Brisbane Lions midfielder Belle Dawes has been rewarded for her stellar 2023 season with a nomination in the AFL Players Association 22under22 squad.

Dawes’ nomination in the squad comes off the back of a career year so far for the 22-year-old who has taken on a bigger role in the Lions midfield this season.


Selected in the leadership group for the first time in her career, Dawes has taken to the role like a duck to water highlighted through her on field performance.

Averaging 17 touches, 6 tackles and 3 clearances per game this season an increase on her career averages of 13 disposals, 4 tackles and 2.5 clearances.

Fans now have their chance to get behind their favourite Lions, with voting open for seven days from November 9 to November 15.

The final team of 22 will be announced on November 22 via the AFL Players’ Association’s social media channels.

Players are selected by the AFL Players Association based on match statistics from Champion Data.

Due to such a high number of quality candidates, the squad was increased to 44 for Season 7 (previously 40).

The concept was first introduced to reward young players who make an impact on their Club and the competition so early in their careers, with this edition the fourth iteration of the AFLW 22Under22.