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Finalists dominate AFLW All Australian team

AFLW stars shine on coral carpet Nat Edwards chats to the stars on the coral carpet ahead of the W Awards

GRAND Final teams Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions have both had five players named in the inaugural Virgin Australia AFL Women's All Australian team at a Docklands function on Tuesday night. 

For the premiership-winning Crows, co-captains Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall were selected, as were NAB AFL Women's Rising Star winner Ebony Marinoff, Courtney Cramey and cult hero Sarah Perkins. 

Crows teenager Marinoff the brightest Rising Star

It has been a remarkable rise for Perkins, who missed selection at last year's draft, only to join the Crows as a post-draft free agent. She went on to finish second on the goalkicking table with 11 goals.

From the Lions, Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Emily Bates, Tayla Harris, Sam Virgo and Kate McCarthy made the team.

Melbourne, which missed out on the Grand Final on percentage, had four of its players picked: Daisy Pearce, Elise O'Dea, Karen Paxman and Melissa Hickey.

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Three teams had two representatives. Collingwood had Emma King and Nicola Stevens, Carlton had Darcy Vescio and Brianna Davey while the Western Bulldogs had Ellie Blackburn and Emma Kearney.

Melbourne skipper Pearce was named captain of the All Australian team, with Crows co-captain Phillips her deputy.

Blue bags Mark of the Year

Vescio's brilliant grab versus the Western Bulldogs in round five saw her take out the Woolworths Mark of the Year with 36 per cent of fans' votes on AFL.com.au.

The Blues star cleaned up on the night after also taking home the prize for being the season's leading goalkicker, with 14.

Crow adds Goal of the Year to trophy cabinet

The Coates Hire Goal of the Year went to premiership co-captain Phillips with 40 per cent of the fans' vote, for her long bomb against Carlton in round three.

Greater Western Sydney had Jessica Dal Pos in the All Australian team while Fremantle was represented by Kara Donnellan, meaning every club had at least one player named.

 

2017 Virgin Australia AFL Women's All Australian team

Defenders: Nicola Stevens (Collingwood), Courtney Cramey (Adelaide), Chelsea Randall (Adelaide), Brianna Davey (Carlton), Karen Paxman (Melbourne)

Midfield: Elise O'Dea (Melbourne), Daisy Pearce (Melbourne), Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs), Emma King (Collingwood), Kara Donnellan (Fremantle), Emily Bates (Brisbane Lions) 

Forwards: Erin Phillips (Adelaide), Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane Lions), Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), Sarah Perkins (Adelaide), Darcy Vescio (Carlton)

Interchange: Jessica Dal Pos (Greater Western Sydney), Kate McCarthy (Brisbane Lions), Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide), Tayla Harris (Brisbane Lions), Melissa Hickey (Melbourne), Sam Virgo (Brisbane Lions)

AFLW leading goalkicker Darcy Vescio also won mark of the year. Picture: AFL Photos