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Katrina Gill  March 6, 2018 11:00 AM

Rising Star R5: Eloise Jones Eloise Jones has received the Rising Star nomination for Round 5.
I'm very chuffed

Eloise Jones is the first Crow to receive a Rising Star nomination this season.

Jones, 18, kicked a personal best two goals in Adelaide’s 35-point win over Carlton on Saturday night.

The agile forward showed her athleticism and class against the Blues.

A former basketballer, Jones used her impressive vertical leap to take a strong mark inside 50m in the second quarter, converting the resultant set shot.

She followed up with a brilliant snap on the run from a tight angle for her second goal to put the home team 11 points ahead approaching half time.

A modest Jones said she was surprised to be nominated for the Rising Star this week, along with Carlton ruck Breann Moody.

"When I got the call I was like, 'Oh goodness'," she said.

"I'm very chuffed.

"As a (forward line) unit, we worked really, really well in the game against Carlton. Obviously, Ruth played amazingly well with three goals ... but I think pretty much everyone managed to get a kick and everyone got a goal.

"We shared it around, which was great."

Jones, who has played every game in her debut AFLW season, was recruited from Glenelg with Adelaide’s third pick (No.24 overall) in last year’s AFLW Draft.

"It's been amazing (playing AFLW) and I've really enjoyed it," Jones said.

"It's kind of hard to believe it's nearly over. We've got two, hopefully, three games left.

"It's probably been the best experience ever."

She was a standout at the 2017 Under-18 National Championships, earning All Australian selection and being named captain of the undefeated Allies team.

Jones is one of several Crows eligible for the 2018 Rising Star, including in-form defender Sarah Allan.

A revelation this season, 25-year-old goalsneak Ruth Wallace doesn’t meet the criteria.

To qualify for the award, players must be under 21 years of age as of the 1st of January 2018 and must not have previously been nominated for the award.

A player will be ineligible if they are suspended during the season. In the AFLW season, two players are nominated each round, as opposed to one in the men’s competition. 

Last year, Crow Ebony Marinoff became the inaugural winner of the award, beating out Brisbane Lions match winner Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

2018 AFL Women's Rising Star nominees

Round One: Chloe Molloy (Collingwood), Rebecca Beeson (GWS Giants)
Round Two: Bonnie Toogood (Western Bulldogs), Libby Birch (Western Bulldogs)
Round Three: Emily McGuire (Fremantle), Sophie Conway (Brisbane Lions)
Round Four: Monique Conti (Western Bulldogs), Aisling Utri (Western Bulldogs)
Round Five: Eloise Jones (Adelaide), Breann Moody (Carlton)

Two players will be nominated each week of the NAB AFL Women’s season. Each of the 14 NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominees throughout the season will be awarded $500 prize money from NAB to acknowledge their great achievement. In addition, NAB will continue to support the development of future footy stars by awarding junior clubs of each nominee with a NAB Club Recognition Award pack of practical and financial resources, valued at over $2500.

The overall NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star winner will be awarded $20,000 from NAB and a private banker to assist with securing their financial future.