Alyce Parker, named All-Australian again
At just 20 years old, Alyce Parker has been named in the AFL Women’s All-Australian Team for a second consecutive season.
The final team of 21 was named at this evening’s W awards, hosted across five different locations, with the Sydney based event held at the SCG.
In just her third AFLW season, Parker had another standout year in the orange and charcoal.
The star midfielder led from the start, a key player for not only the GIANTS but across the entire competition.
Parker had a consistently strong season, in what was an up and down year for the GIANTS.
GIANTS coach Alan McConnell paid tribute to Parker.
“Alyce has once again had an exceptional season,” McConnell said.
“In just her third season she’s take yet another step in her development on and off the football field.
“She’s an incredibly driven footballer and one of her own harshest critics but deserves all the recognition that comes her way as she builds into a fine football career.
“We’re proud of all of her achievements but to once again be named in the top echelon of players in our competition is a great honour.
“We’re immensely proud of her as a player and a person and look forward to her continuing to run out in the orange and charcoal for years to come.”
The now two-time All-Australian sat amongst the top of the competition-wide stats for the season, finishing with the equal-highest average disposal count of 23.9 a game.
She also led the board for contested possessions, ranked second in average clearances and third for inside-50s.
Parker’s 2021 form has also been recognised with selection in the 22under22 AFLPA side while she also finished in second place in the AFLCA player of the year award.
Parker is the first two-time All Australian for the GIANTS with captain Alicia Eva, teammates Jessica Dal Pos and Erin McKinnon and former GIANT Courtney Gum all named All Australians over the past years.
The GIANTS will recognise the club’s 2021 AFLW season at the Gabrielle Trainor Medal next Thursday night where Parker is the reigning winner.
Article first published on gwsgiants.com.au