Every year along with the coveted Brownlow Medal ceremony and the All-Australian Awards night, the young and up coming players of the competition have the opportunity to put there foot forward in claiming the Rising Star award for the best young player in the league.
While some winners have gone on to produce outstanding and amazing careers there are others who did not win the award and yet performed just as good or sometimes even better than some of those who were able to win the Rising Star.
With the 2017 Rising Star awards coming up, we decided to create two teams, The first containing those who won the Rising Star over it’s 24 year history and the other containing those who were nominated for the award but did not go on to win the Rising Star
NOTE: In both teams, only one person is selected to represent the group of nominees for that year.
Rising Star Winners:
Chris Scott (1994)
Was the second Brisbane Bears player to win the award. Scott was selected at Pick 12 in the 1993 draft and went on to play 215 games with the Brisbane Bears/Lions and won three premierships and a Brisbane Lions best and fairest in 1998. Went on to coach Geelong to the 2011 premiership side and is coaching the Cats in their 6th finals series since taking over in 2011.
Daniel Talia (2012)
Talia won the award with 43 votes, finished 8 votes in front of second placed Jeremy Cameron. He has so far played 132 games for Adelaide, won Adelaide’s best and fairest in 2014 and is a two time All-Australian. Has been a solid performer in the Crow’s recent patch of domination.
Callum Mills (2016)
Won the award with 49 votes, finished 8 votes in front of second placed Caleb Daniel. After being selected at pick 3 in the 2015 draft, the hype around Mills grew and winning the rising star last year has only increased that confidence. He only missed three games last season to injury and was apart of the Swan’s 2016 Grand Final team. After playing all 22 games so far this season, Mills is bound to become an elite player in the years ahead.
Half Back Line:
Brett Deledio (2005)
Won the award with 43 votes, finished 9 votes in front of second placed Ryan Griffen. Is a two time All-Australian and a two time Richmond best and fairest and is currently playing in just his third final series with GWS.
Dyson Heppell (2011)
Won the award with 44 votes, finished 7 votes in front of second placed Luke Shuey. Heppell is currently captain of the Essendon football club and had an impressive breakout year in 2014 which saw him win Essendon’s best and fairest as well as become a part of the All-Australian team. He has been instrumental in the Bomber’s recent rise.
Nathan Buckley (1993)
Inaugural winner of the Rising Star. Had an impressive debut season with the Bears averaging 22.9 disposals and 4.6 marks before heading off to the Magpies. You could just tell there was something special about the way Buckley played and his accolades show that which includes a Brownlow Medal, six best and fairests, seven All-Australian selections and a Norm Smith Medal.
Dan Hannebery (2010)
Won the award with 45 votes, finished 10 votes in front of second placed Tom Scully. Hannebery is currently a three time All-Australian, was the coaches association player of the year in 2015 and was apart of Sydney’s 2012 premiership side.
Joel Selwood (2007)
Won the award with 44 votes, finished 7 votes in front of second placed Scott Pendlebury. Selwood is a three time premiership player, a six time All-Australian, a three time Geelong best and fairest and is currently captaining Geelong in his 10th finals campaign. He has done the works.
Jaegar O’Meara (2013)
Won the award with 44 votes, finished 13 votes in front of second placed Brad Crouch. Has so far played 50 games with both Gold Coast and Hawthorn and has continued to be stated as a player with an enormous amount of potential. Has had a career filled with injuries however and that has continued after his notable move to the Hawks at the end of 2016.
Half Forward Line:
Byron Pickett (1998)
Won the award with 30 votes, finished 11 votes in front of second placed Nick Stevens. Played 204 games with North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Melbourne, was apart of the 1999 and 2004 premiership teams and won the 2004 Norm Smith Medal.
Justin Koschitzke (2001)
Won the award with 31 votes, finished 4 votes in front of second placed Daniel Kerr. Played 200 games with St Kilda and appeared in all three of St Kilda’s Grand Finals between 2009-2010.
