Gun Blue, star Saint the first two Rising Star nominees

THEY were both in contention for the No.1 overall pick last year and now Lucy McEvoy and Georgia Patrikios are the round one nominees for the NAB AFLW Rising Star.

Utility McEvoy was taken with pick No.2 by Carlton from Geelong Falcons, after choosing to nominate for the Melbourne metro portion of the draft with the aim of relocating to the city to assist with her study.

She impressed in the midfield and up forward for the Blues on the big stage against Richmond in the season opener, finishing with 12 disposals (eight kicks), five marks and four tackles.

Patrikios starred on debut in the midfield for St Kilda against the Western Bulldogs, leading all-comers on the ground with 18 disposals, 14 of which were kicks.

Georgia Patrikios gets her kick away during the Saints' clash with the Dogs. Picture: AFL Photos

The No.5 pick in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft also recorded five tackles and two marks, with her ball-winning ability and class on the outside on show.

"Playing your first game in front of 8,000 screaming fans, that was an unreal feeling," Patrikos said.

"To play in the Saints jumper made it more special. Running out with the fireworks and hearing the song gave me fireworks. It was a day I won't forget."

Players are eligible for this year's award if they were 21 or under as of January 1, 2020 and have not been previously nominated.

2020 NAB AFLW Rising Star nominees

Round 1: Lucy McEvoy (Carlton) and Georgia Patrikios (St Kilda)


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