FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Kiara Bowers of the Dockers looks to pass the ball under pressure from Alicia Eva of the Giants during the 2021 AFLW Round 01 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the GWS Giants at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on January 31, 2021 in Fremantle, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The AFLW end-of-season awards have come and gone for another year and along with that came the announcement of the All-Australian team.

The 22under22 team was also named on a night where we saw the first-ever tie for the AFLW Best and Fairest.

Collingwood’s Brianna Davey and Fremantle star Kiara Bowers could not be split in a thrilling count.

Davey’s terrific season was also recognised with All-Australian honours as she was selected amongst three other Collingwood teammates.

Davey – who was named as captain in the 2021 team – was joined by superstar forward Chloe Molloy, as well as Brit Bonnici and Ruby Schleicher.

Bowers also made the side and was named as vice-captain in the 21.

Despite winning the premiership, just one Brisbane player was named in the team.

Kate Lutkins made the team for a third time after she had a stellar season as a pillar in the Lions defence.

Incredibly, both North Melbourne’s Emma Kearney and Demon Karen Paxman collected a blazer for the fifth-year running.

Paxman had arguably a career-best season in 2021 and was a key in the Demons’ finals campaign this year.

While the Lions didn’t have a heavy presence in the All-Australian team, they did dominate the 22under22 team.

Three Lions managed to make the final-cut, with Natalie Grider, Courtney Hodder and Dakota Davidson all making the team of current and future stars.

It was no shock to see Chloe Molloy in the team, as 2021 saw the spearhead forward become one of the game’s most exciting talents and she looks ready to become the face of the AFLW for years to come.

Molloy, Isabel Huntington, Georgia Patrikios, Alyce Parker, Monique Conti, Georgia Gee, Sabreena Duffy, Madison Prespakis and Eden Zanker all managed to be selected for a second-time.

Molloy said the selection was an honour and that she was grateful to be in the team.

“Firstly, thank you to all those that took the time to vote me into the team, as well as being named captain, and your support for the league has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Molloy said.

“22Under22 is a great initiative by the AFLPA so I don’t take the honour lightly. These players are stars on the rise and you only have to look as far as what someone like Courtney Hodder did in the AFLW Grand Final to see what they can do.

“There are massive things ahead for this 22Under22 team, even those that missed out. I have no doubt the voting will only become more difficult as the years go on.”

Molloy was again named captain after she received the honour in 2020 as well, with last year’s AFLW Best and Fairest winner Madison Prespakis was named as vice-captain.

THE 2021 AFLW ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM:

FB: S. Allan (Adelaide) M. McDonald (Geelong)
HB: R. Schleicher (Collingwood) K. Lutkins (Brisbane) J. Cuthbertson (Fremantle)
C: M. Conti (Richmond) K. Bowers (Fremantle) G. Patrikios (St. Kilda)
HF: J. Garner (North Melbourne) K. Brennan (Richmond) E. Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
FF: E. Phillips (Adelaide) C. Molloy (Collingwood)
RU: B. Moody (Carlton) B. Davey (Collingwood) A. Parker (GWS GIANTS)
I/C: E. Marinoff (Adelaide) B. Bonnici (Collingwood) D. Vescio (Carlton) K. Paxman (Melbourne) E. Kearney (North Melbourne)

THE 2021 22UNDER22 AFLW TEAM:

B: Natalie Grider (Brisbane Lions), Tahlia Randall (North Melbourne)
HB: Jordyn Allen (Collingwood), Rebecca Webster (Geelong), Eleanor Brown (Western Bulldogs)
C: Madison Prespakis (Carlton), Georgia Patrikios (St Kilda), Monique Conti (Richmond)
HF: Courtney Hodder (Brisbane Lions), Chloe Molloy (Collingwood), Tyla Hanks (Melbourne)
F: Georgia Gee (Carlton), Isabel Huntington (Western Bulldogs)
FOLL: Eden Zanker (Melbourne), Ellie McKenzie (Richmond), Alyce Parker (GWS Giants)
I/C: Georgia Garnett (GWS Giants), Jess Fitzgerald (Western Bulldogs), Sabreena Duffy (Fremantle), Emma O’Driscoll (Fremantle), Mikala Cann (Collingwood), Dakota Davidson (Brisbane Lions)