The MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year race is back for the 2019 season, where our AFL Nation experts will pick the first-year players or those on debut who impressed us during the previous round of footy.
Here are the nominees for Round 4.
Hore had a strong performance in his second game for the Demons, picking up 20 disposals at 75 per cent disposal efficiency. He took nine marks and looked at home as a late inclusion for Neville Jetta.
Smith continues to impress in the Bulldogs midfield, using the ball effectively and kicking a big goal in the side’s loss to Collingwood. He gathered 13 disposals, took four marks and had five score involvements.
Geelong has a number of rookies performing week in, week out and this was Atkins’ turn to impress. He took six marks, laid four tackles and had five score involvements in the side’s loss to GWS.
Ross got his chance in the absence of a number of Richmond’s stars and had an immediate impact. He picked up 25 disposals in what was an incredibly impressive performance. Ross did everything in his power to keep his spot in the side even with Dustin Martin set to return from suspension.
Thomas isn’t a high possession winner, but has an impact whenever he gets the ball in his hands. He only had the eight disposals, but laid three tackles inside 50 and had two score involvements.
Rotham was a late inclusion for Lewis Jetta and looked equally impressive in his second game of footy. The Eagles defender gathered 17 disposals at 100 per cent disposal efficiency, including a goal assist and seven marks.
It wasn’t the result Carlton wanted, but Sam Walsh has moved into equal first place in the MEGT Rookie of the Year award, picking up 28 disposals, kicking a goal, taking six marks and winning seven clearances.
Playing down back, Wilkie has been impressive for St Kilda this year, picking up 21 dispsoals and going at 90 per cent disposal efficiency. The Saints narrowly got over the line against Hawthorn and Wilkie was a key part of their backline.