AFLW Team of the Week, round seven

JASMINE Garner's record 13 clearances has seen the powerful North Melbourne matchwinner rocket into womens.afl's Team of the Week for round seven.

Greater Western Sydney and Carlton – despite losing to Fremantle in heartbreaking circumstances – have three nominations each.

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The team 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

Lauren Ahrens (Gold Coast), Sarah Allan (Adelaide), Jess Duffin (North Melbourne), Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), Chantella Perera (West Coast)

Allan (22 disposals, 17 intercepts) was one of Adelaide's best in a tough game and Harrington (22 disposals, 10 intercepts) is well and truly back to her best after a slow start to the season.

Duffin (20 disposals, three marks) has settled well back into the top level after returning in round five from pregnancy, Ahrens (21 disposals, 417m gained) was a key part of Gold Coast's fightback, while Perera (16, nine intercepts, five marks) starred against Geelong.

Adelaide's Sarah Allan in action against Melbourne in round seven on March 13, 2021. Picture: Getty Images

MIDFIELDERS

Breann Moody (Carlton, ruck), Britt Bonnici (Collingwood), Ally Anderson (Brisbane), Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne), Alyce Parker (GWS)

Moody put in an outstanding four-quarter role in the ruck, recording 22 hitouts, 19 disposals and 11 intercepts against Fremantle.

Bowers (28 disposals, 10 clearances and 10 tackles) and Garner (28 and 13 clearances) were instrumental in their sides' wins, with the latter setting the AFLW record for clearances.

Opponents Britt Bonnici (28 touches, 486m gained) and Ally Anderson (26 and four clearances) found plenty of the footy, while Alyce Parker (28, 430m gained and six clearances) thrived in the wet.

North stars combine for fast goal

00:25 Mar 13. 2021. 5:40 PM

Jasmine Garner and Emma Kearney combine to score a fast centre-break goal late in the first

FORWARDS

Katie Brennan (Richmond), Imahra Cameron (West Coast), Kate Hore (Melbourne), Bec Privitelli (GWS), Nicola Stevens (Carlton)

Brennan (15 disposals, three goals) is in the form of her AFLW career, Privitelli (11 disposals, three goals) rebounded well after being dropped and Cameron (three goals in the second term) broke the game open for the Eagles.

Hard-running forwards Hore (19 disposals, three goals) and Stevens (14, five marks, two goals) used the ball well and were constant threats in attack.

Skipper finds the big sticks with ease

00:24 Mar 12. 2021. 9:27 PM

Katie Brennan kicks a brilliant snap to bring her third major of the day and seal the win for Richmond

INTERCHANGE

Jade Pregelj (Gold Coast), Tyla Hanks (Melbourne), Amy McDonald (Geelong), Georgia Patrikios (St Kilda), Cora Staunton (GWS)

Hanks (25 disposals, five tackles) was Melbourne's best in its big win over Adelaide, while McDonald (24, nine clearances, one goal) played a lone hand for the Cats.

Patrikios (27 touches, 10 tackles, five clearances) battled stoically, while veterans Pregelj (13, 13 intercepts) and Staunton (10, three goals) take the final defensive and forward spots.

Star Demon pounces and snaps a beauty

00:37 Mar 13. 2021. 8:04 PM

Tyla Hanks uses her smarts to kick the goal and extend Melbourne's lead

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