Three-time All Australian Ash Riddell at Monday night's W Awards

North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos star Ash Riddell has topped the club's count at the 2023 AFLW Best and Fairest, finishing equal runner-up overall. 

Riddell polled 16 votes across 10 rounds – including maximum votes in three games – to finish in a four-way tie for second in Monday night's count at the W Awards.

Richmond's Monique Conti took out the award, polling 23 votes to finish seven clear of her nearest rivals.

Kangaroos champ Jasmine Garner was widely expected to compete for the prize, but was surprisingly overlooked for best-on-ground honours during her red-hot start to the season. 

Garner came home strongly with maximum votes in the final two matches, but it wasn't enough.

She finished with 14 votes; her final three-vote game in round 10 met with raucous applause from the room.  

2023 AFLW Best and Fairest leaderboard

Monique Conti (Richmond) - 23 votes
Amy McDonald (Geelong) - 16
Chloe Molloy (Sydney) - 16
Ash Riddell (North Melbourne) - 16
Claudia Whitfort (Gold Coast) - 16

North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos leaders

Ash Riddell - 16 votes
Jas Garner - 14
Emma King - 6
Tahlia Randall - 6
Emma Kearney - 3

Earlier on Monday night, Riddell earned her third All Australian blazer, while captain Emma Kearney extended her history-making streak by winning selection for an unprecedented eighth straight time.

Garner was also named All Australian for a sixth consecutive season, having been crowned the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year for the third time in her career earlier this month.