AFL Rising Star

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AFL Rising Star
2019 AFL Rising Star
NAB Rising Star Logo.png
Awarded forThe best young player in the Australian Football League
Sponsored byNorwich (1993–1999)
Ansett (2000–2001)
National Australia Bank (2002–present)
CountryAustralia
Presented byAustralian Football League
First awarded1993
Currently held byJaidyn Stephenson (Collingwood)
Websiteafl.com.au/risingstar
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network (1993–2001, 2012)
Network Ten (2002–2009)
One HD (2010–2011)
Fox Footy (2013–present)

The AFL Rising Star is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player adjudged the best young player in the Australian Football League (AFL) for the year. The recipient of the AFL Rising Star has been awarded the Ron Evans Medal since 2007, named in honour of the former AFL Commission chairman following his death that year.[1]

It was originally known as the Norwich Rising Star award due to sponsorship reasons from 1993 to 1999,[2] Ansett sponsored the award in 2000 and 2001 and the National Australia Bank (NAB) has been the major sponsor since 2002.

Eligibility and nominations[edit]

Every round, an Australian Football League rising star nomination is given to a standout young player who performed well during that particular round. To be eligible to be nominated for the award, a player must be younger than 21 years of age on 1 January of the award year and have played 10 or fewer senior games before the beginning of the season. A player who is suspended1 during the season is not eligible to win the award but is still eligible for nomination.[3]

At the end of the season, nine AFL personalities (typically administrators and All-Australian team selectors) vote for five of the nominees, with their top selections earning five votes, their second selection earning four votes, etc. The player who receives the most votes is the winner. The current selection panel includes AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, AFL Football Operations Manager Mark Evans, AFL National Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan and former players Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Danny Frawley, Glen Jakovich, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson and Warren Tredrea.[4]

Winners[edit]

The winners of the AFL Rising Star award have been:

Year Winner Team Recruited Ref.
1993 Nathan Buckley Brisbane Bears 1992 Northern Territory zone selection [5]
1994 Chris Scott Brisbane Bears 1993 national draft, pick 12 [5]
1995 Nick Holland Hawthorn 1992 national draft, pick 14 [5]
1996 Ben Cousins West Coast 1995 father–son selection [5]
1997 Michael Wilson Port Adelaide 1997 Port Adelaide zone selection [5]
1998 Byron Pickett North Melbourne 1996 national draft, pick 67 [5]
1999 Adam Goodes Sydney 1997 national draft, pick 43 [5]
2000 Paul Hasleby Fremantle 1999 national draft, pick 2 [5]
2001 Justin Koschitzke St Kilda 2000 national draft, pick 2 [5]
2002 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 2000 national draft, pick 1 [5]
2003 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 2001 national draft, pick 36 [5]
2004 Jared Rivers Melbourne 2002 national draft, pick 26 [5]
2005 Brett Deledio Richmond 2004 national draft, pick 1 [5]
2006 Danyle Pearce Port Adelaide 2005 rookie draft, pick 16 [5]
2007 Joel Selwood Geelong 2006 national draft, pick 7 [5]
2008 Rhys Palmer Fremantle 2007 national draft, pick 7 [6]
2009 Daniel Rich Brisbane Lions 2008 national draft, pick 7 [7]
2010 Dan Hannebery Sydney 2008 national draft, pick 30 [8]
2011 Dyson Heppell Essendon 2010 national draft, pick 8 [9]
2012 Daniel Talia Adelaide 2009 national draft, pick 13 [10]
2013 Jaeger O'Meara Gold Coast 2011 mini-draft, pick 1 [11]
2014 Lewis Taylor Brisbane Lions 2013 national draft, pick 28 [12]
2015 Jesse Hogan Melbourne 2012 mini-draft, pick 2 [13]
2016 Callum Mills Sydney 2015 national draft, pick 3 [14]
2017 Andrew McGrath Essendon 2016 national draft, pick 1 [15]
2018 Jaidyn Stephenson Collingwood 2017 national draft, pick 6 [16]

Dual nominees[edit]

It is possible for a player to be nominated in multiple years, as long as they still satisfy the age and games played qualification rules in each year. So far eleven players have been nominated twice.[17]

By club[edit]

