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Three make AFLW team of the week

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 9: Ebony Antonio of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFLW Round 06 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at TIO Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Felicity Elliott/AFL Media)
Ebony Antonio has been named in the AFLW team of the week for the fourth time.

Three Fremantle players have made AFLW team of the week after Freo's four-point loss to Adelaide at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Friday night.

It is the fourth time in six weeks that Antonio has appeared in the team of the week, gathering 16 disposals and taking four marks in defence.

Dana Hooker makes her third appearance in the team of the week after her 20 disposals and five tackles against the Crows.

Hayley Miller was named on the bench, collecting 16 disposals as a part of Freo's midfield.

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

Like the All Australian team, AFL Media 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 (e.g. wings and flanks) difficult.

Defenders: Sarah Allan (Adelaide), Ebony Antonio (Fremantle), Nicola Barr (GWS), Amanda Farrugia (GWS), Angela Foley (Adelaide)

Allan had the best game of her short AFLW career, cutting off numerous Fremantle forward entries and holding firm in the frantic final minutes of the match.

Rebound defenders Antonio (16 disposals) and Foley (15) dictated play at opposing ends of the ground during the Adelaide-Fremantle clash.

GWS pair Farrugia and Barr were strong in the team's big win over the Western Bulldogs; Farrugia sneaking forward to kick the sealing goal and Barr locked in an enthralling battle with Monique Conti.

Midfielders: Erin McKinnon (ruck, GWS), Alicia Eva (GWS), Courtney Gum (GWS), Dana Hooker (Fremantle), Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs), Elise O'Dea (Melbourne)

McKinnon holds her spot in the ruck for a successive week, dominating the hit-outs against the experienced Aasta O'Connor.

O'Dea was instrumental in Melbourne skipping to its early match-winning lead, kicking three goals in the first quarter and finishing with 19 touches while running through the midfield.

Gum (23 touches and a competition all-time equal-best 10 clearances) continued her stunning run of form, while teammate Eva was at her ferocious best with seven tackles and 19 touches.

Kearney was a shining light for a disappointing Dogs and Hooker was important with 20 touches and two goals.

Forwards: Christina Bernardi (Collingwood), Tegan Cunningham (Melbourne), Jasmine Garner (Collingwood), Erin Phillips (Adelaide), Cora Staunton (GWS)

Phillips was a constant threat up forward, kicking three goals on virtually one leg.

The Pies pairing of Bernardi (three goals, 16 touches) and Garner (one and 18) worked well in tandem leading out of Collingwood's forward line.

Cunningham (three goals) was a constant thorn in Carlton's side, while Staunton's hard running, spreading the Bulldogs defence, was vital in the Giants' win.

Interchange: Emily Bates (Brisbane), Moana Hope (Collingwood), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane), Hayley Miller (Fremantle), Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)

Hope's strong vein of form continued with another three goals, as did Lutkins with another 18 touches in a rain-affected match not suited to tall key position players.

Bates (20) worked hard in a losing line-up, as did Miller, whose run from stoppages threatened Adelaide on numerous occasions.

Randall put in another strong performance, her contested marking when the match was on the line a real highlight.

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

  • Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs, six)
  • Chelsea Randall (Adelaide, five)
  • Kate Lutkins (Brisbane, five)
  • Courtney Gum (Greater Western Sydney, five)
  • Ebony Antonio (Fremantle, four)
  • Elise O’Dea (Melbourne, four)
  • Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide, three)
  • Emily Bates (Brisbane, three)
  • Christina Bernardi (Collingwood, three)
  • Chloe Molloy (Collingwood, three)
  • Dana Hooker (Fremantle, three)
  • Alicia Eva (GWS, three)
  • Tegan Cunningham (Melbourne, three)
  • Karen Paxman (Melbourne, three)
  • Daisy Pearce (Melbourne, three)
  • Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs, three)

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