Davey caps stellar year with Magpies’ best and fairest

Collingwood co-captain Brianna Davey has capped off a superb AFLW season, claiming the Magpies’ best-and-fairest award on Friday night.

Days after sharing the league’s best-and-fairest award with Fremantle star Kiara Bowers, Davey had more reason to celebrate, polling 158 votes at the Magpies’ count, well ahead of defender and fellow All Australian Ruby Schleicher (93) and midfielder Brittany Bonnici (91).

Brianna Davey has had a superb season in black and white.Credit:Getty Images

Davey had a season to remember, for she was also voted the AFLW Players’ Most Valuable Player and was named All-Australian captain.

Magpies coach Steve Symonds praised Davey for a stellar campaign.

“Bri is one of the league’s most consistent and talented performers,” Symonds said.

“Bri has had an outstanding season and has been a significant contributor to the program’s improvement both on and off the field. It is fantastic to see her recognised for her hard work, determination and playing brilliance in a career-best season.”

Davey led the league for most disposals averaged (23.8) and finished in the top 10 for metres gained, contested possessions, clearances, marks, tackles, score involvements and inside 50s.

The former Carlton captain was such a consistent performer that she polled in all 11 matches, including finals.

“Her ability to stand up in the big moments in games is a consistent characteristic. It is the reason she is so highly respected at the club and across the wider football community,” Symonds said.

Chloe Molloy (16 goals) was the Magpies’ leading goal-kicker, while AFLW rising star nominee Tarni Brown was named best first-year player.

Magpies 2021 Best and Fairest top 10

1. Brianna Davey 158 votes
2. Ruby Schleicher 93 votes
3. Brittany Bonnici 91 votes
4. Jaimee Lambert 77 votes
5. Stacey Livingstone 48 votes
6. Chloe Molloy 47 votes
7. Sharni Norder 24 votes
8. Aishling Sheridan 23 votes
9. Tarni Brown 21 votes
10. Lauren Butler 16 votes

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