Ange Stannett leads Fremantle out onto the field ahead of round six, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

ANGE Stannett has capped off an excellent season by being crowned Fremantle's best and fairest in a nailbiting count on Friday night.

The Dockers vice-captain pipped defender Emma O'Driscoll but just one vote, polling 154 votes across her 10 games, and also took home the Best Clubwoman and Players' awards.

Ruck Mim Strom finished third.

Players are allocated zero to five votes based on their performances from five of the side's coaches, with players able to be awarded a maximum of 25 votes for one game.

"(It is) a superb result for Ange. She has been a really consistent performer across the 10 games (this year)," coach Lisa Webb said.

"Ange always has a team first approach. Everything she did on and off the field, no matter what her role was, she gave full effort and intensity."


154 votes: Ange Stannett 
153 votes: Emma O’Driscoll
123 votes: Mim Strom
115 votes: Aine Tighe
113  votes: Laura Pugh
109 votes: Hayley Miller
108 votes: Orlagh Lally
107 votes: Dana East
104 votes: Megan Kauffman
101 votes: Madi Scanlon

Players’ Award: Ange Stannett
Best Clubwoman: Ange Stannett
Best First Year Player Award: Jae Flynn


GREATER Western Sydney's Zarlie Goldworthy has capped off a breakout year by taking out the club's best and fairest award.

The 18-year-old, who is in the frame for the League's Rising Star award, kicked 13 goals for the season, five of those coming in round eight's best-on-ground performance against Carlton.


It was a busy night for the forward/midfielder, who also picked up the Giants' Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award, the Members' Choice Award, the Rising Star Award, and the Leading Goalkicker Award.

Four-time winner Alyce Parker finished in second place despite missing the last three games of the season.

Defender Tarni Evans and midfielder Bec Beeson finished in equal third.


119 votes: Zarlie Goldsworthy
77 votes: Alyce Parker
68 votes: Tarni Evans and Rebecca Beeson
66 votes: Nicola Barr
48 votes: Haneen Zreika
47 votes: Chloe Dalton
34 votes: Alicia Eva and Katherine Smith
29 votes: Georgia Garnett

Academy Player of the Year: Mel Staunton
Rising Star Award: Zarlie Goldsworthy
Giants Community Award: Chloe Dalton
Members Choice Award: Zarlie Goldsworthy
Mark of the Year: Brodee Mowbray – Round 3 v Richmond
Goal of the Year: Jessica Doyle – Round 7 v St Kilda
Defensive Moment of the Year: Nicola Barr – Round 6 v West Coast
Leading Goal Kicker: Zarlie Goldsworthy – 13 goals 
Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award: Zarlie Goldsworthy
Coaches Award: Haneen Zreika


YOUNG gun Abbey Dowrick has claimed Port Adelaide's best and fairest after an impressive second season in the AFLW.

The 21-year-old finished on 106 votes to win the prize ahead of Gemma Houghton (93) and Matilda Scholz (84), while retiring great Erin Phillips (82) was fourth.

Dowrick averaged 19.6 disposals, 6.6 tackles and 6.3 clearances this season.

"I'd like to start off by thanking the Port Adelaide Football Club, the AFL and the AFLW for giving me the opportunity to play at the top level," Dowrick said in her acceptance speech.

"To the girls, thank you for making it a great season. Despite the results, I've had an absolute blast from start to finish.

"To my mum and dad, the biggest thank you for always believing in me and making the sacrifices for me to follow my dreams."

Scholz was named Port's Best First Year Player, Maria Moloney took home the Players' Player and Julia Teakle secured the Coaches' Award for most improved.

106 votes: Abbey Dowrick
93 votes: Gemma Houghton
84 votes: Matilda Scholz
82 votes: Erin Phillips
72 votes: Amelie Borg
63 votes: Ashleigh Saint
61 votes: Justine Mules
58 votes: Ebony O'Dea
56 votes: Ange Foley
53 votes: Cheyenne Hammond

Best First Year Player: Matilda Scholz
Coaches' Award (most improved): Julia Teakle
Players' Player: Maria Moloney


WEST Coast defender Charlie Thomas has been crowned as the Eagles' club champion in 2023 after emerging as one of the AFLW's gun half-backs this season.

In a season that saw the Eagles' young talent come to the fore, Thomas polled 52 votes to finish ahead of young star Ella Roberts (49) in just her second season.

Experienced Eagle Belinda Smith (48) rounded out the top three, with skipper Emma Swanson (44) and key defender Sophie McDonald (43) also recognised for strong campaigns.

Charlotte Thomas looks to dispose of the ball during West Coast's clash against Adelaide in round 10, 2023. Picture: Getty Images

Thomas was a defensive pillar in her third AFLW season, with her ability to intercept opposition entries and rebound with poise and skill a highlight. 

Recruited with pick No.3 in the 2021 AFL Women's Draft, she led a young brigade through another difficult campaign for the club and ensured the Eagles' future talent was on display. 

The 20-year-old from Subiaco in the WAFLW finished in the top five in the League for rebound 50s and was this week selected in the AFL Players' Association's 2023 AFLW 22Under22 squad. 

Her win on Friday night ends star midfielder Swanson's recent grip on the award after claiming back-to-back best and fairests in two outstanding 2022 campaigns. 

In other awards presented on the night, Belinda Smith was voted by her teammates as the Trademark Player, while Krstel Petrevski was named the Best Club Person.

Retiring Eagles Jess Sedunary and Isabella Simmons were also celebrated for their contributions after each calling time on their AFLW careers.

52 votes: Charlie Thomas
49 votes: Ella Roberts
48 votes: Belinda Smith
44 votes: Emma Swanson
43 votes: Sophie McDonald
31 votes: Kellie Gibson
30 votes: Dana Hooker
28 votes: Bella Lewis
27 votes: Aisling McCarthy
23 votes: Shanae Davison

Trademark Player: Belinda Smith
Best Club Person: Krstel Petrevski

Charlotte Thomas during the round five AFLW match between West Coast and Port Adelaide at Mineral Resources Park, September 29, 2023. Picture: Getty Images