The 2020 All-Australian team has finally been revealed after much careful deliberation. Nearly all teams are represented in the star-studded side and a number of debutantes made the cut, promising bright things for the future of AFLW.
The All-Australian team was announced this evening, revealing that Karen Paxman (Melbourne) was named captain of the side while Emma Kearney (North Melbourne) was named Vice Captain. The two star players are the only women in the competition to have been named in all four All-Australian sides.
The All-Australian side had 11 debutants, naming Sarah Allen (Adelaide Crows), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Isabelle Huntington (Western Bulldogs), Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood), Olivia Purcell (Geelong), Caitlin Greiser (St Kilda), Sharni Layton (Collingwood), Ash Riddell (North Melbourne), Kalinda Howarth (Gold Coast Suns), Kate Hore (Melbourne) and Alyce Parker (GWS Giants) as the strongest young players in the league.
Melbourne, North Melbourne and Carlton had three players in the side, Adelaide, Collingwood and Fremantle had two, while Geelong, Bulldogs, Brisbane, GWS and Gold Coast all had one representative.
The 2020 All-Australian Team is as follows:
Back: Sarah Allen (Adelaide), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane)
Half-Back: Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Isabelle Huntington (Bulldogs)
Centre: Emma Kearney (VC, North Melbourne), Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
Half-Forward: Olivia Purcell (Geelong), Gemma Houghton (Fremantle), Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne)
Forwards: Caitlin Greiser (St Kilda), Kate Hore (Melbourne)
Followers: Sharni Layton (Collingwood), Karen Paxman (C, Melbourne) Madison Prespakis (Carlton)
Interchange Players: Kalinda Howarth (Gold Coast Suns), Alyce Parker (GWS Giants) Tayla Harris (Carlton) Ash Riddell (North Melbourne) Anne Hatchard (Adelaide Crows)
You don't just receive a Toyota AFL Women's All-Australian spot - you earn it 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ixSj1pb4iS— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) April 27, 2020