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AFLW: Dogs double up again in Rising Star

AFLW wrap: Big guns make their move Nat Edwards wraps up round four of the AFLW season

WESTERN Bulldogs teammates Monique Conti and Aisling Utri are the NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominees for round four.

The pair looked lively through the midfield and forward line on Friday night as Western Bulldogs beat Carlton by a record 73 points.

Conti racked up 16 disposals and laid three tackles while showing great agility to move in and out of traffic.

At just 18, she was one of the big names heading into the 2017 NAB AFLW Draft, and was selected by the Dogs with pick No.4.

A cross-code basketballer, Conti successfully split her time in the pre-season with her commitments to the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL.

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Utri finished with a personal-best 18 disposals (nine of which were contested) and two clearances against the Blues. 

Initially picked as a rookie last August, the 19-year-old was later upgraded to the main list before the season. 

Utri successfully crossed to football from field hockey. The Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder is aiming to make the Australian hockey team. 

Both players made their debuts in round one this season and have appeared in all four games. 

The Bulldogs’ future looks bright with four of their young stars nominated for the Rising Star award in the first half of the season. Libby Birch and Bonnie Toogood were given the honours in round two

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