All-Australian squad: Demons, Crows dominate, stars miss out

MELBOURNE and Adelaide's dominant seasons have been reflected in the AFLW All-Australian squad, with seven and six selections respectively in the squad of 40.

North Melbourne skipper Emma Kearney is on track to possibly be selected for a record sixth All-Australian guernsey, but Karen Paxman's amazing run will stop at five, having been overlooked for the squad.

Two Irishwomen – Brisbane's Orla O'Dwyer and GWS Giant Cora Staunton – have also been selected for the squad, and are able to be chosen for the All-Australian team. If they make the final team, they'll mirror the achievements of countryman Jim Stynes, who was picked in the men's team in 1991 and 1993.

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Staunton is the only Giant in the squad, with Alyce Parker having been overlooked, while Blues Maddy Prespakis and Gab Pound are also notable omissions.

Gold Coast spearhead Tara Bohanna caps off a stunning debut season, having been overlooked by all eight Victorian clubs in last year's NAB AFLW Draft before earning her opportunity as a Gold Coast injury replacement player.

Gold Coast's Tara Bohanna celebrates a goal during round three, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The rapid improvement of small Dees defender Shelley Heath and Tigers key back Bec Miller has also been recognised.

Kiara Bowers and Mimi Hill have also made the squad on the back of their strong form, despite each only playing six of a possible 10 games.

Adelaide's Justine Mules and Carlton's Mimi Hill in action in round five, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Two rucks – Breann Moody and Lauren Pearce – have been selected, as well as three wingers (Eloise Jones, O'Dwyer and Ebony Antonio).

The final team of 21 – as well as the captain and vice-captain – will be announced at the W Awards on Tuesday night.

AFLW ALL-AUSTRALIAN SQUAD

Adelaide: Sarah Allan, Anne Hatchard, Eloise Jones, Ebony Marinoff, Erin Phillips, Ashleigh Woodland
Brisbane: Emily Bates, Greta Bodey, Natalie Grider, Orla O'Dwyer
Carlton: Kerryn Harrington, Mimi Hill, Breann Moody
Collingwood: Jaimee Lambert, Ruby Schleicher
Fremantle: Ebony Antonio, Kiara Bowers, Hayley Miller
Geelong: Amy McDonald, Maddy McMahon
Gold Coast: Tara Bohanna
GWS: Cora Staunton
Melbourne: Libby Birch, Tyla Hanks, Tayla Harris, Shelley Heath, Kate Hore, Daisy Pearce, Lauren Pearce
North Melbourne: Jasmine Garner, Emma Kearney, Ashleigh Riddell
Richmond: Katie Brennan, Monique Conti, Rebecca Miller
St Kilda: Tilly Lucas-Rodd
West Coast: Emma Swanson
Western Bulldogs: Ellie Blackburn, Kirsty Lamb, Bonnie Toogood

SELECTORS
Nicole Livingstone (chair), Andrew Dillon, Laura Kane, Brad Scott, Sam Virgo, Narelle Smith, Kelli Underwood, Sarah Black, Megan Waters, Tim Harrington

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