When it comes to sporting achievements, Emma Kearney certainly has her fair share.

She's excelled in both the football and cricket arenas, won league and club best-and-fairests and captained an AFLW premiership, just to name a few.

But Kearney's latest honour is up there with the most prestigious; vice-captain of the All-Australian team.

"It is an incredible privilege for me to be named vice-captain of such a great side," the Roos' inspirational leader told The Australian.

Kearney was one of three North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos' stars named in the team, alongside Jas Garner and Ash Riddell.

She's now a four-time All-Australian, a feat achieved by only one other AFLW player, Melbourne's Karen Paxman. 

“Someone like Pax is probably similar to me. We both work extremely hard and are super consistent players,” Kearney said.

“I really pride myself on my performance and my consistency. It is something I have tried to do throughout my whole four seasons. If I can play my best football, it will help the team.

“I probably lead differently to others. I am quite shy and naturally a quiet person and it is probably more about my actions than words when I lead on the field.”

Some would find it hard to believe Kearney considers herself shy; her impassioned speeches before the game, and that raw emotion after the team's first finals win, no doubt fresh in the minds of her teammates.

But Kearney is equally as humble, perfectly illustrated by her work with The Huddle, North's community arm. 

Even while living on her parents' farm in the wake of the current pandemic, in Cavendish, she's able to play a key role in using sport to strengthen social education and inclusions for youngsters.

“It has been fantastic. I am still working from home with The Huddle, but it is great to be able to do some farm work, just to be able to get me out of the office,” Kearney said. 

Despite enjoying an escape to the country, the Roos' skipper will be keeping a keen eye on Tuesday night's AFL Awards.

“It might not be the same feeling, the special feeling this year, because you are not surrounded by your teammates and other people in your life, but I think the AFL is doing a brilliant job of broadcasting it,” Kearney added.

The Awards will be screened on Fox Footy from 7pm AEST.