The nominees for the 2019 AFLW Players’ Most Valuable Player Awards have been revealed with one club nominating a record five players.
2017 AFLW Players’ Most Valuable Player Erin Phillips is a welcome return to the nominations after struggling last season with injury.
Adelaide co-captain Chelsea Randall has been nominated for the Most Courageous award for a record third consecutive season, after winning the award the previous two years.
A record-breaking 15 players have been nominated for multiple awards, with Carlton captain Bri Davey being nominated for Best Captain, Most Valuable Player and Most Courageous.
Four players have been nominated for the Best First-Year Player Award and Most Valuable Player award, with Adelaide’s Jessica Foley, Carlton’s Madison Prespakis, Geelong’s Olivia Purcell and the GWS Giants’ Alyce Parker being recognised by their peers for their outstanding rookie seasons.
Adelaide and North Melbourne have nominated five and four players for the MVP Award, respectively, with the two clubs unable to separate the playing group in an unprecedented tie.
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 Monday, April 1 and then again alongside their male colleagues at the AFL Players’ Association’s MVP Awards in late August.
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 The Line, and the Best First-Year Player Award, presented by MSC Signs.
MVP: Anne Hatchard, Erin Phillips, Jessica Foley, Ebony Marinoff, Stevie-Lee Thompson
Captain: Chelsea Randall, Erin Phillips
Most Courageous: Chelsea Randall
Best First-Year: Jessica Foley
MVP: Alexandra Anderson, Nat Exon, Kate Lutkins
Captain: Leah Kaslar
Most Courageous: Shannon Campbell
Best First-Year: Jacqui Yorston
MVP: Brianna Davey, Kerryn Harrington, Madison Prespakis
Captain: Brianna Davey
Most Courageous: Brianna Davey
Best First-Year: Madison Prespakis
MVP: Ashleigh Brazill, Jaimee Lambert, Sarah D’Arcy
Captain: Steph Chiocci
Most Courageous: Jaimee Lambert
Best First-Year: Jordyn Allen
MVP: Dana Hooker, Kiara Bowers, Stephanie Cain
Captain: Kara Donnellan
Most Courageous: Kiara Bowers
Best First-Year: Sabreena Duffy
MVP: Maddy McMahon, Meghan McDonald, Olivia Purcell
Captain: Mel Hickey
Most Courageous: Renee Garing
Best First-Year: Olivia Purcell
MVP: Alicia Eva, Alyce Parker, Ellie Brush
Captain: Amanda Farrugia
Most Courageous: Ellie Brush
Best First-Year: Alyce Parker
MVP: Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman, Lauren Pearce
Captain: Elise O’Dea, Shelley Scott
Most Courageous: Shelley Scott
Best First-Year: Chantel Emonson
North melbourne tasmanian kangaroos
MVP: Emma Kearney, Emma King, Jenna Bruton, Jess Duffin
Captain: Emma Kearney
Most Courageous: Brittany Gibson
Best First-Year: Ashleigh Riddell
MVP: Ellie Blackburn, Kirsty Lamb, Monique Conti
Captain: Katie Brennan, Ellie Blackburn
Most Courageous: Kirsty Lamb
Best First-Year: Aisling McCarthy