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VFLW: Duo makes Team of the Year

Rhiannon Watt and Ali Drennan have been named in the VFLW Team of the Year. - St Kilda Saints,AFLW
Rhiannon Watt and Ali Drennan have been named in the VFLW Team of the Year.

Star Southern Saints Rhiannon Watt and Ali Drennan were named in the Swisse Wellness VFLW Team of the Year at the VFL/VFLW Best and Fairest Night on Tuesday.

The pair enjoyed a prolific season under the tutelage of Peta Searle, with Watt named as the premier ruck in the competition and Drennan taking her place on the wing.

The announcement came just days after the dominant midfield duo tied in the count for the Southern Saints’ own Best and Fairest.

READ: Watt, Drennan draw B&F

Polling 123 votes apiece, the pair couldn’t be separated after both enjoyed standout years in their first seasons in red, white and black.

Watt, an ex-Australian volleyballer, has proven herself one of the league’s most dominant rucks and was instrumental in several victories for Peta Searle’s side this year.

The 30-year-old’s prowess in the air and rucking ability was shown on numerous occasions, her dominance out of the centre acting as the Saints’ springboard to launch into attack.

 

Just as vital to the Southern Saints’ midfield supremacy was Drennan, whose unparalleled athleticism and explosiveness from contest was a major highlight in 2018.

The ex-College basketballer became one of the best contested-ball winners in the league, stamping her name on the competition with a best-on-ground 35 disposals in the Saints’ 30-point win over the Seagulls in Round 2.

READ: VFLW Season Review

While Watt and Drennan capped off their stellar first year in the VFLW system, a host of other Southern Saints were named in the AFL Victoria Female Young Guns representative sides.

Kayla Ripari, Amy Silver, Tara Bohanna, Selena Karlson, Alison Brown, Courteney Munn and Georgia Ricardo earned a spot in the representative match, in which the Southern Saints will be by far the most represented team, with a total of seven Saints making the cut.

The game will be played this Saturday 15 September at 11:45am at North Port Oval.