After a remarkable AFLW debut, Port Adelaide midfielder Abbey Dowrick has been nominated as an AFLW NAB Rising Star for Round One.

The Western Australian product showed outstanding form against West Coast on Saturday, collecting the most disposals (21) for Port Adelaide.

At just 19 years old, Dowrick’s touches were equalled only by experienced campaigner and Eagles captain, Emma Swanson.

With four tackles, seven marks, six clearances and three inside 50s, Dowrick impressed Port fans, proving why she was scouted by list manager Naomi Maidment.

“(Head of AFLW) Jules (Haslam) gave me a call around lunchtime today and I got a bit scared at first, I thought I’d done something wrong,” she laughed.

“I’m over the moon, I’m speechless…probably won’t sink in for a bit. It was pretty surreal…it’s left me a bit speechless this whole week.”


Despite a 12-point loss for her side on Saturday, Dowrick was overwhelmed with support, debuting in front of a large contingent of family and friends.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better feeling, knowing that they were all there supporting me,” she said.

“I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and I think my parents were the same.”


After being overlooked in her draft year, the humble teenager was snapped up by the Power, following exceptional performances for Subiaco in the WAFL.

She also played four matches for Woodville-West Torrens in the 2022 SANFLW season, spending time in Adelaide with sister and Adelaide Crows’ recruit, McKenzie.

Dowrick is tipped to become a cult favourite amongst home fans, with her agility, natural football talent and hard, contested footy making her a true Port Adelaide player.


Her impressive debut was also recognised with seven coaches' votes in the AFL Coaches Association AFLW Champion Player of the Year.

Essendon’s Paige Scott was the second nominee from Round One, with two Rising Stars nominated each week of the AFLW competition. Each nominee is awarded $500 from NAB to acknowledge their achievement.

In addition, NAB will award the junior club of each nominee with a $1000 cash NAB Club Recognition Award. Dowrick chose to split the $1000 equally between her two junior clubs, Kambalda Eagles and Kalgoorlie Mines Rovers.

The NAB AFLW Rising Star winner will be announced at the 2022 W Awards with the overall winner awarded $20,000 from NAB and a private banker to assist with securing their financial future.