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Lutkins and Frederick-Traub for Team of the Week

Eden Zanker of the Demons is tackled by Kate Lutkins during Round 5. - Kate Lutkins,Sabrina Frederick-Traub
Eden Zanker of the Demons is tackled by Kate Lutkins during Round 5.

Defender Kate Lutkins' season continues to excel, after playing another integral role in Brisbane's late comeback last Friday against Melbourne. 

Lutkins efforts have been recognised by her selection in AFL.com.au's AFLW team of the week for the fourth time this season.

Lutkins also polled seven votes from the Coaches and is up for the AFLW MVP for the week - 
Vote for her here!

At the other end of the field, Forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub was another standout in Round 5.

Frederick-Traub dominated up forward, keeping Brisbane in the game throughout the final quarter with three goals.

The team is selected to mirror the All Australian format: five defenders, six midfielders (including a ruck), five forwards and five interchange players.

Like the All Australian team, we have selected players in general categories, rather than in traditional positions. The 16-a-side set-up often means teams play with differing configurations, making set selections (for example, wings and flanks) difficult.

AFLW TEAM OF THE WEEK - ROUND FIVE

Defenders

Ebony Antonio (Fremantle), Ellie Brush (GWS), Jasmine Garner (Collingwood), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane), Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)

Lutkins' excellent season continued against Melbourne, where she generally played as a loose defender and was integral in Brisbane's late comeback.

Usual forward Garner was highly impressive in her second game in defence, her contested marking halting numerous Bulldogs forward entries.

Randall and Antonio, as always, showed great run from defence, while Brush (15 disposals) was prominent for GWS.

Midfielders

Erin McKinnon (ruck, GWS), Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), Courtney Gum (GWS), Karen Paxman (Melbourne), Daisy Pearce (Melbourne), Elise O’Dea (Melbourne)

McKinnon recorded the equal-highest number of hit-outs in an AFLW match (39), as well as managing two clearances.

The trio of Paxman, Pearce and O'Dea completely overran Brisbane's midfield, combining for 72 disposals and 12 clearances.

Blackburn (17 disposals) and Gum (16) were midfield bulls for their sides, and kicked a goal each.

Forwards

Jacinda Barclay (GWS), Monique Conti (Western Bulldogs), Caitlyn Edwards (Collingwood), Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane), Ruth Wallace (Adelaide)

Frederick-Traub returned to her dominating best, keeping Brisbane in the match almost single-handedly with three goals.

Wallace proved to be a dangerous opponent early against Carlton, kicking the first two goals of the match and setting up the Crows for a big win.

Conti had the best of fellow young gun Chloe Molloy in an intriguing match-up, while Edwards and Barclay were strong marking targets up forward for their respective sides.

Interchange

Dana Hooker (Fremantle), Eloise Jones (Adelaide), Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs), Katie Loynes (Carlton), Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide)

The regulars – players who have been selected in three or more AFLW Teams of the Week in 2018:

  • Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs, five)
  • Chelsea Randall (Adelaide, four)
  • Kate Lutkins (Brisbane, four)
  • Courtney Gum (Greater Western Sydney, four)
  • Chloe Molloy (Collingwood, three)
  • Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide, three)
  • Ebony Antonio (Fremantle, three)
  • Elise O’Dea (Melbourne, three)
  • Karen Paxman (Melbourne, three)
  • Daisy Pearce (Melbourne, three)
  • Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs, three)

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs