Duffin wins inaugural VFLW Best & Fairest
Jess Duffin has capped off her remarkable first season with Williamstown by claiming our women’s inaugural Best and Fairest award at tonight’s presentation ceremony.
Duffin finished the count on 87 votes, 13 votes clear of runner-up Jacinta Reid (74) who was trailed by Jenna Bruton (71) finishing in third.
The 29-year-old received five best-afield honours and led the count from start to finish, only missing the one game in round 11.
The AFLW-listed player had a stellar season as she also claimed the team’s leading goal-kicker award with 13 goals. The classy utility also claimed the league’s Lambert-Pearce medal and was named captain of the VFLW Team of the Year.
The other award winners for the night were:
Judy Jeremiah Trophy – VFLW Most Improved Player – Erin Meade
Named after former club director and life member, the Judy Jeremiah Trophy was awarded to exciting defender, Erin Meade. The 22-year-old missed just the one game this year as she showcased her ability to win the ball and nullify her opponents. Meade was rewarded for her impressive season featuring in the AFL Victoria Young Guns match this month.
Coaches Staff Trophy – VFLW Most Promising Player – Megan Williamson
One of the most exciting prospects on the VFLW roster, Megan Williamson was awarded the Coaches Staff Trophy as most promising player. The 2018 TAC Bendigo Pioneers captain showed terrific work ethic this year as she emerged as a future star of the competition. Her superb season was capped off by featuring in the Vic Country squad in the Under 18 National Championships and finished equal-fifth in the TAC girls best and fairest.
Coaches Trophy / VFLW Best & Fairest Runner-Up – Jacinta Reid
Emerging defender Jacinta Reid went home with the VFLW Best & Fairest Runner-Up Trophy and the Coaches Trophy as she capped off a terrific year in the blue and gold. The 24-year-old provided run off the half-back flank and shone as a shut-down defender when the time called. Reid was rewarded with the Coaches Trophy for her efforts put into training and on game day.
VFLW Best & Fairest Third Place – Jenna Bruton
AFLW-listed midfielder Jenna Bruton finished her superb season in third place of our inaugural women’s vote count and walked away with the VFLW Best & Fairest Third Place Trophy. Bruton missed multiple games this season and could have easily snatched top spot from Jess Duffin but it was her performances that we will remember. Graced with an incredible skill of being able to find her own football and ferocious chase down tackling, Bruton’s round one effort against Collingwood was a standout.
Players Player Award – Rachel Achampong
This award is given to the player that puts in the most time and effort around club and there is no worthier recipient than Vice-Captain, Rachel Achampong. Blessed with natural leadership qualities, the tall-timber ruckman was outstanding on the field and performed even greater off it. Achampong had the support of each teammate, coach and staff.
Bernadette O’Sullivan Medical Team Award – Jorja Rowe
The inaugural VFLW Medical Team award named after life member, Bernadette O’Sullivan was awarded to emerging forward, Jorja Rowe. Rowe spent multiple stints on the sidelines but applied herself to the rehab recovery put before her in terrific fashion. We can’t wait to see Rowe back out on the field in 2019.
1st – Jess Duffin (87)
2 – Jacinta Reid (74)
3 – Jenna Bruton (71)
4– Sarah Chapman (63)
5 – Jasmine Garner (62)
6 – Erin Meade (61)
7 – Belinda Hateley (58)
8 – Emily Paterno (57)
9 – Sally Seabrook (55)
10 – Andrea Cameron (55)