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.
The former Bulldog is another player that continues to take the AFLW world by storm since being drafted to the kennel with pick 4 in the 2017 draft.
Conti already had a long list of accomplishments before she entered her third season at the top level in 2020, including 2019 All-Australian honours and a 'Best on Ground' performance in the 2018 grand final.
Despite Richmond struggling to make an impact in their inaugural season, the smooth-moving midfielder had a super consistent year, averaging just under 20 disposals and almost five tackles a game up against some of the league’s best players.
Her best game was against Geelong in Round 4, although the Tigers were overwhelmed by the Cats in the end, it was the yellow and black’s best game for the season and Conti was a big part for this, collecting 28 touches in the middle of the ground.
She followed this up the next round against GWS, setting up her teammate, Bernardi with this piece of individual brilliance as she burst away from the opposition.