Two SUNS players have polled AFL Coaches Association votes after the Round 1 AFLW match against GWS at Great Barrier Reef Arena.

Kalinda Howarth was recognised for her eye-catching performance, receiving four votes after her 13 disposals, four marks, four tackles and one goal.

Mackay local Lauren Bella also received one vote on her home ground after winning the ruck battle with 27 hitouts.

GWS captain Alicia Eva recorded the maximum votes with 10, followed by Alyce Parker (eight), Haneen Zreika (six) and Rebecca Beeson (one)

The AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year is an award voted by the AFLW senior coaches on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game, acknowledging outstanding effort to an individual player in a season.

RD1 votes:

10 - Alicia Eva (GWS)
8 - Alyce Parker (GWS)
6 - Haneen Zreika (GWS)
4 - Kalinda Howarth (GCFC)
1 - Lauren Bella (GCFC)
1 - Rebecca Beeson (GWS)