Laurie leads the way
Denmark-Walpole footballer Parris Laurie capped off a stand-out season, in what was a difficult first year for the West Coast Eagles, by being named in the Women’s AFL team of the year.
Selected by AFL women’s reporters the team was named on Tuesday after the competition was cancelled mid-finals due to COVID-19.
Laurie was a stand-out contributor for the Eagles who won just one out of their six games and was the only representative.
The 25-year-old moved from Fremantle at the end of last season and was the only player to have been nominated twice in the ruck position by the selectors.
Laurie was able to balance the workload of playing for the Eagles along with being a schoolteacher and helping run the girls’ football program at Mater Dei College in Edgewater.
She played all six games averaging nine disposals, 18 hit outs and 2.7 tackles per game.
Her best game came in the final round against Gold Coast Suns, finishing with 14 touches.
The Eagles had three Great Southern footballers on their list in 2020, Laurie joined by Albany defender Sophie McDonald and Lake Grace-Pingrup’s Belinda Smith.
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