The 'advanced stats' AFLW All-Stars team: Who made the cut?

CHAMPION Data has trawled through its data to make an "advanced stats AFLW all-stars team".

Using accumulated stats from across the four home and away seasons of the competition (excluding finals), 21 players have made the cut, including the recently retired Jess Foley, with a minimum 10-game requirement. 

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In the case a player tops multiple categories, they are picked once, with the next-best player then selected in the remaining statistics.

The youngest players to make the side are Geelong's Olivia Purcell and AFLW best and fairest winner Maddy Prespakis, with the Blue to turn 20 next week.

DEFENDERS 

Kerryn Harrington, Carlton – one-on-one loss rate
The Blues co-captain has lost just 14.3 per cent of her one-on-one contests, either winning or neutralising the remainder. It's the best percentage of players who have defended at least 25 contests. 

Phoebe Monahan, GWS/Richmond – average spoils per match
The dogged defender is averaging 3.4 spoils per match, and actually has a better one-on-one loss rate (8.7 per cent) than Harrington, but has only been involved in 23 contests. 

Ash Brazill, Collingwood – average intercept possessions per match
Well used to it on the netball court, Brazill averages 8.1 intercept possessions each game she plays. She also averages 2.2 intercept marks a game, ranked equal first.

Kate Lutkins, Brisbane – intercept marks per match
The Brisbane general averages 2.0 intercept marks a match across her career. Has Brazill (already selected), Chloe Molloy (classified as a forward by Champion Data) and Charlotte Wilson (ineligible, played eight home and away games) just ahead of her, with 2.2.

Chelsea Randall, Adelaide – average metres gained as a defender
Selected as a rebounding defender, the Crows co-captain averages 293.9m gained per match, the second-best of all defenders behind Brazill. 

MIDFIELDERS

Jess Foley, Adelaide – ruck, hitout-to-advantage rate
The recently retired Foley makes the cut as it's an all-time statistical team. The Crows midfield got silver service from Foley, who won a hitout to advantage 14.8 per cent of the time. Minimum requirement was 15 contests per game, with North Melbourne's Emma King a close second with 14.7 per cent.

Ellie Blackburn, Western Bulldogs – average metres gained per match
The consistent Blackburn is often known for her contested work, but averages 350m gained per match, second overall behind former teammate Emma Kearney (already selected).

Karen Paxman, Melbourne – average uncontested possessions per match
Named All-Australian captain this year, Paxman averages 10.3 uncontested possessions per game across her four AFLW seasons, second overall behind Kearney (already selected).

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Dana Hooker, Fremantle/West Coast – average contested possessions per match
The queen in the west, Hooker is renowned for her ferocity at the footy, averaging 11.0 contested possessions a game. She's third overall behind Erin Phillips (11.3) and Kiara Bowers (11.1), with the duo already selected for other stats.

Maddy Prespakis, Carlton – average disposals per match
At just 19, Prespakis is consistently beating players 10 years her senior, recording the highest average disposal rate of anyone in the competition with 20.8

Blues star Maddy Prespakis had the highest average disposal rate of anyone in the competition. Picture: AFL Photos

Emma Kearney, Western Bulldogs/North Melbourne – average clearances per match
One of just two four-time All-Australians, Kearney is one of the very best players going around, averaging 5.1 clearances. Could have slot in in multiple categories, topping the AFLW for average uncontested possessions and average metres gained.

FORWARDS

Erin Phillips, Adelaide – average score involvements per match
Also eligible for selection as a midfielder, averaging the most contested possessions per match, Phillips is one of the most destructive players around. She averages 5.2 score involvements a game.

Tayla Harris, Brisbane/Carlton – average contested marks per match
A slowly growing statistic in AFLW, Harris is nonetheless the best proponent of the skill going around, averaging 2.0 contested grabs a game.

Tegan Cunningham, Melbourne – average forward-50 marks per match
While benefiting from being the main targets in attack for the Dees (112 times over three seasons, the most of any player), Cunningham takes grabs with ease. Averages 1.6 marks inside-50 a match, as does the already selected Harris.

Kate Hore, Melbourne – average forward-50 tackles per match
Surprisingly, not as high a number as expected given the number of tackles laid in AFLW games. The lively Hore averages 2.2 tackles in attack a game.

Darcy Vescio, Carlton – total goals
A reminder this team is selected on a home and away basis, with Jess Wuetschner having actually kicked the most goals of all time if finals are included. Vescio has booted 26 goals across her four seasons. 

INTERCHANGE

Maddy McMahon, Geelong – average intercepts per match
Often flying under the radar, McMahon averages 6.5 intercepts a game, behind the already-selected Brazill, Randall and Lutkins. Meg Downie also averages 6.5 intercepts, but McMahon has a slightly higher intercept marking rate.

Kiara Bowers, Fremantle – average pressure points per match
No statistical team could be complete without the best tackler going around. Pressure points are a weighted measurement, awarded for corralling (1.2), chasing (1.5), closing (2.75) and physical pressure (3.75). Bowers averages a whopping 74.9 pressure points a match, and 12.9 tackles a game. 

Ebony Marinoff, Adelaide – average disposals per match
The Adelaide star has the fourth-highest average disposal count per match of 19.1, behind the already-picked Prespakis, Kearney and Paxman.

Olivia Purcell, Geelong – average groundball gets per match
Rising star Purcell is a tough customer, averaging 8.2 groundball gets per match, second behind Hooker. 

Olivia Purcell won Geelong's best and fairest count in 2020. Picture: AFL Photos

Jasmine Garner, North Melbourne – average score involvements per match
The ever-dangerous Garner is second behind Phillips for score involvements, averaging 4.0 a game. Chloe Scheer (4.3) and teammate Ash Riddell (4.2) actually rate just higher but have not yet played the minimum required 10 matches.