Brisbane Lions midfielder Belle Dawes has been selected in the 2023 AFLPA 22Under22 team following a career-best year for the 22-year-old.

Dawes, who joined the Lions leadership group this season has had her best year to date, averaging more disposals, tackles and clearances in 2023 than in her previous seasons.

A first-time selection, Dawes has been named in the midfield, highlighting her ability to zip through contests with clean hands effecting clearances and providing the Lions with first use of the footy.

Lions AFLW captain Bre Koenen was full of praise for Dawes who took the opportunity of more midfield time with both hands.

“Belle has worked extremely hard this year and it’s clear to see that with her performance on field so far this season,” Koenen said.

“It’s culminated in a well-deserved recognition of her year being selected in the 22under22 team.

“She’s someone who brings a lot of energy to our group and we’re incredibly proud of her.”

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.

Players are selected in the squad by the AFL Players Association based on match statistics from Champion Data from there, fans voted for who they believed were the best 22.

Catch Belle in action this Saturday night when the Lions take on Geelong in a Preliminary Final at Brighton Homes Arena. Get tickets here.