MELBOURNE’S Kate Hore and Eden Zanker have capped off their stellar seasons with selection in the 2023 AFL Women’s All Australian team.
The duo, who shared the league’s leading goalkicker honours this season, were announced in the final line-up at the W Awards on Monday night, with Hore also named captain of the prestigious side.
It is the first time Hore has been recognised with the special honour, and the third occasion she has been represented in the team – she was selected in both 2020 and 2022 (Season 7), and this year, earns the Half Forward position.
In what was her inaugural campaign as Melbourne’s captain, Hore finished with 20 goals and averaged 17.9 disposals, four marks and three tackles per game.
Her on-field leadership was a standout, while her composure, class and versatility were central to the Demons’ strong regular season performance.
Equally impressive was Zanker, who earns her first selection (Interchange) after producing career-best footy this season.
The 24-year-old became the first AFLW player to kick 20 goals in a home-and-away season, while averaging 11.6 disposals, five tackles and four marks across each match.
Zanker played a pivotal role as a key forward for the Dees in 2023 and became the third-most targeted player inside 50 across the league.
The final team of 21 players was selected by a panel comprising of Nicole Livingstone (Chair), Andrew Dillon, Laura Kane, Jason Bennett, Kelli Underwood, Sarah Black, Katie Loynes, Narelle Smith, and Megan Waters.