#sports activities Top footy players and WAGs stun on the red carpet at one of the biggest Aussie Rules award nights
Werribee’s Tom Gribble and Essendon’s Georgia Nanscawen have taken out the main awards as the finest players in the VFL and VFLW took to the red carpet at the Palladium at Crown in Melbourne this week.
It was a welcome return for the VFL/VFLW Awards at a bodily venue after Covid compelled organisers to make it a digital occasion and a bunch of star players took to the venue to have fun the best in state league Aussie guidelines.
Gribble was named the J.J. Liston Trophy winner for the second successive VFL season after taking out the 2019 award whereas Nanscawen gained the VFLW finest and fairest with a commanding 33 votes.
Tom Gribble of Werribee was the winner of the J.J.Liston Medal at the VFL & VFLW Awards
Gribble receives his medal and makes his speech at the return of the bodily award night time
Southport’s Jacob Dawson was named the Coaches MVP for the VFL whereas Nanscawen was additionally named the VFLW Coaches MVP.
Young Port Melbourne defender Ethan Phillips claimed the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell medal for the finest rising expertise beneath 24 whereas Casey Demons star Thalia Fellows was named the most promising VFLW expertise.
Judith Elliott, Greg Pendlebury and Erica O’Donnell have been awarded life membership, Werribee timekeeper Scott Bishop was named VFL Volunteer of the Year and Darebin’s Julie Boffa claimed the VFLW Volunteer of the Year medal.
Georgia Nanscawen of Essendon wins the 2022 Lambert-Pearce Medal
Joel Trudgeon, Paddy Dow, Ned Cahill and Will Setterfield of the Blues
Mia-Rae Clifford, Renee Tierney, Amelia Radford, Georgia Nanscawen and Federica Frew
Gribble admitted he had been under his finest throughout the Covid-interrupted 2021 season and had set a purpose to step up this season.
‘Last yr was actually difficult for me with the yr off and with dad’s passing [in 2020],’ he stated.
‘It did not rock the boat with me however I did not play in addition to I might have preferred final yr although it was a nine-game season.
‘It spurred me on to get cracking somewhat bit extra early in phrases of pre-season. The whips have been cracking for me in August as a result of I used to be somewhat bit dissatisfied with how I went in addition to the degree of expectation to carry out.
‘It was a problem however I feel it made the fireplace develop somewhat bit extra to carry out and chase that final success of a premiership.’
Leyton Chisholm, Joshua Green, Sam Frost, Harry Grintell and Billy Clark of the GWS Giants
Members of the Southern Saints arrive for the 2022 VFL & VFLW Awards
Other award winners on the night time included Gold Coast ahead Chris Burgess who claimed the VFL main goalkicker with 52 targets, Essendon’s Federica Frew gained the VFLW main goalkicker award with 29 targets and Andrew Adair [field], John Cooper [boundary] and Luke Monea [goal] have been named umpires of the yr.
Jean-Luc Velissaris of the Northern Bullants and Tom Wilson of the Northern Bullants and visitor
Gribble added that being named Tigers’ co-captain alongside Dom Brew had helped elevate his performances on the area with a view to lead by instance.
‘It in all probability put extra strain on me if I’m sincere in phrases of personal private efficiency,’ he stated of the captaincy.
‘It’s really very easy to guide once you’re enjoying nicely as a result of you may assist others. When you are not enjoying nicely it may be fairly a problem since you begin getting in your individual head about my very own type is not adequate.
‘Then you must assume outdoors your self as a captain to ensure different guys are going okay.
‘I in all probability did put some extra strain on myself to carry out. I did have a number of conversations with Mick all through the center half of the yr particularly to only launch and not put a lot strain on myself.
‘The co-captaincy, I’m not at all a refined product in phrases of my management, Dom and I current various things however we praise one another fairly nicely.
‘I’m hoping to develop subsequent yr and hopefully lead the crew higher than I did this yr.’
Libby Birch poses for a photograph throughout the 2022 VFL & VFLW Awards Night at the Palladium
Members of Port Melbourne arrive for the gala awards night time at Crown in Melbourne
Hawthorn players pose for a photograph earlier than the ceremony began
The subsequent step for Nanscawen might be AFLW, however she might be compelled to attend till the 2023 season after an ACL damage prevented her from enjoying with the Bombers of their debut season this yr.
‘You by no means go into it anticipating these kind of issues [to win the award]. On a private degree I felt that I had a pleasant constant season nevertheless it’s all the time very humbling to be recognised,’ she stated.
‘I had somewhat style out of it (AFLW) straight out of the hockey program with North Melbourne in 2019 and was delisted from there.
‘To be on the record this yr and then be dominated out with an ACL damage is disappointing. Having seen the program develop for 5 or so years then to be picked in the AFLW crew and not get to expire alongside them in that first yr is difficult.
‘Now it is simply focusing on the restoration and seeing what occurs subsequent yr.
‘If I bought one other alternative to expire with Essendon in the AFLW that may be very good.’
Geelong players dressed to the nines for the return of the awards after final yr’s digital occasion
Taylin Duman of Frankston and visitor and Liam Mackie of the Bullants and visitor