Kiara Bowers has the vote of quite a few of her peers for the AFLW 2021 Best and Fairest. Photo: fremantlefc.com.au

Who takes away the honours on AFLW Awards night? We spoke to the players on the red carpet to get their thoughts and predictions.

The AFLW’s night of nights is upon us, stars everywhere you look.

The Inner Sanctum spoke to the players on the red carpet to get their Best and Fairest and Rising Star predictions.

Bri Davey – Collingwood

“I think players like Kiara Bowers, Ellie Blackburn, Jasmine Garner, will be right up there,” Davey said.

“Hopefully I am, but you never know on these nights. I’m just here to have a good time and enjoy the company of my teammates.

“Last year [the virtual awards] was probably something you don’t do too often.

“It’s really cool to see everybody face to face and be able to celebrate the season.”

Emma Kearney – North Melbourne

“Jaz Garner had a really good year from us, so she’ll go alright,” Kearney said.

“I reckon Kiara Bowers though, she’s been dominant, and she won’t have any of her teammates taking votes off her.

“I don’t know if my chances are very high, but these sorts of awards are very special. It shows the amount of work that all these athletes put in.”

Meg McDonald – Geelong

“There’s so many options, you try and think about who’ll take votes off who,” McDonald said.

“Bri Davey got the AFLPA MVP, so I’d be happy to see her go back to back.”

Tilly Lucas-Rodd – St. Kilda

“There’s a couple of my teammates [nominated for the rising star award], T [Tyanna] Smith and Tarni White, but if I had to… it’s probably going to be Ellie McKenzie,” Lucas-Rodd said.

“For a smokey, I think it’s going to be Tyla Hanks.

“I really rated Tyla’s season, I thought it was a long time coming. I thought she progressed really well, so she might be a smokey.”

The Rising Star award is set to be announced at 7:25PM AEST, while the Best and Fairest will follow at approximately 9:20PM AEST.

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