We look at the top five placegetters in each Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s club’s best-and-fairest count following the 2019 season.
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.
Made of the Wright stuff.
— Carlton Womens (@carltonfc_w) October 22, 2019
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.
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.
— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) October 6, 2019
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.
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.
"I've truly loved it (at Essendon). I can't see myself being anywhere else."
🗣️ B&F winner Georgia Nanscawen
— Essendon VFLW (@essendonfcw) September 27, 2019
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.
What a season from Rebecca Webster!
— Geelong Cats Womens (@catswomens) September 26, 2019
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.
"It's pretty surreal."
Rosie Dillon speaks of the moment she was announced as Hawthorn's VFLW best and fairest. 💛
— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) October 1, 2019
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.
— North Melbourne AFLW (@NorthAFLW) September 30, 2019
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.
We have a new Queen! By only 1 vote, finishing on a total of 66, there’s no denying that Katie Streader is the unreserved NT ThunderW Club Champion. With 11 games to her name in 2019, Streader’s attack & pace is a winner! #ThunderClubChamps19 #gothunder #allinthistogether pic.twitter.com/76D14d0qkd
— NT Thunder (@NTThunderFC) August 31, 2019
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.
— RichmondW (@RichmondWomens) October 1, 2019
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.
Gutsy defender Tilly Lucas-Rodd has taken out the Southern Saints' 2019 Best-and-Fairest Award! 🌟
— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) September 26, 2019
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.
Ellie Galavas rounds out a brilliant season in the 🔴⚪️🔵, winning the 2019 VFLW Best & Fairest award! #MightyWest
— WesternBulldogs AFLW (@BulldogsW) October 3, 2019
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.
Leigh Masters and Megan Williamson have earned top honours as the club's best and fairest VFL and VFLW players respectively in 2019.
— Williamstown FC (@WilliamstownFC) September 27, 2019