Versatile Eagle, Hawks ruck earn R7 Rising Star nominations

WEST Coast's Charlie Thomas and Hawthorn's Lucy Wales have been recognised for their impressive round seven performances by receiving NAB AFLW Rising Star nominations.

The 19-year-old Thomas starred for West Coast in defence, gathering 23 possessions, taking seven marks, and recording seven rebound 50s.

Despite only playing one game in her draft year due to a fractured arm that prematurely ended her season, that was enough to convince the Eagles to pounce on the local Subiaco prospect, selecting her at pick No.3 in the 2021 NABW AFL Draft.

Charlotte Thomas handballs in West Coast's round seven clash with Richmond at Mineral Resources Park on October 7, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

The versatile youngster featured in every game for the Eagles' last campaign and showed off her potential by playing in a variety of roles before settling in defence.

The 175cm defender demonstrated her clean hands through traffic, composure, and high-quality foot skills.

She becomes the third Eagle in as many weeks to be nominated, following on from ruck Sarah Lakay in round five and Ella Roberts last round.

Charlie Thomas and Lucy Wales star in round seven

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Watch the highlights and find out why Charlie Thomas and Lucy Wales were nominated for the NAB AFLW S7 Rising Star in round seven

Hawthorn ruck Lucy Wales has also been nominated after playing a vital role as the Hawks won their third game on the trot against fellow expansion club Port Adelaide.

The 18-year-old was selected with pick No.22 in the 2022 NAB AFLW Draft after showing off impressive aerial ability and athleticism while playing for the Casey Demons in the VFLW.

The talented youngster has played every game so far this season and was influential in the middle, gathering 10 disposals, winning 17 hitouts, and laying five tackles.

Lucy Wales and Cynthia Hamilton compete in the ruck in the round five clash between Hawthorn and Sydney at Punt Road Oval on September 23, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Wales' twin sister, Stephanie, plays for Essendon after being a standout performer for the Casey Demons in the VFLW last season alongside her sister.

Wales becomes the second Hawk to be nominated for the award, following on from Jasmine Fleming’s impressive round five outing.