Tayla Harris of the Lions kicks into attack against the Fremantle Dockers.
Tayla Harris of the Lions kicks into attack against the Fremantle Dockers. Daniel Carson

Lions marquee up for Rising Star award

AFL: Brisbane Lions match-winner Tayla Harris and Melbourne excitement machine Lily Mithen have scooped the round two AFL Women's Rising Star nominations.

At just 19, Harris is already a star of the competition after being signed as a marquee player by the Lions and has proved her worth in the opening two weeks, helping the club to an undefeated start to the inaugural season.

The Brisbane-born forward was at her match-winning best against Fremantle on Sunday, collecting 12 disposals and kicking two goals while taking six contested marks.

Meanwhile, Mithen, 18, celebrated her nomination with another great milestone, being excepted into university.

The Demons midfielder - taken with pick No.73 in the draft - is set to study business marketing at RMIT this year.

Mithen was instrumental in Melbourne's stunning come-from-behind win over Collingwood on Saturday night, collecting 14 disposals.

"I was at the club doing recovery with the girls, and (football manager) Debbie Lee walked in, told me to stand up, shook my hand and said 'congratulations, you're the Rising Star nominee'," Mithen said.

"I'm definitely pleased. It was a good win and I was happy with how I played. I got a bit of the ball and helped the team out, but I didn't think I starred by any stretch."

The pair join Adelaide's Ebony Marinoff and Bulldog Bailey Hunt in the running to be crowned the first AFLW Rising Star.

Two players are nominated for the Rising Star each week with the winner chosen from the 14 nominees and announced at season's end.

News Corp Australia


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