Commencing in 1993 the AFL’s Rising Star award recognises the brightest young talent in the game. One peek at the honour roll and it’s a virtual who’s who of the game’s elite modern day talent. Nathan Buckley, Ben Cousins and Adam Goodes are all one time winners who’ve gone on to claim the games ultimate individual honour, the Brownlow Medal. Nick Riewoldt, Sam Mitchell and Joel Selwood, also former winners, have all captained their clubs and are amongst the most respected players in the game.
But is the method to determine the winner fair and equitable? Should the process be more transparent? Is there a better way? Has the public lost confidence in the award?
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What currently happens is each week the AFL choose an eligible player who has represented their AFL club on a given weekend and anoint them the ‘NAB Rising Star Nominee’ for that round of football, ensuring that NAB is mentioned and signage is prominent. This happens each week during the home and away season…
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