AFL Dream Team Rising Star 2012

It’s NAB Rising Star day today so it’s time for us to cast our votes for the AFL Dream Team Rising Star … the Chook Medal (please suggest a better name for this, but make it something to do with our outgoing Rookie Expert Chook!).

Our criteria is quite simple, the players needed to be in their first year of AFL Dream Team to be eligible.

TO VOTE you need to comment on this article with a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. (Follow what I do in my first comment).

The list of 16 eligible players for the award are as follows:

  1. Sam Gibson (MID), North Melbourne. +$353,500. 12 games.
  2. Toby Greene (MID), GWS Giants. +$350,100. 19 games.
  3. Adam Treloar (MID/FWD), GWS Giants. +$323,000. 18 games.
  4. Dayne Zorko (MID/FWD), Brisbane. +$304,200. 16 games.
  5. Jonathan Giles (RUC), GWS Giants. +$276,300. 20 games.
  6. Dylan Shiel (MID), GWS Giants. +$246,800. 12 games.
  7. Clay Smith (MID), Western Bulldogs. +245,400. 16 games.
  8. Taylor Adams (MID/FWD), GWS Giants. +$233,000. 15 games.
  9. Tory Dickson (FWD), Western Bulldogs. +$205,100. 17 games.
  10. Lee Spurr (DEF), Fremantle Dockers. +$198,000. 11 games.
  11. Tomas Bugg (DEF), GWS Giants. +$196,500. 18 games.
  12. Devon Smith (MID/FWD), GWS Giants. +$189,200. 20 games.
  13. Steven Morris (DEF), Richmond Tigers. +$174,900. 21 games.
  14. Sam Shaw (DEF), Adelaide Crows. +$164,200. 12 games.
  15. Brandon Ellis (DEF), Richmond Tigers. +$160,700. 21 games.
  16. Kyal Horsley (MID), Gold Coast Suns. +$162,00. 13 games.

Please cast your votes (at the start of the comment) and then discuss the award or anything else to do with the rookies after your votes to make it easier for us to compile them. Voting will close on Sunday.

109 Comments

  • 5 – Zorko
    4 – Gibson
    3 – Greene
    2 – Giles
    1 – Treloar

  • 5. Giles

    4. Zorko

    3. Gibson

    2. Ellis

    1. Greene

    Giles was mu R2 all year and saved me trades. He came good late in the year and helped me through the finals as well.

    Zorko next as he played most weeks for the latter half of the season. Would have been top aside from only playing half a season.

    Gibson was down the list as he was great bench cover and great cover for 2 weeks on the field for Swan but generally didn’t get on the field.

    Ellis was solid all year and got better as the season went on.

    Greene was great early but traded him once he got suspended. If I had gotten him back in the team he would have been higher.

    Next year is going to be tough, much harder to pick the rising stars!!!

  • 5. Sam Gibson
    4. Dayne Zorko
    3. Jonathon Giles
    2. Steven Morris
    1. Lee Spurr

  • 5. Zorko
    4. Gibson
    3. Greene
    2. Giles
    1. Treloar

  • 5. Giles
    4. Zorko
    3. Treloar
    2. Morris
    1. Gibson

  • 5. Zorko
    4. Giles
    3. Gibson
    2. Greene
    1. Treloar

  • 5. Gibson
    4. Giles
    3. Zorko
    2. Greene
    1. Treloar

  • 5. Gibson
    4. Giles
    3. Zorko
    2. Greene
    1. Horsley

  • 5. Greene
    4. Zorko
    3. Treloar
    2. Giles
    1. Gibson

    Very happy I got Greene, Zorko and Treloar fantastic towards the end oif the season, only getting better. Giles did a great job first half of the year and didn’t get Gibson but he was clearly the best of the rest.

