Cat and Roo get early Rising Star nod


BOTH round one NAB AFLW Rising Star nominees have come from the same game for the tenth time in the competition's history, with Geelong’s highly touted Georgie Prespakis and third-year North Melbourne player Mia King getting the nod.

On debut, last year's No.2 draft selection Prespakis stamped her authority on the midfield battle, winning the first clearance of the game with her intelligence and agility.

Impressive Cat and Roos livewire named R1 Rising Star nominees

01:22 Jan 10. 2022. 5:00 PM

Geelong's Georgie Prespakis and North Melbourne's Mia King are the R1 NAB AFLW Rising Star nominees

Already known for her signature long sleeves, the midfielder won an equal team high 20 disposals, and led the side for clearances with seven.

Prespakis also laid six tackles and racked up a whopping 402 metres gained, one of just five players to achieve the feat in round one.

Georgie Prespakis gets a kick away in round one, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Running out in the other blue and white strip on the day was Mia King, playing largely in the forward half for the Kangaroos.

The no.23 is one of North Melbourne's talented Tasmanian recruits, taken with pick 49 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft.

Kick starting her third season, King gathered a personal best 15 disposals, well up on her career average of 9.5 touches a game coming into the year.

Mia King on the Kangaroos' photo day in December, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

King's impact increased as the game wore on, involved in an important passage of play early in the final quarter which saw her slot an important goal to put the Roos in a winning position.

Players are eligible for the NAB AFLW Rising Star if they are 21 years and under as of January 1, 2022, and have not been previously nominated. Two players will be nominated per home and away round of the NAB AFLW season.


  • Round one – Georgie Prespakis (Geelong), Mia King (North Melbourne)

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