Daisy now a three-time winner of an award that I'd guess will be named solely in her honour. Probably sums up where Melbourne fell short this year. Obviously nowhere near what she was in 2017-18 (i.e. the best player in the competition across the first two seasons in toto). Problem is, when the going gets tough, the proteges rely on her like she is still that player.
See also in 2020 when she was moved onball for the 2nd half of that QF v GWS, which did in fact turn the match around... but ultimately the reason the Dees won that match was because Lily Mithen stood up too, unlike on the weekend.
Some would say the typical nature of club B&F voting, wherein players are heavily punished for missing a game, has its virtues.
Very dubious system in a year like this one, especially when it leaves the much improved Sophie Conway scraping into the top 10 (whereas she finished 7th last year and got a lot of "underrated" acclaim which didn't ring true to me).
Another straightforward result. Yet to find out if Lambert's acceptance speech included any clear statement regarding her future (which probably means there wasn't).
Slyshmeister runner-up for the 2nd season in a row. No shortage of accolades for her in the past 2 years, though it tends to be erroneously chalked up to natural ability inevitably taking shape. So I was glad to hear another frank interview at the W Awards where she emphasised the hard work that produced her moth-to-butterfly transformation.
P.S. Fair warning to the folks reporting on these awards: If you only post a top 5, I will hunt you down and beat 5 more names out of you!
Hayley Miller has been crowned Fremantle’s AFLW Fairest and Best for the 2022 season
1st Hayley Miller 191
2nd Ebony Antonio 154
3rd Ange Stannett 148
4th Sarah Verrier 143
5th Gabby O’Sullivan 141
6th Kiara Bowers 134
7th Emma O’Driscoll 131
8th Steph Cain 129
9th Aine Tighe 127
10th Jess Low 124
Bowers with the most votes per game but, extrapolating that average, still would have needed to play all 12 to overtake Miller. Antonio returns to the top 5 after a one-year absence (previous finishes: 4th, 1st, 5th, 2nd and 9th). O'Sullivan's equal-highest finish, matching her fifth placing in 2017.
Cain in 8th, a much more accurate potrait than last year's runner-up finish imo. Houghton unsurprisingly ends her three-year streak of top 4 finishes, missing the top 10 this time (hard to say where she would've ended up if she kicked 15.8 again, rather than 9.16).
Aine Tighe is the sixth Irish debutant (though it was technically her third year in the league) to manage a top 10 club B&F finish:
North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos midfielder Ash Riddell has been named the club’s AFLW Best and Fairest on Friday night after an outstanding season in the royal blue and white
1st Ash Riddell (158 votes)
2nd Jasmine Garner (147)
3rd Emma Kearney (132)
4th Jenna Bruton (124)
5th Mia King (116)
6th Emma King (105)
7th Aileen Gilroy (103)
8th Brooke Brown (101)
9th Ellie Gavalas (97)
=10th Bella Eddey & Kim Rennie (88)
Emma King went from 19 hitouts per game and 6 goals last year to 11 & 2 this year. I thought the reason for her to spend less time in the ruck was to kick more goals. Nevertheless, she finishes a spot higher than in the 2021 count.
The result with the other ruck in Rennie (who missed a game) is just as strange, considering Tahlia Randall played every week and was second in the team's goalkicking with 9.9.