Fresh off being crowned 2023 Club Champion, Charlie Thomas has received her first All-Australian nod after a dominant season in defence.
The 20-year-old has been selected in the squad of 42 players, with the final 21 being announced at the W Awards on November 27.
The only Eagle selected in the squad, Thomas produced an outstanding season and was a consistent and reliable pillar of West Coast’s backline.
In her third season, Thomas delivered a break-out campaign, the exciting young star showing skill, maturity and footy smarts well beyond her years and positioning herself as one of the best up-and-coming defenders in the League.
Thomas finished in the top five in the competition for rebound 50s this season, her pace and determination in the Eagles’ back half constantly disrupting the opposition’s momentum into their forward line.
Managing 42 marks for the year, Thomas’ stats rivalled some of the most experienced and talented defenders in the competition.
Caretaker coach Rohan McHugh said Thomas’ selection was well-deserved recognition for her incredible season.
“Charlie should be really proud of herself, it’s a great reward for effort,” McHugh said.
“She worked incredibly hard in the off-season doing extra running and gym sessions, while also watching extra tape on how we want her to play.
“She really put that together and played some fantastic football this year to make her one of the best defenders in the comp.
“At only 20 years of age, her future is bright, and we can’t wait to see what more she can do.”
The 2023 All-Australian Panel consists of Nicole Livingstone (Chair), Andrew Dillon, Laura Kane, Jason Bennett, Kelli Underwood, Sarah Black, Katie Loynes, Narelle Smith and Megan Waters.