AFL Rising Star

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AFL Rising Star
Country Australia
First awarded 1993
Television/Radio coverage
Network Seven Network (1993-2001, 2012)
Network Ten (2002-2009)
One HD (2010-2011)

The NAB AFL Rising Star award is given annually to a standout young player in the Australian Football League. Since 2007 the winner has been presented with the Ron Evans Medal and was first awarded in 1993.[1] It was originally known as the Norwich Rising Star award.[2]

Eligibility and nominations[edit]

Every round, an Australian Football League rising star nomination is given to a standout young player whom 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 suspended[notes 1] during the season is not eligible to win the award, however 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 twenty-two 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 winners of the AFL Rising Star award have been:

Year Winner Team Recruited
1993 Nathan Buckley Brisbane Bears Northern Territory Zone Selection (1992)
1994 Chris Scott Brisbane Bears 1993 National Draft, Pick #12
1995 Nick Holland Hawthorn 1992 National Draft, Pick #14
1996 Ben Cousins West Coast Father-Son Rule, 1995
1997 Michael Wilson Port Adelaide Port Adelaide Zone Selection (1997)
1998 Byron Pickett North Melbourne 1996 National Draft, Pick #67
1999 Adam Goodes Sydney 1997 National Draft, Pick #43
2000 Paul Hasleby Fremantle 1999 National Draft, Pick #2
2001 Justin Koschitzke St Kilda 2000 National Draft, Pick #2
2002 Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 2000 National Draft, Pick #1
2003 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 2001 National Draft, Pick #36
2004 Jared Rivers Melbourne 2002 National Draft, Pick #26
2005 Brett Deledio Richmond 2004 National Draft, Pick #1
2006 Danyle Pearce Port Adelaide 2005 Rookie Draft, 2005 Rookie Elevation
2007 Joel Selwood Geelong 2006 National Draft, Pick #7
2008 Rhys Palmer Fremantle 2007 National Draft, Pick #7
2009 Daniel Rich Brisbane Lions 2008 National Draft, Pick #7
2010 Daniel Hannebery Sydney 2008 National Draft, Pick #30
2011 Dyson Heppell Essendon 2010 National Draft, Pick #8
2012 Daniel Talia Adelaide 2009 National Draft, Pick #13
2013 Jaeger O'Meara Gold Coast 2011 Mini-draft, Pick #1
2014 Lewis Taylor Brisbane Lions 2013 National Draft, Pick #28

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 nine players have been nominated twice.[4]

Club by club[edit]

Club Nominations Winners
Adelaide 24 1
Brisbane Bears 5 2
Brisbane Lions 32 2
Carlton 25 0
Collingwood 32 0
Essendon 34 1
Fitzroy 6 0
Fremantle 27 2
Geelong 26 1
Gold Coast 8 1
Greater Western Sydney 12 0
Hawthorn 32 2
Melbourne 34 1
North Melbourne/Kangaroos 23 1
Port Adelaide 27 2
Richmond 30 1
St Kilda 21 2
Sydney 20 2
West Coast 34 1
Western Bulldogs/Footscray 28 0

* Correct as of Round 11, 2014

Most nominations in a season[edit]

Nominations Club Season Nominees
8 Greater Western Sydney 2012 J.Cameron, T.Bugg, S.Coniglio, D.Shiel, T.Greene, A.Treloar, D.Smith, D.Tyson
5 Essendon 1993 J.Misiti, J.Hird, D.Fletcher, R.Olarenshaw, M.Mercuri
5 Fremantle 1996 D.Bandy, G.Harding, K.Hunter, L.Toia, C.Callaghan
4 Fitzroy 1994 J.Barker, J.Molloy, S.Hawking, C.Johnson
4 Port Adelaide 1997 B.Lockwood, M.Wilson, B.Lade, N.Eagleton
4 Brisbane Lions 1999 S.O'Bree, S.Black, L.Power, T.Notting
4 West Coast 2004 B.Staker, M.Seaby, S.Butler, B.Waters
4 Brisbane Lions 2005 J.Sherman, J.Adcock, T.Selwood, A.Corrie
4 Port Adelaide 2006 D.Pearce, B.Symes, J.Surjan, T.Chaplin
4 Gold Coast 2011 B.Matera, Z.Smith, D.Swallow, T.McKenzie
4 Adelaide 2013 Sam Kerridge, Rory Laird, Brad Crouch, Luke Brown

Achievements of winners[edit]

Rising Star Winners in a Premiership Year

Rising Star & premiership player

Rising Star & double premiership player

Rising Star & triple premiership player

Rising Star & Leigh Matthews Trophy

Rising Star & Brownlow Medal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Technically, a player is ineligible if he is 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 may 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 is the same eligibility criterion used in the Brownlow Medal.


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Norwich Rising Star". Football Record (Round 1): 5. 1993. 
  3. ^ "NAB AFL Rising Star Award". National Australia Bank. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "AFL Rising Star Award, 1993-2008". Footystats. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 

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