Former Geelong Falcons play-maker Alex Witherden is the Round 17 nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star award.
The 18-year-old defender/midfielder recorded 28 disposals, four tackles, four inside-50s and three rebound-50s in Brisbane’s 31-point loss to Richmond at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
186cm Witherden was selected by the Lions with pick no.23 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft and has played four matches since making his AFL debut in Round 14 this year, averaging 24 disposals and five marks per game.
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The Barwon Heads and St Joseph’s (AFL Barwon) product played 12 TAC Cup games in 2015 and only two last year after suffering a season-ending broken leg in May.
Witherden is the eleventh former TAC Cup player to be nominated for the Rising Star award in 2017 after Essendon’s Andrew McGrath (ex-Sandringham Dragons), Carlton’s Caleb Marchbank (Murray Bushrangers), GWS’ Tim Taranto (Sandringham), Collingwood’s Tom Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers), Richmond’s Dan Butler (GWV Rebels), Carlton’s David Cuningham (Oakleigh), Carlton’s Jack Silvagni (Oakleigh), Brisbane’s Hugh McCluggage (GWV), Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick (Eastern) and Carlton’s Charlie Curnow.