Young guns: Blues lead the pack in 22under22 squad

CARLTON may have fallen just short of finals but it leads the way in the AFL Players Association's 22under22 squad of 40, which is overflowing with emerging talent.

The Blues have five nominations: the midfield core of Maddy Prespakis, Grace Egan, Abbie McKay and Lucy McEvoy, with lively forward Georgia Gee rounding out the group.

Collingwood key forward Chloe Molloy was the eventual skipper of last year's side and has once again been nominated, along with backline duo Jordy Allen and Lauren Butler.

Every team is represented, and debutants Maddy Levi, Georgia Garnett, Courtney Hodder, Ellie McKenzie, Tyanna Smith, Bella Lewis and Jess Fitzgerald have been named after their first season at the top level.

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The squad was picked by the AFLPA with support from Champion Data, with fans now able to vote until Wednesday, April 14 for the eventual best 22.

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To be eligible for selection, players must be under 22 up until and including April 18 (the latest possible Grand Final date) and have played in more than 50 per cent of rounds in 2021 (minimum five games).

The team will be announced on Tuesday, April 20.

22u22 AFLW 2021 squad

Defenders
Natalie Grider, Brisbane
Jordyn Allen, Collingwood
Lauren Butler, Collingwood
Emma O'Driscoll, Fremantle 
Denby Taylor, Geelong Cats
Rebecca Webster, Geelong Cats
Maddison Levi, Gold Coast Suns
Georgia Garnett, GWS Giants
Tahlia Randall, North Melbourne
Claudia Whitfort, St Kilda 
Eleanor Brown, Western Bulldogs 

Midfielders
Isabel Dawes, Brisbane 
Courtney Hodder, Brisbane 
Grace Egan, Carlton
Georgia Gee, Carlton
Madison Prespakis, Carlton
Lucy McEvoy, Carlton
Abbie McKay, Carlton 
Mikala Cann, Collingwood
Olivia Purcell, Geelong
Alyce Parker, GWS Giants 
Monique Conti, Richmond 
Ellie McKenzie, Richmond
Georgia Patrikios, St Kilda
Tyanna Smith, St Kilda
Tarni White, St Kilda
Mikayla Bowen, West Coast Eagles

Ruck
Lauren Bella, Gold Coast Suns 
Eden Zanker, Melbourne 

Forwards
Danielle Ponter, Adelaide
Chloe Scheer, Adelaide
Dakota Davidson, Brisbane
Chloe Molloy, Collingwood
Sabreena Duffy, Fremantle
Tyla Hanks, Melbourne 
Daisy Bateman, North Melbourne 
Isabella Lewis, West Coast Eagles
Jess Fitzgerald, Western Bulldogs
Isabel Huntington, Western Bulldogs
Katie Lynch, Western Bulldogs