Defenders don’t always get the credit they deserve.
While midfielders rack up disposals through the guts of the grounds, those at the last line of defence often go about their business quietly, repelling the opposition’s attacking raids without much fanfare.
She might not have featured in any headlines today, but West Coast Eagles defender Chantella Perera was a clear standout during the club’s round three encounter with Greater Western Sydney.
The 33-year-old was a wall down back at Blacktown International Sportspark, quelling several Giants’ scoring opportunities with her clever body work, timely spoils and a few intercept marks.
Perera amassed nine disposals, six contested possessions, six tackles and three marks in a brave display.
And her performance was even more impressive given it took place just seven days after the passing of her beloved mother, Indrani.
Perera was the only Eagle recognised in this week's AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year votes, snaring two votes from senior coaches Luke Dwyer and Alan McConnell for her efforts down back.