Our latest season review puts the spotlight on an often unsung hero.
Avgs: 12 disposals, three marks
11 games, eight goal assists
Sophie Alexander’s link-up play was key for the Dons in 2023.
Often sliding under the radar, Alexander’s importance was on display in Essendon’s round two Windy Hill win over the Saints, racking up 19 disposals and providing a season-high six score involvements as a high forward.
At 178cm, Alexander’s versatility allowed her to pinch-hit in the ruck and even slot back into defence at different stages throughout the season as she played every game.
Alexander provided plenty of spark in the Bombers' round four victory over Fremantle, accumulating 17 touches and dishing off two goal assists, proof of her unselfishness in front of goal.
The highlight of the 30-year-old’s season came in her 50th career game against the Blues in round nine, where Alexander shone with three clinical goals in a 32-point win.
Alexander was one of the Dons’ best in their finals defeat to the Cats, standing up to the heat with 16 touches and three clearances playing further up the ground.
The composure of Alexander was a prominent factor in the club’s development throughout 2023, and an equal fifth-place finish in the Best and Fairest capped off her year nicely.
Heading into 2024 as one of the side's most experienced players, her on and off-field leadership will be integral in helping the squad improve once again.