2017 AFL Women's Rising Star

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2017 AFL Women's Rising Star
A female athlete in a sleeveless guernsey holding a football
Ebony Marinoff, 2017 winner
Sponsored byNational Australia Bank
Date28 March 2017 (2017-03-28)
LocationPeninsula, Docklands
Reward(s)$20,000
WinnerEbony Marinoff (Adelaide)

The AFL Women's Rising Star is an Australian rules football award given annually to the best young player in the AFL Women's (AFLW) for the year. Two eligible players are nominated each round of the home-and-away season; the players must have been under 21 at the beginning of the year and cannot have been previously nominated. Players suspended during the year cannot win.[1] After the season's completion, an expert panel votes on the recipient.[2]

In 2016, National Australia Bank expanded its 14-year sponsorship of the Australian Football League (AFL) to the women's competition, including the naming rights to its Rising Star award, ahead of its first season in 2017.[3] The inaugural Rising Star, who won $20,000,[4] was announced at the AFLW's awards ceremony on 28 March, held at Peninsula, an event space in Docklands, Melbourne. The ceremony was live-streamed on the AFL's website and mobile app.[5] The ten members of the year's voting panel were Mark Evans, Darren Flanigan, Ros Lanigan, Simon Lethlean, Jennie Loughnan, Peta Searle, Kevin Sheehan, Kelli Underwood, Josh Vanderloo and Shelley Ware.[6]

Ebony Marinoff of Adelaide was the inaugural winner, earning 47 votes. A midfielder, she led the league in tackles, laying a total of 70 for the season.[7] She played in Adelaide's premiership side and was also named on the interchange bench in the season's AFLW All-Australian team.[4] Melbourne amassed the most nominations during the season, with four players (Deanna Berry, Jasmine Grierson, Lily Mithen and Katherine Smith) selected.[6]

Nominations[edit]

A female athlete in a navy blue sleeveless guernsey running with a football
Both players nominated in round 5 played for Carlton: Tilly Lucas-Rodd (pictured) and Bella Ayre.[8]
A female athlete in a red and blue sleeveless guernsey running with a football
Melbourne's Lily Mithen finished third, accruing 23 votes.[7]
Table of nominees
Player Round Club Ref.
Ebony Marinoff 1 Adelaide [9]
Bailey Hunt Western Bulldogs
Tayla Harris 2 Brisbane [10]
Lily Mithen Melbourne
Ashley Sharp 3 Fremantle [11]
Erin McKinnon Greater Western Sydney
Jasmine Grierson 4 Melbourne [12]
Sabrina Frederick-Traub Brisbane
Bella Ayre 5 Carlton [8]
Tilly Lucas-Rodd Carlton
Brittany Bonnici 6 Collingwood [13]
Katherine Smith Melbourne
Nicola Barr 7 Greater Western Sydney [14]
Deanna Berry Melbourne

Final voting[edit]

Table of votes[7]
Player Rank Club Votes
Ebony Marinoff 1 Adelaide 47
Sabrina Frederick-Traub 2 Brisbane 41
Lily Mithen 3 Melbourne 23
Tayla Harris 4 Brisbane 18
Jasmine Grierson 5 Melbourne 12
Erin McKinnon 6 Greater Western Sydney 5
Nicola Barr 7 Greater Western Sydney 2
Deanna Berry Melbourne

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Kirralee (7 February 2018). "AFLW: Rising Star Eligibility". afc.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  2. ^ "NAB AFL Women's Rising Star". womens.afl. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 2 April 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ Gaskin, Lee (10 October 2016). "NAB signs on as AFL Women's League naming-rights sponsor". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 4 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b Chalkley-Rhoden, Stephanie (29 March 2017). "AFLW: From deli assistant to Rising Star, Adelaide Crows' Ebony Marinoff looks to future on and off field". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 24 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ Guldon, Jacqueline (28 March 2017). "AFLW night of nights". carltonfc.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b Olle, Sarah (28 March 2017). "AFLW awards night ultimate guide: Erin Phillips no best and fairest shoe-in, Crow favourite for Rising Star". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 11 August 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Black, Sarah (28 March 2017). "Crows teenager Ebony Marinoff named AFLW Rising Star". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b Sewell, Eliza (7 March 2017). "Bella Ayre's 'crazy' commitment to play for Carlton". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  9. ^ "AFL Women's: Adelaide's Ebony Marinoff, Western Bulldogs' Bailey Hunt win first rising star noms". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Australian Associated Press. 7 February 2017. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Lions' Tayla Harris, Demons' Lily Mithen given round two AFLW Rising Star nominations". The Age. Fairfax Media. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ Black, Sarah (21 February 2017). "Two Rising Stars named in AFLW draw". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  12. ^ Black, Sarah; King, Travis (28 February 2017). "Lion, Demon named AFLW Rising Star nominees". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  13. ^ Black, Sarah (14 March 2017). "Tenacious Pie, Demon defender earn AFLW Rising Star nods". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  14. ^ Black, Sarah (21 March 2017). "Barr, Berry the final AFLW Rising Star nominees". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2017.