CARLTON gun recruit Lucy McEvoy has received a Round 1 NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nomination after a standout performance against Richmond.
McEvoy earned the nod after making her mark on the competition at Ikon Park last Friday night.
In her debut as a Game Changer, McEvoy collected 12 disposals, took five marks and laid four tackles in the Blues’ 34-point win over the Tigers.
The 18-year-old was selected with pick No.2 in last year’s NAB AFLW Draft and has already shown why she was touted so highly by the Club.
She spent time in the midfield and inside 50 on Friday night, going toe-to-toe with some of the competition’s stars in Monique Conti and Katie Brennan.
McEvoy already possesses leadership qualities, having captained the Geelong Falcons for three straight seasons, and has fitted in seamlessly alongside her teammates in the Navy Blue.
She has also shown that she can be a threat in any position on the field, earning All-Australian honours in defence, up forward and in the midfield during her under-18 career.
McEvoy becomes Carlton’s sixth NAB AFLW Rising Star nominee in the Club’s history, following up the efforts of current teammates Breann Moody, Madison Prespakis and Georgia Gee, as well as former Blues Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Bella Ayre.
Carlton AFLW Senior Coach Daniel Harford said he was thrilled to see McEvoy receive the recognition following her impressive debut.
“Lucy has been sensational since arriving at Ikon Park,” Harford said.
“She had a great pre-season and looked right at home against Richmond in Round 1.
“I can’t wait to see her take her game to the next level throughout the years to come at Carlton.”
Two players are nominated for the AFLW Rising Star award each week of the AFL Women’s season. AFLW players aged 21-or-under as of January 1, 2020 are eligible for the award, provided they haven’t been previously nominated.