Round thirteen will kick off with West Adelaide hosting Western Suburbs Saturday night. West will be looking to redeem themselves after being rendered scoreless against Gaza last week. Despite being unrewarded in their attacks, they upheld strong defensive pressure particularly in the first and last quarter. Isabella Ioanni and Emily Hingston impressed, and are likely to be key players against Western Suburbs this week. The Hawks have shown a great deal of improvement since the beginning of the season, but are yet to take out a win, despite consistent performances by Jade Elliott and Nicole Sampson. With West Adelaide without a win since round 7, this could be their chance to break through, however, West have proven to be dangerous at home.
North Pines face off against Eastern Park with both teams coming off a win last week. North Pines go in favourites, currently at third place on the ladder with Eastern Park at seventh. Despite their lower position, Eastern Park performed well last week and could be a real threat with players like Ieisha James (2 goals) and Hayley Nisbet who both featured in last week’s best players. North Pines has been a competitive side all season, even more so now as we head into finals. Jessica Turner, Leslie Gray, Tashara Wilson, and Nikki Mayger all scored two goals last week, making the win a team effort with strong defenders also playing a major role in the win. The Demons will be hard to beat.
On Sunday, Port and Angle Vale meet in what should be a close game. Both teams have six wins and are sitting at fifth and sixth, respectively. Port battled hard against Flinders Uni last week, but couldn’t keep up despite strong efforts by Elyza Crackett and Samantha Franson. The Magpies will be looking to bounce back this week. Angle Vale faced a similar feat when they took on Eastern Park, keeping within a goal of the opposition before falling away in the last half. Kirsty Williams starred while Narine Maurangi scored the side’s only two goals for the day. Not much separates the two, but, given the home advantage, Port should run out winners.
The last game of the round is a top-of-the-table clash with Flinders University hosting Gaza. Gaza are currently in top position and are looking more competitive than ever with strong players like Hayley Miles, and consistent scorers Brigette Daniels and Danielle Gillard who landed two each last week. Flinders have been competitive all season, and will be looking to redeem themselves from their loss to Gaza when the two teams first met earlier in the round. Flinders will be looking to strong players like Amy Czernich-Pearce (2 goals) and Elyza Crackett, who both impressed in last round’s win. With Gaza in such good form at the moment, they go into this round favourites.