MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Seamus Mitchell of the Hawks in action during the Hawthorn Hawks AFL intra club match at Waverley Park on February 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

A new face has emerged in our Rookie Rankings for the first time, with a Hawks flanker jumping into the top six to make his maiden appearance for the year.

His move up has seen a young Blues wingman fall out of the top seven, while a Saints forward has dropped to seventh spot.

A rising Sun continues to impress on his trajectory toward a podium spot, while the top two continue to trade blows as our incumbent No.1 holds his place in pole position for another week.

Criteria: For our Rookie Rankings, we are selecting players who have made their debut this season. Other players who may still be eligible for a Rising Star nomination but have already made their debut prior to the 2023 season will not be considered.

I.e. Rising Star eligible players such as Sam DarcyFinn Callaghan and Jye Amiss are ineligible, having already played an AFL match prior to Round 1, 2023. 

Round 11 Honourable Mentions:
Josh Weddle (Hawthorn)
Matthew Johnson (Fremantle)
Oisin Mullin (Geelong)

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7. Mattaes Phillipou (-1)

Wasn't his best performance of the year by any means, but the young Saint did manage to snap his goal drought, and did it in style with a set-shot from outside the arc.

Also picked up 11 disposals and six tackles in what was a tough result for Ross Lyon's men, going down in a shock loss to Hawthorn.

Phillipou and the Saints will have a  break this week before setting their sights on a trip to Sydney to face the Swans the following Thursday.

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