18/04/2024
Mick Stinear coaching Melbourne

Mick Stinear coaching the Demons. Picture: Melbourne FC

Mick Stinear celebrated the inclusion of his 14th player coached to be named in an AFLW All-Australian side, putting him ahead of any other AFLW coach.

The inclusion of Karen Paxman in the 2021 AFLW All-Australian team has put Melbourne AFLW senior coach Mick Stinear in the lead for most produced All-Australian players.

Stinear has had his players named 14 times in the side across the five years of the AFLW, two more than Brisbane’s Craig Starcevich (12) and four more than Adelaide’s Matthew Clarke (10).

Stinear joined Melbourne as their inaugural senior coach after a stint with the Oakleigh Chargers from 2014-2016. He led the Chargers to back-to-back premierships in 2014 and 2015, as well as earning a spot in the 2016 finals series.

Along with coaching Melbourne’s AFLW side, Stinear took on the role as development coach of the men’s team in the same year.

Eight Melbourne players have been named as All-Australian since 2017; Karen Paxman (five selections), Elise O’Dea and Daisey Peace (two selections), and Libby Birch, Meg Downie, Melissa Hickey, Kate Hore, and Lauren Pearce each with one selection.

Paxman’s inclusion in this year’s All-Australian makes her one of the two AFLW players to be named in all five sides. North Melbourne’s Emma Kearney shares the honour who was named alongside Paxman on the interchange bench of the 2021 team.

Kearney played her first two years of AFLW with the Western Bulldogs, before moving to North Melbourne in 2019. Her selection in 2020 came with the title of vice-captaincy of the side.

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Collingwood recorded the most inclusions in the 2021 side, with Brianna Davey being named this year’s All-Australian captain. It also doubles the Pies most selections of two players in the 2017, 2018 and 2020 sides.

Brit Bonnici, Ruby Schleicher, and Chloe Molloy were also named. It is Molloy’s second All-Australian, with the Magpie’s young-gun named as a defender in 2018, and as a forward this year.

The swap in positions is also the first major one among the players named multiple All-Australians.

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