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Prespakis sisters, Anderson, Houghton, Davis and Ponter shortlisted for All Australian honours

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A host of Indigenous talent has been named amongst the competition's best in the All AFLW Australian squad of 44 announced on Tuesday.

Former AFLW best-and-fairests Ally Anderson and Maddy Prespakis have made the cut and are looking for their fourth and second selections respectively in the final side of 21.

Anderson and Prespakis dominated again in 2023.

The Brisbane gun averaged 26 disposals, 5 clearances and six tackles across ten games as a major contributor to her side's top-four finish after round 10.

Anderson kicked the winner in the Lions' knife-edge qualifying final success over Adelaide for a preliminary final berth at the weekend.

Teammate Dakota Davidson, who lead the league for contested marks per game, joins Anderson with the chance for her first All Australian selection after her lone extended squad appearance in 2021.

Off the back of claiming Essendon's inaugural women's club best-and-fairest in season seven, Prespakis played a huge role in the Bomber's progression to their first finals campaign, ended by Geelong on Sunday.

She averaged near-identical touch, tackle and clearance numbers to Anderson across the year.

The Prespakis family has a second inclusion, with younger sister Georgie eyeing-off her second All Australian jumper after bursting onto the scene in 2022.

The tackling machine wrapped up seven opponents a game this year, with 23 touches, six clearances and four inside-50 score involvements a game.

After consecutive All Australians 2019-20, Port's Gemma Houghton could gain her third selection in the side and first since crossing to the Power from Fremantle.

Houghton averaged almost two goals per game (1.6) alongside three marks and six tackles - a ridiculous display of front-half pressure from the key forward.

Young Crow Danielle Ponter makes the 44 player squad for the first time after 16 goals for the season, and 4.3 score involvements between time spent in Adelaide's forward line and middle six.

2023's All Australian squad see's all 18 clubs represented in the extended squad, a league-first since expanding in concert with the mens competition.

The W Awards are set for November 27.

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