Western Bulldogs leader Katie Lynch is an AFLW All Australian.

It is a maiden honour for the 22-year-old, named at half-back, and caps off a breakout campaign.

Lynch arrived at the Kennel during the 2020 Sign and Trade period, and has played 29 games in the red, white and blue since crossing from Collingwood.

Having started her career as a forward, her move to defence paid dividends for the Dogs, averaging 14 disposals, six intercepts and three rebound 50s across 11 games this season alone.

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“Katie brings a unique set of skills to the backline. She reads the ball extremely well."
Coach Nathan Burke

Lynch finished season seven with the second-most marks across the competition (56), while leading the Club for intercept possessions (64) and sharing the lead for total rebound-50s (30).

She was also elevated to the Bulldogs’ leadership group in August. 

The All Australian recognition is the second accolade Lynch has picked up this week, having also been voted into the 22under22 team on Tuesday morning.

She was the fifth-most popular player, selected in 75.57% of fan-voted teams.

Lynch is the Bulldogs’ only All Australian representative this season, with teammates Ellie Blackburn (2017, 2018, 2021) and Alice Edmonds missing out after being named in the squad of 42 players.

The AFLW All Australian team was selected by the following panel:

  • Nicole Livingstone (Chairperson)
  • Sarah Black
  • Sam Virgo
  • Andrew Dillon
  • Laura Kane
  • Kelli Underwood
  • Megan Waters
  • Narelle Smith
  • Tim Harrington