The Demons and Lions are tipped to meet in the Grand Final, while star trio Bri Davey, Ellie Blackburn and Kiara Bowers are the frontrunners for the best and fairest, according to AFLW captains.
All 14 skippers were polled in their annual anonymous pre-season predictions on which team, other than their own, is most likely to reach the decider and who’ll win all the major individual awards.
Melbourne were backed by seven captains to make the grand final, while five predicted reigning premiers Brisbane.
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The best and fairest voting was a lot tighter as Blackburn, Davey and Bowers all received two votes each — which would make the latter two dual winners after last season’s shared triumph.
Beyond the trio, eight other players received one vote each.
Elsewhere, Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy (four votes) was backed to kick the most goals in the competition ahead of Carlton’s Darcy Vescio (three votes) and Western Bulldogs’ Isabel Huntington (two votes).
Geelong’s No. 2 draft pick Georgie Prespakis got the overwhelmingly nod to claim the Rising Star Award with 10 votes.
Which other team apart from your own is most likely to reach the Grand Final?
7 – Melbourne
5 – Brisbane
1 – Adelaide Crows
1 – Collingwood
Who will win the competition Best and Fairest?
2 – Bri Davey (Collingwood)
2 – Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
2 – Kiara Bowers (Fremantle)
1 – Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne)
1 – Karen Paxman (Melbourne)
1 – Chloe Molloy (Collingwood)
1 – Monique Conti (Richmond)
1 – Alyce Parker (GWS Giants)
1 – Ebony Marnioff (Adelaide Crows)
1 – Brit Bonnici (Collingwood)
1 – Tyla Hanks (Melbourne)
Who will kick the most goals in the competition?
4 – Chloe Molloy (Collingwood)
3 – Darcy Vescio (Carlton)
2 – Isabel Huntington (Western Bulldogs)
1 – Tayla Harris (Melbourne)
1 – Jesse Wardlaw (Brisbane Lions)
1 – Kate Hore (Melbourne)
1 – Dakota Davidson (Brisbane Lions)
1 – Gemma Houghton (Fremantle)
Who will win the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star?
10 – Georgie Prespakis (Geelong Cats)
1 – Ellie McKenzie (Richmond)
1 – Jess Fitzgerald (Western Bulldogs)
1 – Charlie Thomas (West Coat Eagles)
1 – Charlie Rowbottom (Gold Coast Suns)
Who from your club is the best player from another sport?
Adelaide Crows – Jasmine Simmons (Basketball)
Brisbane Lions – Greta Bodey (Soccer)
Carlton – Brooke Walker (Rugby 7s)
Collingwood – Ash Brazill (Netball)
Fremantle – Janelle Cutherbertson (Tennis)
Geelong Cats – Rachel Kearns (Gaelic)
Gold Coast Suns – Tori Groves-Little (Rugby)
GWS Giants – Cora Staunton (Gaelic)
Melbourne – Libby Birch (Netball)
North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos – Jess Duffin (Cricket)
Richmond – Tessa Lavey (Basketball)
St Kilda – Jess Matin (Cricket)
Western Bulldogs – Bonnie Toogood (Netball)
West Coast Eagles – Niamh Kelly (Gaelic)
*The full survey results were polled by
Adelaide Crows – Chelsea Randall; Brisbane Lions – Bree Koenen; Carlton – Kerryn Harrington; Collingwood – Steph Chiocci; Fremantle – Hayley Miller; Geelong Cats – Meg McDonald; Gold Coast Suns – Hannah Dunn; GWS Giants – Alicia Eva; Melbourne – Daisy Pearce; North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos – Emma Kearney; Richmond – Katie Brennan; St Kilda – Hannah Priest; West Coast Eagles – Emma Swanson; Western Bulldogs – Ellie Blackburn: