From the sensational goal sneaks to the silky half-backs to potential debutants.

We thought we'd make your life easy by giving you the 5 MUST WATCH players this AFLW season, and we think there's a little something for every footy fan in the list below.

#11 Phoebe Monahan

Following the departure of Emma Zielke, the Lions are hopeful Phoebe Monahan can play a pivotal role in defence in 2022.

No stranger to hard work, the former Tiger and Giant will bring experience and maturity to a young backline. Having previously been a part of the Richmond leadership group and showcasing her clean skills in the Lions practice match against Gold Coast, there’s plenty to like about the 28-year-old.

Having previously played alongside Kate Lutkins in their army days, the Monahan/Lutkins partnership looms as one of the bigger headaches for AFLW forward lines going into the new season.


#24 Lucinda Pullar 

Resumes don’t come much more stacked than Lucinda Pullar’s.

A former professional soccer player, ‘Lulu’ as she’s affectionately known has impressed throughout pre-season.

For a player with only three years of AFL experience, Pullar possesses professionalism beyond her years and has one of the best tanks in the team, having won the Lions 2km time trial earlier in the year.

We could very well be seeing a first-year debutant given the way Lulu is progressing.


#21 Courtney Hodder

 It’s hard to believe that 2021 was only Courtney Hodder’s first year in the AFLW.

With blistering pace, an innate goal sense and the ability to produce bone crunching tackles, there’s a lot to love about the 21-year-old small forward.

From her incredible goal that earned her Goal of the Year against Melbourne in Round 9 to her freakish snap off the deck against Adelaide in the Grand Final, Hodder will be looking to add to her already stacked highlight reel in 2022.

With the capability to change a game off her own boot, Hodder will be a vital piece of the Lions title defence and one that will continue to entertain AFLW fans for years to come.


#10 Nat Grider

Grider had a breakthrough year in 2021, cementing her spot in the Lions backline.

Having worked hard in the off-season on her craft with partner and Lions player Connor McFadyen, Grider was rewarded for her efforts with both a Rising Star nomination and a spot in the AFLPA 22under22 team.

An assertive defender with a dangerous left foot, the 21-year-old will be looking to set the Premiers up from half-back through the 2022 season and capitalise on her impressive season last year.


#26 Indy Tahau

Like Grider, Tahau was a revelation in her first year as a Lion.

The 19-year-old had an initiation of fire, debuting against rivals Adelaide and tasked with the almighty challenge of playing on Erin Phillips.

However, she found her feet quickly and held her spot for the remainder of the season, showcasing her versatility and physicality in defence.

Going into her second season, Tahau is looking fitter than ever and should be a mainstay in the Lions back five.