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Rising Star contenders: Who’s leading the pack?




IN the seventh season of the AFLW 10-Round, 20 players aged 21 or younger earned NAB Rising Star nominations, with the winner to be announced at next week’s W Awards. In arguably the deepest pool of young talent to date, thanks to course development and four new teams, the race is closer than ever.

So, to prepare fans for the winner announcement, Gemma Bastiani picked her top five contenders for season seven’s Rising Star award – in no particular order.

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November 14, 2022. 10:54 a.m.

Highlights from week two of the AFLW S7 Finals

Ella Roberts (West Coast) – Round Six

Midfielder/Forward, 10 career games

The highest-rated Western Australian talent in this season’s draft, it was widely speculated that in a true domestic draft, Ella Roberts would have been number one. A great athletic talent who is still just 17 years old, Roberts dominated the air in his first AFLW season.

Averaging 3.5 points, 7.7 possessions contested and two goals during the season, Roberts led all first-season players in points and points contested with 35 and nine respectively. His best match came in round 10 against Melbourne. Despite a significant loss, Roberts earned 22 eliminations, took seven points, threw the ball forward five times, and gained 447 yards for his team.

The Eagle has the potential to become the best aerial player in the league and had a debut season worthy of Rising Star affirmation.


October 3, 2022. 5:00 p.m.

Watch the highlights and find out why Emily Pease and Ella Roberts get the NAB AFLW Rising Star nominations for the sixth round

Hannah Ewings (Port Adelaide) – third round

Midfielder, 10 career games

A fluid midfielder, Hannah Ewings was South Australia’s first-choice talent in the last draft. It’s her willingness to go both ways down the middle that makes her such a dangerous player and such an exciting long-term prospect for Port Adelaide fans.

Averaging 13.9 kills, 4.9 tackles, 3.7 in the 50s and 3.9 clearances over his first 10 games, Ewings was essentially the engine room for the brand new Power team. In her team’s first-ever – and significant – victory in the fourth round, Ewings became the first AFLW player in history to score three or more goals and take nine or more clearances in a game, with 19 eliminations, eight tackles and 417 yards gained to go with that.

Ewings had more clearances than any other player in the first season with 39 and recorded tied for second in all 50s of the same cohort.


Sep 12, 2022. 5:00 PM

Watch highlights and find out why Hannah Ewings and Riley Wilcox were nominated for the NAB AFLW S7 Rising Star in the third round

Jasmine Fleming (Hawthorn) – fifth round

Midfielder, nine career games

The epitome of class, Jasmine Fleming’s presence in Hawthorn’s midfield this season has visibly uplifted her teammates. Never was that truer than in the Hawks’ first-ever fifth-round victory – the game in which Fleming earned his nomination – in which the teenager rallied her team from a 20-point deficit in the quarter to a possible victory by four points.

Fleming’s willingness to get the ball under her arm and use her dash became a highlight throughout the season, leading her to record more rebounds than any other player in the first season with eight , averaging 14.4 eliminations, 4.3 tackles and 3.2 clearances.

The Hawks midfielder also earned the fifth most dismissals of any player in the first season with 130, with fewer games than the four players ahead of her as she made the decision to focus on her studies for the final round.


Sep 26, 2022. 5:00 p.m.

Watch the highlights and find out why Jasmine Fleming and Sarah Lakay get the NAB AFLW Rising Star in the fifth round

Abbey Dowrick (Port Adelaide) – first round

Midfielder, 10 career games

Abbey Dowrick hit the AFLW with a bang in the first round, becoming the fifth player in the competition’s history to earn more than 20 debut assignments and, in turn, earn her Rising Star nomination. His ability to get out of the contest and generate attacking ball movement has been a huge asset for Port Adelaide in his debut season.

Dowrick recorded the second most tackles (61), eliminations (144) and yards gained (3,004) of any player in his first season, while also averaging 14.4 eliminations , 6.1 tackles, 2.9 clearances and 300.4 yards gained in his ten games.

Arguably his best performance came in the fourth round in a big win over Sydney, in which the bull midfielder recorded 24 eliminations, 14 tackles, six inside 50, seven scoring appearances and 468 yards gained in a beautifully balanced game.

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August 29, 2022. 5:00 p.m.

Watch Highlights and Find Out Why Abbey Dowrick and Paige Scott Get NAB AFLW S7 Rising Star in Round One

Paige Scott (Essendon) – first round

Forward/Midfielder, 10 career games

In Essendon’s first AFLW game – and first-ever win – on the neat deck of Marvel Stadium, Paige Scott announced herself on the big stage and went on to play a vital role in the Bombers’ season.

Hitting more goals than any other player in the first season with seven and taking the most even marks inside 50 of this cohort with nine, Scott was not only an attacking target for Essendon, but a solid body. throw at the ball when needed.

Scott averaged 9.8 eliminations, 2.6 tackles and 2.5 scoring appearances in her debut season, with her best game in the seventh round against Geelong where she scored two goals and used her 13 eliminations to 76 .9% efficiency.


August 29, 2022. 5:00 p.m.

Watch Highlights and Find Out Why Abbey Dowrick and Paige Scott Get NAB AFLW S7 Rising Star in Round One