Newton, Huntington in 22under22 squad

Gabby Newton and Izzy Huntington have been selected in the inaugural AFLPA 22under22 squad.

Gabby Newton and Izzy Huntington have been named as part of the 31-player squad for the inaugural AFLPA 22under22 team.

Newton and Huntington, both No.1 picks in their respective draft pools, are two of eight defenders listed.

The final 22under22 team will field five defenders, six midfielders, five forwards and six on the bench. 

Newton managed every game in her debut season as a Bulldog, averaging 13 disposals and seven tackles per game.

The 18-year-old was nominated for the NAB AFLW Rising Star award in Round 4 against West Coast, following a 16-disposal and 10-tackle performance.

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Huntington, who has had an unlucky run with injuries since her debut in 2018, played all but one game this season.

She finished the six-round season ranked equal-first for contested marks, and second for intercept possessions across the competition.

The 21-year-old was the Round 6 NAB AFLW Rising Star nominee, and was named as one of five defenders in AFL Media’s Team of the Year.

If chosen in the final team, Newton and Huntington would be two of three Bulldogs represented in recent years, following skipper Ellie Blackburn’s selection in the retrospective 22under22 team for seasons 2017-2019.

Fans can vote for the final 22under22 team for season 2020, which will be announced at the W Awards, at

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