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Libby Birch and Emma Mackie have received a place in this year’s Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Team of the Year. (Photo: AFL Media) - Western Bulldogs,Libby Birch,Emma Mackie

Libby Birch and Emma Mackie have received a place in this year’s Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Team of the Year. (Photo: AFL Media)

Western Bulldogs AFLW midfielders Libby Birch and Emma Mackie have received a place in this year’s Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Team of the Year, announced on Monday night at Crown Palladium.

Despite only playing eight games, 20-year-old Birch enjoyed a dominant season for the Western Bulldogs VFLW side, averaging 18 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and 3 rebound 50s.

Hawthorn VFLW captain and Western Bulldogs AFLW player Emma Mackie was named alongside Birch for her stand-out season with the Hawks, where she averaged 20 disposals (15 contested), 7 clearances, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50s across 11 games.

Mackie also received 15 votes in the Lambert-Pearce medal count, placing her in fifth position behind leading goal-kicker Darcy Vescio.

Western Bulldogs AFLW vice-captain Ellie Blackburn also landed within the top 10 of the Lambert-Pearce Medal count, securing an outstanding 10 votes over just five VFLW appearances.

2018 Lambert-Pearce Medal leaderboard

NAME

CLUB

VOTES

Jess Duffin

Williamstown

23

Lauren Pearce

Darebin Falcons

17

Angela Foley

NT Thunder

16

Darcy Vescio

Carlton

15

Emma Mackie

Hawthorn

15

Ashleigh Riddell

Melbourne Uni

14

Mia-Rae Clifford

Geelong Cats

14

Nat Exon

Darebin Falcons

13

Richelle Cranston

Geelong Cats

11

Chloe Molloy

Collingwood

10

Ellie Blackburn

Western Bulldogs

10

Jaimee Lambert

Collingwood

10

Meg Hutchins

Hawthorn

10