182 players are in the running for the 2022 AFL Rising Star Award, with plenty of emerging names from recent draft classes having already staked their claim for the honour in the opening round.
Each round, a panel consisting of Kevin Sheehan (Chairperson), Nathan Buckley, Jude Bolton, Kane Cornes, Abbey Holmes and Chris Johnson will nominate an eligible young star for the award, leading to a tally of 23 nominees come season's end.
At the conclusion of the home and away season, the selectors - including the All-Australian selection panel - will vote for their top five performing Rising Star contenders for the season.
The player who polls the most votes will receive the Ron Evans Medal, a $20,000 personal investment portfolio and a dedicated private banker courtesy of NAB.
The selection criteria for a Rising Star nomination is as follows:
- To be eligible for the award:
→ a Player must be under 21 years of age (1st January 2022) and played 10 or fewer games before the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
- In general, a player judged to have played the best individual game of the round to be the basis of the weekly nomination.
- When several players are judged to have played at a reasonably similar level, previous rounds/year to date performances are then taken into account.
- The priority is to have the best performed 23 players nominated by the end of the season for consideration for the overall award. Therefore, in later rounds, year-to-date performances will be allocated increasing weight relative to performances in the round.
Hawthorn lead the way with 15 players eligible for the Rising Star, while Essendon (13) Geelong (12) and Collingwood (12) narrowly trail.
EVERY AFL PLAYER ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2022 RISING STAR AWARD:
Sam De Koning
Hewago Paul Oea
Greater Western Sydney
Jacob van Rooyen
Maurice Rioli junior