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Garner beats Conti for AFLW coaches award

North Melbourne star Jasmine Garner has won her second AFLW Coaches Association award. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

North Melbourne star Jasmine Garner has won the AFLW Coaches Association award for the second time, despite being tagged out of the game in the last round.

Garner surprisingly beat Richmond ace Monique Conti and Geelong ball magnet Georgie Prespakis by a commanding margin of nine votes.

The Kangaroos onballer polled perfect 10s in five of the nine games she played for a total of 76, with Conti and Prespakis next on 67.

Garner and Conti played in nine of the 10 games this season, while Prespakis played in eight.

Georgie's older sister Maddy polled 63 after her move from Carlton to expansion side Essendon.

Garner, a four-time All Australian who kicked the first goal in the inaugural AFLW season also won the coaches' award two years ago.

But in a possible preview of opposition tactics for the finals, Richmond's Amy Macdonald put a hard tag on Garner in Sunday's draw at Arden St and shut her out of the game.

Conti scored three votes in the match, but Garner already had an unbeatable lead.

"To poll five perfect scores and votes in all but one match during the season is an amazing effort off the back of a short lead up to season seven," AFLCA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said.

Provided Georgie Prespakis has recovered from her ankle injury, she will go head-to-head in the midfield against Garner in Saturday night's elimination final at GMHBA Stadium.

Conti will be a key player for the Tigers in Saturday's qualifying final against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium.

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