Harris, earned her nod for her two goal, 12 possession game against Fremantle on Sunday. Her performance featured six contested marks, including the spectacular pack mark you can see below.
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The 19-year-old began playing senior football with Zillmere in the QAWFL at just 15. She won the best and fairest award in her first season.
Harris said it was special to be nominated alongside three other great players.
“The other girls who have been nominated are great players and well deserved. It’s pretty special to be up with those girls,”
“[It was] great to be able to help my team & finish off the hard work our defence did. We might have one of the strongest backlines in the comp.”
Mithen, 18, was the 73rd overall in last year’s draft. She collected 14 disposals from half-back in the Demons come-from-behind victory over Collingwood on Saturday night.
The Demon’s youngster played senior football with North Geelong in the VWFL division one last season. The former under-18 Vic Country captain said she was surprised when told she was nominated.
“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.”
Two players will be nominated at the end of each AFLW round, with the winner announced at the end of the season.