Click here to see the AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star honour roll which dates back to the award’s inception in 2012.

Below you can read about all the past winners and view the vote counts from each year.



Alexa Cardassilaris from Southern Power has been awarded the 2019 AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star.

After an injury plagued debut season in 2018 Alexa hit her stride and found her place in the Southern Power Premier Division side in 2019. Just her second year of playing AFL Footy Alexa’s aggression at the footy, ability to read the flight of the ball, high-level athleticism and running prowess has made her transition into the sport almost seamless. Alexa is an exciting prospect and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for the rising star.

Full Votes:

Name Club Votes
Alexa Cardassilaris Southern Power 27
Sarah Ford East Coast Eagles 20
Zoe Hurrell Sydney Uni 16
Ally Dallaway East Coast Eagles 12
Madeline Convery Inner West 9
Samantha Goldrick UTS AFC 9
Chloe Arndt East Coast Eagles 7
Anna Pellen UNSW/ES 5
Isadora McLeay Sydney Uni 5
Abby Dixon Newtown 5
Rylee McGartland East Coast Eagles 4
Caelah Stanley East Coast Eagles 1
Tayliya Kennedy Inner West 0


Photo:  Alexa Cardassilaris (left) accepting her award from John Yates Award winner and AFL NSW/ACT Head of Talent and Coaching, Darren Denneman.


Jemima Wrigley from Southern Power has been awarded the 2018 AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star.

At just 17 years of age, Jemima decided to forgo her last year of junior footy to make the jump up to Seniors in 2018. The midfielder is mature beyond her years which helped her transition seamlessly into the senior ranks. Jemima excels at a number of sports, representing NSW and Australia in Oz Tag as well as playing Rugby Union for Randwick in the Women’s 7’s.

The fiercely competitive, natural leader continues to lift her game and is well on the path to getting herself on the radar for higher levels of footy.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Jemima Wrigley Southern Power 24
Maryanne Harley Sydney Uni 23
Rebecca Mount UNSW/ES 20
Senna Gulden UNSW/ES 11
Margot Vella Auburn-Penrith 10
Ella Farley UTS Shamrocks 9
Jessica Urquhart Western Wolves 8
Rebecca Miller Western Wolves 8
Sarah Yatim Auburn-Penrith 6
Maddy Kohlrusch UNSW/ES 4
Brooke Curren Southern Power 4
Garner Hancock UTS Shamrocks 3
Isabella Hardwick UNSW/ES 3
Pia Bernasconi UTS Shamrocks 2
Other Nominees
Gabbi Morton Western Wolves 0
Susannah Rennie Newtown 0


Photo:  Jemima Wrigley (left) accepting her award from GWS Giants AFLW Player and former AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star Award Winner Nicola Barr.


Zoe Devlin from the UNSW ES Stingrays has been awarded the 2017 XBlades AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star.

Zoe is an 18 year old who came to the UNSW-ES Stingrays this season after playing at the Maroubra Saints. She is a highly skilled left footer who played her first Premier Division game in Round 1. She was an integral part of the UNSW ES midfield this season, playing in the center with experienced Premiership midfielders Phoebe Monahan and Tia Bool.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Zoe Devlin UNSW/ES 25
Allie Tialshinsky UTS 22
Paige Pirotta Auburn-Penrith 19.5
Laura Marshall Western Wolves 17
Jacqueline Anyon-Smith Auburn-Penrith 16.5
Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster Wollongong Saints 13.5
Koozee Huybers UNSW/ES 12
Rylee McGartland Wollongong Saints 9
Courtney Richmond Western Magic 9
Pippy Clegg Sydney Uni 8.5
Libby Graham North Shore 6
Olivia Suman Western Magic 6
Senna Gulden UNSW/ES 5
Georgia Davis Sydney Uni 4.5
Jacqueline Gay Auburn-Penrith 3
Madeleine McCathie Sydney Uni 2.5
Julia Hunt UNSW/ES 0



Photo:  Zoe Devlin moving the ball forward – Round 13 UNSW ES Stingrays v Sydney Uni at Trumper Park. Photo Narelle Spangher 



Auburn Giants star Angela Priftis has been awarded the 2016 Sydney AFL Women’s Rising Star.

Angela is a gifted young footballer whose remarkable abilities continued to grow over the season, as she gained valuable experience playing against the best female footballers in AFL Sydney.

Priftis polled 40 votes, finishing 11 votes ahead of runner up, Macquarie Universitiy’s Annabel Ferrari with 29 votes. Meg Haynes of Sydney University finished third with 21 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Angela Priftis Auburn Giants 40
Annabel Ferrari Macquarie Uni 29
Meg Haynes Sydney Uni Bombers 21
Larissa Parry Wollongong Saints 20
Madi Moar UNSW/ES Stingrays 20
Sarah Steele-Park UNSW/ES Stingrays 18
Makenzie Eddington Power Wolves 18
Laara Lewis Pennant Hills 18
Kassandra Chan Wollongong Saints 16
Taylor Blaydon Newtown Breakaways 15
Anna Johnston Sydney Uni Bombers 11
Elise Arangio Newtown Breakaways 10
Rachel Jones Wollongong Saints 7
Charly Iron Sydney Uni Bombers 7
Ellie Herron Macquarie Uni 4
Erin Doyle Sydney Uni Bombers 3



Photo:  Angela Priftis (Left) accepting her award from GWS Giants Academy Coach Jason Saddington



Sydney University star midfielder Nicola Barr has been awarded the 2015 Sydney AFL Women’s Rising Star.

