Monique Conti is Richmond’s inaugural AFLW best and fairest winner, capping off another stellar AFLW season.

The midfield star polled 25 votes in Thursday night’s online best and fairest event - finishing three votes ahead of half-back, Phoebe Monahan on 22 votes, and defender/ruck, Gabby Seymour in third place on 18 votes.

Conti starred in her first season in the Yellow and Black. The ball winner averaged a team-high 19.8 disposals per game, including 11 contested possessions, 4.8 tackles and 3.7 clearances.

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AFLW B&F: Conti accepts Richmond's Best and Fairest

Monique Conti won Richmond's 2020 AFLW Best and Fairest.

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She was named in the Tigers’ best in all six matches, with her most dominant performance in Round 4 against Geelong, where she recorded 28 disposals, five tackles, two marks, and four clearances.

The accomplished 20-year-old is now a dual best and fairest winner (Bulldogs 2019, Richmond 2020), a 2018 premiership player and best-on-ground in the grand final, as well as 2019 All Australian.

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Best of Conti

Highlights of Monique Conti's 2020 season

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“The entire Richmond Football Club congratulates Mon in becoming our first AFLW best and fairest winner,” Richmond’s Head of Women’s Football, Kate Sheahan said.

“Mon is an incredibly talented athlete, highly competitive, always strives to achieve her best, and we’re very proud of her.

“At only 20-years-old, we’re excited by her continued development as a player and person at Richmond.

“We also congratulate Phoebe and Gabby on fantastic AFLW seasons. Phoebe was a star in the backline, and Gabby’s development as a football player has been phenomenal.

Exciting Bendigo product, Kodi Jacques is the Club’s best first year player, and finished sixth overall (16 votes) in the 2020 best and fairest.

The 19-year-old midfielder played in all six of the Tigers’ AFLW games, averaging 5.3 tackles and 8.2 disposals per game. She kicked her first league goal in Round 4 v Geelong, on her former home ground at Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo.

“Kodi has had a fantastic first AFLW season, and we look forward supporting her development in the coming seasons at the Club,” Sheahan said.

“We also thank every player, coach and staff member who were part of our inaugural AFLW season - it was an incredible experience and we’re already excited for 2021.”

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AFLW B&F: Captain's address

AFLW Captain Katie Brennan speaks at Richmond's 2020 AFLW Best and Fairest awards night.

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The best and fairest player was determined after votes were cast from 1-5 after each of the six rounds by each of the six-member Match Committee, led by AFLW coach, Tom Hunter.

Richmond 2020 AFLW best and fairest top 10

1

Monique Conti

 

25

 

2

Phoebe Monahan

 

22

3

Gabby Seymour

 

18

4

Christina Bernardi

 

16

5

Grace Campbell

 

16

6

Kodi Jacques

 

16

7

Sabrina Frederick

 

15

8

Sophie Molan

 

15

9

Sarah Sansonetti

 

15

10

Alice Edmonds

 

14