5 Votes: Sydney Stack
Jayden Short’s return from injury allowed Sydney Stack to play in the forward line against St Kilda.
Recruited to play further up the ground, Stack has been a highlight in Richmond’s back line this season but was moved into the forward line against the Saints.
Stack starred in his new role, kicking four goals and taking a mark on the week contender.
With the Tigers slowly regaining their star players, Stack may find more time in the forward line and continue to light up the football field.
4 Votes: Sam Walsh
Sam Walsh has been a revelation all season, yet took his game to another level on the weekend in the wake of Patrick Cripps’ exclusion.
The Blues needed someone to fill the void left by their injured leader and Walsh delivered, collecting 30 disposals, four marks and eight tackles.
Walsh is a ready-made leader that will lead the Blues to success with Cripps in the future.
It is hard to see anyone stopping Walsh from being named our Rookie of the Season and the Rising Star.
3 Votes: Gryan Miers
Miers’ elusive skills in the forward line have helped propel Geelong to the top of the ladder.
Last year the Cats struggled with forward pressure and goals from their small forwards, but with Miers in the team the Cats average 96 points per game this season – the most in the competition.
Miers kicked two goals from 20 disposals against Adelaide on Friday night. He also took five marks and had eight inside 50’s, in another impressive performance by the young Cat.
2 Votes: Bailey Smith
Bailey Smith showed he is as good in wet weather football as he is in dry conditions with a tough and rugged performance against Port Adelaide.
In conditions no common in modern football, Smith laid a game-high 14 tackles to go with his 22 disposals, 14 of which were contested.
Smith went at 50% disposal efficiency, which was the fifth highest for the Bulldogs player with over 20 disposals in the game.
1 Vote: Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark is the second Geelong youngster to make our list this week.
Clark was rewarded for his stellar game against Adelaide by being named the round 15 Rising Star nominee.
The number 15 pick in last year’s draft collected a career-high 23 disposals in the Cats win over Adelaide.
In addition to that, he took six marks, laid three tackles, had four inside 50s, six score involvements and kicked a goal.
Clark has missed only one game in his first season at the Cats and like Miers has added another dimension to the Cats team.
37 – Sam Walsh (CARL)
29 – Sydney Stack (RICH)
20 – Gryan Miers (GEEL)
17 – Connor Rozee (PORT)
14 – Bailey Smith (WBD)
12 – Xavier Duursma (PORT)
11 – Jay Lockhart (MELB)
10 – Charlie Constable (GEEL)
9 – Tarryn Thomas (NM)
8 – Jack Ross (RICH)
7 – Marty Hore (MELB)
7 – Michael Gibbons (CARL)
5 – Callum Wilkie (StK)
5 – Jordan Clark (GEEL)
4 – Bailey Scott (NM)
4 – Jackson Hately (GWS)
4 – Zak Butters (PORT)
3 – Tom Atkins (GEEL)
3 – Nick Hind (StK)
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)
1 – Jarrod Cameron (WCE)