By Sam Watson

FORMER Glen Alvie local and Hawthorn VFLW footballer Tamara Luke finished third in the VFLW league best and fairest on Thursday night.

Luke, 33, had a fantastic year for Hawthorn playing as a ruck-forward, winning the Hawks best and fairest a few weeks ago.

2021 was her first year back at the Hawks after a stint with St Kilda in the AFLW and Hawthorn fans were quickly reminded how dominant a player she can be.

Once again it was her contested marking ability that helped her stand out, finishing with the second most in the league.

Luke polled 11 votes to finish third in the Lambert-Pearce Medal, finishing three votes behind runner-up Caitlin Bunker, and six votes behind winner Georgia Nanscawen.

At Hawthorn’s awards night last month, Luke was lauded for her leadership abilities, and with the Hawks joining the AFLW next year she’ll be hoping those abilities help her get another opportunity at the highest level.

Despite her superb year for the Hawks and her strong finish in the league vote count, Luke somehow didn’t make the VFLW Team of the Year.

The Hawks finished with five wins from 14 games in 2021, getting to ninth on the ladder out of 12 teams.