Emma O'Driscoll has received recognition for her outstanding 2023 campaign with a maiden selection in the AFLW All-Australian team, named at centre half back.
The Fremantle defender's accolade comes off the back of her runner up placing in Fremantle’s AFLW Fairest and Best count last Friday night.
Known for her ability to intercept and create momentum off the backline, it was no surprise that O’Driscoll was the league leader in intercept possessions for the 2023 home and away season, totalling 85 across the 10 rounds.
The first time All Australian was also fifth league-wide for disposals by a defender, averaging 17.1 throughout the 2023 season.
O’Driscoll had her career best performance in Round 6 against North Melbourne getting to work with 28 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 15 intercept possessions, nine marks, eight rebound 50s and 467 metres gained.
Vice-captain Ange Stannett spoke to O’Driscoll’s consistency, and knows the intent and attitude she brings every week.
“Drisco is incredible at what she does. Week-in-week-out we know exactly what we’re going to get from her,” Stannett said.
“It shows it doesn’t matter what age you are, or how much experience you have. If you bring your intent and attitude, you’re going to be able to inspire with your teammates.”
Fremantle’s AFLW Senior Coach Lisa Webb said O’Driscoll’s confidence in her ability this season has allowed her to execute her role every week.
“Emma has a massive amount of energy and drive to improve off the field, but that’s also been evident when it comes to her ability to translate that on-field,” Webb said.
“She has found this new confidence in her ability to be able to execute her role every single week.
“Emma is really team driven, and I’m so proud of the progress she’s made. Her best is yet to come.”
The AFLW All-Australian team of 21 players was announced at the W Awards on Monday 27 November.
The All-Australian Selection Panel consisted of Nicole Livingstone (Chair), Andrew Dillon, Laura Kane, Jason Bennett, Kelli Underwood, Sarah Black, Katie Loynes, Narelle Smith and Megan Waters.