Emily Bates becomes second player to sweep AFLW awards

Daisy Pearce of the Demons strains joyously while singing the team song after a win during the 2022 AFLW season

Emily Bates has become just the second AFLW player to scoop all three major end-of-season awards in the same year.

Key points:

  • Bates won the peer-voted award ahead of the Kangaroos’ Ash Riddell and Richmond’s Mon Conti
  • Erin Phillips is the only other AFLW player to win the league, AFLCA and AFLPA awards in a season
  • Daisy Pearce was recognised as best captain for the fourth time

Having already been named the league’s best and fairest, and the coaches’ association’s (AFLCA) MVP, Brisbane’s Bates on Wednesday night received the MVP award from the players’ association (AFLPA).

Just a day after she clinched the competition’s best and fairest title, the Lions vice-captain was voted player of the year by her peers with 286 votes.

Prolific North Melbourne ball-winner Ash Riddell (256 votes) and Richmond’s Mon Conti (164) rounded out the top three.

Adelaide champion Erin Phillips is the only other player to have won all three awards, performing the feat in 2019.

Author: Ivan Robinson