Club Nominations Winners
Adelaide 28 1
Brisbane Bears 5 2
Brisbane Lions 39 2
Carlton 34 0
Collingwood 38 2
Essendon 40 2
Fitzroy 6 0
Fremantle 33 2
Geelong 31 1
Gold Coast 13 1
Greater Western Sydney 17 0
Hawthorn 38 2
Melbourne 40 2
North Melbourne 24 1
Port Adelaide 31 2
Richmond 36 1
St Kilda 27 2
Sydney 29 3
West Coast 38 1
Western Bulldogs 37 0

Correct to the end of the 2018 season

Most nominations in a season[edit]

Noms. Club Season Nominees
8 Greater Western Sydney 2012 Tomas Bugg, Jeremy Cameron, Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, Adam Treloar, Dom Tyson
5 Essendon 1993 James Hird, Dustin Fletcher, Mark Mercuri, Joe Misiti, Ricky Olarenshaw
Fremantle 1996 Daniel Bandy, Craig Callaghan, Greg Harding, Kingsley Hunter, Luke Toia
Carlton 2017 David Cuningham, Charlie Curnow, Caleb Marchbank, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Jack Silvagni
4 Fitzroy 1994 John Barker, Simon Hawking, Chris Johnson, Jarrod Molloy
Port Adelaide 1997 Nathan Eagleton, Brendon Lade, Bowen Lockwood, Michael Wilson
Brisbane Lions 1999 Simon Black, Shane O'Bree, Tim Notting, Luke Power
West Coast 2004 Sam Butler, Mark Seaby, Brent Staker, Beau Waters
Brisbane Lions 2005 Jed Adcock, Anthony Corrie, Troy Selwood, Justin Sherman
Port Adelaide 2006 Troy Chaplin, Danyle Pearce, Jacob Surjan, Brad Symes
Gold Coast 2011 Brandon Matera, Trent McKenzie, Zac Smith, David Swallow
Adelaide 2013 Luke Brown, Brad Crouch, Sam Kerridge, Rory Laird
Melbourne 2016 James Harmes, Oscar McDonald, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca

Achievements of winners[edit]

Rising Star winners in a premiership year

Rising star and premiership player

Rising Star and Leigh Matthews Trophy

Rising Star and Brownlow Medal

Rising Star and Norm Smith Medal

Notes[edit]

1.^ Under the 2005–2014 match review panel system, a player was ineligible if he was given a base sanction of 100 or more demerit points by the tribunal or match review panel, equivalent to a one-week suspension. Under some circumstances, a player could reduce a penalty from a one-week suspension (125 demerit points) to a reprimand without suspension (92.75 points) by accepting a 25% reduction with an early guilty plea; as the base points sanction in this case exceeds 100, he would become ineligible for the award, despite not being suspended. This was the same eligibility criterion used in the Brownlow Medal. Since 2015, if a player is suspended for more than one match after an early plea or tribunal case, then he is ineligible to win the award.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAB AFL Rising Star - History". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Archived from the original on 21 September 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Norwich Rising Star". Football Record (Round 1): 5. 1993.
  3. ^ "NAB AFL Rising Star—Who is eligible?". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  4. ^ Lord, Sam (3 September 2014). "Rising Star anyone's guess". lions.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Lovett, Michael, ed. (February 2015). AFL Record Season Guide 2015. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Media. pp. 603–606.
  6. ^ "Docker Rhys Palmer wins 2008 Rising Star award". Perth Now. News Corp Australia. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  7. ^ Holmesby, Luke (2 September 2009). "Rich wins rising star". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  8. ^ Brodie, Will (1 September 2010). "Swan Hannebery wins Rising Star Award". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ Windley, Matt (8 September 2011). "Dyson Heppell takes out NAB Rising Star award". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  10. ^ Holmesby, Luke; Twomey, Callum (5 September 2012). "Talia claims Rising Star". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ Bowen, Nick (4 September 2013). "O'Meara named Rising Star". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (3 September 2014). "Lion Lewis Taylor crowned the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star in closest ever count". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  13. ^ King, Travis (9 September 2015). "Hogan wins the 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star award". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  14. ^ Lane, Samantha (6 September 2016). "Callum Mills wins 2016 AFL Rising Star award". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  15. ^ "AFL Rising Star 2017: Andrew McGrath claims award from Ryan Burton and Sam Powell-Pepper". Fox Sports Australia. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Jaidyn Stephenson wins AFL Rising Star award". The Age. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ "AFL Rising Star Award, 1993–2015". Footystats. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  18. ^ King, Travis (25 November 2014). "No more demerit points as AFL aims for simpler MRP". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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