Football: Allan on the rise

RISING STAR: Sarah Allan (centre) was nominated as the NAB Rising Star in round six of the Australian Women’s Football League (AWFL). The Adelaide Crows star plays alongside her sister Jess Allan (left). Picture: SUPPLIED ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB

FROM the Hatherleigh Football Club to the Adelaide Crows, Millicent’s Sarah Allan has been kicking serious career goals.

The 20-year-old Crows defender played arguably her best game against Fremantle in round six of the this year’s Australian Women’s Football League season, snatching up an NAB Rising Star nomination.

Allan collected a career-high 11 disposals and four rebounds at 50m at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

She also took a saving mark late in the match as Adelaide held on to record a crucial four-point win and keep its grand final dream alive.

“It is really exciting to get nominated.” Allan said.

“I think it is just experience with the game, obviously in our second season it just helps.

“Every week you learn new things and get that experience with a crowd as well.”

Allan has not missed a match this season and regularly stands up against the opposition’s best tall forward.

Crows coach Bec Goddard was thrilled with the quiet-achieving Allan’s development.

“Sarah has been really consistent all year and in our best (players) every single game,” Goddard said after the win over Fremantle.

“She’s grown so much, she’s very mature.

“She knows what her role is in the team and doesn’t try and do any more or less, or be flashy about it.”

From the Salisbury Football Club, Allan was recruited with pick No.122 in the inaugural AFLW Draft.

She plays alongside her younger sister Jess Allan who was drafted this year.

Each Rising Star nominee is awarded $500 prize money.

To qualify for the award, players must be under 21 years of age as of the 1st of January 2018 and must not have previously been nominated for the award.