AFLW Player of the Week (Round One)
The AFLW is back for another season, and it was certainly worth the wait, with round one giving us plenty to think about.
There was no shortage of talent either, with returning stars and new draftees all coming together to shape an exciting round of footy.
With plenty still to digest, we have kept things simple, and have broken it down to three players that we believe were the stand outs of the round for various reasons.
#3. Lucy McEvoy (Carlton)
A product of the Geelong Falcons; Lucy McEvoy went at pick number two in the 2019 NAB AFLW draft, and she showed exactly why during her debut performance with the Blues. In total, McEvoy collected 12 disposals, five marks and four tackles during the season opener against Richmond. A great youngster in a great team, the future already looks extremely bright for this new Blue.
#2. Georgia Patrikios (St. Kilda)
While the Saints returned to their old home ground, they may have just found their brand-new star. Going at pick number five in the 2019 NAB AFLW draft, Georgia Patrikios starred in her debut game, finishing with 18 disposals, five tackles and two marks. With great pace, awareness, and her willingness to take the game on, it was hard to believe that this was her debut game. A true star in the making, we are looking forward to seeing what Georgia has in store for us next.
#1. Anne Hatchard (Adelaide)
Okay, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. While the Crows didn’t get the result they were looking for, one major positive for the side would easily be Anne’s round one performance. Having a dream start to the 2020 season, Hatchy collected 35 disposals, breaking the previous AFLW record of 33 which was held by fellow teammate Ebony Marinoff. However, when compared to the current AFL men’s record, which goes to Tom Mitchell with 54 disposals; Hatchard actually gathered her touches at a slightly faster rate than Mitchell, no doubt thanks to the vast difference in playing time between the men and women’s competitions. With a record number of touches, nine marks and six tackles, this round one performance could be a sign of a massive year for this humble Crow.
Special thanks to all those who nominated.