The nominees for the 2018 AFLW Players’ Most Valuable Player Awards have been revealed and there are some notable absentees and additions.
Collingwood first-year player, Chloe Molloy, and GWS first-year player, Courtney Gum, are welcome additions for the MVP Award having dominated since making their AFLW debuts in Round 1. Both players will also feature as Best First-Year Player nominees, while Gum joins Chelsea Randall as the only players eligible for three awards on the night, with Randall nominated for the MVP, Best Captain and Most Courageous awards.
Notable absentees include last year’s AFLW Players’ MVP Award winner Erin Phillips, who had a difficult season due to injury, and Carlton forward Tayla Harris.
Fremantle and Melbourne have nominated the same three players as last year for the main award, while the Lions, Magpies and Giants have put forward three different nominees from 2017.
Voting for the AFLW MVP, Most Courageous, Best First-Year Player and Best Captain awards is a two-stage process, with players nominating their teammates in stage one before selecting from a competition-wide field in stage two.
Players cannot vote for a player from their own club during stage two of the voting process.
Players will be recognised at a bespoke event on the first Monday the 26th of March and then again alongside their male colleagues at the AFL Players’ Association’s MVP Awards in September.
Presented on Monday will be the AFLW Players’ MVP Award, presented by Gloria Jean’s, the Best Captain Award, presented by KPMG, the Most Courageous Award, presented by Vifor Pharma, and the Best First-Year Player Award, presented by The Line.
MVP: Sarah Allan, Ebony Marinoff, Chelsea Randall
Captain: Chelsea Randall, Erin Phillips
Most Courageous: Chelsea Randall
Best First-Year: Ruth Wallace
MVP: Alexandra Anderson, Kate Lutkins, Jamie Stanton
Captain: Emma Zielke
Most Courageous: Nicole Hilderbrand
Best First-Year: Sophie Conway
MVP: Danielle Hardiman, Katie Loynes, Breann Moody
Captain: Brianna Davey
Most Courageous: Katie Loynes
Best First-Year: Maddison Gay
MVP: Christina Bernardi, Steph Chiocci, Chloe Molloy
Captain: Steph Chiocci
Most Courageous: Amelia Barden
Best First-Year: Chloe Molloy
MVP: Ebony Antonio, Kara Donnellan, Dana Hooker
Captain: Kara Donnellan
Most Courageous: Ebony Antonio
Best First-Year: Lisa Webb
MVP: Alicia Eva, Courtney Gum, Phoebe McWilliams
Captain: Amanda Farrugia
Most Courageous: Courtney Gum
Best First-Year: Courtney Gum
MVP: Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman, Daisy Pearce
Captain: Daisy Pearce
Most Courageous: Elise O’Dea
Best First-Year: Tegan Cunningham
MVP: Ellie Blackburn, Emma Kearney, Brooke Lochland
Captain: Katie Brennan
Most Courageous: Kirsty Lamb
Best First-Year: Aisling Utri