Sensational Shannon: Lions defender earns BOG honours in losing GF

IN A competition first, stalwart Brisbane defender Shannon Campbell has been named best on ground in Sunday's Grand Final despite being a part of the losing side. 

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Campbell was immense down back, registering 562m gained from 19 disposals, taking eight marks, and winning nine intercepts. 

Shannon Campbell in action in the 2022 AFLW S7 Grand Final between Brisbane and Melbourne at Brighton Homes Arena. Picture: AFL Photos

She won with 12 of a possible 15 votes ahead of Eliza West (11) and Natalie Grider (three). 

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Part of Brisbane's inaugural side in 2017, Campbell walked to the stage exhausted apologising. 

"Sorry if I don't talk very well, I've been over there just nearly vomiting," Campbell said. 

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Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich had nothing but praise for his tough defender post-game. 

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"She was amazing," Starcevich said.  

"Just you know courage to read (and) intercept was fantastic, she was clean you know that little period there ... maybe the third quarter where she was picking them off around the arc and sending them back in. We looked dangerous while she was in that frame of mind.  

Shannon Campbell in action in the 2022 AFLW S7 Grand Final between Brisbane and Melbourne at Brighton Homes Arena. Picture: AFL Photos

"It'll be you know, cold comfort to her that she's done that in a losing team, but she can hold her head up like most of our players. They've all had some pretty good years so yeah, just tough that the season finishes on a day like this." 

Shannon Campbell in action in the AFLW S7 Grand Final between Brisbane and Melbourne at Brighton Homes Arena. Picture: AFL Photos

Meanwhile Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce, who spent much of the day battling it out with Campbell, sang the Lion's praises. 

"She's a really good defender, she's hard to beat one-on-one ... just a bit of a brick wall and hard to penetrate and I certainly had a tough day against her. 

"She had some incredible moments today as a defender. All credit to her she's an underrated sort of understated operator." 

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Final votes
12 - Shannon Campbell, Brisbane Lions - 3, 3, 2, 2, 2 
11 - Eliza West, Melbourne - 3, 3, 2, 2, 1 
3 - Natalie Grider, Brisbane Lions - 3 
3 - Olivia Purcell, Melbourne - 1, 1, 1 
1 - Cathy Svarc, Brisbane Lions - 1 

Judges voting, 3, 2, 1 
Andrew Dillon (Chairperson): Eliza West, Shannon Campbell, Olivia Purcell 
Melissa Hickey (Channel 7): Shannon Campbell, Eliza West, Olivia Purcell 
Debbie Lee (Australian Football Hall of Fame): Eliza West, Shannon Campbell, Olivia Purcell 
Marnie Vinall (Fairfax/Channel 9): Shannon Campbell, Eliza West, Cathy Svarc 
Megan Waters (Fox Footy): Natalie Grider, Shannon Campbell, Eliza West