The GIANTS will crown their eighth AFLW Club Champion at the Gabrielle Trainor Medal on Monday night.

The club will gather on Monday evening at The Establishment in Sydney’s CBD to recognise and celebrate the achievements from the 2023 season.

How does the count work?

After every game, Head Coach Cam Bernasconi, and his five assistant coaches (Lloyd Perris, Jon Vlatko, Georgia Walker, Rhiannon Metcalfe and Trent Goodrem) - award votes to as many players as they see fit on a scale of 1 – 4 with a maximum of 24 votes per player per round.

The votes from across the season are then tallied up, with the player with the most votes being crowned the Gabrielle Trainor Medalist.

Previous Winners:

2022 (S7) - Alyce Parker
2022 (S6) - Alyce Parker
2021 – Alyce Parker
2020 – Alyce Parker
2019 – Rebecca Beeson
2018 – Alicia Eva
2017 – Jess Dal Pos

The Contenders:

Nicola Barr – she’s been here from the beginning, but season 2023 saw Barr produce some of her best football yet. The 27-year-old produced career best disposals and tackles in her 50th game in round two and went on to average 17.1 disposals, 6 tackles and 3.1 clearances in her eighth season.

Rebecca Beeson – a name already listed on the honor board, Beeson last took home the Gabrielle Trainor Medal in 2019. After missing the entirety of last season, the 26-year-old looked like she hadn’t missed a beat. Playing nine of the GIANTS’ 10 games, Beeson averaged 17.8 disposals, 6 contested possessions and 3.1 marks.

Chloe Dalton – after an injury disrupted start to her GIANTS career, Dalton played all 10 games in the orange and charcoal this season. In a new look role down back, she often brought her run and carry to help move to the ball out of the GIANTS’ backline. The 30-year-old averaged 12.2 disposals and 4.6 intercept possessions whilst still slotting two goals. 

Alicia Eva – another contender also to have taken out the award in the past, captain Alicia Eva once again led by example in season 2023. The 2018 Gabrielle Trainor Medalist averaged 16.9 disposals, 6 contested possessions and 16.9 pressure acts.

Tarni Evans – the 21-year-old was a staple in the GIANTS’ line up in season 2023. Recently recognised for her efforts this season included in the extended list for the AFLPA’s 22Under22 team, the core defender led the competition for rebound 50’s (6.4 per game), while averaging 16.3 disposals, 5.7 intercept possessions and 3.3 spoils.

Zarlie Goldsworthy – she might be just 18 years of age, but the exciting midfielder was one of the most consistent performers for the GIANTS this season. The round two Rising Star nominee also drew the attention of fans league wide when she became the youngest AFLW player to kick five goals in round eight. Goldsworthy finished just her second season in the competition averaging 18.3 disposals, 6.6 tackles and 2.1 clearances, whilst also contributing 13 goals.

Alyce Parker – no stranger to a Gabrielle Trainor Medal vote count, the 23-year-old has taken home the award for the past four seasons. Despite missing the final three games of the year Parker was prolific early on, averaging 25.1 disposals, 5.6 tackles and 6.3 clearances this season.

Haneen Zreika – a quiet but dominant achiever on the GIANTS’ list, Zreika was a consistent performer for the GIANTS this season. The hard running midfield laid 79 tackles in nine games, ranking her in the league’s top 10. She registered the highest disposal efficiency for the GIANTS and ranked equal second for pressure acts

Other awards:

  • Rising Star
  • GIANTS Community Award
  • Members’ Choice Award
  • Mark of the Year
  • Goal of the Year
  • Defensive Moment of the Year
  • Leading Goal Kicker
  • Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award
  • Coaches Award

The 2023 Gabrielle Trainor Medal will be held at the Establishment on Monday, 13 November. The evening will unfortunately not be live streamed, but members and fans can keep up with all the action via the GIANTS’ social media accounts.