The Western Bulldogs have their first NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination for the 2022 season, with Elisabeth Georgostathis rewarded for her outstanding Round 7 performance.
The 20-year-old, who shared the weekly nomination with North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos’ Isabella Eddey, was best afield in the Dogs’ victory over Geelong at VU Whitten Oval on February 18.
She collected a career-high 23 disposals, kicked a goal and affected six tackles to help the Bulldogs to their third win in-a-row.
Her fierce performance also impressed the coaches as she received eight votes in the AFL Coaches’ Association award.
As a hard-working midfielder-forward taken with pick nine in the 2019 AFLW Draft, Georgostathis has not missed a match since making her debut in the opening round of the 2020 NAB AFLW season.
In the 2022 season so far, she has averaged 13.4 disposals and five tackles per game.
All AFLW players born in 2001, 2002 or 2003 and who have not previously been nominated as a Rising Star qualify for consideration for the award.
Two players will be nominated each week of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition. Each of the 18 NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominees throughout the season will be awarded $500 prize money from NAB to acknowledge their great achievement. In addition, NAB will continue to support the development of future footy stars by awarding junior clubs of each nominee with a NAB Club Recognition Award pack of practical and financial resources, valued at $2000.
Georgostathis’ junior club is the VU Western Spurs.
The NAB AFLW Rising Star winner will be announced at the 2022 W Awards, and will be awarded $20,000 from NAB and a private banker to assist with securing their financial future.