Brisbane gun Ally Anderson has made the podium in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player award after a consistent season driving the Lions toward a top four finish.
The 29-year-old placed third behind North champion and three-time winner Jasmine Garner and Swans bolter, Laura Gardiner in the coach-voted honour.
As late as round eight, Anderson looked every chance of edging past Garner after polling consecutive perfect 10s and regular returns earlier in the year.
She trailed 61-57 with two rounds remaining.
Champion Player votes are handed out to by both AFLW senior coaches to players from either side following their respective matches on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis.
Anderson finished her season with 65 votes.
She polled in all games bar the opening round of the season - five-times receiving at least equal top votes for her performance.
It marks another year of dominance after taking out the AFLW season seven best-and-fairest award.
While Champion Player tallies give a nod to on-field contributions, the recognition often doesn't align with fellow end-of-season awards.
Anderson finished 11th in last season's AFLCA honour despite taking out the competition's top gong.
In 2023, the Gangulu/Waka Waka midfielder averaged 26 disposals, six tackles and five clearances in Brisbane's seven-win campaign to secure a double chance heading into finals in fourth spot.
The Lions face Adelaide, who finished with a 9-1 record, in the South Australian capital on Saturday for a chance to go straight into a preliminary final in a fortnight's time.
Last time the two sides met, Anderson amassed 28 touches and five clearances for 346 metres gained to spur the Lions to a three-point Indigenous round win.
Her side are looking to make amends for falling short in season seven's grand final to Melbourne after finishing the home-and-away season minor premiers.
The Lions lifted the trophy in 2021.