FREMANTLE gun Kiara Bowers has galloped away with womens.afl's player of the season award for 2021, according to the AFL Media team.
After nine home and away rounds, Bowers polled 19 votes, four clear of powerful midfielders Brianna Davey and Maddy Prespakis with 15.
Bowers held a two-vote lead at the conclusion of round five, with Davey finishing strongly after sitting equal-fourth at the same point.
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At the conclusion of each match, our journalists awarded their 3-2-1 votes to the players they judged to be best afield.
After a hot start to the season, Western Bulldogs skipper Ellie Blackburn added just two votes in the final four rounds. She was second in the count halfway through the season.
The evenness of preliminary finalist Brisbane is on display, with not one player represented in the top 12 but having the greatest spread of players (12) polling.
Melbourne was just behind the Lions with 11 players collecting votes.
Interestingly, fellow preliminary finalist Adelaide had a spread of just six players polling votes, as did finalists Collingwood and North Melbourne.
Womens.afl's AFLW player of season:
19 – Kiara Bowers (Fremantle)
15 – Brianna Davey (Collingwood), Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)*
14 – Britt Bonnici (Collingwood), Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide), Alyce Parker (GWS)
12 – Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), Monique Conti (Richmond), Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne), Georgia Patrikios (St Kilda)
9 – Tyla Hanks (Melbourne), Erin Phillips (Adelaide)
* = Ineligible for AFLW best and fairest award
Your side's top vote-getter:
Adelaide: Ebony Marinoff (14 votes), six players polled
Brisbane: Belle Dawes (7), 12 players polled
Carlton: Maddy Prespakis (15), eight players polled
Collingwood: Brianna Davey (15), six players polled
Fremantle: Kiara Bowers (19), nine players polled
Geelong: Amy McDonald (5), three players polled
Gold Coast: Lauren Ahrens and Kalinda Howarth (2), three players polled
GWS: Alyce Parker (14), four players polled
Melbourne: Tyla Hanks (9), 11 players polled
North Melbourne: Jasmine Garner (12), six players polled
Richmond: Monique Conti (12), four players polled
St Kilda: Georgia Patrikios (12), six players polled
West Coast: Mikayla Bowen (8), five players polled
Western Bulldogs: Ellie Blackburn (12), six players polled
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