Now that the season has come to an unfortunate early end, we can look back on the young stars that truly found their place on the field this season. At 21 and under, these athletes show extreme promise for the future of the AFLW and women’s sport. Here are our players of choice, ranked from 10 to 1.
Patrikios is one of the hot favourites to win the 2020 NAB AFLW Rising Star after impressing in her debut season with the St Kilda Saints.
She earned her nomination in Round 1 against the Bulldogs at home by collecting a game-high 18 disposals and six tackles.
St Kilda were stoked to see her still on the board when it came to their first election in the 2019 AFLW draft and used its pick five to snare the Calder Cannon’s captain in their maiden season.
To say she has shone at AFLW level is an understatement, given that she's also the favourite to win the Saints' best and fairest.
The ball-winning midfielder showed off her class and composure around stoppages, collecting the most disposals, clearances and metres gained of any Saint.
Still only 18, Patrikios showed more than enough in her first season to see that she is going to be an absolute star in the years to come.
Well that didn’t take long! Carlton’s Lucy McEvoy and St Kilda’s Georgia Patrikios take out the first NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominations for 2020.— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) February 11, 2020
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