Carlton’s Madison Prespakis dual best and fairest before turning 20

Carlton star Madison Prespakis has now won the Blues’ best and fairest in each of her two AFLW seasons after completing back-to-back victories on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old, who was Carlton’s first selection in the 2017 AFLW draft, was best on ground in the opening round against Richmond and never looked back to poll 74 votes and finish 18 votes ahead of cross-code star Chloe Dalton with Georgia Gee 13 votes further back.

Prespakis – who was vice-captain in the AFLPA’s 22 under 22 team – is also in line to become an AFLW All-Australian for the second successive season on Monday night. She won the 2019 AFLW Rising Star award as well in her first season.

Carlton’s AFLW coach Daniel Harford said Prespakis was shaping as a rare talent.

“For Maddy to be a dual best and fairest winner at 19 years of age is a remarkable achievement,”
Harford said.

“She handles the attention she receives from the opposition every week with class and sets a great
example for our entire playing group. Maddy already has an impressive list of individual awards but
it is the team success that really drives her and we love that.”

First year players Grace Egan and Lucy McEvoy finished fourth and fifth respectively in the virtual count held on Thursday night.

Carlton only lost one game in 2020, qualifying for the preliminary final in 2020 before the season was shut down due to the coronavirus. They were runners-up in 2019.


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