A best-on-ground performance from Fremantle’s Gemma Houghton headlines the nominations for the opening round of the AFLW MVP of the Week.
Rising St Kilda star Georgia Patrikios and North Melbourne ruck Emma King are the other candidates in line for the weekly award.
Starting the 2021 season where they left off last year, Gemma Houghton spearheaded a dominant Fremantle performance. Nominated for the first time in her career, the 27-year-old kicked three goals from 20 touches and took a game-high nine marks, as the Dockers stormed home to a 30-point win against the Giants.
Last year’s AFLW Players’ Best-First Year Georgia Patrikios started her second season with a best-on-ground performance against the Bulldogs on Friday night. The 19-year-old collected 23 touches, with an equal game-high 17 kicks, had five inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked a goal as the Saints clinched a nine-point victory.
Setting the tone in North Melbourne’s 62-point win over Geelong, Emma King kicked the opening three goals of the game. King finished the day with 10 touches and a staggering 30 hit-outs – 21 more than the next best in Geelong’s Rene Caris.
The AFL Players’ Association AFLW MVP of the Week is in its fourth 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 a personalised Carry Me bag from July, valued at $65. One lucky winner who votes each week will also go in the draw to win the ultimate July travel collection, including a Carry On, Checked & Checked Plus bag valued at $895.
To vote, simply select the player you deem to be the MVP of the Week. Voting closes on Wednesday, February 4 at 5pm AEDT.