As one of St Kilda’s most electric youngsters, Nicola Xenos did not disappoint in her first season at AFLW level.
Although small in stature, the 19-year-old proved to pack a punch all over the ground thanks to her strong physical attributes and blend of endurance and speed.
The young Saint’s inside grunt, hard-hitting bumps and ferocity combined excellently with her flair, while the passages of play alongside Georgia Patrikios were weekly highlights.
She may not have gotten her hands on the ball as many times as her partner in crime, but her impact in the clinches was just as profound, particularly in the last three matches of the year.
The VFLW Premiership player for Collingwood also found time to hit the scoreboard in the final game of the season – unsurprisingly, the goal assist coming off Patrikios’ boot.
Xenos was snapped up with pick No. 27 in the 2019 AFL Women’s Draft after winning the 30m sprint and finishing second overall in that year’s draft combine.
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