5 Votes: Sam Walsh (Carlton)
Patrick Cripps will get all the plaudits for his performance against Brisbane on the weekend, but Walsh was just as important in the Blues win.
The rookie played beyond his years to finish the game with 32 disposals, six clearances and four tackles.
After the weekend’s performance it is clear Walsh had one hand on the Rising Star award and could be on course to take out our Rookie of the Year.
4 Votes: Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne)
Any other week and Thomas would have received five votes for his performance on the weekend, however the form of Sam Walsh see’s him come away with the four votes.
Thomas had 12 disposals and kicked two goals in North’s 27-point win over the Gold Coast, a performance that saw him named this week’s Rising Star nominee.
The forward went at 75 per cent disposals efficiency, three marks, two clearances and three tackles.
3 Votes: Gryan Miers (Geelong)
Miers continued his strong start to life in the AFL with another impressive performance on the weekend.
The small forward had 21 disposals and kicked three goals as the Cats blitzed the Tigers at the MCG.
Miers has now kicked 15 goals in 12 games this season and cemented his place in the Cats team.
2. Michael Gibbons (Carlton)
Carlton’s week gets even better as Michael Gibbons receives two votes in our Rookie of the Year award.
The mature-aged recruit collected 23 disposals and kicked two goals in the Blues second win of the season.
He also applied plenty of forward pressure and finished the game with three tackles and three clearances.
1. Patrick Naish (Richmond)
Richmond fans did not have a lot of smile about on the weekend, except for the performance of Patrick Naish.
The son of former Tiger Chris Naish had 20 disposals and kicked a goal on debut for the yellow and black.
Naish was far from the Tigers’ worst on the weekend and is likely to retain his place in the team for their clash against Adelaide on Thursday night.
30 – Sam Walsh (CARL)
20 – Sydney Stack (RICH)
17 – Gryan Miers (GEEL)
13 – Connor Rozee (PORT)
12 – Bailey Smith (WBD)
10 – Charlie Constable (GEEL)
8 – Xavier Duursma (PORT)
8 – Jack Ross (RICH)
7 – Marty Hore (MELB)
7 – Michael Gibbons (CARL)
6 – Jay Lockhart (MELB)
4 – Bailey Scott (NM)
4 – Jordan Clark (GEEL)
4 – Jackson Hately (GWS)
4 – Zak Butters (PORT)
4 – Callum Wilkie (StK)
4 – Tarryn Thomas (NM)
3 – Tom Atkins (GEEL)
2 – Oskar Baker (MELB)
2 – Darcy Fort (GEEL)
2 – Nick Blakey (SYD)
2 – Lachlan Schultz (FREM)
2 – William Drew (PORT)
2 – Matthew Parker (StK)
1 – Josh Rotham (WC)
1 – Will Hayes (WBD)
1 – Patrick Naish (RICH)