SUNS young gun Charlie Rowbottom has added another accolade to her growing resume, selected as captain in the AFL Players’ Association 22Under22 Team.
It’s the third selection in the side in as many seasons for the 20-year-old midfielder who is joined by versatile defender Daisy D’Arcy in the final 22-player team, comprising the players voted as the AFLW’s finest talent aged 22 years and under.
Rowbottom joins a prestigious list alongside Richmond’s Monique Conti, Essendon’s Madison Prespakis and Sydney’s Chloe Molloy to have been voted as 22Under22 captain.
The dominant midfielder was the second-most selected player, chosen in 77% of teams, after leading the league for contested possessions (17.3 per game) and sitting in the top echelon for average clearances, disposals and tackles.
The selection in the final 22-player team is a first for SUNS Academy product D’Arcy who impressed in her fourth AFLW season. The 21-year-old was the most selected defender in the side after averaging 15.8 disposals, 4.5 tackles and 4.7 intercepts per game from 11 matches.
“It’s fantastic recognition for both Charlie and Daisy,” GC SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said.
“They have both gone from strength-to-strength in 2023, on and off the field, and it’s wonderful to see so many fans recognise them as among the brightest young stars of our competition.
“We’re certainly looking forward to see them in action for our club in seasons to come.”
Both Rowbottom and D’Arcy were last week also named in the extended All-Australian squad. The final team will be announced at the W Awards on Monday, November 27.