Published on October 30, 2019 10:15 pm

L-R: Georgia Nanscawen (Essendon), Rosie Dillon (Hawthorn) and Tilly Lucas-Rodd (Southern Saints)

2019 VFLW best-and-fairest results

We look at the top five placegetters in each Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s club’s best-and-fairest count following the 2019 season.

 

CARLTON

Winner: GEMMA WRIGHT

Runner-up: SARAH WRIGHT

Equal-third: JESS HOSKING / NAT PLANE

Fifth: MIA-RAE CLIFFORD

Gemma Wright made an instant impact in her first VFLW season out of Keilor, the recent Geelong AFLW draftee being one of only four players to appear in every VFLW match for Carlton in 2019. The 25-year-old defender averaged 10 disposals, three tackles and 2.5 rebound-50s per game in 14 outings, shading her twin sister Sarah – who was selected by North Melbourne two picks earlier in the AFLW Draft – in the vote count.

 

 

CASEY DEMONS

Winner: HARRIET CORDNER

Equal-runners-up: LIBBY BIRCH / BIANCA JAKOBSSON / EDEN ZANKER

Fifth: NICOLE GARNER

Melbourne AFLW-listed key-position player/ruck and Casey VFLW co-captain Cordner performed consistently in a range of on-field roles in 2019. The 27-year-old averaged 13 disposals, nine hitouts, 3.5 marks and five tackles per game in 11 matches, ranking in the top six players at the VFLW Demons across all four of those categories on total numbers. She has played 18 games for the AFLW Demons in the last three years.

 

 

COLLINGWOOD

Winner: JAIMEE LAMBERT

Runner-up: BRITTANY BONNICI

Third: BRIANNA DAVEY

Fourth: CHLOE MOLLOY

Fifth: KATELYN LEE

Lambert’s second straight Collingwood VFLW best-and-fairest award capped a stunning season in which she won the Rohenna Young Medal for the VFLW’s leading goalkicker, VFLW Team of the Year honours and a VFLW premiership medal. The 26-year-old averaged 23 disposals, six tackles and 4.5 clearances per game as well as booting 29 goals in 15 matches – and she’s also the club’s reigning AFLW best and fairest.

 

 

DAREBIN FALCONS

Winner: LAUREN PEARCE

Runner-up: RENI HICKS

Third: ANNALYSE LISTER

Fourth: ELISE O’DEA

Fifth: BROOKE PATTERSON

The 2019 Lambert-Pearce Medal winner, Melbourne AFLW-lister Pearce also won her second straight Darebin club champion award and earned VFLW Team of the Year honours this season. The 26-year-old ruck averaged 19 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 33 hitouts and 7.5 clearances per game in 10 matches, leading the VFLW for average hitouts and total contested possessions during the home-and-away rounds.

 

 

ESSENDON

Winner: GEORGIA NANSCAWEN

Runner-up: KENDRA HEIL

Third: SHAE AUDLEY

Fourth: SIMONE NALDER

Fifth: MADDY COLLIER

Nanscawen responded to her delisting by North Melbourne after two AFLW games earlier in 2019 with an outstanding season anchoring Essendon’s midfield. The 27-year-old former Australian hockey player averaged 18 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five clearances and 7.5 tackles across 13 VFLW matches, leading the Bombers in the first three categories on total numbers and being selected in the VFLW Team of the Year.

 

 

GEELONG CATS

Winner: REBECCA WEBSTER

Runner-up: JORDAN IVEY

Third: AMY McDONALD

Equal-fourth: MADELINE KERYK / MADISEN MAGUIRE

After four games in her debut AFLW season with Geelong earlier in 2019, the versatile Webster took her game to another level in the VFLW. The 19-year-old made the most VFLW appearances of any Cats AFLW-lister this year, averaging 17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances per game across 13 matches for the finalists as well as subsequently being named at half-back in the VFLW Team of the Year.

