Rising Star, R4: Cat, Saint shine under Friday night lights

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OPPONENTS on Friday night, NAB AFLW Rising Star nominees on Monday.

Midfielders Tyanna Smith (St Kilda) and Becky Webster (Geelong) have been recognised for their round four efforts at RSEA Park.

The pair have had divergent paths to their nominations.

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The 18-year-old Smith was selected with pick No.6 in last year's NAB AFLW Draft, after playing her junior footy with Beaconsfield and Dandenong Stingrays.

Friday night marked her fourth game at AFLW level, and the clever ball-user hasn't looked out of place at any point this season.

Smith had 16 disposals (eight contested possessions), a whopping 13 tackles, eight score involvements and four inside 50s.

Saints mid and Cats gun named R4 Rising Stars

01:35 Feb 22. 2021. 5:00 PM

St Kilda's Tyanna Smith and Geelong's Becky Webster are the NAB AFLW Rising Stars for round four

Webster found her way to Geelong via pick No.7 in the 2018 draft, the Cats' first.

Drafted from the Murray Bushrangers and playing her junior footy with Mooroopna, Webster has now played 14 AFLW games over her two-and-a-half seasons.

She was a shining light in a disappointing loss to St Kilda, covering the ground well to finish with 24 disposals at 79.2 per cent efficiency, 373m gained and eight marks.

Smith is the Saints' second nominee this season, following on from Tarni White in round one, while Webster is the first Cat to be nominated since Nina Morrison and Liv Purcell in 2019.

Players are eligible for the NAB AFLW Rising Star if they are 21 years and under as of 1 January, 2021, and have not been previously nominated. 

Two players will be nominated per home-and-away round of the NAB AFLW season.

2021 NAB AFLW RISING STAR NOMINEES

  • Belle Dawes (Brisbane), round one
  • Tarni White (St Kilda), round one
  • Tyla Hanks (Melbourne), round two
  • Jess Fitzgerald (Western Bulldogs), round two
  • Nat Grider (Brisbane), round three
  • Abbie McKay (Carlton), round three
  • Tyanna Smith (St Kilda), round four
  • Becky Webster (Geelong), round four

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