Published on November 27, 2018 12:48 pm

L-R: Richelle Cranston (Geelong Cats), Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood) and Maddie Shevlin (Casey Demons)

2018 VFLW B&F winners

vfl.com.au takes a look at all the club best-and-fairest winners from the 2018 Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s season.

 

CARLTON

  1. Darcy Vescio (45)
  2. Kristi Harvey (43)
  3. Matilda Lucas-Rodd (35)

25-year-old Vescio enjoyed another successful VFLW campaign in front of goal, the dangerous Blues AFLW forward booting 26 goals in nine matches – including one haul of nine majors – to secure the Rohenna Young (goalkicking) Medal and VFLW Team of the Year honours. The former Darebin Falcon also averaged 13 disposals, three marks and three tackles per game.

 

CASEY DEMONS

  1. Maddie Shevlin
  2. Eden Zanker
  3. Bianca Jakobsson

21-year-old Shevlin led the Demons for total disposals (averaging 15 per game), contested possessions (eight) and tackles (five) across 14 matches in 2018. In her first season of football in Victoria after moving from Canberra, the promising midfielder was subsequently selected by Collingwood in the recent AFLW Draft.

 

COLLINGWOOD

  1. Jaimee Lambert (119)
  2. Nicole Hales (108)
  3. Sarah D’Arcy (106)

26-year-old Lambert ranked first at Collingwood for total disposals (19 per game) and contested possessions (11), also averaging six tackles in 12 matches for the preliminary finalist. The Magpies AFLW on-baller also kicked 10 goals to end the season as one of the team’s most consistent and well-rounded contributors.

 

DAREBIN FALCONS

  1. Lauren Pearce
  2. Nat Exon
  3. Meghan McDonald

25-year-old Pearce enjoyed a stellar end to the 2018 season, storming home to finish second in Lambert-Pearce Medal voting behind Jess Duffin (Williamstown) and earn a VFLW Team of the Year guernsey. The Melbourne AFLW ruck led Darebin for total hitouts and clearances, averaging 17 disposals, five marks, 25 hitouts and four clearances per game in 11 matches.

 

ESSENDON

  1. Hayley Bullas (183)
  2. Courtney Ugle (160)
  3. Rebecca Neaves (159)

22-year-old Bullas proved a battering ram in contests for the Bombers in 2018, ranking first in the VFLW for total tackles with a remarkable average of 10 per game across 14 matches. The VFLW Team of the Year member also recorded team-highs for total disposals (15 per game) and contested possessions (11) as well as averaging six clearances.

 

GEELONG CATS

  1. Richelle Cranston (368)
  2. Maighan Fogas (333)
  3. Maddy McMahon (325)

29-year-old Cranston’s bullocking midfield work was a key driver behind Geelong’s run to the 2018 Grand Final and saw her earn selection in the VFLW Team of the Year. The 2019 Cats AFLW signing (from Melbourne) averaged 20 disposals, 14 contested possessions, seven clearances, six tackles and five inside-50s from 16 games – ranking first in the competition for total clearances and inside-50s.

 

HAWTHORN

  1. Jayde Van Dyk (63)
  2. Rebecca Beeson (53)
  3. Meg Hutchins (49)

22-year-old Van Dyk’s best-and-fairest win added to a decorated 2018 season that saw her earn a VFLW premiership medal, the Debbie Lee Medal (VFLW rising star), VFLW Team of the Year selection and a place on Carlton’s list at the recent AFLW Draft. The reliable defender played 16 matches for the Hawks this year, averaging 15 disposals, three marks and four tackles per game.

 

MELBOURNE UNI

  1. Ashleigh Riddell
  2. Kate Gillespie-Jones/Emma Kearney

22-year-old Riddell led the Mugars from the front as their captain and a key midfielder in 2018. The 2019 North Melbourne AFLW signing averaged 21 disposals per game and recording team-highs in total contested possessions (11 per game), tackles (six), clearances (five) and inside-50s (four) across 13 matches, subsequently being named in the VFLW Team of the Year.

 

NT THUNDER

  1. Angela Foley
  2. Jasmyn Hewett
  3. Emma Swanson

29-year-old Foley, NT’s captain, finished third in Lambert-Pearce Medal voting following a prolific season in the Thunder’s midfield and defence. The 2017 Adelaide AFLW premiership player was named in the VFLW Team of the Year after recording team-highs in total disposals (averaging 22 per game), inside-50s (five) and tackles (four) as well as kicking 10 goals across 13 matches.

 

RICHMOND

  1. Jessica Kennedy (49)
  2. Jacqueline Graham (48)
  3. Evelyn Burry/Lisa Davie/Phoebe Monahan (45)

28-year-old Kennedy was a consistent performer across 14 matches as Richmond’s captain and a key member of the team’s midfield in 2018. The former Carlton AFLW player averaged 13 disposals, eight contested possessions and five tackles for the Tigers this season.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS

  1. Alison Drennan/Rhiannon Watt (123)
  2. Samantha Johnson (89)

27-year-old midfielder Drennan and 30-year-old ruck Watt both earned VFLW Team of the Year selection and spots on AFLW lists (North Melbourne and Carlton respectively) following standout 2018 seasons. Drennan was prolific in averaging 22 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances per game in 14 VFLW matches, while Watt dominated at stoppages to average 15 disposals, 27 hitouts and four clearances in her 14 appearances.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

  1. Naomi Ferres (76)
  2. Ashleigh Guest (60)
  3. Libby Birch (55)

21-year-old Ferres claimed the Bulldogs’ best-and-fairest award off the back of just seven VFLW matches this season. The club’s 2018 AFLW premiership player averaged 17 disposals, 13 contested possessions, six clearances and six tackles per game as one of the VFLW team’s key midfield drivers.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

  1. Jess Duffin (87)
  2. Jacinta Reid (74)
  3. Jenna Bruton (71)

29-year-old Duffin was a dominant force in 2018, winning the Lambert-Pearce Medal and being named captain of the VFLW Team of the Year following a prolific season in which she led the competition for total disposals, marks and rebound-50s. The 2019 North Melbourne AFLW signing averaged 25 disposals, six marks, five clearances, five tackles and four rebound-50s per game as well as booting 13 goals across 13 matches for the Seagulls.

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