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King the rising star as Swan Districts reveal end-of-season honours

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Kayley King was named runner-up for Swan Districts
Camera IconKayley King was named runner-up for Swan Districts Credit: Blake Parry

Another Mid West star is on the rise, this time in the WAFLW as Kayley King was named rising star and finished runner-up in best and fairest voting for Swan Districts.

While East Fremantle often get the first pick at top Mid West talent, the Swans swooped on King at the start of the season as she made her debut against Peel in round one this year.

King hit the ground running with 15 disposals and a goal as the former Chapman Valley star was named as an emergency for the team of the week in round one.

She followed up with 12 disposals and six tackles in round two and made a team of the week again this time on the interchange bench.

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However it came in losing causes as it was a slow start to the WAFLW season for Swan Districts losing the opening four matches, but they then got rolling impressively to win eight of the last 10 to book a place in the finals once again in 2023.

King was named in the WAFLW All-stars side that played against the State academy team and would make team of the week two more times in rounds 8 and 10.

Her best game came in round eight against East Fremantle grabbing 21 disposals and a goal and in the elimination final against the Sharks she managed 10 disposals and five tackles.

While Swans fell short in the final it was still an outstanding debut season for King who averaged 13.4 disposals, three tackles and five goals.

King was awarded the rising star for her efforts and finished runner-up in the McSherry Medallist count, with 59 votes behind a dominant Ruby Mahony with 109.

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