Essendon VFLW will unveil highly touted youngster Georgia Patrikios in its clash with Williamstown on Saturday.
The Calder Cannons rising star will don the sash for the first time on the back of a stellar NAB League career and Under-18 National Championships MVP honours.
Patrikios captained the Cannons in the team’s run to the grand final in 2019, averaging 23 disposals and four tackles.
The star midfielder was also selected in the 2019 NAB AFLW Under-18 All-Australian team and has been touted as the top selection in this year’s AFLW draft.
The 18-year old has been named the 23rd player and is set to add skill to the side, with her agility and goal sense a highlight.
All eyes will be on debutant Georgia Patrikios on Saturday. (Photo: Ben Johnstone)
Acting skipper Simone Nalder will return to the ruck, lining up alongside Shae Audley and Lauren Ahrens.
Georgia Nanscawen will look to continue her impressive form, recording an equal round-high eight clearances and team-high eight tackles in last week's win over Darebin.
Kirby Hicks will once again act as a key defensive post, supported by Molly Warburton and Katherine McFadyen.
Federica Frew and Sian Wilson sit on the interchange, while Alana Barba could potentially make her debut in the red and black after being included as an emergency.
The VFLW Dons currently sit three spots above their opposition Williamstown on the ladder in 10th place.
The final team will be announced ahead of the first bounce at 11:30am on Saturday at Williamstown Football Ground.
Live match updates will be available via Essendon VFLW’s Twitter account.
ESSENDON VFLW ROUND 12 TEAM
10. Eleanor Cornish
29. Chloe Laan
18. Kendra Heil
7. Kirby Hicks
11. Molly Warburton
21. Katherine McFadyen
35. Marianna Anthony
46. Lauren Ahrens
28. Ruby Svarc
25. Lori Stepnell
39. Maighan Fogas
6. Alex Quigley
23. Maddy Collier
31. Jessica Stassi
5. Cecilia McIntosh
30. Simone Nalder (C)
43. Georgia Nanscawen
13. Shae Audley
17. Federica Frew
33. Elizabeth Hosking
45. Eloise Ashley-Cooper
24. Sian Wilson
20. Alexa Madden
42. Alana Barba
3. Monique DeMatteo
22. Natalie MacDonald
44. Georgia Patrikios
Victoria Raptis is in the final year of her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) degree at RMIT University. As part of their strategic partnership, Essendon Football Club and RMIT University are committed to providing opportunities for students, staff, players and the wider community.