CARLTON midfielder Mimi Hill has been named the Club’s AFLW Best and Fairest winner for season seven.
Hill polled in every round and finished the count on 86 votes ahead of teammates Abbie McKay (84), Breann Moody (61), Mua Laloifi (57), Lucy McEvoy (52) and Kerryn Peterson (50).
The 20-year-old played her first full season of football after suffering an ACL injury midway through the 2021 season and improved on her third-place finish earlier this year, where she played just six games.
Backing up from her NAB AFLW Rising Star win in season six, Hill was a force in the midfield for the Blues as she averaged over 23 disposals throughout the season, including a career-high 33 disposals against Melbourne in Round 5.
It was a tight contest for top spot with Abbie McKay finishing just two votes shy of Hill in second place.
McKay had had a breakout season with outstanding performances in the midfield as she averaged over 20 disposals and seven tackles, with her career-best game coming against Fremantle in Round 4 with 29 disposals, 10 clearances and eight tackles.
A third-place finish for Breann Moody follows her second All-Australian honour on Tuesday evening.
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Our powerhouse ruck is now a two-time All Australian.
The 25-year-old has established herself as the dominant ruck in the competition, averaging over 22 hitouts this season with a career-high 33 hitouts against Richmond in Round 8, while also making a move forward with six goals in season seven.
Keeley Skepper was named Rookie of the Year after breaking onto the scene in Round 2 and earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for her performance against Fremantle, where she gathered a season-high 14 disposals. The 18-year-old quickly cemented her place in the side and showed she could move between the midfield and forward line with ease.
Mua Laloifi was named Most Valuable Bluebagger after a season of strong performances in the backline. The MVB is a peer-voted award presented to a player who makes significant contributions both on and off the field and lives to the Club values consistently throughout the season.
Lucy McEvoy was the recipient of the Coaches Award, after a blistering season in the backline where she had a career-best game against Gold Coast in Round 9 with 24 disposals and 15 kicks. McEvoy also stepped up as an Emerging Leader in season seven alongside Hill and Moody.
Carlton AFLW Senior Coach Daniel Harford was proud of not only the award winners, but the efforts of the entire team during season seven.
“Mimi has fought hard to be in the position she is now and to be named Best and Fairest is a fitting reward after a stellar season in the midfield,” Harford said.
“She is still so young which is exciting because we know she can become an even better player and continue to grow in the leadership space over the coming years.
“It is also great to see Abbie and Breann acknowledged for their outstanding seasons, with Abbie linking up with Mimi to be a formidable midfield duo, and Breann proving once again that she is at the top of her game and is the best ruck in the competition.
“We were presented with numerous challenges this season but the entire side stuck together, stayed connected and ensured we rode through the highs and lows as a cohesive unit.
“It certainly wasn’t easy for the players having two seasons in one year, but they remained diligent and professional in their approach which was essential.
“This group knows that we are building towards something special, and we’ll continue to develop our players and put ourselves on the path to achieve ultimate success.”