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AFLW: Four Crows in AA squad

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 3: Angela Foley of the Crows chased by Sabrina Frederick-Traub of the Lions during the 2018 AFLW Round 01 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Norwood Oval on February 3, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 3: Angela Foley of the Crows chased by Sabrina Frederick-Traub of the Lions during the 2018 AFLW Round 01 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Norwood Oval on February 3, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Inspirational Adelaide AFLW co-captain Chelsea Randall headlines a list of four Crows named in the 2018 AFL Women’s All Australian squad on Wednesday.

The West Australian is joined in the 40-player squad by hard-working midfielder Ebony Marinoff, joint vice-captain Ange Foley and Rising Star nominee Sarah Allan.

Randall led from the front for a second consecutive season, with her trademark courage recognised earlier this week, sharing the Shadforth Financial Group AFL Coaches AFLW Champion Player of the Year award.

A remarkably consistent season saw Randall claim the No. 1 position for Champion Data ranking points (173.4), ahead of the Western Bulldogs’ Emma Kearney (166.4).

Playing predominately across half back, Randall led the competition for rebound 50s and was top five in contested possessions, intercept possessions and effective kicks.

Having been voted by her peers as the AFLW’s Most Courageous Player in 2017, Randall did not take a backward step in 2018. The fearless defender crashed packs and put herself in dangerous positions with little regard for her personal safety at times.

Randall was also nominated for Mark of the Year thanks to her bone-jarring effort going back with the flight of the ball against Fremantle in Round Six.

 

Marinoff, the inaugural winner of AFL Women’s Rising Star award in 2017, averaged 15.6 disposals and 11.7 tackles in the second season of AFLW.

In Round Four against GWS, the 20-year-old claimed a league tackling record with a staggering 21 tackles. Marinoff finished the season with 82 tackles, 28 ahead of the next best, Fremantle’s Kara Donnellan. 

Ranked second in AFLW for centre clearances and seventh for contested possessions, Marinoff showed her toughness by playing every game despite receiving 11 stitches within seven days as a result of a gruesome tongue injury and split cheek.

Foley provided the Crows with a composed head across half back, averaging 13.3 disposals per game with a game-high 20 coming against GWS in Round Four.

The Darwin-based member of the Club’s senior leadership group captained the side against Fremantle in Round Six.

Fellow defender Sarah Allan credited both Randall and Foley for fast-tracking her development in 2018, which has now been rewarded with a berth in the All Australian squad.

Allan showed poise beyond her years in the Crows back six, ranked first in the league for one percenters (33). She also spent an average of 93 per cent of games on the ground, the highest of any Adelaide player.

A final All Australian team of 21 will be announced at the W Awards in Melbourne on Tuesday March 27.

A host of other awards will also be presented including the AFL Women’s Best and Fairest, NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star, AFL Women’s Leading Goalkicker Award, Mark of the Year and the Goal of the Year.

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