Zali’s star on the rise

Zali Friswell (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos)

Former Calder Cannon talent Zali Friswell has been recognised for her outstanding performance against Hawthorn on the weekend, with the speedy winger rewarded with a AFLW rising star nomination for round 10.

Friswell was among Geelong’s best in Saturday’s 40-point win at GMHBA Stadium with her trademark dashing run-and-carry on display.

The 19-year-old finished with 17 disposals, four marks, three tackles, and two clearances against the Hawks, as well as five intercepts and four score involvements.

It was another strong performance for Friswell who is averaging 10.6 disposals and 3.8 tackles a game in 2023.

Originally from Aberfeldie, Friswell was a part of the Cannons program in her draft year, while also playing eight Victorian Football League Women’s games with Essendon as an underage player before being drafted by Geelong with pick 7 in the 2021 AFLW sraft.

After making her debut in round one of 2022 season six, Friswell played seven games in her first season. She cemented her spot in the team in season seven and has played every game the past two seasons, taking her career tally to 28 games to date.