The MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year votes from Round 13 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.
Richards is one of the bright lights for the Bulldogs right now and not just because of his red hair. He kicked three goals on Thursday night and gave the Dogs spark and run whenever he got near the footy. They’ve clearly found a decent player here.
Florent has quickly developed into one of Sydney’s most important players. They’ve developed a core of young midfielders and forwards who give them energy and pace and Florent’s 29 disposals and six marks were a big part of their win over West Coast.
Giro is another player who came from essentially nowhere and gives the Dockers pressure and energy around the ball. He out-worked a lot of Carlton’s younger players, got 17 disposals and put great pressure on.
Battle’s three goals in the end had a big role in St Kilda’s come from behind win over Gold Coast. He’s now kicked six goals in three games and there’s no reason for the Saints to go away from him and back to what they were trying to do at the start of the year.
The 19-year-old Morrison has fit into Hawthorn’s side brilliantly this season after being taken at the end of the 2016 draft. He gathered 15 disposals, set up a goal and a few other scoring chains in the win over Adelaide.
Garthwaite came in as a late inclusion for David Astbury and did his job as the second key defender. With Alex Rance and Nick Vlastuin marking every second kick inside 50 Geelong attempted, Garthwaite had a relatively simple job and did it very well for a debutant.
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