Along with Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson, Bates has been the most consistent Lion since the AFLW's inception.
The 24-year-old had another strong campaign in 2019, mixing her ball-winning ability with clever disposal both by hand and foot. Will again be called on to lead the engine room in 2020.
Player honours: best and fairest 2017; All-Australian 2017 and 2018.
Draft history: 2016 NAB AFLW Draft 1st round selection (Brisbane Lions) No. 2 overall.