Georgia Patrikios’ electric start to life as an AFLW footballer has been rewarded with the Round 1 nomination for the NAB Rising Star.

The vivacious midfielder was sensational on debut, collecting a game-high 18 disposals, five tackles and one historic goal assist that was met with a thunderous roar from the St Kilda faithful.

Patrikios’ ball-winning skills, ferocity and silky sidestep impressed the 8000-strong crowd at RSEA Park, confirming she’ll be one to watch in Season 2020.

Prior to Round 1, the 18-year-old was voted by the 14 AFLW coaches as the player most likely to take out the Rising Star Award.

DARE SAINTER OF THE ROUND: Patrikios shines in maiden match

The No. 21 forms part of the Saints’ exciting young contingent alongside Molly McDonald, Olivia Vesely, Isabella Shannon and Tarni White.

Patrikios was originally selected with Pick No. 5 in the 2019 NAB Women’s Draft.