The VAFA is pleased to announce the final 22 players selected for the 2023 William Buck Premier Women’s team of the year.
Tom Purcell’s all-conquering St Kevin’s side is represented across the ground with five players given team of the year honours.
In her inaugural year in the competition, Cate Stanton became the leading goal kicker with 33 goals, the winner of the competitions best and fairest award, a spot in the Big V side and a premiership. This selection caps off an incredible individual season with SKOB.
Stanton has her premiership teammates Sarah Betts (ruck), Emily Condon (half-back flank), and Molly Simpson (half-forward).
Also standing in the team from the premiers is Bree Doyle. Doyle brought up game #100 on Grand Final day as she led her side to their third straight title.
Being named the captain of the Big V team earlier this year, Doyle ends the 2023 year on a high, again named the captain of this year’s team.
This is a record fourth selection for Doyle in the team of the year. See the full team below.
Fellow Grand Finalists Kew have three representatives. Grace Osborne, Lily Barr and Michaela Harding. Such was the evenness of Jess Burger’s team, the Bears went through the season calling on their depth at different times due to injuries and unavailabilities.
This is Barr’s second consecutive selection in the team along with Bree Doyle and Frances Walsh (Melbourne Uni Women’s).
Collegians and Old Scotch, both new to William Buck Premier Women’s in 2023 have seven representatives in total. From the seven; Lucy Morley, and Mia Caffry from Old Scotch have gone back to back after being in the Premier B team 12 months ago. Georgia Harris from the Lions is now a dual representative.
The VAFA Team of the Year’s are based on feedback and analysis from coaches, VAFA Media and umpires.