Now that the season has come to an unfortunate early end, we can look back on the young stars that truly found their place on the field this season. At 21 and under, these athletes show extreme promise for the future of the AFLW and women’s sport. Here are our players of choice, ranked from 10 to 1.
Last year’s NAB AFLW Rising Star has gone from strength to strength in her second year in the navy blue.
Having been named as one of three winners of the AFLW Player of the Year alongside North Melbourne’s Jasmine Garner and Melbourne’s Karen Paxman, she has truly earned her place in the countdown as the best young player in the league.
The 2019 All-Australian showed that she wasn’t experiencing any second year blues, winning 21 disposals, 5 tackles and kicking a goal in the Round 1 rival match against Richmond.
She showed that this wasn’t a one-off, winning best afield honours another two times this year. In Round 3, Prespakis gathered 24 disposals and laid six tackles, and then again in Round 6 she had 23 disposals and kicked a great 40m goal on the run early in the last quarter as the Blues downed the Dees.
It’s easy to forget that Prespakis is only 19 years old when you watch her play. The gun-midfielder has no issues finding the footy, somehow always knowing exactly where it will be before everyone else.
She averaged 21.3 touches across seven appearances in 2020 and always found the scoreboard when the Blues needed it. It’s easy to see why she is one of the favourites for the 2020 AFLW best and fairest award and would’ve been one of the first players selected in the AFLW Team of the Year.
The latest addition to her list of achievements is inclusion in the 2020 All-Australian squad, the final side of which is yet to be announced.