Subiaco midfielder Abbey Dowrick has overcome AFLW draft heartbreak to be named the round one Rising Star nominee.
Essendon’s Paige Scott and Port Adelaide recruit Dowrick were both given the honour after exciting debuts.
Dowrick had a game-high 21 disposals at 61.9 per cent disposal efficiency in Port Adelaide’s 12-point loss to West Coast.
The midfielder also had 416 metres gained, six clearances, seven marks, three inside 50s and three score involvements.
Overlooked by clubs in the 2021 NAB AFLW Draft, the 19-year-old was completing their third year of an electrical apprenticeship when drafted as an open-age signing to Port Adelaide in 2022.
Dowrick also finished equal-first in the 2021 Dhara Kerr medal but was ineligible to win the award alongside Claremont’s Ella Smith due to suspension.
It prompted Dowrick to move to South Australia this year, impressing Port Adelaide recruiters at Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFLW and later the Lions in the WAFLW.
Dowrick’s impressive debut was recognised with seven coaches’ votes in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year.
Dowrick’s sister, McKenzie Dowrick, plays with the Adelaide Crows.
Meanwhile, Eagles Mikayla Western (tripping) and Sasha Goranova (rough conduct) have been offered reprimands after careless conduct against Port.
Midfielder Aisling McCarthy has been nominated for goal of the year after instigating the Eagles’ win over the Power.