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Willunga look to make it an historic ‘3-peat’ in GSFLW Grand Final

Aug 12, 2023

Sunday, August 13th will see the biggest match-ups of the season in the 2023 GSFLW Grand Finals.

U17s GF Willunga v Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor have been diligently working away after finishing fifth last season to this season trailblazing the competition.

Victor Harbor can explode out of the packs and have versatile players that can convert on the scoreboard.

Outstanding players this season include MVP award winner Taya Parisi, Halle Crowe (VC), Jemma Liddell and their aptain Raya Totty-Lindschau.

Reigning premiers Willunga have everything to prove as they have set the standard for the competition only losing one game to McLaren Districts. Willunga
have a very consistent rotation of heavy hitting players that are involved in every level of development.

Emily Steele is one of Willunga’s biggest assets across both U17s and A-Grade, sharing the field with the likes of Patience Hansen and Raffael Lombardozzi makes them the team to beat as they look to go back-to-back.

A-Grade GF Willunga v Yank-Enc Bay

The A-Grade Grand Final between Willunga and newly merged Yankalilla- Encounter Bay Stingrays gives a vibrancy to the competition of what is possible when footy comes first.

Willunga will once again be under the pump to show why they deserve to take home the cup. Emma Fitzpatrick has been a dominant force in ruck, Ada Anninos has stepped up in every way and Jessica Harris handles herself with poise and has great positioning.

The Stingrays have earnt their Grand Final spot. Their strength in defence is pretty well unmatched with names like Chloe Howlett, Jaimi Griffen and Kimberley Rowe.

It will make for an interesting battle that we will see the reigning premiers Willunga – aiming for an historic ‘3-peat’ – pitted against a fresh faced Yankalilla- Encounter Bay Stingrays.

GSFLW U14s Exhibition Match

The GSFLW U14s Exhibition game will be played between the U17s and A-Grade grand final matches – a culmination of players that represent the best players across all clubs.

It will be an exciting instalment for the day following the successful inception of the under 14s carnival just a few weeks ago. Goolwa-Port Elliot, McLaren Districts and Strathalbyn will take on the Yankalilla-Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor and Willunga clubs in what will be an exciting end to a brilliant season.

 

MEGAN SHERRY

GSFLW Coordinator & GSFL Asst. Secretary

Photo above: Preliminary Finals at Willunga Oval in Week 2 of the GSFLW Finals Series brought mixed results for the newly formed Yankalilla-Encounter Bay. While the Stingrays upset McLaren in the A-Grade, the U17s Girls couldn’t repeat the feat with Victor holding on by 2 points.

Photo courtesy of Cate Walden.

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