Ahead of Thursday evening’s VFLW Best and Fairest Count, here is a look at some of the players vying for top honours. Live updates will be shared on the catswomens Twitter and Instagram accounts throughout the event.
Geelong’s reigning VFLW Best & Fairest winner had another impressive season in the blue and white hoops, being named in the Cats’ best for her last seven matches. Cranston averaged over five tackles in her 10 games, while the powerful midfielder also snuck forward to kick five goals this season.
Webster’s standout season in defence was rewarded with her first VFLW Team of the Year honours. The 18-year-old averaged 17 disposals and four tackles across the home-and-away season, and consistent form saw Webster named in the Cats’ best players in ten out of her 13 matches.
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After finishing 10th in last year’s Best & Fairest award McDonald enjoyed another strong year, earning a place on the interchange in the 2019 VFLW Team of the Year. A member of Geelong’s leadership group, McDonald missed just one game this season and averaged 11 contested possessions throughout the home-and-away season.
Sophie Van De Heuvel
The second pick in the 2018 AFLW draft showed her star qualities this VFLW season, with Van De Heuvel receiving the highest number of votes for the Cats in this year’s VFLW Lambert-Pearce Medal. The young midfielder kicked nine goals in her 11 games, demonstrating her versatility across the ground.
Maguire was Geelong’s leading goal kicker this season with 11 majors, including four multiple goal efforts. The 22-year-old played every game in her third season for the Cats at VFLW level and was consistent in her output, also averaging close to five tackles per game.