What is the Rising Star Award?
For those who don’t know, the Rising Star medal is awarded to the best young talent in the Australian Football League. One nomination is handed out each week to whomever was deemed to be the best-performed youngster in the competition for the round. Players may only receive one nomination each for the year.
To be eligible for Rising Star nomination, players must:
– Be under 21 years of age as of January 1 of this year
– Have played 10 or fewer senior AFL games prior to this season
Players who receive a suspension during the season will be ruled ineligible for the Rising Star. However, as with the Brownlow Medal, a player may still be nominated for the award even after being suspended – despite the fact he cannot rightfully win it.
Whenever the season is over, an expert panel votes on the 23 nominees. Each member of the panel chooses their top five players and awards five votes to their number-one selection, four votes to their second pick, three to their third selection, and so on. The winner is the nominee who collects the most total votes.
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Past winners of the AFL Rising Star Award
1993 – Nathan Buckley (Brisbane Bears)
1994 – Chris Scott (Brisbane Bears)
1995 – Nick Holland (Hawthorn)
1996 – Ben Cousins (West Coast)
1997 – Michael Wilson (Port Adelaide)
1998 – Byron Pickett (North Melbourne)
1999 – Adam Goodes (Sydney)
2000 – Paul Hasleby (Fremantle)
2001 – Justin Koschitzke (St Kilda)
2002 – Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
2003 – Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
2004 – Jared Rivers (Melbourne)
2005 – Brett Deledio (Richmond)
2006 – Danyle Pearce (Port Adelaide)
2007 – Joel Selwood (Geelong)
2008 – Rhys Palmer (Fremantle)
2009 – Daniel Rich (Brisbane Lions)
2010 – Daniel Hannebery (Sydney)
2011 – Dyson Heppell (Essendon)
2012 – Daniel Talia (Adelaide)
2013 – Jaeger O’Meara (Gold Coast)
2014 – Lewis Taylor (Brisbane Lions)
2015 – Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
2016 – Callum Mills (Sydney)