KIARA Bowers is tackling her way to the top.
Halfway through the season, the tough Fremantle midfielder and vice-captain is sitting one vote clear in first position in womens.afl's player of the season.
At the conclusion of each match, the reporter assigned to the game awards their 3-2-1 to the players they judge to be best afield.
Over that period, Bowers has averaged 14.5 disposals, 14.5 tackles (the next best in the competition is four players on 7.0) and 3.3 inside 50s a match.
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Hot on Bowers' heels is the midfield group of Jasmine Garner, Jaimee Lambert, Karen Paxman and Maddy Prespakis, all with eight votes.
The quartet all find plenty of the footy and also hit the scoreboard, setting them apart from most of the midfielders in the AFLW.
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North Melbourne has the best representation in the upper echelon of votes, with three of the top 12 players calling Arden Street home.
Womens.afl's AFLW player of season (end of round four):
9 – Kiara Bowers (Fremantle)
8 – Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne), Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood), Karen Paxman (Melbourne), Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)
6 – Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide), Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), Alyce Parker (GWS)
5 – Emily Bates (Brisbane), Sophie Conway (Brisbane), Emma Kearney (North Melbourne), Ash Riddell (North Melbourne)