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Nina named Round One Rising Star

Morrison's Magical Debut What a performance by Nina Morrison in her first ever AFLW game

Cat Nina Morrison and the GWS Giants’ Alyce Parker are the Round One NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominees.

Morrison, 18, was named best on ground in her AFLW debut last Saturday night against Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium.

Amongst her 22 possessions was the kick the put the Cats in front to win by a point. She also had six clearances and eight tackles.

The midfielder was the number one selection at the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft. After playing just two seasons with the Geelong Falcons, Morrison was a stand-out junior after being named in the 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian team and a joint MVP at the 2018 NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships. Morrison is also a graduate of the NAB AFLW Academy.

The Giants’ Alyce Parker’s performance was a highlight in a close match against the Brisbane Lions at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex on Sunday. 

The youngest player on the Giants list, the 18-year-old gathered 18 touches playing across half-back and the midfield.

Recruited from Thurgoona in Albury, Parker lives in on a farm outside of Holbrook inNew South Wales.  Parker has represented NSW/ACT in the NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships over four years (she captained the side in 2018) and was named an All Australian twice (captain in 2018). In 2018 she was named MVP for the Eastern Allies and is a graduate of the NAB AFLW Academy.

All AFLW players 21 years and under as at 1 January 2019 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 season.

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