Collingwood’s 2021 AFLW Best and Fairest award will be presented this Friday night.
Here are some of the leading contenders up for the award (in alphabetical order).
One of the Magpies’ most consistent performers in 2021, Bonnici received her first All-Australian selection earlier this week. The 24-year-old finished the season with the team’s highest total marks (60) and kicks (173). The hard-running midfielder has polled well in previous best and fairest counts and finished runner up for the award last season.
Her game just gets better and better each season. The 26-year-old was not only named this year’s league Best and Fairest, but was also appointed captain of the All-Australian team. The midfielder’s outstanding efforts were also acknowledged by her peers having been voted the AFL Players’ Most Valuable Player. She led the Pies’ total disposal count with 262 as well as contested possessions with 128. The Magpies’ co-captain finished in third position for the club’s best and fairest last season.
Lambert again provided a consistent role in the Pies’ midfield this season, averaging 20 disposals a game and also managed to boot a total of four goals. The tough-on-baller recorded a total of 41 clearances and 48 tackles – the second highest for the side. The 26-year-old was also named in the All-Australian squad. She is a two-time club best and fairest winner (2019 and 2020).
Continued to be a wall in defence in 2021. The foundation Magpie recorded a total of 72 intercepts and 52 rebound 50s this season. She also averaged 3.5 marks and 11 kicks a game. The 33-year-old was named in the 2021 All-Australian squad as well as the AFLW Team of the Year.
The 2018 Rising Star spent most of her time in front of goal this season booting a total of 16 goals. The 22-year-old received her second All-Australian selection this year and was also named captain of the 22Under22 for the second-consecutive year. The fourth-year Magpie also received a nomination for Goal of the Year.
The defender ran out her best season to date in 2021. The rebounding defender finished the season with the team’s highest intercept possession count (90) and averaged four marks a game (total of 46). The 23-year-old’s efforts saw her rewarded with her first All-Australian selection. While providing a key role down back, Schleicher also drifted forward at times where she managed to kick two goals.
Watch the awards live on Collingwood's AFLW Facebook page this Friday night from 7.30pm AEST.