As we approach the bye, we are just over two thirds of the way through the season, working our way toward the business end of the competition. Teams have begun facing off for the second time, with teams reaffirming their strength, while others make a mend for loses earlier in the season.
Last week saw Flinders University win big over West Adelaide, turning the tables from the results we saw when the two teams first met. Flinders have recently taken over from West Adelaide as top dogs, while a couple of big losses in recent weeks has landed West at third place on the ladder. Flinders started the season looking competitive and have showed improvement week after week, with the team expected to be a threat in finals. West Adelaide started the season strong but the side has weakened after losing players to injury and illness. Looking toward finals, the team will be hoping for the return of recovered players, strengthening the side once more.
Gaza is currently at second place on the ladder, after taking out seven wins in the last ten rounds (compared to eight by Flinders Uni). Two big games coming will give us an insight into Gaza’s finals potential, as they take on West Adelaide followed by Flinders in round 12 and 13. Despite finishing in the bottom three last year, Gaza has shaped up to be one of the most competitive sides in the competition.
Currently sitting at fourth place is North Pines, sporting a 2:1 win-loss ratio. The team has been performing well, showing consistency with players such as Kimberlee Kite and Steph Austin continually proving themselves as strong players. They will be tested when they take on Gaza in round 11, and will be using the bye week to prepare. Looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks has in store for this team.
The bottom half of the ladder consists of Port Adelaide, Angle Vale, Eastern Park, and Western Suburbs. Port Adelaide and Angle Vale both have five wins and still have the potential to make a name for themselves as finals contenders. Unfortunately, Eastern Park and Western Suburbs appear to be out of the race, with Easter Park are sporting three wins and Western Suburbs yet to open their account. The remainder of the season will provide them with valuable experience and the opportunity to strengthen skills and develop for next season.
Article: Stephanie Carnell | Image: Mandy Carr-Moody