The MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year votes from Round 9 are in! The AFL Nation team will nominate their best young player from each game over the course of the 2018 AFL season.
We define a rookie as someone that has played under 30 games at the start of the 2018 AFL Season. The player with the most nominations/votes at the end of the season will be crowned the MEGT Rookie of the Year.
Doedee has unquestionably become a key member of Adelaide’s defensive structures this season. He didn’t do anything special on Friday night, but he’d have to be one of the favourites for the MEGT Rookie of the Year and the AFL Rising Star award.
It was a poor afternoon for the Giants, but Langdon kicked a goal and picked up six disposals in a good performance, despite the small statistical impact.
Holman continues to prove he was worthy of a second chance at the Suns, picking up 25 disposals and laying eight tackles over in China. He was delisted by Carlton, but has fit right in on the Gold Coast and provided some midfield strength.
Essendon debutant Ridley probably has people wondering where he’s been all year. He gathered 25 disposals playing mostly across half back and provided a bigger frame for the Bombers to help the likes of Adam Saad and Conor McKenna.
The Swans seem to have an army of young stars and it was Florent’s turn to rise above the others this week, picking up 22 disposals and taking six marks. The former first round draft pick is quietly having a great season.
Collingwood took a bit of a punt on Stephenson given his heart condition, but they clearly made the decision of the draft, taking him with pick six. He kicked another two goals and clearly has awareness in front of goal beyond his years.
Fritsch provided an x-factor for the Demons inside 50 against Carlton and is another player alongside Jesse Hogan and Tom McDonald that teams have to put a lockdown defender on. Fritsch got away from the Blues, kicking two goals and gathering 17 disposals.
McCluggage was close to the most influential player on the ground for the Lions in their win over the Hawks, picking up 27 disposals. The top three selection is flying under the radar a little this year.
Rioli adds a dynamic to West Coast’s forward line that they haven’t had in a long time. He’s a genuine small forward with class and has impact even when the ball isn’t in his hands. When Liam Ryan returns, the Eagles will have a scary duo there.
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