Sarah Rowe has been named the AFLW Irish Player of the Year after an impressive first season with the Collingwood Magpies.
Rowe saw off Tipperary and Western Bulldogs star Aisling McCarthy in second and fellow Mayo native Cora Staunton (GWS Giants) in third to claim the inaugural award.
Mayo players occupy three of the top four spots with Aileen Gilroy (North Melbourne) in fourth while Down's Clara Fitzpatrick (St Kilda) completes a list of five.
Rowe has also been named the 2020 AFLW Multicultural Player of the Year, an award for players born outside of Australia.
We are really excited to announce our AFL Ireland Women’s IRISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR & TOP 5, from this seasons @aflwomens Competition, in association with our amazing new partner @gympluscoffee CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Rowe, Collingwood, who is our inaugural IRISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2020 👏 👏 Sarah receives an amazing WINNERS prize to the value of €250 from Gym+Coffee after an outstanding season with the Magpies. 16 Irish Players saw competitive action across the season & our AFL Ireland Women’s Crew were busy tracking every game across the 6 Rounds, & gathering the statistics on each player including every Goal, Disposal, Kick, Handball, Mark & Tackle. In fact there was literally only ONE KICK separating our Winner and Runner Up. Congrats to Aisling McCarthy, Western Bulldogs on securing our Runner Up Spot 💪 . Aisling was excellent game on game for the Bulldogs. In 3rd place we have Cora Staunton, GWS Giants 👏. What a terrific season from Cora on return from a horrific injury. Our 4th Place award goes to Aileen Gilroy, North Melbourne Kangaroos. What a revelation the Mayo native was with blistering power and pace off half back ( and THAT tackle) in her debut season. And completing the Top 5 we have Clara Fitzpatrick, St. Kilda. An outstanding first season for Clara saw her play brilliantly in a key defensive role against some of the marquee forwards of the game. 💪 All 5 will receive amazing prizes from Gym + Coffee 🏆 CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our Winners, and all the Irish Players who represented us so fantastically & made us all so proud ! Thanks again to Gym + Coffee, be sure to check out their new online store at www.gympluscoffee.com WE LOOK FORWARD TO AFL WOMENS 2021 already! ☘️ #AWholeNewBallGame #20x20