West Coast Eagles defender McKenzie Dowrick is in the running to be a member of the AFLW’s inaugural 22under22 team – but she needs your help!
The 20-year-old was today named in the 31-player squad following a strong season in blue and gold.
The AFL Players 22under22 concept was introduced via the men’s competition in 2013 to reward players who made an impact on the competition and their club during the formative years of their footballing careers.
This is the first year the concept has been extended to the AFLW, so Dowrick’s inclusion in the first official squad is a massive coup for the Eagles.
The final 21-player team will be decided by the fans, who can cast their votes at www.22under22.com.au.
Dowrick started the year in fine form and was among West Coast’s best in their maiden AFLW outing against Collingwood at Victoria Park.
The Kambalda product collected 10 disposals, reeled in two intercept grabs and got the Eagles out of trouble on several occasions with her booming left boot.
Dowrick also showcased her versatility during the club’s RAC Derby clash against Fremantle at Optus Stadium in round two.
Recognising that his side was struggling to convert opportunities inside their attacking arc, senior coach Luke Dwyer swung Dowrick forward and the former Lion repaid his faith almost immediately by clunking a strong contested mark and slotting the team’s first goal with an imperious set shot from 30 meters out.
Dowrick will be vying for a spot in the 22under22 backline with the likes of Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy, Adelaide’s Sarah Allen, the Western Bulldogs’ Gabby Newton, Carlton’s Charlotte Wilson, St Kilda’s Isabel Huntington, Melbourne’s Libby Birch and Geelong’s Jasmine Grierson.