The 30-gamers: Meet members of the AFLW's exclusive club

THERE have been 32 rounds of football played over the four NAB AFLW seasons to date, inclusive of finals. 

Fourteen players have managed to play a competition-high 30 of a possible (but highly improbable, given canny changes of clubs between seasons would have had to occur) 32 matches. 

Read on to find out more about our most experienced AFLW players. 

Ally Anderson (Brisbane)

The midfielder had a quieter 2020 from her heights of last year, but is still an All-Australian and club best and fairest winner. A tough accumulator who isn't afraid to throw her small frame in the middle of a pack.

Friday Feels: Ally Anderson

01:00 Jan 17. 2020. 12:00 AM

Brisbane star discusses what drives her

Kaitlyn Ashmore (Brisbane 16 games, North Melbourne 14 games)

A classy runner, Ashmore found her niche in 2020 as a pure forward, kicking an AFLW career-high nine goals. Has previously played in the midfield and on the wing in years prior, both for Brisbane and North Melbourne. 

Emily Bates (Brisbane)

Consistently one of Brisbane's very best players, Bates won the club's first best and fairest medal in 2017. The midfielder and clearance machine is a two-time All-Australian who is also a squad member for the 2020 team. 

Dare to Create: Emily Bates

00:23 Nov 20. 2018. 2:09 PM

Dare to create with Emily Bates

Alison Downie (Carlton)

At 35, Downie's one of the oldest players in the competition but hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. The Carlton ruck has been a mainstay in the side, and has also spent time up forward. She came third in the club's 2017 best and fairest. 

Britt Gibson (Brisbane 16, North Melbourne 14)

The most versatile player in this list, the bullocking Gibson can play across all three lines, and is often moved within matches themselves. Has been in North Melbourne's leadership group for both seasons. 

Kanga lands a brilliant long-range goal

00:39 Feb 3. 2019. 4:13 PM

Brittany Gibson caps a weaving run with a long bomb from the 50m arc

Sarah Hosking (Carlton)

A tough-as-nails midfielder, the former netballer has improved year on year and is now one of Carlton's most influential players. Hosking has been in the team's leadership group since 2018 and may have a burgeoning media career ahead of her, hosting the club's AFLW podcast. 

Kate Lutkins (Brisbane)

Lutkins just gets the job done, year after year. One of the premier defenders in the competition, the Lion was an All-Australian in 2018 and has been named in the 2020 All Australian squad. The 2018 best and fairest's rebound is just as deadly as her shutdown game.

The Imagination Gap: Kate Lutkins

01:00 Nov 20. 2018. 1:23 PM

Kate Lutkins talks about her greatest role models in the imagination gap

Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide)

The youngest player on this list, Marinoff hit the ground running in 2017, winning the inaugural NAB AFLW Rising Star award. A two-time premiership player, the tackling machine has finished third in all three of Adelaide's best and fairest counts and is a two-time All-Australian. 

Gab Pound (Carlton)

An All-Australian in 2019, the quirky Blue has been a mainstay of the team's backline over the last four years. A brave defender who reads the play well and has strong hands overhead. 

Jamie Stanton (Brisbane 16, North Melbourne seven, Gold Coast seven)

The well-travelled Stanton is now back home at Gold Coast and is the only player to have been at three different clubs during their inaugural seasons. The midfielder finished second in Brisbane's 2018 best and fairest and should poll very well in Gold Coast's count. 

Sublime Stanton outsmarts Cats

00:39 Mar 6. 2020. 8:11 PM

Gold Coast star Jamie Stanton strolls in for her first goal of the night

Nicola Stevens (Collingwood seven, Carlton 23)

It feels like a long time ago Stevens made the jump to Carlton after winning the Pies' 2017 best and fairest. A versatile flanker, she came into her own as a forward this year with her neat foot skills and game awareness. 

Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide)

Thompson was unable to recapture her 2019 form this year, when the lightning-quick forward was named the AFLW's leading goalkicker, but she's still deadly around goal. Her first two seasons at the Crows saw Thompson in defence, before new coach Matthew Clarke swung her to the opposite end for the start of 2019. 

Crows star finally kicks her first

00:47 Feb 16. 2020. 6:34 PM

Stevie-Lee Thompson kicks an exciting goal for the Crows

Darcy Vescio (Carlton)

The dangerous forward – who was the 2017 AFLW leading goalkicker – has kicked the equal-second most goals in AFLW history. Vescio was also won All-Australian honours in 2017 and after a leaner few years, bounced back to her best this season playing further away from goal. 

Emma Zielke (Brisbane)

The on-again, off-again Brisbane skipper has captained the club in 2017, 2018 and 2020, leading the team to two Grand Finals. A talented, ball-winning midfielder, Zielke was moved to half-back to great success this season, where her game sense and intercept marking was vital.