AFTER a breakout season, Keeley Sherar has earned a nomination in the 2023 All-Australian squad.

Sherar joined the Blues through the 2021 AFLW Draft where she was selected at pick No.11, earning a Rising Star nomination in her first game back in season six.

Since then, the 20-year-old has been a mainstay in the Carlton side, earning her reputation as a tough midfielder with the athleticism to run, chase and tackle which she combines with her kicking skills.

In the 2023 season, Sherar placed fifth in the competition for total tackles during the home-and-away season, averaging 8.4 per match. She had 12 in a single game against the Giants in Round 8, while her best all-round performance came in Round 6 against the Western Bulldogs, recording 27 disposals, eight tackles and 10 coaches’ votes in a big win.

Carlton AFLW Senior Coach Mathew Buck said he was pleased but not surprised by Sherar’s nomination.

“Keeley has been a reliable player for us this season. She has had some tough match-ups and we have been impressed with the maturity she has shown to players amongst some of AFLW’s best,” Buck said.  

“Keeley is a great player to coach and has been fun to watch this season. She asks questions and always ensures she understands our game plan and her role, which she then goes out and executes.  

“She is really dedicated to her craft and is always looking for ways to improve and grow in her game and never backs down from a challenge. We are excited to see where her football career can go.”  

The All-Australian team of 21 will be announced at the W Awards on Monday 27 November.