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.
Hailing from Holbrook in Southern NSW, Alyce Parker was one of the most exciting and consistent midfielders in the AFLW season just gone. She possesses a powerful left foot and incredible power to push her way through congestion around stoppages.
Still only a teenager, Parker took her game to a new level in 2020, averaging 21.1 disposals a game. She also ranked number one in the competition for metres gained and second for contested possessions.
She was able to highlight her ability to get her hands on the footy and burst away from contests to link up with teammates further up the ground.
Parker was at her outstanding best in the last home-and-away game of the season against the Crows. She was everywhere on the ground, collecting 30 touches, including 15 contested in a hard-fought game that earned GWS a spot in the semi-finals.
Parker also earned her place in both the midfield of the AFLW Team of the Year, in the 2020 All-Australian squad, and is one of the favourites for the Giants’ best and fairest award.