GEELONG'S JOEL SELWOOD NAMED NAB AFL
RISING STAR FOR ROUND 5
By Ben Jensen NEW CAT Joel Selwood has been named the NAB AFL Rising Star for round 5, joining fellow draftee Tom Hawkins, who won the honours in round 3. In just his fourth AFL game, Selwood was in Geelong's best three performers in Sunday's loss to the Kangaroos, along with fellow midfielders Jimmy Bartel and Paul Chapman. Already Selwood is being touted as future Captain of the club, a tag that should sit well with Bendigo-raised Selwood.
LINK: JOEL SELWOOD INTERVIEW (from footyheads.com.au)
Selwood made his debut in round 1 against the Western Bulldogs. His first win had to wait until the round 2, over the Blues, also at Telstra Dome. He was meant to sit out the round 3 win over Melbourne at the MCG, but was famously called on his mobile phone moments before the game started as he was about to take his seat in the stand, in civvies and chewing on a chocolate bar. The late notice didn't phase Selwood, who ran onto the field late in the first quarter and was amoungst Geelong's best.
He finally had a week off, missing the round 4 loss to the Tasmania Hawks in Launceston, but regained his place in the side on Sunday. He impressed everybody with his tenacity and never say die attitude, none other than this correspondent. Paul Chapman, who incidentally should be one of Geelong's three official captains, said "Joel Selwood was great; he came here to play. He was inspiring today, the way that he went at the footy."
Embattled Coach Mark 'Bomber' Thompson was equally impressed. These comments were attributed to Thompson: "Joel is a deserved winner of this week's nomination. He was terrific; he displayed real leadership qualities on the field and put his body on the line for the entire match. I was very proud of him."
Geelong should get at least one other nomination this season; our tip is Travis Varcoe. Like Selwood, he was one of the only bright sparks on Sunday, racking up plenty of tackles and other stats that won't count like taps on and shepherds.
Geelong play Richmond this Sunday evening in a twilight game at Telstra Dome.
JOEL SELWOOD CELEBRATES HIS FIRST WIN, OVER CARLTON ROUND 2 (CLICK FOR LARGER PHOTO)
JOEL SELWOOD PICTURED AT HOME IN BENDIGO