Shanae Carter (Murrumbeena)
Last year’s inaugural Best & Fairest winner is certainly in the frame to secure back to back awards. The flashy ball-winner has again been a key cog in the Beena machine, playing 12 games during the home and away season and finishing in the club’s best players on 10 occasions. She also cemented her standing as a big-game player by taking home the best on ground medal in Murrumbeena’s Grand Final victory over Endeavour Hills. A genuine ball-magnet with pace and skill, Carter is a player that knows how to attract the umpires’ attention.
Danielle Wearne (Murrumbeena)
Be it up forward on in the ruck, Wearne has been one of the stand out key position players in the competition. She topped the league goalkicking with 63 – a whopping 16 majors clear of her nearest rival – which included four hauls of eight goals or more. Wearne’s height and athleticism made her a near impossible match-up for defenders, while also giving her the flexibility to contribute further up the ground. Played plenty of big games, which could see her poll enough BOGs to challenge for the medal.
Jordan Mifsud (Oakleigh District)
While the Districts had several players contribute throughout the 2018 season, Jordan Mifsud has been one of the side’s key standouts. An electric forward that can roll up the ground, Mifsud was a picture of consistency, booted 25 goals for the season and going goalless just once. She played 12 home and away matches and was consistently listed in her side’s top three players, and with the Districts finishing second on the ladder with 10 wins, Mifsud may poll well.
Jessica Vivian (Mordialloc)
Vivian had an outstanding debut season for the Bloods in 2018, playing every one of Mordialloc’s 13 games during the home and away season. The hard-working midfielder has a great knack of finding the footy – and she won a lot of it – but also stood out with her two-way running and defensive pressure. Vivian snuck forward on multiple occasions and slotted 10 goals for the season, further highlighting her versatility.
Jessica Pham (East Brighton)
Small in stature but big on output, Pham was one of the key drivers behind the Vampires’ rise to a second consecutive Preliminary Final. Few players run harder and attack as many contests as the diminutive ball-winner, meaning she will be constantly in the umpires’ sights. Durable and consistent, Pham played 12 games for the season and as was one of the side’s most influential contributors, she could be a smoky to take out the medal tomorrow night.