Rising Star for Bella

RECOGNITION: Bella Ayre, pictured representing Victoria Country, is one of the AFL Women's Rising Star awardees.

RECOGNITION: Bella Ayre, pictured representing Victoria Country, is one of the AFL Women's Rising Star awardees.

FORMER Kerang teenager, Bella Ayre's debut AFL Women's season continues to develop in stature, with the forward announced as one of the competition's Rising Star nominees.

The 18-year-old Carlton forward was one of the round five nominees, recognising her eight-disposal, two-goal effort in the Blues' win against the Western Bulldogs.

It was the second time this season the year 12 Bendigo Senior Secondary College student has been successful in front of goal, with Ayre also booting two majors in the previous weekend's narrow loss to Melbourne.

One of the competition's youngest players, Ayre made her debut in the opening match of the season when Carlton defeated Collingwood at Princes Park under lights in early February.

She was omitted from the team's round two win against Greater Western Sydney due to injury, but returned to play in the Blues' round three loss to Adelaide in South Australia on February 19

The nomination means that Ayre will be one of the 14 finalists for the award, to be announced at the end of the season.

The Blues play Fremantle tonight in Perth, with the side still capable of making the grand final on March 25 if it wins both of its remaining matches and results go the club's way.

Meanwhile, Ayre confirmed earlier this week she will play for Diamond Creek in the VFL Women's competition later this year.

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