Round 3 of the 2023 AFLW season saw Melbourne set a new AFLW record for consecutive wins, Port Adelaide's first win away from home, and a slippery snake delaying the match at Blacktown.
Here are Edge of the Crowd's Round 3 AFLW Best and Fairest votes.
Geelong (22) def. by North Melbourne (31)
3. Jasmine Garner (NM)
2. Georgie Prespakis (GEEL)
1. Mia King (NM)
A second-half comeback saw North Melbourne get the victory over Geelong in the opening fixture of Round 3 off the back of another best-on-field performance from Jasmine Garner. Garner had 32 touches (21 contested), laid 12 tackles, had 12 clearances, nine inside 50s, 600 metres gained, and kicked a third-quarter goal that put the Roos in front for the first time, to which they then never surrendered the lead.
Georgie Prespakis performed well in a losing effort, collecting 26 touches to gain 617 metres to go with eight tackles, seven inside 50s, and a goal. Mia King was just as influential through the middle on the way to collecting 25 disposals (14 contested), laying 13 tackles with nine clearances, rewarded for her efforts with four frees for also.
GWS (34) def. by Richmond (53)
3. Alyce Parker (GWS)
2. Monique Conti (RICH)
1. Gabrielle Seymour (RICH)
Although the Giants were on the losing end of the result after the Tigers took the game away in the fourth quarter, Alyce Parker was the game's best. The versatility of Parker's game allowed her to play in the midfield and down forward, allowing her 21 disposals, lay seven tackles, have six clearances, and kick two goals in the third term to help the Giants get back into the contest.
Monique Conti again was instrumental in leading Richmond to victory in a performance that included 22 disposals (13 contested), seven clearances, six inside 50s, four score involvements, and a goal. Fellow Tiger Gabrielle Seymour was monstrous in the ruck, tallying 26 hitouts to go along with 12 disposals, five tackles, four clearances, and five one-percenters.
Adelaide (81) def. Essendon (34)
3. Anne Hatchard (ADEL)
2. Danielle Ponter (ADEL)
1. Ebony Marinoff (ADEL)
Anne Hatchard proved to be the difference-maker against Essendon with her damaging presence across Wigan Oval on Saturday afternoon. The midfielder picked up 27 touches with nine tackles, five marks and four clearances, while further down the ground she had four inside 50s, five tackles inside 50, and kicked two second-half goals to grow the Crows' lead.
Danielle Ponter's effort saw her kick a game-high three goals with a further two goal assists, along with 16 disposals, five marks (four inside 50), and four inside 50s. Ebony Marinoff had 22 disposals and made sure her side locked the ball in the forward half with 15 tackles (five inside 50) and nine inside 50s.
Melbourne (83) def. Western Bulldogs (41)
3. Tyla Hanks (MELB)
2. Kate Hore (MELB)
1. Ellie Blackburn (WB)
Kyla Hanks picks up the maximum votes following her influential performance to get the Demons to an AFLW record 12th consecutive victory. Hanks had 25 disposals at 76 per cent efficiency, as well as seven clearances, six tackles, and six score involvements - including three goal assists and a goal herself.
Kate Hore continued her hot start to the season - and the Demons captaincy - with another 22 disposals (12 contested), six clearances, and 10 score involvements, which include her kicking two goals. Ellie Blackburn was the Dogs' best on the day, picking up 29 touches, eight inside 50s, and seven clearances.
Fremantle (35) def. Hawthorn (22)
3. Aine Tighe (FRE)
2. Kiara Bowers (FRE)
1. Jasmine Fleming (HAW)
Fremantle's Aine Tighe was the match-winner for the Dockers against the Hawks on the weekend. The forward kicked a season-high three goals - the first two of the match, while her third wrestled back momentum her team's way in the third term, as she had totalled 20 disposals at 75 per cent efficiency along with 12 marks (five inside 50, five contested) and four inside 50s.
Kiara Bowers backed up her Round 2 performance with an equally-impressive showing all over the ground at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, picking up 25 touches with eight tackles and eight clearances. Jasmine Fleming was among Hawthorn's best after 18 disposals at 83 per cent and a further four marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, and three rebounds.
St Kilda (48) def. by Port Adelaide (56)
3. Abbey Dowrick (PA)
2. Jaimee Lambert (STK)
1. Indy Tahau (PA)
Port Adelaide's Abbey Dowrick played arguably her best game, with the second-year midfielder stepping up in a big way to guide her team over the line. Dowrick collected 24 touches (17 contested) at 79 per cent efficiency, along with nine clearances, five marks, five inside 50s, four tackles, and a goal assist.
Jaimee Lambert finished the game with 16 touches (13 contested) at 75 per cent efficiency, with a further nine tackles, eight score involvements, five frees for, five clearances, five inside 50s, and two goals. Indy Tahau was magical in kicking two goals out of nothing among 15 disposals, six score involvements, and five tackles.
West Coast (24) def. by Carlton (77)
3. Keeley Skepper (CARL)
2. Breann Moody (CARL)
1. Emma Swanson (WCE)
Keeley Skipper had a day out Mineral Resources Park helping the Blues to a huge win over the Eagles. The midfield/defender had 23 possessions throughout the match and kicked a career-high three goals- incuding the game's first - while amassing seven score involvements, five marks, and three inside 50s.
Breann Moody was back in a pure ruck position for the first time this season and made the most of it with 24 hitouts, along with 16 touches, five inside 50s, five tackles, five marks, and four clearances. Emma Swanson was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 27 touches in a game that included five tackles, four marks, four clearances, and four inside 50s.
Collingwood (21) def. by Gold Coast (33)
3. Claudia Whitfort (GCS)
2. Brianna Davey (COLL)
1. Lucy Single (GCS)
Claudia Whitfort was the difference in the Suns' win over the Magpies at Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon, racking up 24 touches (16 contested). As well, the midfielder was electric in helping her side get forward through eight clearances, six inside 50s, three tackles, and three goal assists.
Brianna Davey was among Collingwood's best, collecting 18 possessions (15 contested) among eight clearances, six tackles, five frees, and a goal of her own. Lucy Single collected 20 touches (13 contested) for the Suns, in a game where she also laid eight tackles, four tackles inside 50 and three inside 50s.
Brisbane (87) def. Sydney (32)
3. Ally Anderson (BL)
2. Laura Gardiner (SYD)
1. Sophie Conway (BL)
Ally Anderson had another three-vote performance on the weekend, this time against the Swans at Brighton Homes Arena. Anderson had 27 touches in a game where she also had seven inside 50s, seven score involvements, six tackles, and three clearances.
Laura Gardiner fell one short of equalling the record for the most disposals in an AFLW match, collecting 41 touches and gaining 622 metres, all the while having nine tackles, five clearances, five marks, five inside 50s, and four rebounds. Sophie Conway gets one vote following a three-goal effort with 17 disposals and six score involvements.