Daniel Rich (2009)
Won the award with 45 votes, finished 15 votes in front of second placed Andy Otten. He has so far played 165 games for the Brisbane Lions and has become a consistent performer for the Lions in recent years; backed up by his continuous top 10 finishes in Brisbane’s best and fairest.
Jesse Hogan (2015)
Won the award with 49 votes, finished 8 votes in front of second placed Patrick Cripps. Has so far kicked 105 goals in 51 games for the Demons and is set to become a prominent target forward after winning Melbourne’s leading goalkicker award for the last two seasons. Despite some major setbacks in 2017, he has had some encouraging signs and looks to regain his form sooner rather than later.
Nick Riewoldt (2002)
Won the award with 34 votes, finished 5 votes in front of second placed Chris Judd. Played 336 games with St Kilda and kicked 718 goals for the Saints. Went on to win six St Kilda best and fairests, the Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2004 and was a five time All-Australian.
Nick Holland (1995)
Second South Australian to win the award. Despite being selected at pick 14 in the 1992 draft, he didn’t make his debut until 1994 yet he came out of the blocks in 1995, dominating in the centre half forward role to see him finish second in Hawthorn’s best and fairest as well as the rising star award. Would go on to play 179 games and kick 239 goals with the Hawks, winning the 1997 Hawthorn Best and Fairest along the way.
Adam Goodes (1999)
Won the award with 33 votes, finished 9 votes in front of second placed Brett Burton. His ruck work and strong marking were just some of Goodes early signs of stardom in the initial stages of his career after being selected at Pick 47 in the 1998 draft. Played 372 games with Sydney and finished his career having won two premierships (2005, 2012), two brownlow medals (2003, 2006) four All-Australians and three Sydney best and fairests.
Sam Mitchell (2003)
Won the award with 33 votes, finished 7 votes in front of second placed Graham Polak. After a 9 game debut season, Mitchell began to establish himself as an elite player in the 2003 season, averaging 18 disposals, four tackles and and almost three marks a game. Is now a four time premiership player, five time best and fairest at Hawthorn, a four time All-Australian and won the Brownlow Medal in 2012. Will get one more chance at the holy grail with West Coast this season.
Ben Cousins (1996)
Second Victorian to win the award. Desperate to re capture the form that saw them win the 1992 and 1994 premierships, West Coast’s selection of Ben Cousins in the 1995 draft looked to pay immediate dividends. Cousins went on to captain the club, become the vice captain of the Eagles 2006 premiership, win four West Coast Best and Fairest’s, a Brownlow Medal and be selected in the All-Australian side 6 times. Unfortunately at the height of his career things took a turn for the worst and controversy saw the star face major problems, still to this day.
Michael Wilson (1997)
Won the award with 27 votes, finished 12 votes in front of Blake Caracella and Stefan Carey who finished equal second. Went on to play 192 games for Port Adelaide which included the 2004 Premiership.
Paul Hasleby (2000)
Won the award with 33 votes, finished 3 votes in front of second placed Adam Ramanauskas. Played 208 games for Fremantle and was an All-Australian in 2003.
Rhys Palmer (2008)
Won the award with 44 votes, finished 7 votes in front of second placed Cyril Rioli. He has currently played 123 games for Fremantle, GWS and Carlton yet has only managed one season with 20 or more games, mainly due to injuries.
Jared Rivers (2004)
Won the award with 45 votes, finished 19 votes in front of second placed Aaron Davey. Played 194 games with Melbourne and Geelong and had a career continually interrupted with injuries.
Lewis Taylor (2014)
Won the award with 39 votes, finished 1 vote in front of second placed Marcus Bontempelli. Has proven to be a consistent performer for Brisbane on the back of his Rising Star win. He has only missed three games in four seasons for the Lions and looks to play and integral role in Brisbane’s rebuild.
Danyle Pearce (2006)
Won the award with 43 votes, finished 10 votes in front of second placed Andrew Raines. Became the first rookie listed player to win the award and was apart of Port Adelaide’s 2007 Grand Final team.