Super Mum Maddy McMahon has quickly established herself has one of the best AFLW defenders this season.

McMahon’s performance in helping curb the influence of star Carlton forward Darcy Vescio, was a major factor in the Cats’ narrow five-point win.

The 29-year-old was rewarded with eight AFLCA votes, and her performance drew praise from Coach Paul Hood post-match.

“As a mother-of-three in her first season of AFLW, to come in and play on Darcy Vescio and do the job that she did tonight, these amazing stories are just so good for our game,” Hood said.

“That someone as busy as Maddy can pull a performance out like that in front of thousands at GMHBA Stadium, it’s brilliant”.

Rocky Cranston was at her physical best inside the Cats engine room, receiving five votes for her 12 disposal and nine tackle game.

Former Blue Madeline Keryk and defender Meghan McDonald each collected two votes. The latter taking her season tally to 12 votes.

Denby Taylor was also recognised for her contribution playing predominantly across half-back with one vote.

The Cats will travel to Queensland this week for a top of the table clash against the in-form Brisbane Lions.

Round 4 v Blues

8 Maddy McMahon (GEEL)
8 Kerryn Harrington (CARL)
5 Richelle Cranston (GEEL)
4 Brianna Davey (CARL)
2 Madeline Keryk (GEEL)
2 Meghan McDonald (GEEL) 
1 Denby Taylor (GEEL)