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Gee's surprise into delight

Gee on Rising Star nomination Georgia Gee spoke to the media after being nominated as a Rising Star for Round 6.

CARLTON’s latest NAB AFLW Rising Star nominee Georgia Gee said receiving the news was “pretty exciting” and a memorable moment.

The midfielder was nominated after she collected 12 disposals and provided plenty of dash down the wings of Ikon Park in the Blues’ 16-point win over the Brisbane Lions.

Prior to discovering she had been nominated the award, Gee wasn’t actually sure that she was eligible.

It was only when the former pick No.12 received a phone call from senior coach Daniel Harford that she became aware of it all.

“I had a bit of doubt that it might have been just first-year players, so I wasn’t too sure,” Gee told reporters.

 

“‘Harf’ gave me a call on Monday. I wasn’t expecting him to call me, so I didn’t know what he was calling me for,” she said.

“He broke the news to me so that was pretty exciting, and he was pretty stoked. I was happy to get the news.”

After returning to the side in Round 2, the Beaconsfield product has responded in style, averaging 10.8 disposals and 3.8 tackles over five matches this season.

Gee said that having last season under her belt and then completing another pre-season had contributed to her rise in form.

“I’ve been working towards being as consistent as I [can be],” she said.

“I’ve tried to put on a little bit of size. I’ve put on six kilograms now, so [I’m] pretty happy with that.

“I’ve just tried to work on the little things, [my] skills and doing what I can for the team out on the field.”

Georgia Gee in the Pride guernsey which Carlton will run out in on Sunday. (Photo: Carlton Media)

With the win over the Lions last week, Carlton moved to the top of Conference B and a step closer to a debut finals berth.

Gee said the team is unsure of the success they are able to reach, but they remain focused on this week’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.

“We’ve had a pretty good run so far and we just hope that we can continue to build on that for the coming week and hopefully finals,” she said.

“We’ll obviously look towards finals, I think that’s what every club looks towards.”

The match against the Dogs will have added importance for all players, as it will be the second annual AFLW Pride Game.

Gee said the fixture aims to recognise and support the LGBTQI+ community.

“To wear the jumper will be a massive honour for all us girls and everyone involved so I’m looking forward to that,” she said.

Carlton take on the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval on Sunday, 17 March at 4:05pm.