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Liv named in All-Australian team

GEELONG young gun Olivia Purcell’s standout season has been further recognised after being named in the AFLW All-Australian team.

Purcell’s selection on the half-forward flank comes less than 72 hours after being awarded the Cats’ best-and-fairest for 2020.

She was the only Geelong player in the original 40-woman squad and becomes just the second All-Australian from GMHBA Stadium after defender Meg McDonald was honoured in 2019.

Purcell was the Cats’ leading possession-winner in 2020 at 20.1 per game. She also kicked four goals.

“The Toyota AFL Women’s All-Australian Team recognises the best players in each position throughout the entire 2020 season,” AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone said.

“Selection in the Toyota AFL Women’s All-Australian Team reflects the outstanding performances these players have produced week-in-week-out for their respective clubs and acknowledges their role in the fourth season of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition.

“I want to congratulate the entire squad of 40 players, and the final team of 21. Selecting both the squad and team was a difficult process and there will of course be players unlucky not to be included.

“The final team represents the best players of another incredible season and will be an achievement long cherished by the players selected.”

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2020 AFLW ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM

BACK: Sarah Allan (Adelaide Crows), Kate Lutkins (Brisbane Lions)

HALF BACKS: Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Isabel Huntington (Western Bulldogs)

CENTRES: Emma Kearney (Vice Captain, Kangaroos), Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)

HALF FORWARDS: Olivia Purcell (Geelong Cats), Gemma Houghton (Fremantle), Jasmine Garner (Kangaroos)

FORWARDS: Caitlin Greiser (St Kilda), Kate Hore (Melbourne)

FOLLOWERS: Sharni Layton (Collingwood), Karen Paxman (Captain, Melbourne), Madison Prespakis (Carlton)

INTERCHANGE: Kalinda Howarth (Gold Coast SUNS), Alyce Parker (GWS GIANTS), Tayla Harris (Carlton), Ash Riddell (Kangaroos), Anne Hatchard (Adelaide Crows)