Sarah Black's Top 30 AFLW players: 10-6

IT BARELY feels like 30 days since the last AFLW top-30 countdown, but two seasons in one year means twice the opportunity to pull a list together.

As always, the criteria is based on form shown in the previous season, with the All-Australian team, club and AFL best and fairest counts providing some guidance.


Feedback was also sought from some club officials and even a player or two themselves.

This pre-season, will reveal the next batch of players every five days (excluding the first out of the blocks).

Apologies in advance for not including every single fan's favourite player, as there are now 540 players to cut down to 30.

Sarah Black's top 30: 10-6

02:07 Aug 19. 2022. 6:00 AM

Check out which players have made the top 10 in Sarah Black's top 30 players

No.10 ELLIE BLACKBURN (Western Bulldogs) 

Previous rankings: No.4 2022 S6, No.10 2021, No.10 2020

The Western Bulldogs skipper shook off a COVID-affected start to the year to finish strongly, finishing equal first in the Dogs' best and fairest.

Finishing equal seventh in the AFLW count, Blackburn's clearance work and ability to hit the scoreboard at crucial moments means she's one of the premier mids in the competition.

She averaged 20.1 disposals, 362m gained, 3.1 clearances and kicked 6.8 in 2022.

Blackburn keeps Dogs rolling with ripping running finish

00:38 Jan 8. 2022. 8:14 PM

Ellie Blackburn makes it two early second-half goals in a row for the Dogs with this classy finish

No.9 JAIMEE LAMBERT (Collingwood) 

Previous rankings: No.25 2022 S6, No.6 2021, No.22 2020

Still sliding somewhat under the radar despite her outstanding performances since 2017, Lambert is a key playmaker in Collingwood's side.

The Pies best and fairest's midfield craft and footy IQ is outstanding, and she should always be the first player watched at a forward stoppage.

Finishing equal seventh in the AFLW best and fairest, the All-Australian averaged 20.3 touches, 6.0 tackles and 4.3 clearances in 2022.

Jaimee Lambert in action during the R3 clash between Collingwood and Geelong on January 21, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

No.8 JASMINE GARNER (North Melbourne) 

Previous rankings: No.3 2022 S6, No.2 2021, No.29 2020

The incomparable Garner had a slower start to the season compared to her lofty standards, but still finished with a bang.

Equally dangerous in the midfield and up forward, the powerful Garner was named All-Australian for the fourth time, finished second in the Roos' best and fairest and equal 10th in the AFLW count.

Garner averaged 20.9 disposals, 10.4 contested possessions, 4.1 marks and kicked 11 goals in 2022.

Jasmine Garner poses during North Melbourne's official team photo day on July 30, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

No.7 MONIQUE CONTI (Richmond) 

Previous rankings: No.10 2022 S6, No.13 2021, No.13 2020

Conti produced yet another consistent season in the midfield for Richmond, finding plenty of the ball and proving to be as elusive as ever.

She averaged 23.9 disposals, 337.1m gained, 15.2 contested possessions and 5.3 clearances in 2022.

Conti took out her third Richmond best and fairest, was named All-Australian and finished equal 10th in the AFLW award.

Conti conjures some magic to spark new life

00:38 Jan 14. 2022. 8:51 PM

Tigers gun Monique Conti shows why she's regarded so highly in the league with this awesome goal in the last

No.6 KIARA BOWERS (Fremantle) 

Previous rankings: No.2 2022 S6, No.3 2021, No.11 2020

A combination of injury and suspension held Bowers to eight of a possible 12 games in 2022, but she still led the way on the field when selected.

The Dockers superstar was so dominant when playing, she finished sixth in the AFLW best and fairest (although ineligible to win) from six of 10 home and away games.

Her numbers speak for themselves – averaging 22.0 disposals, 13.0 contested possessions, 6.8 clearances and 11.5 tackles – but the limited number of games played made it difficult to rank Bowers any higher.

Kiara Bowers poses during Fremantle's official team photo day on July 23, 2022. Picture: Fremantle FC


No.30 Ashleigh Woodland (Adelaide)
No.29 Tilly Lucas-Rodd (Hawthorn, St Kilda in season six)
No.28 Breann Moody (Carlton)
No.27 Mimi Hill (Carlton)
No.26 Tayla Harris (Melbourne)
No.25 Daisy Pearce (Melbourne)
No.24 Emma Swanson (West Coast)
No.23 Kerryn Peterson (Carlton)
No.22 Tyla Hanks (Melbourne)
No.21 Ruby Schleicher (Collingwood)
No.20 Erin Phillips (Port Adelaide, Adelaide in season six)
No.19 Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)
No.18 Lauren Pearce (Melbourne)
No.17 Sarah Allan (Adelaide)
No.16 Kirsty Lamb (Western Bulldogs)
No.15 Orla O'Dwyer (Brisbane)
No.14 Nat Grider (Brisbane)
No.13 Katie Brennan (Richmond)
No.12 Emma Kearney (North Melbourne)
No.11 Brit Bonnici (Collingwood)

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