The top 20 best moments of AFLW S7: 15-11

IT WAS a big inaugural year for Port Adelaide, and the Power feature heavily in the next edition of’s top 20 moments of season seven of the NAB AFLW competition.

The second instalment sees moments 15-11 covered off, including a heartbreaking fortnight for a foundation side.

Top 20 moments of AFLW S7: 15-11

01:37 Dec 16. 2022. 6:00 AM

There were plenty of special moment in season seven of the AFLW, and we're counting down the 20 biggest stories

PART ONE 20-16 Biggest moments of season seven

15: Erin Phillips' big move

The final round of expansion resulted in one of the most tumultuous trade periods we've seen, headlined by Adelaide champion Erin Phillips' move to Port Adelaide.

Long expected due to her father Greg's history with the club, it was nonetheless a momentous move for the former Crows captain and two-time AFLW best and fairest, who wasn't the only winner to make the switch, with Maddy Prespakis crossing from Carlton to Essendon.

Bonnie Toogood and Steph Cain also switched to Essendon, North Melbourne trio Jess Duffin, Aileen Gilroy and Kaitlyn Ashmore travelled to Hawthorn, while Sydney attracted the likes of Brooke Lochland, Aliesha Newman and Bec Privitelli.

Expansion clubs came hard for some of the stars of the game, with the likes of Emily Bates and Ellie Blackburn turning down big offers from rival clubs to remain.

Erin Phillips after signing with Port Adelaide for season seven, at Alberton Oval on April 27, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

14: Carlton's double-draw blues

Across rounds three and four Carlton featured in not one, but two draws. Not only did that make the Blues the first AFLW team to feature in two draws in one season, but also the first to do so in back-to-back weeks. 

First it was expansion side Port Adelaide that broke the game open in the second term after the Blues kicked two early goals, with the ensuing arm wrestle keeping it all square on the scoreboard come the final siren. A week later, the Blues put on a strong final quarter to peg back a 13-point three-quarter-time deficit against Fremantle that left both sides without a win, but also without a loss. 

It has happened three times in the men's game (Carlton in 1911 and 1921, and GWS in 2017), but it was a first for the women’s game. 

New Blues Imogen Milford and Lily Goss earned the unsettling honour of being the first AFLW players to play in two draws in the first two games of their career, and the Blues have now played in more draws than any other AFLW side with three. 

Last Two Minutes: Blues-Power goes down to the wire

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With the scores level and the siren about to sound, a thriller at Ikon Park came down to the final kick of the game

Last two mins: Dockers, Blues in dramatic draw

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Enjoy the final moments from a thrilling draw between Fremantle and Carlton

13: The AFLW competition is whole

Season seven marked the first time all 18 clubs fielded an AFLW team for the first time, playing across a 10-round season with a proper top eight and finals series.

It was a season of firsts for the women's competition, with a Showdown and Sydney Derby both being played, while Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard's "Move it to Marvel" campaign was a success, with 20,000 packing the stadium to watch the Hawks and Essendon take to the field in round one.

Young Hawks forward Sophie Locke captured hearts around the country with a beautiful tribute to her mother, who had passed away the week prior, kicking the Hawks' first AFLW goal.

The Bombers were the most successful of the expansion clubs, finishing 10th under coach Natalie Wood, while it was a tough first season for the winless Sydney.

12: Port Adelaide's (Rising) stars of the future

In a competition first, Port Adelaide's Hannah Ewings and Abbey Dowrick finished first and second in the Rising Star final vote count, with Ewings taking out the award. 

Of the nine members of the voting panel, six gave their maximum five votes to Ewings, and the other three to Dowrick, making it a clean sweep for the Power. 

Ewings, an apprentice chef from Whyalla, has had a big year, ultimately culminating in the award. She won a SANFLW premiership with North Adelaide, was named in the Under 18 All-Australian side and was taken with pick No.3 in the AFLW draft - the top pick in South Australia. 

Throughout the season the Power mid averaged 13.9 disposals, 4.9 tackles and 3.9 clearances, playing every game in her side's inaugural season and becoming the first AFLW player to register nine or more clearances and three or more goals in a game. 

Meanwhile Dowrick overcame an incident early in the season which had the potential to hold her back mentally, when a regulation smother in round two resulted in a severe leg break for the Western Bulldogs' Britt Gutknecht. 

Dowrick finished the season averaging 300.4 metres gained from 14.4 disposals, 2.9 clearances and 6.1 tackles. 

At just 18 and 20 years of age respectively, Ewings and Dowrick have the potential to make Port Adelaide's midfield a menacing one for many years to come. 

Ewings and Dowrick launch outrageous pair of missiles

00:42 Sep 17. 2022. 2:28 PM

Hannah Ewings and Abbey Dowrick each nail insane majors from downtown

11: Collingwood's dramatic finals series

After last season's turbulent final series for Collingwood, wherein COVID decimated the playing group and forced its qualifying final against Brisbane to be delayed a week, it didn't get much easier for the Pies this time around. 

Suiting up against the Western Bulldogs for a week one elimination final, things were going swimmingly for those in the black and white. They got out to a 28-point lead by 10 minutes into the third term, and youngster Eliza James was starring. James would end up kicking four goals, the most of any player in an AFLW final, but that was overshadowed by a dramatic Bulldogs fightback. 

The Dogs kicked the last four goals of the game, and were surging for a fifth, when the siren went. While they might have fallen five points short of progressing to the second week of finals, the Bulldogs sent an almighty scare through Collingwood who narrowly escaped to face Adelaide the following week. 

Alison Downie, Joanna Lin, Stephanie Chiocci, Lauren Butler and Sarah Rowe celebrate after the elimination final between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs at Victoria Park on November 6, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Taking on the Crows in a semi-final, however, was not a straightforward prospect. Going up against the three-time premiers on their home deck in a do-or-die final is one thing, but doing so in the midst of a storm is a whole other prospect. 

The game was delayed due to lightning strikes near Unley Oval, with concerns as to whether it would take place at all. After that, just one quarter got underway before players and officials had to once again seek shelter from the ominous conditions. 

A quarter time break that lasted nearly an hour later and play returned on the flooded surface of Unley. Despite controlling large portions of the third quarter, Collingwood simply could not break through for a goal and ended up losing by 12 points, being knocked out of finals in the process.

AFLW S7 Highlights: Adelaide v Collingwood

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The Crows and Magpies clash in the semi finals of the 2022 NAB AFL Women's Competition