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VFLW: Webster wins Best & Fairest

Rebecca Webster has won her first Geelong VFLW Best and Fairest award. - Geelong Cats,Rebecca Webster
Rebecca Webster has won her first Geelong VFLW Best and Fairest award.

Rebecca Webster has capped off a stellar season by winning her first Geelong VFLW Best and Fairest award.

Webster tallied 262 votes to finish ahead of versatile forward Jordan Ivey (251 votes) and midfielder Amy McDonald (250) in Thursday evening’s vote count.

It was a standout season for Webster, who also made her VFLW Team of the Year debut on the half-back flank.

The 18-year-old, who joined Geelong with pick seven in the 2018 AFLW draft, was named in the Cats’ best players in 10 of her 13 matches in 2019. A skillful user of the ball and strong in one-on-one contests, the talented young gun averaged 17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances throughout the home-and-away season.

Runner-up Jordan Ivey consistently displayed her class and experience, featuring in Geelong’s best in eight out of 10 matches. After a top 10 finish in Geelong’s AFLW Best and Fairest earlier this year, the powerful forward also spent time in the midfield, kicking four goals and averaging 6.4 tackles per game.

Amy McDonald rounded out the top three finishing just one vote behind Ivey, improving on her 10th place finish in 2018.

It was a breakout season for McDonald, who earned her first VFLW Team of the Year selection after making a move to the midfield. McDonald missed just one game for the year, and averaged 17 disposals, 11 contested possessions and 3.5 clearances in her home-and-away games.

Geelong’s leading goal kicker Madisen Maguire and tough contested player Madeline Keryk finished equal fourth on 239 votes.

Rocky Cranston (226), Sophie Van De Heuvel (219), Bec Goring (212), Kate Darby (209) and Rene Caris (207) rounded out the top 10.

VFLW Best & Fairest top 10

  1. Rebecca Webster (262 votes)
  2. Jordan Ivey (251)
  3. Amy McDonald (250)
  4. Madeline Keryk (239)
  5. Madisen Maguire (239)
  6. Rocky Cranston (226)
  7. Sophie Van De Heuvel (219)
  8. Bec Goring (212)
  9. Kate Darby (209)
  10. Rene Caris (207)

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