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Garner brushes off best and fairest snub with AFLW premiership in her sights

North Melbourne star Jasmine Garner has brushed off another snub from umpires in voting for the AFLW’s best-and-fairest award.

Key points:

Jasmine Garner won the player-voted league MVP and the AFL coaches’ champion player award
But she was overlooked by the umpires for the league’s best and fairest, won by Monique Conti
Garner said she is not bothered by missing out, and is more focussed on Sunday’s grand final against Brisbane

The prolific midfielder was again overlooked for the league’s highest individual honour despite entering Monday night’s vote count as a strong favourite.

Despite failing to catch the eye of umpires, Garner was selected for her sixth All-Australian team, took out the Most Valuable Player award voted by her peers and the AFL coaches’ champion player honour.

Richmond’s dual-sport star Monique Conti instead won her first AFLW best and fairest and Garner finished equal seventh.

“I’m not too bothered by it,” Garner said on Wednesday.

“We had a well-deserved winner on the night — Mon’s had a great year, and my little (Kangaroos) teammate Ash (Riddell) had a super year and she polled really well, so I’m really happy for her.

“Everyone sees the game differently … I’m just thinking about (the grand final on) Sunday, to be honest.”

Garner will be key to North’s chances of winning their first AFLW premiership when they face the Brisbane Lions at Princes Park.

Monique Conti won the league’s best and fairest award on Monday night.(Getty Images: AFL Photos/Michael Willson)

It is the Kangaroos’ first grand final appearance since the AFL side, led by Wayne Carey, saluted in 1999.

Brisbane are entering their fifth AFLW grand final, having only won one of their previous four deciders.

Garner does not believe North’s lack of experience in a grand final will be a factor.

Kangaroos coach Darren Crocker was part of the club’s breakthrough 1996 premiership.

“We have (former Western Bulldogs players) Emma Kearney, Kim Rennie, Jenna Bruton who have won a flag at (Princes Park) before,” Garner said.

“Also ‘Crock’, he’s reminded us he’s been there and done it as well.

“It’s been a long six years at the club and we’ve had a lot of list changes since then.

“We’re all just pumped and excited to be there.”




Author: Russell White