AFLW Best and Fairest Wide Open at Halfway Point

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The AFLW continues to attract our attention and the race is on to see which player will take the inaugural best and fairest award, the AFLW equivalent of the Brownlow Medal.

Erin Phillips of Adelaide is a prime contender as she successfully hopped for the WNBA with surprising ease, and she is having major influence on games with her combination of quick hands, ferocious competitiveness and strength over the ball.

Other Adelaide players who could attract umpires’ votes are Chelsea Randall, Kellie Gibson and Ebony Marinoff, although it is doubtful that after four games, any of that trio could surpass Phillips.

To the north, Emma Zielke is in all probability the clear favourite for Brisbane, due to her consistency through each of their matches, but the Brisbane side has a talented list that has supplied a different standout performer in each game. Forward Tayla Harris deserves mention, as does Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Emily Bates and Kaitlyn Ashmore.

It is another case of versatility that Blues’ player Brianna Davey brings to the equation. She used to play soccer and apparently some of those skills, such as the ability to contest possession and read the play, along with keen defensive skills, make a strong argument for her.

The other sides all feature worthy candidates as well, and as the inaugural season of the AFLW moves closer to its conclusion, we will have a look in their direction.