 

 

HAWTHORN

Winner: ROSIE DILLON

Runner-up: REBECCA BEESON

Third: LOU WOTTON

Fourth: PHOEBE McWILLIAMS

Fifth: TALIA RADAN

Dillon enjoyed a breakout third VFLW campaign with Hawthorn in 2019, resulting in her selection by St Kilda at the recent AFLW Draft. The tough 23-year-old midfielder averaged 17 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 5.5 clearances and 5.5 tackles per game across 14 matches, leading the competition for total clearances during the home-and-away rounds and later earning VFLW Team of the Year selection.

 

 

MELBOURNE UNI

Winner: KATE GILLESPIE-JONES

Runner-up: JASMINE GARNER

Third: ASH RIDDELL

Fourth: JESS TREND

Fifth: BRITTANY GIBSON

North Melbourne AFLW-lister Gillespie-Jones was one of the VFLW’s most prolific talls in 2019, topping the competition for total disposals, marks and inside-50s during the home-and-away rounds. The 28-year-old claimed Melbourne Uni’s Michelle Dench Medal – and VFLW Team of the Year honours – after averaging 22 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and four inside-50s per game in 14 matches for the finalist.

 

 

NT THUNDER

Winner: KATIE STREADER

Runner-up: LISA ROBERTS

Third: MORGAN JOHNSTON

Fourth: JORDANN HICKEY

Equal-fifth: JANET BAIRD / TAYLA THORN

Streader followed in the footsteps of Angela Foley in 2018, winning the Thunder’s best-and-fairest award in the club’s second VFLW season before it leaves the competition for 2020. The 30-year-old Northern Territorian averaged 11 disposals, six contested possessions and two inside-50s per game in 11 matches, ranking in the team’s top five players across each of those categories on total numbers.

 

 

RICHMOND

Winner: MONIQUE CONTI

Runner-up: KATIE BRENNAN

Third: GRACE CAMPBELL

Fourth: GABRIELLE SEYMOUR

Equal-fifth: KATE DEMPSEY / GRACE EGAN

A marquee recruit for Richmond’s inaugural 2020 AFLW campaign, Conti made a major impact on the VFLW in limited time this season. The 19-year-old ex-Western Bulldogs AFLW premiership on-baller played just seven matches but led the Tigers for total contested possessions and clearances, averaging 22 disposals, 15 contested possessions and 6.5 clearances per game. She also won VFLW Team of the Year selection.

 

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS

Winner: TILLY LUCAS-RODD

Runner-up: OLIVIA VESELY

Third: CAT PHILLIPS

Fourth: SAMANTHA JOHNSON

Fifth: KELLY O’NEILL

Lucas-Rodd was signed by St Kilda’s AFLW team soon after being delisted by Carlton earlier in 2019 and instantly repaid the faith with a standout season running from defence for the VFLW Saints. The 23-year-old averaged 19 disposals, 3.5 tackles and three rebound-50s per game in 13 matches for the preliminary-finalists, adding the best-and-fairest to her selection in the 2019 VFLW Team of the Year.

 

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Winner: ELLIE GAVALAS

Runner-up: NICOLE McMAHON

Third: BAILEY HUNT

Fourth: EMMA MACKAY

Fifth: KIRSTEN McLEOD

Gavalas burst onto the football scene in her first VFLW season out of Marcellin OC, helping drive the Bulldogs to the Grand Final and winning the club’s best-and-fairest award before becoming a top-10 selection by North Melbourne at the recent AFLW Draft. The 23-year-old midfielder averaged 16 disposals, four tackles and 3.5 clearances per game in 16 matches in 2019, also earning a spot in the VFLW Team of the Year.

 

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

Winner: MEGAN WILLIAMSON

Runner-up: SHARNIE WHITING

Third: DANICA PEDERSEN

Fourth: ASHLEA MELNIKAS

Fifth: JASMINE KAWA

Williamson claimed Williamstown’s club champion award just a year after graduating from the Bendigo Pioneers under-18 NAB League program. The 19-year-old was one of only six Seagulls players to appear in all 14 VFLW matches this season, averaging 12 disposals, 6.5 tackles and 2.5 clearances per game as a tough midfielder who easily led the team for total tackles.

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