  • 5. Dayne Zorko
    When it mattered, he was never once a POD for me, but that just emphasises how important he was. If you didn’t have him as one of your 9 forwards (even starting), then you weren’t anyone. Finished with the 9th best average for the year (in the forwards) at 94.69, which was 99.27 (5th) if you remove his first game where he was reptiled

    4. Sam Gibson
    Was a huge POD for me in most of my GF’s when I backed him over Priddis. Nearly got me over the line with his 130 in the league that mattered, even though I took a donut from Carrots. Averaged 106 from his last 5 games.

    3. Jonathon Giles
    Enabled all of us to start the season with 3 rookies in the ruck department. I did trade him out mid season but his impact was huge on the final make-up of my team.

    2. Toby Greene
    I didn’t select him from R1 (similar to a lot of others), but I did jump on the bandwagon pretty quickly after his super start. Unfortunately like many I gave him a farewell after Round 8, where he got suspended for 1 week for his moment of stupidity against Brisbane. That move turned out to be a terrible one, he went on to play all but one game for the remainder of the year (missing Round 20) and averaged 101. Ouch.

    1. Adam Treloar
    Again history will tell I got rid of him too early, which is why I only give him 1 vote, but he probably should have even remained in my team for the whole year. His last 5 rounds he averaged 104.4, which shows he turned it on when everybody needed him most – whilst our forward lines were decimated by injuries or “illnesses” (although he did miss Round 21).

    Honourable mentions go to Tory Dickson, Dylan Shiel and Kyal Horsley who also played big parts in my team.

    (Apologies for the short story).

  • 5: Dayne Zorko
    4: Jonothan Giles
    3: Sam Gibson
    2: Brandon Ellis
    1: Sam Shaw

  • 5. Adam Treloar – Speaks volumes for Treloar that the people who are voting him low or not at all are mentioned that they traded him too early. He provided excellent DPP cover all year, and as one of the only genuine ‘kids’ in the top voters being mentioned he gets top votes from me!

    4. Sam Gibson – Again fantastic cover since coming into the side. Was so good I played him ahead of Rockliff in the GF, which turned out to be a wise choice.

    3. Dayne Zorko – About even pecking with all the others above and could easily top the list (and has for many). Again great cover since selected and will be interesting to see how he kicks on.

    2. Jonathan Giles – Could have been held all year but was traded out of my (and a lot of other) sides about mid season when we all thought he had peaked. Gave us great flexibility in being able to go with a 1-3 ruck structure and free up much needed cash.

    1. Thomas Bugg – The forgotten man. Like all good backmen should be, leave them down there and if you don’t notice them they are doing their job. This was the case each time Bugg was called on for me. Did well enough as cover to be held all season.

  • 5. Sam Gibson
    4. Dayne Zorko
    3. Toby Greene
    2. Adam Treloar
    1. Jon Giles

  • 5.Zorko
    4.Gibson
    3.Shaw
    2.Giles
    1.Shiel

    Shaw won me one of my GFs with his emergency score :D

  • 5. Zorko
    4. Gibson
    3. Horsley
    2. Greene
    1. Ellis

  • 5 – Zorko (had him from day 1)
    4 – Gibson
    3 – Shiel
    2 – Cameron
    1 – Ellis

  • 5. Dayne Zorko
    4. Sam Gibson
    3. Jonathon Giles
    2. Taylor Adams
    1. Lee Spurr

  • 5- Toby Greene
    4- Sam Gibson
    3- Dayne Zorko
    2- Jonathon Giles
    1- Adam Treloar

  • 5. Zorko
    4. Gibson
    3. Giles
    2. Spurr
    1. Bugg

  • 5 – Bugg
    4 – Gibson
    3 – Zorko
    2 – Treloar
    1 – Greene

  • 5 – Zorko
    4 – Gibson
    3 – Giles
    2 – Smith
    1 – Ellis

  • 5 – Toby Greene
    4 – Dayne Zorko
    3 – Sam Gibson
    2 – Adam Treloar
    1 – Jonathon Giles

    Congrats to Toby Greene, the 2012 Chook-low medallist!