Former Geelong Cats VFLW midfielder Nina Morrison was nominated for the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star award following a dominant debut match for the club’s AFLW team in Round 1 of the 2019 season.
The 18-year-old recorded 22 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances in Geelong’s one-point victory over Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night, also hitting the post from a set shot in the final quarter to put the Cats in front for good. She was subsequently awarded maximum votes from both teams’ senior coaches for the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award.
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Morrison was selected by Geelong with pick no.1 at last year’s AFLW Draft following a highly decorated 2018 season, when she followed up a superb under-18 campaign by playing four Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s games for the Cats – including starring roles in the team’s elimination-final defeat of the NT Thunder and its Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
Earlier in the year, Morrison helped take the Geelong Falcons to the TAC Cup Girls premiership undefeated and jointly won the competition’s best-and-fairest award (alongside Madison Prespakis).
She also represented Vic Country at the AFLW U18 Championships for the second straight year, after which she was named the carnival’s joint-MVP (also alongside Prespakis) and earned selection in the AFLW U18 All Australian team.
Remarkably, Morrison only first played competitive football in 2017 after previously focusing on athletics, soccer and tennis.