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AFLW: Second Star shines

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Sarah Allan of the Crows in action during the 2018 AFLW Round 02 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at Casey Fields on February 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Sarah Allan is one of two nominees for the Round Six AFLW Rising Star
She knows what her role is in the team and doesn’t try and do any more or less, or be flashy about it
Bec Goddard

The Crows have claimed consecutive NAB Rising Star nominations, with in-form defender Sarah Allan receiving the nod for Round Six.

Allan follows teammate and Round Five nominee, Eloise Jones, in earning the accolade this season.

A reliable contributor in 2018, Allan played arguably her best game against Fremantle on Friday night.

The 20-year-old collected a career-high 11 disposals and four rebound 50ms at TIO Stadium in Darwin. She also took a saving mark late in the match as Adelaide held on to record a crucial four-point win and keep its Grand Final dream alive.

After playing six games including the premiership last year, the elder Allan sister has played every match this season.

The 178cm utility has settled in defence and regularly stands the opposition’s best tall forward.

Crows coach Bec Goddard was thrilled with the quiet-achieving Allan’s development.

“Sarah has been really consistent all year and in our best (players) every single game,” Goddard said after the win over Freo.

“She’s grown so much. She’s very mature.

“She knows what her role is in the team and doesn’t try and do any more or less, or be flashy about it.”

From the Salisbury Football Club, Allan was recruited with pick No.122 in the inaugural AFLW Draft.

Her family hails from Millicent in the state’s south-east.

Allan was nominated for the Rising Star alongside another defender in Brisbane Lion Tahlia Randall.

Each of the 14 nominees throughout the season (two per week) 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 $2,500.

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.

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.

Crows midfielder Ebony Marinoff was the first-ever winner of the women’s Rising Star award.

Marinoff and Allan came through the junior football ranks in South Australia together.

Round Six nominee Sarah Allan and 2017 Rising Star Ebony Marinoff in SA junior ranks

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)
Round Six: Sarah Allan (Adelaide), Tahlia Randall (Brisbane Lions)