During the 2020 AFLW season, many players undertook courageous plays for their teams, but the toughest of them all and The Women’s Game's most courageous player has to be Fremantle’s hard-nosed midfielder, Kiara Bowers.
It has been a tough road for Bowers, who’s football career was put on hold for three years due to three knee reconstructions, but it was well worth the wait when she debuted in 2019, soon becoming not only a household name at the Dockers, but in the whole competition.
You would think that after three knee reconstructions, Bowers would have taken a while to find her feet in the AFLW, but she took no such time, making an impact on the competition from her very first season.
Her determination, hardness, and will to play is to be commended and because of this she has become one of the most respected players in the AFLW.
In her debut season she was runner-up to AFLW MVP Erin Phillips and this year she came second in the AFLW’s Best and Fairest award. She was also named as the AFLPA’s Most Courageous Player for the 2020 AFLW season.
The 28-year-old had a superb 2020 season accumulating a record 99 tackles in seven matches before the season came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus global pandemic.
Bowers herself set this AFLW tackle record in her debut season when she finished with 89 tackles, and it’s a credit to her for breaking it only a year later.
In the 2020 season, Bowers averaged an incredible 14 tackles per game and applied a single game tackle record of 18 in Round 2 against the West Coast Eagles in the first women’s Western Australian Derby.
Bowers also led the disposal count at the Dockers with an average of 17.6 per game.
If Bowers' first 10 games are anything to go by, we have a lot more to look forward to in her next 10 games and beyond.
In an interview with The West Australian AAP Journalist Shayne Hope, Bowers shared her thoughts on her 2020 season and her need to improve.
“I don’t think I’m going backwards any time soon… I’m just as fit as I was and just as strong.
If I can put on a couple more kilos that might be a bit helpful ... but I believe (I can improve) and the off-season is always good to get those things in check.”
.@freodockersAFLW's Kiara Bowers has become the first NAB AFLW player to receive perfect 10s across five games (2019-2020) in the @AFLCoaches votes 💪 #AFLW— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) March 3, 2020
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