Calder Cannons 16-year-old Georgie Prespakis won the 2019 NAB League Girls Best & Fairest on Sunday night, one year after her elder sister achieved the same feat.
Prespakis won’t be eligible to join her sibling Madison – this year’s NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star following a stellar debut season with Carlton – on the national stage until 2021 but has already made a big impression at state level.
The 165cm Sunbury Lions (Essendon District FL) junior averaged a competition-high 24 disposals per game and booted 12 goals across eight of Calder’s nine NAB League Girls home-and-away matches earlier this year, helping guide the Cannons into the finals where they ultimately fell to the Northern Knights in the Grand Final.
She polled 20 votes to claim the Best & Fairest, four more than Madison Prespakis tallied to share the 2018 award with ex-Geelong Falcons and now-Geelong AFLW midfielder Nina Morrison.
Western Jets captain Elisabeth Georgostathis finished runner-up on the 2019 leaderboard with 15 votes, ahead of Geelong Falcons skipper Lucy McEvoy and under-17 Northern Knights playmaker Ellie McKenzie on 14 votes each and then Knights premiership leader Gabrielle Newton and Oakleigh Chargers youngster Joanna Lin on 13 apiece.
Prespakis played three games for Calder last year before a 2019 campaign that saw her poll in seven of her eight outings – including six three-vote performances and one two-vote match.
She trailed early leader McKenzie by four votes at the conclusion of Round 5 before unleashing with four straight best-on-ground showings to end the nine-round home-and-away season, taking the lead in the count for good following Round 7.
Prespakis’ triumph means Calder has produced a Best & Fairest winner in each of the competition’s three seasons, with now-Collingwood AFLW star Chloe Molloy tying with Bridie Kennedy (Dandenong Stingrays) for the inaugural honour in 2017.
Other awards winners on the night included:
NAB League Girls leading goalkicker: Mia Skinner (Geelong Falcons) – 19 goals
OUA Personal Growth Award: Maddison Shaw (Gippsland Power)
NAB League Girls Team of the Year: CLICK HERE for full team
2019 NAB LEAGUE GIRLS BEST & FAIREST LEADERBOARD
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|NAME||NAB LEAGUE CLUB||VOTES|
|Georgie Prespakis||Calder Cannons||20|
|Elisabeth Georgostathis||Western Jets||15|
|Lucy McEvoy||Geelong Falcons||14|
|Ellie McKenzie||Northern Knights||14|
|Joanna Lin||Oakleigh Chargers||13|
|Gabrielle Newton||Northern Knights||13|
|Luka Lesosky-Hay||Geelong Falcons||11|
|Isabella Shannon||Dandenong Stingrays||10|
|Maddison Shaw||Gippsland Power||10|
|Maeve Tupper||Bendigo Pioneers||10|
|Tyanna Smith||Dandenong Stingrays||9|
|Tarni Brown||Eastern Ranges||7|
|Olivia Meagher||Eastern Ranges||7|
|Sophie Molan||GWV Rebels||7|