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AFLW: Dog duo named round two Rising Stars

Bulldog Bonnie Toogood has earned a round two Rising Star nomination - AFLW,Western Bulldogs,Bonnie Toogood,Libby Birch,AFLW Rising Star
Bulldog Bonnie Toogood has earned a round two Rising Star nomination

WESTERN Bulldogs duo Bonnie Toogood and Libby Birch are the NAB AFL Women's Rising Star nominees for round two.

Toogood amassed 10 disposals (at 83 per cent efficiency) and three tackles in the Dogs' win over Brisbane on Sunday.

The 20-year-old was selected with the No.11 pick in the 2017 NAB AFLW Rookie Draft after playing netball for the Southern Saints in the Victorian Netball league.

She credited the nomination to her preparation leading into the second AFLW season. 

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"It's a great honour to be recognised for the hard work I've put in over the pre-season," Toogood said.

"The weekend was a really tough challenge for us. The last five minutes … was a lot of heart and showed a lot about this club and what we can put out there.

"It's good to celebrate this with Lib (Birch), especially [with] both of us coming from netball and being cross-coders."

Birch is in her second season with the Western Bulldogs after playing all seven games last year.

She crossed from netball three months before being selected in the 2016 rookie draft.

The athletic defender recorded six disposals, all contested, while limiting dangerous forward Kaitlyn Ashmore to three possessions in a reliable performance in defence against the Lions.

"It's an absolute privilege to be nominated alongside Bonnie and to be part of the 14 players that will be nominated across the year,' Birch said. 

"It's been an incredible experience [and] nothing I thought would ever be on my horizon.

"It's testament to the sport and show successful cross-code athletes can be."

Players qualify for the Rising Star if they were 21 years old or younger on January 1, 2018 and have not previously been nominated.