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Two Pies feature in elite VFLW team

Sarah D'Arcy was named on the half forward flank of the 2018 VFL Women's Team of the Year. Photo: Luke Henry. - Collingwood,Collingwood Magpies
Sarah D'Arcy was named on the half forward flank of the 2018 VFL Women's Team of the Year. Photo: Luke Henry.

Two Magpies were recognised for their fine contributions to Collingwood’s minor premiership success with selection in the VFL Women’s Team of the Year.

Sarah D’Arcy was named on the half forward flank, while Sophie Alexander was one of six players named on the interchange bench.

Coach Penny Cula-Reid was also recognised when she was named Coach of the Year.

Alexander has enjoyed a wonderful season, kicking 13 goals in 13 games, including a haul of four against the Northern Territory Thunder up in Alice Springs earlier in the year. She was named in the best on eight occasions.



Sophie Alexander (No. 49), Emma Grant (No. 5) and Kristy Stratton (No. 41) belt out the song after Collingwood's win over Carlton. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Alexander was one of the first players signed by the Magpies when the team began its pre-season last November, joining on the same day as skipper Jessica Edwards.

D’Arcy, meanwhile, was one of 14 AFL Women’s players added to the VFLW list ahead of the season.

She played her first VFLW match for the club against Geelong in round two, and was a consistent performer all season. She was named best afield in the win over Darebin at Victoria Park and also featured heavily in both matches against Hawthorn, collecting 20 disposals in the seven-point win at the Box Hill City Oval in round five.

Elsewhere, Jamiee Lambert and Chloe Molloy each polled 10 votes in the Lambert-Pearce Medal as the best-and-fairest player in the 2018 VFL Women’s season.

Former AFLW Magpie Jess Duffin, now at Williamstown, was the runaway winner, polling 23 votes.

All Magpies will be keen to make their mark on Sunday’s Preliminary Final against Geelong at North Port Oval. The match will begin at 11.45am, and the winner will face Hawthorn in the Grand Final at Etihad Stadium the following Sunday.

VFL Women’s Team of the Year 2018
B:
Jayne Van Dyke (Hawthorn), Bec Goring (Geelong), Kate Gillespie-Jones (Melbourne Uni)
HB: Ashleigh Riddell (Melbourne Uni), Meghan McDonald (Darebin), Bianca Jakobsson (Casey)
C: Alison Drennan (Southern Saints), Jess Duffin (Williamstown), Rebecca Beeson (Hawthorn)
HF: Sarah D’Arcy (Collingwood), Jasmine Garner (Williamstown), Jessica Sedunary (NT Thunder)
F: Hayley Bullas (Essendon), Darcy Vescio (Carlton), Mia-Rae Clifford (Geelong)
Foll: Rhiannon Watt (Southern Saints), Richelle Cranston (Geelong), Angela Foley (NT Thunder)
Int: Emma Swanson (NT Thunder), Sophie Alexander (Collingwood), Alice Edmonds (Richmond), Libby Birch (Western Bulldogs), Lauren Pearce (Darebin), Emma Mackie (Hawthorn)
Coach: Penny Cula-Reid (Collingwood)

Lambert-Pearce Medal Leaderboard 2018
23 –
Jess Duffin (Williamstown)
17 – Lauren Pearce (Darebin)
16 – Angela Foley (NT Thunder)
15 – Darcy Vescio (Carlton) / Emma Mackie (Hawthorn)
14 – Ashleigh Riddell (Melbourne Uni) / Mia-Rae Clifford (Geelong)
13 – Nat Exon (Darebin)
11 – Richelle Cranston (Geelong)
10 – Chloe Molloy (Collingwood) / Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs) / Jamiee Lambert (Collingwood) / Meg Hutchins (Hawthorn)