A match-winning performance from Fremantle forward Sabreena Duffy headlines the nomination for Round 1’s AFLW MVP of the Week. Duffy is joined by Carlton’s Maddy Prespakis and Adelaide’s Anne Hatchard.
Nominated for the first time in her short career, second-year Docker Duffy booted four goals and collected 12 disposals as Fremantle defeated Geelong by 16 points at Fremantle Oval. Duffy was damaging in the forward half, kicking three goals inside the first three quarters of the match to help set up the win against last year’s preliminary finalists.
Hatchard’s performance on Saturday demonstrated why Crows’ co-captain Chelsea Randall thinks she’ll be the breakout player of 2020, with the midfielder collecting a record-breaking 35 touches. Despite being in the losing side, Hatchard performed strongly in the middle, breaking teammate Ebony Marinoff’s record for the most disposals in an AFLW match (33) from last season. The 21-year-old finished the game with nine marks, four tackles and three inside 50s.
Carlton rising star and 2019 AFLW MVP Best First-Year Player Maddy Prespakis began her 2020 campaign right where she left off, collecting 21 possessions, laying five tackles, three marks and kicking a goal as the Blues stormed home to a 34-point win over competition newcomer, Richmond.
The AFL Players’ Association AFLW MVP of the Week is in its third year and looks to recognise the AFLW’s best performers each round. Fans will get the choice to select the MVP of the Week, after three names have been put forward by the AFLPA.
All fans who vote will go into the running to win an Official AFLW gameball, valued at $189.99. To vote, simply select the player you deem to be the MVP of the Week. Voting closes on Wednesday, February 12 at 5pm AEDT.