SELWOOD WINS AFL NAB RISING STAR AWARD
By Ben Jensen GEELONG'S JOEL SELWOOD has won the AFL's NAB Rising Star award for 2007, and was awarded the inaugural Ron Evans Medal. Taken by the Cats with pick seven in the 2006 AFL National Draft, Selwood edged out Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury, Melbourne's Nathan Jones and Port Adelaide's Justin Westhoff in a near unanimous choice. Only former West Coast star Chris Mainwaring didn't give Selwood the maximum five votes.
Selwood is hoping to become the first ever winner to also win a Premiership in the same year, and plays in his first final this Sunday against the Kangaroos at the MCG. Geelong Football Club coach Mark Thompson declared Selwood the 'best first year player' he'd seen at the club earlier this season. But Selwood maintains the public statement didn't affect him. "It didn't really worry me, it didn't make me feel any more pressured or anything like that. It was better just getting it from him", he said.
The first Geelong player to win the Rising Star award in its fifteenth year history, the 19-year-old midfielder was presented the inaugural Ron Evans Medal by Andrea Evans at a function held at Melbourne's Crown Palladium today. He has also won a personal investment portfolio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of National Australia Bank.
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Geelong coach Mark Thompson congratulated
Joel on his win. "Joel has stepped in and from day one earned the
respect of everyone at the club. The way he plays, the way he prepares
and the way he conducts himself is first-class. He respects the game
and that was evident from the first time I met him," Thompson said.
"Our recruiting and coaching staff who have worked with Joel to improve his game also deserve credit and recognition. The great thing about Joel winning this award is that I know he will be back at training tomorrow totally unaffected by it, and that isn't always easy when you're a young player," Thompson said.
NAB Executive Director and CEO Ahmed Fahour said NAB was again proud to be associated with the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program. This is a fantastic achievement for Geelong's Joel Selwood, a young player whose spirit, courage and talent make him a worthy 2007 NAB AFL Rising Star," Mr Fahour said.
"While there can only be one winner, all 22 young
players nominated today should be congratulated on their achievements
throughout the year, and for the hope and encouragement they're providing
their clubs and supporters. NAB is delighted to
contribute to the development of AFL football through the NAB AFL Rising
Stars Program and we look forward to
The NAB AFL Rising Star was voted by the
All-Australian selection panel: Andrew Demetriou (chairman), Adrian
Anderson, Rod Austin, Gerard Healy, Mark Bickley, Kevin Bartlett, Robert
Walls, Chris Mainwaring and Kevin Sheehan (Rising Star selector only).
AFL FINALS SERIES 2007
GEELONG V KANGAROOS, MCG
SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER, 14:45PM
NAB RISING STAR WINNER JOEL SELWOOD CELEBRATES HIS FIRST WIN, OVER CARLTON IN ROUND TWO
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