Becky Webster’s brilliant start to 2021 has been recognised with a NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination.
Webster was one of two nominees for Round 4 - along with St Kilda's Tyanna Smith - following her stellar efforts against the Saints last Friday night.
The 20-year-old produced a career-best performance, racking up 24 disposals and eight marks, and gaining 373 metres for the Cats – all career highs for Webster.
They were also game-best figures across both the Cats and the Saints’ line-ups at RSEA Park.
Webster has been thriving on increased time in the midfield this year, and her fearless commitment to the contest a feature of her game and regular highlight of Geelong’s matches in 2021.
Regularly seen bursting through packs and shaking off would-be tacklers, her ability to keep her feet and stand tall has been inspirational.
Coach Paul Hood was full of praise for the Cats’ number 21 in the wake of Friday night’s loss to the Saints.
“She is just a real lionhearted player and puts her body on the line for the team,” he said.
“Tonight, she was really brave in the contest took it forward and she was a shining light for us.”
The AFLW awards NAB Rising Star nominations each week to that week’s two best players under the age of 21.
The overall NAB Rising Star award is decided by a panel of experts and awarded at the end of the season at the W Awards.
Webster's efforts were also rewarded with Cats fans voting her the AFLW Fans MVP, presented by Viva Energy, for Round 4.
She also caught the eye of the coaches, earning six votes in the AFL Coach's Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award for the week.