Rookie Me Central’s Collaborative 2022 AFL Women’s Top 50 Countdown: #18 Isabel Huntington

IN a new exciting collaborative countdown, Rookie Me Central has teamed up with other independent media organisations to bring a 2022 AFL Women’s Top 50 Countdown. Every weekday from now until December 17, a new player will be named starting from 50th down to 1st, stemming from a combined eight Top 50 submissions. Among those who submitted Top 50s include Siren Sport‘s Gemma Bastiani, Women’s Australian Rules Football (WARF) Radio‘s Peter Holden, and a combined Outer Sanctum team’s Top 50.

Today we continue our countdown with number 18, Western Bulldogs Women’s Isabel Huntington.

Isabel Huntington

League/s: AFLW, Vflw

Season/s: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

  • Games [tot]: 20

  • Goals [tot]: 17

  • Disposals [avg]: 9

  • Marks [avg]: 4.1

  • Tackles [avg]: 1.6

  • Cont. Poss: 5.1

  • Uncont. Poss: 3.4

  • Hitouts: 0.1

  • Clearances: 0

  • Inside 50s: 1.3

  • Rebound 50s: 1

After an ACL injury ruined her debut 2018 season, Isabel Huntington has come back stronger then ever.

Huntington had a breakout season in 2020 playing as a defender, winning several awards in the process.

She won the Rising Star Award, the Bulldogs’ Best and Fairest and the Player’s Player award in 2020, and also earned her first All Australian nod. She also made the 22 Under 22 side in 2020.

Named in the club’s leadership group again for the 2021 season, Huntington switched to the forward line and just continued to go from strength to strength.

After kicking no more than two goals in any of her previous seasons, Huntington booted 12 goals in 2021, which was only four goals behind Darcy Vescio, who won the leading goalkicking for the season.

Her great season got individual recognition for Huntington too, as she once again made the 22 under 22 team and also made the 40 player squad for the All Australian side but didn’t make the final 22.

Leading into 2022, the question will be which end of the ground does Huntington play at. Do they keep her up forward or do they send her back to defence after Lauren Spark retired and Dani Marshall got delisted? Time will tell.

Like many others up this end of the countdown, Huntington was a unanimous choice by all, featuring in everyone’s top 50. Some had her as high as 15th, while someone had her as low as 37th. With an average ranking of the low 20s, Huntington finds herself finishing in 17th in this countdown.

ROOKIE ME CENTRAL’S 2022 AFL WOMEN’S TOP 50

#50 Ash Brazill (Collingwood) | ARTICLE
#49 Tayla Harris (Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#48 Courtney Hodder (Brisbane) | ARTICLE
#47 Eden Zanker (Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#46 Kirsty Lamb (Western Bulldogs) | ARTICLE
#45 Tyanna Smith (St Kilda) | ARTICLE
#44 Breanna Koenen (Brisbane) | ARTICLE
#43 Dana Hooker (West Coast) | ARTICLE
#42 Georgie Prespakis (Geelong) | ARTICLE
#41 Breann Moody (Carlton) | ARTICLE
#40 Hayley Miller (Fremantle) | ARTICLE
#39 Emma King (North Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#38 Dakota Davidson (Brisbane) | ARTICLE
#37 Meghan McDonald (Geelong) | ARTICLE
#36 Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood) | ARTICLE
#35 Daisy Pearce (Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#34 Rebecca Beeson (GWS) | ARTICLE
#33 Sarah Allan (Adelaide) | ARTICLE
#32 Kerryn Harrington (Carlton) | ARTICLE
#31 Janelle Cuthbertson (Fremantle) | ARTICLE
#30 Emily Bates (Brisbane) | ARTICLE
#29 Katie Brennan (Richmond) | ARTICLE
#28 Gemma Houghton (Fremantle) | ARTICLE
#27 Kate Hore (Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#26 Ellie McKenzie (Richmond) | ARTICLE
#25 Ruby Schleicher (Collingwood) | ARTICLE
#24 Ash Riddell (North Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#23 Ally Anderson (Brisbane) | ARTICLE
#22 Brittany Bonnici (Collingwood) | ARTICLE
#21 Darcy Vescio (Carlton) | ARTICLE
#20 Lauren Pearce (Melbourne) | ARTICLE
#19 Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood) | ARTICLE
#18 Isabel Huntington (Western Bulldogs)

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