A stellar season from Claudia Whitfort was fittingly capped off as the midfielder polled strongly at Monday night’s AFLW Best & Fairest count.

The 24-year-old finished equal-second in the count with a career-best 16 votes having polled in six games, including seven votes from a maximum nine in the final three rounds.

Incredibly, Whitfort was best afield on five occasions to lead the charge for the SUNS.

Jac Dupuy was adjudged best-on-ground in the Round 1 defeat against Carlton, Jamie Stanton’s six-goal display in Round 2 earned her three votes while All-Australian Charlie Rowbottom polled in four of her nine matches, including a three-vote performance in Round 8.

2023 debutants Niamh McLaughlin (4) and Darcie Davies (2) also earned the first votes of their careers.

GC SUNS - AFLW Best & Fairest Medal Count

16 votes - Claudia Whitfort

8 votes - Charlie Rowbottom

4 votes - Jac Dupuy

4 votes - Niamh McLaughlin

3 votes - Jamie Stanton

2 votes - Darcie Davies

1 vote - Tara Bohanna

1 vote - Lucy Single