Brisbane Lions defender and NAB AFLW Grand Final Best on Ground, Kate Lutkins, has been named in the 2021 Virgin Australia AFL Women’s All-Australian Team at tonight’s W Awards.
It’s the third honour as an All-Australian player (2018, 2020) for Lutkins who produced another extremely consistent and dominant year.
Lutkins ranked ninth for marks (four per game), sixth for rebound-50’s (four per game) and collected 106 disposals over nine games (11.8 per game).
A total of six debutantes were named tonight as the next generation of stars in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition took centre stage as the team was unveiled across the country.
Collingwood led the way with four players named in the team, including Brittany Bonnici and Ruby Schleicher who each received their first All Australian nod. Twelve teams were represented in this year’s side.
Collingwood Captain Brianna Davey – who received her second All Australian selection – was named captain of the side, while Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers was named as the Vice-Captain. Both went on to be crowned as joint winners of the AFLW best and fairest award.
Seven players retained their spots from the 21 players named in the 2021 AFL Women’s All Australian Team – Sarah Allan (Adelaide Crows), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane Lions), Emma Kearney (North Melbourne), Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne), Karen Paxman (Melbourne), Alyce Parker (GWS GIANTS).
Emma Kearney and Karen Paxman are the only players to have been named an All Australian in each season of the competition’s five year history.
The 2021 AFL Women’s All Australian team: