Brisbane Lion Best friend Anderson says she is “surprised” and in “disbelief” over her marvel AFLW best possible and fairest victory.
- Anderson is the primary AFLW best possible and fairest now not integrated within the All-Australian aspect
- She completed on 21 votes, forward of Richmond midfielder Mon Conti
- Port Adelaide’s Hannah Ewings was once named the season’s emerging superstar
Remarkably, Anderson become the primary winner in AFLW historical past to not make the All-Australian workforce, and completed eleventh within the AFL Coaches’ Affiliation (AFLCA) Champion participant award.
She could also be the second one Brisbane Lion to win the award during the last two seasons, following teammate Emily Bates previous this yr.
Requested if she had regarded as herself an opportunity of profitable the medal, Anderson answered “now not even a little bit bit”.
“Clearly, in the event you watched my speech, I wasn’t very ready,” she informed a press convention after the rely.
“So I almost certainly did not sound nice on level, however I simply had completely no thought [I would win].”
Reflecting on her omission from the All-Australian workforce, the 28-year-old was once most often humble.
“I suppose it was once disappointing [to miss out],” she mentioned.
“However I used to be so satisfied for my teammates who made it, so on the finish of the day it did not in point of fact subject to me.
“I suppose I had a constant yr, however I used to be surrounded via such nice teammates, and that is the reason type of what were given me over the road.”
A proud Ghangalu lady, Anderson additionally turns into the second one First International locations participant to take out the AFLW’s very best particular person honour, after Dja Dja Wurrung lady Maddy Prespakis in 2020.
Anderson mentioned the cultural importance of her win had hit her after teammate Courtney Hodder congratulated her with a hug.
“I used to be simply type of like, oh yeah, I am the primary Indigenous Brisbane Lions participant to put on this medal,” Anderson mentioned.
“It is such a thrilling feeling. It makes me in point of fact proud, and , if younger ladies can type of have a look at me and be like, that is a pathway that they wish to take, then that implies so much to me.”
Anderson completed the rely on 21 votes, two forward of the recent favorite, Richmond midfielder Mon Conti.
The Brisbane midfielder started the overall spherical of the rely one vote forward of Conti, sooner than Conti polled two votes for her recreation towards North Melbourne.
However, in an exhilarating end, Anderson was once awarded best possible on floor for her 26-possession recreation towards Collingwood, leapfrogging Conti. It was once her 3rd three-vote efficiency in a row to spherical out a barnstorming finish to the season.
The rely was once shut all evening, with 5 gamers (Anderson, Conti, Ebony Marinoff, Alyce Parker and Maddy Prespakis) inside of one vote of one another with two rounds last.
In probably the most quirks of the night time, pre-count favorite Kangaroo Jasmine Garner did not ballot a vote within the first 4 rounds of the season, regardless of having two times been recognised with an excellent 10 votes in rounds one and two of AFLCA vote casting (and polling once more in rounds 3 and 4).
Garner was once named AFLCA participant of the season, and recognised for her remarkable marketing campaign via being named captain of the All-Australian workforce, however didn’t end within the best 5 of the rely.
Marinoff (18 votes), Perspakis (17) and Melbourne’s Olivia Purcell (16) rounded out the highest 5 on the finish of the evening.
Ewings recognised as best possible first yr participant
In the meantime, Hannah Ewings was once named season seven’s Emerging Celebrity, beating out Energy teammate Abbey Dowrick for the award.
South Australia’s best draft pick out in 2022, Ewings led her membership for clearances (3.9 consistent with recreation) and within 50s (3.7 consistent with recreation) in her debut season. She was once additionally first for clearances and equal-second for within 50s amongst first-season gamers.
Ewings (42 votes) was once a complete winner, with Dowrick (32 votes) the one participant to come back with reference to her Alberton teammate. So dominant have been the Energy pair that each one 9 Emerging Celebrity judges opted for both Ewings or Dowrick with their most 5 votes.
Rising Hawthorn midfielder Jasmine Fleming (17) was once 3rd for the growth aspect, adopted via West Coast Eagle Ella Roberts (15) and the Bulldogs’ Riley Wilcox (10).
Within the feel-good tale of the evening, Courtney Wakefield secured a place within the ahead line of the All-Australian workforce after not too long ago saying her retirement.
Wakefield performed 30 video games over 4 seasons with Richmond after attending a skill id day at age 31, simply seven weeks after giving start to her moment kid.
Emma Kearney, in the meantime, become the one participant to be named in each and every All-Australian AFLW workforce so far (seven general).