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AFLW: Two best afield

Ebony Marinoff sends the ball into attack against Carlton on Saturday

The coaches couldn’t split Chelsea Randall and Ebony Marinoff for best-afield honours in Adelaide’s 35-point win over Carlton on Saturday night.

Randall and Marinoff each received nine votes from Bec Goddard and Damien Keeping.

Marinoff was the leading possession-winner at Norwood Oval with 16.

The Rising Star winner also gained more metres (387) than any other player on the ground, and topped the AFLW for score involvements (six) in Round Five.

The League’s leading tackler, Marinoff laid another six tackles against the Blues, to go with five hard-ball gets, four clearances, four inside 50ms and four rebound 50ms.

Randall remains on top of the AFLW Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award.

The Crows co-captain, who has polled votes in every game this season, collected 15 disposals in another impressive performance on the weekend.

Released from defence, Randall amassed 15 disposals, seven tackles, four inside 50ms, three score involvements and also won two clearances.

The inspirational 26-year-old ranks top-five in the competition for total disposals, effective kicks, contested possessions, hard-ball gets and rebound 50ms.

Three-goal forward Ruth Wallace and onballer Deni Varnhagen were each awarded three votes.

Wallace, who now sits fourth in the League’s goalkicking, was involved in five Adelaide scores from her nine possessions. Hear from the star recruit post-game.


Enjoying a consistent season, Varnhagen finished with 14 disposals, nine contested possessions and three clearances.

Experienced Blue Katie Loynes was adjudged her team’s best player, receiving four votes. Carlton pair Kerryn Harrington and Breann Moody (one vote each) rounded out the voting.

The other three AFLW games on the weekend each produced 10-vote performers.

Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce attracted maximum votes for a dominant display against the Brisbane Lions, while Courtney Gum also earned a 10 for her game against Fremantle.

Western Bulldogs midfielder/forward Ellie Blackburn moved to second on the leaderboard with a best-on-ground performance against Collingwood. Blackburn (30) trails Randall by five votes with two rounds remaining.

Adelaide v Carlton
9 – Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)
9 – Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide)
4 – Katie Loynes (Carlton)
3 – Deni Varnhagen (Adelaide)
3 – Ruth Wallace (Adelaide)
1 – Kerryn Harrington (Carlton)
1 – Breann Moody (Carlton)

Overall leaderboard after Round Five
35 – Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)
30 – Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
29 – Kate Lutkins (Brisbane Lions)
28 – Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs)
28 – Daisy Pearce (Melbourne)
20 – Courtney Gum (GWS)
19 – Kara Donnellan (Fremantle)
18 – Alicia Eva (GWS)
17 – Ebony Antonio (Fremantle)
17 – Chloe Molloy (Collingwood)