AFL Rising Star 2022: Nominees, past winners, criteria


Buckley, Cousins, Goodes, Riewoldt, Selwood.

It doesn’t have the prestige of some of the game’s other individual honours, but it has marked the beginning of some truly glittering careers.

The NAB Rising Star recognises the talents set to light up the competition for years to come.

Round 6

Jack Ginnivan (Collingwood)

After courting criticism for his exuberant personality earlier in the season, the 19-year-old Magpie small forward kicked five goals and won the ANZAC medal in only his 10th game of AFL football.

Ginnivan showed his class to kick five goals straight also, with an array of goals from outside 50, on the snap and crumbing front and centre.

The teenager has kicked at least a goal in all five of his games this season, while he picked up 21 disposals in the win over Adelaide in round two.

Round 5

Jai Newcombe (Hawthorn)

The 20-year-old from Poowong has excelled in his second AFL campaign after being picked up in the mid-season draft last year.

After a solid start to 2022, hitting 15-plus disposals in three games, Newcombe has dominated the past two matches, with 23 possessions against the Saints and a career-high 31 in the win versus Geelong.

The inside midfielder looks set to be a key cog in Hawthorn’s rebuild under Sam Mitchell.

Round 4

Josh Rachele (Adelaide)

After a blistering start to his AFL career, Rachele is finally rewarded for his performance in the heart-stopping loss to Essendon for his three-goal, nine-mark, 19-touch outing.

The classy forward deserved a round 1 nomination for his five-goal performance, but was nudged out by fellow rookie Nic Martin, who also kicked five in his debut game along with 27 disposals.

Rachele has kicked 10 goals so far this season and looks like being an asset for the Crows for many years to come.

Round 3

Nick Daicos (Collingwood)

He came to the club with plenty of expectations, but Nick Daicos looks every bit the player he was touted to be so far.

The son of club great Peter, the smooth-moving 18-year-old picked up 26 disposals against the Cats, including a very classy finish for his first goal in the AFL.

Averaging 25 touches across his first three games, the Pies’ future looks to be in safe hands.

Round 2

Jake Bowey (Melbourne)

Melbourne’s Jake Bowey has squeezed plenty into his nine AFL games so far.

The Dees defender has managed to fit two Rising Star nominations, either side of a premiership, in his young AFL career.

Bowey finished with 34 disposals, 24 kicks and nine marks in Melbourne’s win over the Suns in round two.

Round 1

Nic Martin (Essendon)

It was a pretty dirty day for Essendon in round one but debutant Nic Martin did more than enough to earn the first Rising Star nomination of the season.

While there were several standout performers around the competition, Martin’s five goals from 10 marks and 27 disposals was the pick of the bunch.

Rising Star odds

Odds via Sportsbet at 27/4.

Player (Nominated) Price
Nick Daicos (Round 3) $1.75
Jason Horne-Francis $4
Josh Rachele (Round 4) $9
Nic Martin (Round 1) $10
Jai Newcombe (Round 5) $13
Jake Bowey (Round 2) $15
Jack Ginnivan (Round 6) $21
Heath Chapman $26
Josh Ward $34
Nathan O’Driscoll $41
Lachlan Gollant $51
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan $51

What is the Rising Star?

Established in 1993, the Rising Star is awarded to the best young player in the AFL.

Each week, a panel of experts nominates one eligible player across the competition based on their performance in that round or their body of work across the season so far.

At the end of the home-and-away season, the panel votes 5-4-3-2-1 for the young players adjudged to have had the best seasons, with the Rising Star being awarded to the player with the most votes.

The winner is traditionally announced following the final round of the regular season.

Rising Star criteria

Players must be 20 or younger and have played fewer than 10 games at the start of the season.

Like the Brownlow Medal, players who are suspended are ineligible for the award, though they can still be nominated.

Past winners

AFL Rising Star winners
Recipient Club Votes Year
Nathan Buckley Brisbane Bears NA 1993
Chris Scott Brisbane Bears NA 1994
Nick Holland Hawthorn NA 1995
Ben Cousins West Coast NA 1996
Michael Wilson Port Adelaide 27 1997
Byron Pickett North Melbourne 30 1998
Adam Goodes Sydney 33 1999
Paul Hasleby Fremantle 33 2000
Justin Koschitzke St Kilda 31 2001
Nick Riewoldt St Kilda 34 2002
Sam Mitchell Hawthorn 33 2003
Jared Rivers Melbourne 45* 2004
Brett Deledio Richmond 42 2005
Danyle Pearce Fremantle 42 2006
Joel Selwood Geelong 44 2007
Rhys Palmer Fremantle 44 2008
Daniel Rich Brisbane 45* 2009
Dan Hannebery Sydney 45* 2010
Dyson Heppell Essendon 44 2011
Daniel Talia Adelaide  43 2012
Jaeger O’Meara Gold Coast 44 2013
Lewis Taylor Brisbane 39 2014
Jesse Hogan Melbourne 49 2015
Callum Mills Sydney 49 2016
Andrew McGrath Essendon 51 2017
Jaidyn Stephenson Collingwood 52 2018
Sam Walsh Carlton 54 2019
Caleb Serong Fremantle 48 2020
Luke Jackson Melbourne 51 2021

*Denotes maximum votes

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