The MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year votes from Round 19 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.
Hunter Clark (STK)
St Kilda top 10 pick Clark was one of the few positives to come out of Friday night’s loss to Richmond. The midfielder got his hands on the ball 20 times, used the ball well and took six marks.
Jaidyn Stephenson (COL)
There’s not much more that can be said about Stephenson. He kicked three goals – again – he was a dangerous deep forward target – again – and with 28 goals to his name this season, he’s been phenomenal.
Will Brodie (GCS)
Brodie showed Gold Coast fans why he was a top 10 pick on the weekend, breaking out with 27 disposals, five clearances and six tackles in his side’s shocking win over the Swans. Brodie won a lot of his own ball, which he’s struggled with a bit this year.
Bailey Banfield (FRE)
Banfield has been carrying a big load in Fremantle’s midfield, usually getting the number one tagging role. He picked up 22 disposals of his own and is finding some form in the absence of Nathan Fyfe.
Alex Witherden (BRI)
Witherden has somehow only now picked up his first vote in the MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year award. He has had a fantastic year for the Lions and continued that form against the Crows, gathering 31 disposals and taking 12 marks.
Tim Kelly (GEE)
The favourite for the MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year award picked up another nomination after another fantastic performance on Saturday night. Kelly picked up 32 disposals and kicked a big goal for the Cats.
James Worpel (HAW)
Worpel got Hawthorn fans very excited on Sunday, showing his class by foot and picking up 32 disposals. He thrived in space and punished the Blues with his kicking.
Billy Gowers (WBD)
Gowers continues to prove he’s completely turned his career around after being delisted by Carlton a few years ago. Gowers picked up 18 disposals and took three marks in what was an otherwise poor day for the Dogs.
Jarrod Lienert (PORT)
Lienart was impressive on debut, gathering 20 disposals and taking five marks in the close loss to the Giants. He earned his call-up with strong SANFL form and should hold his spot in the side.
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