The Times' GSFLW Team of the Year for 2021

ACHIEVERS: Willunga's Shae Archbold is wrapped up by McLaren's Sheena Peters. Both Archbold and Peters made the GSFLW Team of the Year for 2021. Photo: Andrew Batten.
ACHIEVERS: Willunga's Shae Archbold is wrapped up by McLaren's Sheena Peters. Both Archbold and Peters made the GSFLW Team of the Year for 2021. Photo: Andrew Batten.

After an exciting and competitive season with great performances across the league, The Times' Great Southern Football League Women's Team of the Year for 2021 has been named.

Selected by South Adelaide ambassador John Griffen, this side shows the immense talent found at footy grounds across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

It also represents the success of the league, which had a shaky start to 2021 with Langhorne Creek unable to field a side at the last minute, and had COVID-19 restrictions impact throughout the season but especially during finals.

The Times' GSFLW Team of the Year for 2021 is coached by Wade Phillips who, in his first year at Willunga, led his troops to the elusive flag the Demons have been chasing.

Captaining the team is Rachael Searle, who has been a dominant force at Goolwa/Port Elliot this year.

She has stepped up as a ruck while helping defensively as well, and has been instrumental in helping her club improve.

Vice captain is Mount Compass' Demi Sharp, who was named this year's league best and fairest and finished second in her team's goal kicking leaderboard.

League runner-up best and fairest Amy Taylor also made the side for her efforts down in defence, and is joined in the back lines by teammate Olivia Bendt.

Willunga had the highest representation with six players in the team, including grand final best on ground Ella Radbone, followed by Mount Compass with five and McLaren with four.

A bunch of young stars made the cut, including under 17s league best and fairest Shae Archbold, of Willunga, runner-up Jemma Ellis, of Yankalilla, and third-best Jaimee Millard, of Victor Harbor.

Tessa Grant is Strathalbyn's only representative, and while Encounter Bay did not have anyone in the starting 18, Kate Sanders and Tess Huxtable were named on the interchange.

Players who had played more SANFLW games than GSFLW games were not eligible for selection.

The Times' GSFLW Team of the Year

Back: Amy Taylor (Mount Compass), Olivia Bendt (Mount Compass), Tessa Grant (Strathalbyn)

Half Back: Caitlin Radbone (Willunga), Jodie Hunt (Willunga), Helen Maidment (Yankalilla)

Centre: Leah Bailey (Yankalilla), Demi Sharp (Mount Compass), Asha Bell (Goolwa/Port Elliot)

Half Forward: Shae Archbold (Willunga), Elke Jarvis (Mount Compass), Jemma Ellis (Yankalilla)

Forward: Caitlin Ross (McLaren), Sheena Peters (McLaren), Jaimee Millard (Victor Harbor)

1st Ruck: Rachael Searle (Goolwa/Port Elliot), Kristen Rothwell (Willunga), Layla Rogers (McLaren)

2nd Ruck: Ella Radbone (Willunga), Katrice Turner (Willunga), Kalani Bates (Goolwa/Port Elliot)

Interchange and Emergencies: Kate Sanders (Encounter Bay), Jessica Veasey (McLaren), Alissa Brooke (Victor Harbor), Tess Huxtable (Encounter Bay), Skye Kartinyeri-Sumner (Victor Harbor), Tyler Garrett (Mount Compass)

COACH: Wade Phillips (Willunga)

CAPTAIN: Rachael Searle

VICE CAPTAIN: Demi Sharp

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