Top Eight: AFLW Players from the ACT
Despite a lack of coverage, the Australian Capital Territory certainly has no shortage of female football talent.
We have already covered who we thought were the Top Eight: Best and Brightest players from the ACT, so we thought why not go to the next level and put together a list of the Top Eight: Best AFLW Players from the ACT.
To be eligible for this list, the player must currently be playing in the AFL Women’s competition and must have either been directly drafted from an AFL Canberra League club or had played majority of their football in the territory before moving interstate.
And for this list, we have also considered their past sporting achievements, as a few of these players have only recently been drafted into the AFLW.
Ranging from very familiar names to some of the brightest in the competition, these are the Top Eight: AFLW Players from the ACT.
#8 Jacqueline Parry (Queanbeyan, Melbourne)
To kick off our list, we look towards the best forward in the Australian Capital Territory during the 2019 AFL Canberra League season, Queanbeyan’s Jackie Parry. Booting 56 goals throughout the year, the performance saw her not only claim the League’s Leading Goalkicker award but also saw her get named at full forward in the AFL Canberra Team of the Year.
With a performance like this, it wasn’t a surprise that she was picked up by Melbourne with pick number 54 during the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.
#7 Lexi Hamilton (Queanbeyan, Gold Coast)
Another Queanbeyan product comes in at number eight, this time it is the highly promising Lexi Hamilton. Lexi booted 22 goals during the 2019 AFL Canberra season, which saw her finish sixth overall in the league for total goals kicked and earn a spot in the Team of the Year.
Having previously represented NSW/ACT in the 2018 NAB AFLW National Championships, where she also went on to earn All-Australian honours, she of course gained the attention of the Gold Coast Suns, who drafted her with pick 38 during the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft. Lexi went on to make her AFLW debut in round one of this year’s season.
#6 Jessica Allan (Eastlake, GWS)
While technically a South Australian, Jess Allan was drafted by the Adelaide Crows with pick eight during the 2017 NAB AFLW draft. However, due to work commitments, this versatile ruck was eventually traded to GWS at the end of the 2019 AFLW season. She was placed on the inactive list for the Crows during 2019, due to the fact that she had to complete three months of intensive training. But she would get to play some football during 2019, as Jess eventually found her way to the Eastlake Demons. It was here that her stand out performance saw her finish fourth in league’s Best and Fairest, as well as make the Team of the Year.
So far during the 2020 AFLW season, she has collected 11 disposals and four tackles from her two games in the charcoal and orange.
#5 Maggie Gorham (Belconnen, GWS)
In terms of potential at AFLW level, Belconnen’s Maggie Gorham would easily sit at number one. She claimed the 2019 Bainrot Medal with 20 votes, which was four votes clear of second place, no doubt thanks to getting six Best on Grounds during the season. Not only that, but she also booted 29 goals from 17 games last season and was named at centre half forward of the 2019 AFL Canberra Team of the Year.
Having previously also been a part of the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Academy and the 2018 NSW/ACT state side, it wasn’t a surprise that she went at pick number four during the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.
#4 Brittany Tully (Gungahlin, GWS)
Gungahlin’s Britt Tully comes in at number four, the three time Marry Ann Bainrot Medallist (2016, 2017, 2018) was taken by the Giants with pick 80. Britt made her AFLW debut back in 2017, before taking a break during 2019, but she is now back in the orange and charcoal for 2020. And this season so far has seen her collect a rather impressive 17 disposals, 14 tackles and a goal from two games.
As for her performance at state level, well besides the hat-trick of league Best and Fairests, she was also named in the midfield of the 2019 AFL Canberra Team of the Year.
#3 Jodie Hicks (Belconnen, GWS)
As both a talented footballer and cricketer, Belconnen’s Jodie Hicks is one of the more experienced ACT players at AFLW level, having spent three years with the GWS Giants after getting drafted with their first pick during the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft. She ended up playing six games during her debut AFLW season in 2018.
As a member of the 2019 Canberra League Team of the Year, Jodie was originally a product of the NSW/ACT Youth Girls Talent Pathway program and is also a two-time U18 All-Australian. As for her performance at AFLW level, well 2020 has seen her collect a strong 25 disposals, seven tackles and five marks from the first two rounds this year.
#2 Najwa Allen (Eastlake, Adelaide)
Making the move from Eastlake in the Canberra League to Norwood in the SANFLW, Najwa Allen averaged 25.4 disposals and five marks a game during the 2019 SANFLW season. This stand out performance saw her claim the 2019 SANFLW Best and Fairest as well as the 2019 SANFLW Coaches Trophy. And of course, with a performance like this, she was also named in the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year.
On the back of this impressive season, she was recognised and rewarded as the Adelaide Crows selected her with pick 37 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft. Since then, Najwa has played the first two rounds with the Crows and has collected 17 disposals and four tackles.
#1 Hannah Dunn (Queanbeyan, Gold Coast)
Coming in at number one is the only player that we know of who has managed to make two state league Teams of the Year in just a single year. Hannah Dunn is a four-time Premiership player with the Queanbeyan Tigers, the same club that she became the first woman to reach 100 games with. She has also made the AFL Canberra Team of the Year every year from 2011 to 2019 and was also named in the AFL Canberra Team of the Decade.
As for her performance in South Australia with Norwood, Hannah also made the 2019 SANFLW Team of the Year and finished third for the 2019 league’s Best and Fairest. This performance obviously made her stand out, and she was drafted by the Gold Coast Suns with pick 22 during the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft. Since then, she has collected a strong 24 disposals and 14 tackles from the first two rounds this AFLW season.
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