AFL Rising Star

AFL Rising Star
2016 AFL Rising Star
Sponsored by National Australia Bank (2002–)
Ansett (2001–2002)
Norwich (1993–2000)
Country Australia
First awarded 1993
Currently held by Callum Mills (Sydney)
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network Fox Footy (2013–)
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 (AFL). The first award was made in 1993. Since 2007, the winner has been presented with the Ron Evans Medal.[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

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]


The winners of the AFL Rising Star award have been:

Year Winner Team Recruited Ref.
1993 Buckley, NathanNathan Buckley Brisbane Bears 1992 Northern Territory zone selection [5]
1994 Scott, ChrisChris Scott Brisbane Bears 1993 national draft, pick 12 [5]
1995 Holland, NickNick Holland Hawthorn 1992 national draft, pick 14 [5]
1996 Cousins, BenBen Cousins West Coast 1995 father–son selection [5]
1997 Wilson, MichaelMichael Wilson Port Adelaide 1997 Port Adelaide zone selection [5]
1998 Pickett, ByronByron Pickett North Melbourne 1996 national draft, pick 67 [5]
1999 Goodes, AdamAdam Goodes Sydney 1997 national draft, pick 43 [5]
2000 Hasleby, PaulPaul Hasleby Fremantle 1999 national draft, pick 2 [5]
2001 Koschitzke, JustinJustin Koschitzke St Kilda 2000 national draft, pick 2 [5]
2002 Riewoldt, NickNick Riewoldt St Kilda 2000 national draft, pick 1 [5]
2003 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell Hawthorn 2001 national draft, pick 36 [5]
2004 Rivers, JaredJared Rivers Melbourne 2002 national draft, pick 26 [5]
2005 Deledio, BrettBrett Deledio Richmond 2004 national draft, pick 1 [5]
2006 Pearce, DanyleDanyle Pearce Port Adelaide 2005 rookie draft, pick 16 [5]
2007 Selwood, JoelJoel Selwood Geelong 2006 national draft, pick 7 [5]
2008 Palmer, RhysRhys Palmer Fremantle 2007 national draft, pick 7 [6]
2009 Rich, DanielDaniel Rich Brisbane Lions 2008 national draft, pick 7 [7]
2010 Hannebery, DanielDaniel Hannebery Sydney 2008 national draft, pick 30 [8]
2011 Heppell, DysonDyson Heppell Essendon 2010 national draft, pick 8 [9]
2012 Talia, DanielDaniel Talia Adelaide 2009 national draft, pick 13 [10]
2013 O'Meara, JaegerJaeger O'Meara Gold Coast 2011 mini-draft, pick 1 [11]
2014 Taylor, LewisLewis Taylor Brisbane Lions 2013 national draft, pick 28 [12]
2015 Hogan, JesseJesse Hogan Melbourne 2012 mini-draft, pick 2 [13]
2016 Mills, CallumCallum Mills Sydney 2015 national draft, pick 3 [14]

Dual nominees

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 ten players have been nominated twice.[15]

By club

Club Nominations Winners
Adelaide 26 1
Brisbane Bears 5 2
Brisbane Lions 34 2
Carlton 28 0
Collingwood 35 0
Essendon 38 1
Fitzroy 6 0
Fremantle 30 2
Geelong 29 1
Gold Coast12 1
Greater Western Sydney 15 0
Hawthorn 34 2
Melbourne 40 2
North Melbourne 24 1
Port Adelaide 28 2
Richmond 33 1
St Kilda 25 2
Sydney 25 3
West Coast 36 1
Western Bulldogs 35 0

Correct to the end of the 2016 season

Most nominations in a season

Noms. Club Season Nominees
8 Greater Western Sydney 2012 T. Bugg, J. Cameron, S. Coniglio, T. Greene, D. Shiel, D. Smith, A. Treloar, D. Tyson
5 Essendon 1993 J. Hird, D. Fletcher, M. Mercuri J. Misiti, R. Olarenshaw
Fremantle 1996 D. Bandy, C. Callaghan, G. Harding, K. Hunter, L. Toia
4 Fitzroy 1994 J. Barker, S. Hawking, C. Johnson, J. Molloy
Port Adelaide 1997 N. Eagleton, B. Lade, B. Lockwood, M. Wilson
Brisbane Lions 1999 S. Black, S. O'Bree, T. Notting, L. Power
West Coast 2004 S. Butler, M. Seaby, B. Staker, B. Waters
Brisbane Lions 2005 J. Adcock, A. Corrie, T. Selwood, J. Sherman
Port Adelaide 2006 T. Chaplin, D. Pearce, J. Surjan, B. Symes
Gold Coast 2011 B. Matera, T. McKenzie, Z. Smith, D. Swallow
Adelaide 2013 L. Brown, B. Crouch, S. Kerridge, R. Laird
Melbourne 2016 J. Harmes, O. McDonald, C. Oliver, C. Petracca

Achievements of winners

Rising Star winners in a premiership year

Rising star and premiership player

Rising Star and Leigh Matthews Trophy

Main article: Leigh Matthews Trophy

Rising Star and Brownlow Medal

Main article: Brownlow Medal


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.[16]


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  10. Holmesby, Luke; Twomey, Callum (5 September 2012). "Talia claims Rising Star". BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. Bowen, Nick (4 September 2013). "O'Meara named Rising Star". 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". BigPond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  13. King, Travis (9 September 2015). "Hogan wins the 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star award". 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 Award, 1993–2015". Footystats. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  16. King, Travis (25 November 2014). "No more demerit points as AFL aims for simpler MRP". Bigpond. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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