The 19 year old is in her second year of senior football previously playing in the youth girls competition for Queenswood. It has been a great year for Nicola who also represented NSW/ACT in the state game against Queensland in July.

Barr polled 34 votes, finishing 5 votes ahead of runner up, UNSW/ES Jen Chan with Kiona Vance of Macquarie University finishing third with 25 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Nicola Barr Sydney University 34
Jen Chan UNSW/ES 29
Kiona Vance Macquarie University 25
Haneen Zreika Auburn 19
Gabrielle Ferreira Macquarie University 18
Emma Nolan Penrith 17
Sharni Collins Gosford 13
Quincy Dorans Blacktown 12
Sam Murray UNSW/ES 11
Rheanna Lotter Southern Power 10
Isabella Rudolph Manly Warringah 9
Telecia Brown Macquarie University 9
Terri-Ann Martin Newtown 4
Vivien Talbot Macquarie University 3
Other Nominees
Narmeen Mohammed Auburn
Tayla Stahl-Smith Newtown



Photo:  Nicola Barr (Right) with her rising star award



Wollongong Foward Catherine Stanton has been awarded the 2014 Sydney AFL Women’s Rising Star.

The 15 year old is in her first year of senior football previously playing in the girls youth competition. Its been a great first year for Catherine also claiming the Women’s Division Two goal kicking award.

Stanton polled 50 votes, finishing a whopping 32 votes ahead of runner up, Wollongong’s Nicola Kennedy with Emily Crookes of Gosford finishing third with 17 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Catherine Stanton Wollongong 50
Nicola Kennedy Wollongong 18
Emily Crookes Gosford 17
Bianca North Southern Power 16
Kimberly Chan Wollongong 15
Holly Graham Manly Warringah 12
Shelby Koh UNSW/ES 11
Wafaa Elwadia Auburn 8
Morgan Ross Gosford 8
Ashleigh Carter Manly Warringah 7
Brooke Ashcroft Macquarie University 6
Jasmine Smith UNSW/ES 5
Natasha Loiseau Penrith 2
Waded Hammoud Auburn 1
Other Nominees
Hayat Ajaj Auburn
Aziza Malas Auburn



Photo:  Catherine Stanton with her rising star award



Sydney University Foward Stephanie Walker has been awarded the 2013 Sydney AFL Women’s Rising Star.

The 18 year old is in her first year of senior football previously playing in the girls youth competition. Its been a great first year for Stephanie being selected in the NSW Country Championship team that competed in Cairns playing in two of the games.

Walker polled 40 votes, finishing 8 votes ahead of Macquarie University’s Rebecca Beeson with Remi Banuelos of UNSW/ES finishing third with 17 votes.


Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Stephanie Walker Sydney University 40
Rebecca Beeson Macquarie University 32
Remi Banuelos UNSW/ES  Stingrays 17
Coline Duquet UTS Shamrocks 14
Isabelle O’Brien UNSW/ES Stingrays 12
Fahimi Quiek Auburn Tigers 11
Antoinette Moliterno UTS Shamrocks 10
Amy Foo Sydney University 10
Charlotte Latsombath Western Wolves 9
Marwa Ismail Auburn Tigers 7
Summeya Pala Auburn Tigers 6
Megan Vella Penrith Ramettes 5
Jasmine Payne Penrith Ramettes 4
Nicola Kennedy Wollongong Saints 2
Amanda Farache Auburn Tigers 1


Steph Walker

Photo:  Stephanie Walker (left) receiving his award from Defence Force Recruiting representative, Captain Patrina Baldwin



Penrith Ramettes’ Stephanie Kostic has been awarded the 2012 Sydney AFL Women’s Rising Star.

Stephanie who hails from Hoxton Park is playing her first year of AFL.

The popular 20 year old fashion designer was an accomplished hockey player who has shown a rapid improvement to be one of the leading Ramettes players in their debut year.

Stephanie is a coach’s delight, listens and carries out game plans and gives great encouragement to the team. Despite having a lengthy drive to training, she never misses a session.

Kostic polled 35 votes, finishing three votes ahead of Wollongong’s Ashley Gray.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Stephanie Kostic Penrith 35
Ashley Gray Wollongong 32
Eleri Morris Wollongong 24
Sandra Janjetokic Sydney University 19
Jessica Paulic Auburn 16
Steph Potrivka Wollongong 7
Madeline Collier Wollongong 7
Kristy Church Wollongong 5
Alice Fresle Sydney University 5
Ashlea Rodman Penrith 5
Caitlin Stanistreet UNSW/ES 3
Ashlee Smith Wollongong 3
Shannon Huntley-Wei Wollongong 2
Lily Hall Harris UTS 1
Taigan Grenfell Wollongong 1



 Photo:  Stephanie Kostic (left) receiving his award from GWS GIANTS Co-Captain, Luke Power