Former Geelong Falcons defender Lewis Melican is the Round 18 nomination for the NAB AFL Rising Star award.
The 20-year-old recorded 15 disposals at 87 per cent efficiency and six one-percenters while restricting the influence of St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt in Sydney’s 42-point win against the Saints at the SCG on Saturday night.
193cm Melican was selected by the Swans with pick no.52 in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft and has played 12 matches since making his AFL debut in Round 5 this year, averaging 12 disposals and four marks per game.
The Birregurra (Colac & District FNL) product played 19 TAC Cup games for the Falcons in 2014.
Melican is the 12th 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), Carlton’s Charlie Curnow (Geelong) and Brisbane’s Alex Witherden (Geelong).