstanding against Lion Sabrina Frederick-Traub, while Davey and Randall were highly influential, featuring heavily in the AFLCA votes and providing drive out of defence and through the middle of the ground.

Meghan McDonald competes for the ball with Kate McCarthy

Midfielders: Jessy Keeffe (ruck, Brisbane), Emily Bates (Brisbane), Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), Richelle Cranston (Geelong), Dana Hooker (Fremantle), Erin Phillips (Adelaide)

Keeffe makes her Team of the Week debut in just her second AFLW match, finishing with a round-high 27 hitouts, along with seven disposals and five clearances.

Bowers' pressure (16 tackles to go with 23 disposals and seven clearances) was outstanding, while teammate Hooker set an AFLW record with six centre clearances.

Cranston (22 and nine inside 50s) played her best game for Geelong, Phillips was at her imperious best, while Bates (21 disposals, 11 contested possessions) battled hard in a tough match.

Fremantle's Kiara Bowers puts the pressure on Bulldog Aisling McCarthy

Forwards: Kate Darby (Geelong), Sabreena Duffy (Fremantle), Maddison Gay (Melbourne), Kellie Gibson (Fremantle), Danielle Ponter (Adelaide)

Darby (three goals) broke the game open for Geelong with Duffy (two goals and an assist in the fourth quarter) doing the same for Fremantle.

Ponter won several crucial contested battles across half-forward as well as demonstrating her clean finishing closer to goal, while Gibson was mercurial, kicking three.

GWS had no match for Gay, who played nearly the whole game up forward, compared to her usual midfield role.

Maddison Gay was a threat up forward all day against the Giants

Interchange: Kaitlyn Ashmore (North Melbourne), Katie Brennan (Western Bulldogs), Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), Emma Kearney (North Melbourne), Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)

Ashmore may have had only 11 disposals, but her running power was evident with nine marks and nine tackles.

Brennan was a threat both up forward and on the wing, former teammate Kearney ran rampant with 31 disposals while Prespakis did a ton of work around the ground.

Harrington's strong season in defence continued with 15 disposals, seven marks and three rebound 50s.

The Regulars:

(Players who have been selected three or more times this season. Sixty players have featured in the Team of the Week in 2019)

Jess Duffin (North Melbourne) – 5
Emma Kearney (North Melbourne) – 4
Meg McDonald (Geelong) – 4
Erin Phillips (Adelaide) – 4
Maddy Prespakis (Carlton) – 4
Ally Anderson (Brisbane) – 3
Ash Brazill (Collingwood) – 3
Kerryn Harrington (Carlton) – 3
Emma King (North Melbourne) – 3
Karen Paxman (Melbourne) – 3
Cora Staunton (Greater Western Sydney) – 3