Best and Fairest, and Runner Up
In the end it was a fairy-tale finish for this years Lions AFL Women’s Best and Fairest, claiming the prestigious award along with a Grand Final win from ten appearances.
In a team that has consistently been described as a champion team rather than a team of champions there were just 10 votes separating the top 5 on the final leader board on Friday night.
Anderson’s victory wraps a very sweet week for her in which she also managed to get the Grand Final monkey off the back having competed in ten and never won one.
Best First Year Player
Pocket-rocket and goal-sneak Courtney Hodder was awarded Best First Year Player off the back of a season that saw multiple Goal of the Year nominations as well as the eventual prize.
Hodder took out the gong at Tuesday nights W Awards with a her incredible 40m running goal in Round 9.
The small-forward has provided Lions fans exciting moments galore in 2021 and at age 20 has a long AFLW career ahead of her.
All For One Award
The All for One Award is given to the player who demonstrates the Club Values of High Performance, Cutting Edge, Care and Connected, all values displayed by the 2021 All For One Award winner, Shannon Campbell.
Campbell competed in her fifth AFLW Season and capped off the year with a solid Grand Final performance in what has been described as an impenetrable backline.
The Most Relentless Player Award goes to the player who overcomes adversity and never gives up, is courageous and lionhearted and in 2021 that player is Cathy Svarc.
Svarc performed her defensive mid role with grit and determination, often given the shutdown role on some of the competitions toughest players, she was rarely beaten.
The player who displays a ruthless, merciless, aggressive, and fierce attitude throughout the season and in 2021 there were none more competitive than second-year forward Dakota Davidson.
Davidson has had a superb second AFLW season, leading the competition’s goals for the first half of the season and finishing the season with 16 goals total.
The Trademark Player of the Year Award (formally the Players' Player Award) is voted on ‘by’ the players ‘for’ the players. Each week, the players are asked to vote on who they felt best reflected the values they strive for as a group.
This year’s Trademark Player is key defender Breanna Koenen.
Best Finals Player
With the Lions not only making Finals in 2021 but seeing it through all the way to a Premiership, this was always going to be a tough fought battle.
B&F: Ally Anderson
Runner(s) Up: Orla O’Dwyer
Best 1st year: Courtney Hodder
All For One: Shannon Campbell
Most Relentless: Cathy Svarc
Most Competitive: Dakota Davidson
Trademark Player: Breanna Koenan
Best Finals Player: Ally Anderson & Breanna Koenan
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