NZ Heritage Player Abbey Dowrick Nominated for Rising Star after AFLW Debut Performance

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.”

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.

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