The best performers from the 2022 NAB League Girls season were recognised on Tuesday night, with Amber Clarke from the Dandenong Stingrays taking out the competition's best-and-fairest award.

Clarke, who won the best-on-ground medal in last Friday night's Grand Final despite her side falling agonisingly short in the decider, polled 20 votes from nine matches, which included six best-on-ground performances, to nudge out Western Jets premiership captain Charlotte Baskaran by one vote.

Ava Jordan from the Northern Knights, who turns 17 later this month, was third with 14 votes, followed by Bridget Deed from the Eastern Ranges, who polled 10 votes in just five matches before she became Hawthorn's first AFLW signing and moved to the Hawks' VFLW team.

Rounding out the top five was Reese Sutton from Calder Cannons, with nine votes. Meghan Gaffney (Tasmania Devils), Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) and Sara Howley (Geelong Falcons) finished equal sixth with eight votes apiece.

For Clarke, who turns 18 in December and played her junior football at Narre North Foxes, being named the league's best capped a stellar NAB League Girls campaign which saw her average 17 possessions and kick 18 goals in 10 matches playing as a midfielder-forward. She had a game-high 28 disposals, nine inside 50s and equal game-best two goals in the Grand Final.

Runner-up Baskaran is also 18 in December later this year and has a similarly long list of accolades. The former Aberfeldie Sports Club junior led the league in possessions (28 per game) and skippered the Jets to their first ever flag – girls or boys – when they beat the Stingrays with the last kick of a thrilling decider.

Charlotte Baskaran was named captain of the 2022 NAB League Girls Team of the Year. Picture: AFL Photos

Baskaran added to her list of honours when named captain of the 2022 NAB League Girls Team of the Year and is also captain of the Victoria Metro side, which won its first NAB AFLW National Championships - Girls U18 match against Victoria Country recently. She is one of only two players, along with Jets teammate Montana Ham, to have been named in the Team of the Year for the past two seasons.

The Stingrays and Jets both had three players selected in the Team of the Year, the most of any program along with Eastern Ranges, Murray Bushrangers and Sandringham Dragons. Claire Ransom from Tasmania Devils was named vice-captain of the side.

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2022 NAB League girls awards presentation

Sarah Olle hosts the 2022 NAB League girls awards night

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2022 NAB League Girls Best-and-Fairest leaderboard
1st: Amber Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays) - 20 votes 
2nd: Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) - 19 votes 
3rd: Ava Jordan (Northern Knights) - 14 votes 
4th: Bridget Deed (Eastern Ranges) - 10 votes 
5th: Reese Sutton (Calder Cannons) - 9 votes 
6th: Meghan Gaffney (Tassie Devils) - 8 votes 
6th: Zarlie Goldsworthy (Murray Bushrangers) - 8 votes 
6th: Sara Howley (Geelong Falcons) - 8 votes 
9th: Stephanie Asciak (Western Jets) - 7 votes 
9th: Sarah Hosking (Dandenong Stingrays) - 7 votes 
9th: Isabelle Khoury (Eastern Ranges) - 7 votes

2022 NAB League Girls Community Award: Sarah Hosking (Dandenong Stingrays)
The Community Award celebrates a NAB League player who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contribution to their community through their efforts to support and engage in purposeful initiatives for the benefit of others.

NAB League Girls Best-and-Fairest honour board
2022: Amber Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays)
2021: Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
2019: Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
2018: Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons), Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons)
2017: Chloe Molloy (Calder Cannons), Bridie Kennedy (Dandenong Stingrays)

2022 NAB League Girls Team of the Year

 

Name

NAB League Region

DOB

Height

Community Club

B

Molly Walton

GWV

5/6/04

171

North Ballarat

 

Erin Woodford

Oakleigh

29/8/03

171

Blackburn

 

Laura Elliott

Western

27/10/04

172

Pt Cook Centrals

 

 

 

 

 

 

HB

Abbey Baillie-McDonald

Calder

5/2/04

162

Sunbury

 

Mackenzie Eardley

Dandenong

13/1/04

183

Beleura

 

Mia Busch

Eastern

18/5/04

166

Blackburn

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Zara Hamilton

Murray

14/10/04

174

Belconnen

 

Zarlie Goldsworthy

Murray

18/11/04

169

Lavington

 

Claire Ransom (VC)

Tasmania

21/2/04

170

North Hobart

 

 

 

 

 

 

HF

Amber Clarke

Dandenong

22/12/04

171

Narre North Foxes

 

Bridie Hipwell

Sandringham

15/6/04

174

East Sandringham

 

Jasmine Fleming

Oakleigh

5/11/04

165

Ashburton

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Ava Jordan

Northern

29/4/05

150

Banyule

 

Georgia Clark

Tasmania

12/11/05

173

Glenorchy

 

Charley Ryan

Dandenong

2/9/04

173

Beleura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foll

Mia Austin

Eastern

22/4/04

178

Montrose

 

Montana Ham

Western

29/3/04

180

Keilor

 

Charlotte Baskaran (C)

Western

9/12/04

165

Aberfeldie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Int.

Lucia Painter

Bendigo

23/2/06

173

Sandhurst

 

Elizabeth Dowling

Geelong

31/7/03

171

St Mary's

 

Sofia Hurley

Sandringham

30/1/04

166

Port Melb Colts

 

Keeley Skepper

Murray

15/3/04

163

Shepparton United

 

Bridget Deed

Eastern

7/3/03

168

Seville

 

Georgia Foran

Sandringham

17/11/04

173

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