MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Joshua Gibcus of the Tigers in action during the 2022 AFL Round 10 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 21, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

We're nearing the halfway mark of the season and our Rookie Rankings continue to shift at the top.

The Round 10 results have seen another change in pole position, while a young Saint has broken into the top six for the first time this season, taking the placing of an injured Docker.

A young Tiger has further risen in our rankings, while a Bomber had arguably his worst performance of the season.

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 2022 season will not be considered.

I.e. players like Jai Newcombe, Jake Bowey, Corey Durdin and Sam De Koning are ineligible. 


Round 10 Honourable Mentions

Ben Hobbs (Essendon)
10 disposals, two goals, three tackles, 90% disposal efficiency

A tough night for the Bombers, but their young draftee stood tall on several occasions to be their only multiple goalkicker.

Jake Soligo (Adelaide)
19 disposals, one goal, eight contested possessions

A strong performance for the young Crow, playing forward and linking up in multiple avenues to goal.

Sam Butler (Hawthorn)
Nine disposals, two goals, five score involvements

A memorable first win in the brown and gold for Butler, booting two goals as the Hawks claimed the upset of the weekend with a win over Brisbane in Tasmania.


6. Marcus Windhager (NEW)

Windhager makes his maiden appearance in our Rookie Rankings in place of Docker Nathan O'Drsicoll, who's sideline for the coming month with a foot injury and has now missed the past two rounds.

Following on from an impressive medical sub stint last week against Geelong, the St Kilda youngster was handed a starting gig against the Crows and once again didn't look out of place in the top flight.

Ended his night with 15 touches, four score involvements and three clearances. It's not a stat line to write home about, but consecutive strong outings have landed Windhager a few runs on the board.

Will face North Melbourne this week in what may be an opportune chance to add to his growing rookie campaign and further ascend his place in our standings.