Everyone loves a good countdown.

To celebrate the impending return of the NAB AFLW competition, womens.afl has gone back with the flight of the ball, putting its body on the line and has ranked the top 30 players across the 14 sides.

Aspects considered included impact on games and pure talent, with extra weight given to consistency of performance.

At times it felt like splitting hairs, or attempting to separate the Hosking twins, and apologies are to be made to Darcy Vescio and Sam Virgo, who just missed the cut.

With total player pool of 420 to choose from, this 30 represent the top 7.1 per cent of the competition.

Click here to see the players ranked 20-30.

The remainder of the top 20 will be announced as womens.afl count down to round one.

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Ebony Antonio | Top 30 AFLW player countdown

AFLW Women's journalist Sarah Black places Freo's Ebony Antonio at no.20 in her Top 30 AFLW Players countdown.

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20. Ebony Antonio (Fremantle)

Possibly the most effective flanker in the competition, Antonio can play back and forward with ease, often within the same game.

Highly athletic, the Docker reads the play very well in defence and is an excellent intercept mark.

Antonio is courageous in the air and has strong kicking skills to boot, playing a more permanent role in attack for the first half of 2019, kicking 5.5.

She took out Fremantle's best and fairest in 2018 and was also named All Australian for that season.