It’s been the topic of much debate over the past two days, but Jasmine Garner “wouldn’t have cared less” about her unusually low vote tally at the AFLW Awards, coach Scott Gowans says.
Garner was considered one of the favourites going into the Best and Fairest event on Tuesday night, before polling in just two games, and receiving just four votes overall.
“She’s 100 per cent fine. She just laughed it off,” Gowans told The Herald Sun.
“She’s really satisfied with her year.
“I don’t think she is (disappointed). It’s just not in her nature. She wouldn’t have cared less.”
The forward-turned-midfielder enjoyed a brilliant season, winning the club’s Best and Fairest award, as well as the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year and the AFL Players’ MVP.
Garner also claimed All-Australian honours.
“I think her season was better than four votes, clearly,” Gowans admitted.
“I look at it from a coaching perspective and say we actually did OK because (Emma) Kearney did so well and (Jenna) Bruton did so well. Combine them altogether and I think they were going to take votes off each other anyway but what’s happened is it’s been exasperated because it was a six-game season.
“Of all the footballers I’ve coached, she’s probably the most focused on team success that I’ve ever met … she lives and breathes it.”
Gowans said Carlton’s Madison Prespakis was a deserving winner of the award, after polling 15 votes.