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Photo by Kate Mitchell: Gippsland Power's Tyla Hanks was recruited by Melbourne with pick 6 in the 2018 AFLW draft.

Rising Star Hanks

Rising Star Hanks

Photo by Kate Mitchell: Gippsland Power's Tyla Hanks was recruited by Melbourne with pick 6 in the 2018 AFLW draft.

Gippsland's Tyla Hanks named 2021 AFLW Rising Star

Gippslander Tyla Hanks has been named as the AFLW’s Rising Star for 2021.

The former Gippsland Power co-captain was recruited by Melbourne with pick 6 in the 2018 AFLW draft.

The midfielder's stand-out game this season was in Round 7, when she had a career-best 25 touches (11 of those contested), 371m gained (career-best), five tackles and kicked 1.1 (her first goal since 2019).

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The 21 year old is now in Melbourne's leadership group.

Also at last night's W awards, Tyla was a nominee for Mark of the Year.

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