North Melbourne teen Harry Sheezel has been unveiled because the AFL Rising Star after bursting onto the scene in 2023.
With a record-breaking first season, Sheezel was dubbed the league’s finest younger participant with 54 votes. He was additionally awarded the AFL Gamers’ Affiliation’s Finest First-Yr Participant on the AFL award night time on Wednesday.
Sheezel featured in all 23 video games this house and away season, averaging 27 disposals.
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In his first recreation, Sheezel scored essentially the most disposals by a VFL/AFL participant on debut in 32, tallying 34 touches in opposition to West Coast.
Bursting out of the gates, Sheezel collected greater than 30 disposals in 11 of his first 23 video games, together with a career-high 37 in opposition to Carlton in spherical 4. He would go on to set a brand new file for essentially the most disposals throughout a debut season.
The 18-year-old was recruited with decide No.3 within the 2022 AFL draft and entered the league as a ahead/midfielder earlier than coach Alastair Clarkson tried him at half-back in a transfer that paid dividends.
“It was a loopy begin. I wasn’t actually anticipating to play half-back,” Sheezel stated.
“I belief him (Clarkson). He is clearly bought an unbelievable footy mind.”
Sheezel clinched the award forward of Brisbane midfielder Will Ashcroft (39 votes) and St Kilda ahead Mitch Owens (33 votes).
He’s solely the second participant from the Kangaroos to win the award after Byron Pickett in 1998.
Final yr’s winner Nick Daicos picked up the AFLCA’s Finest Younger Participant award after extending his gorgeous debut season.
Western Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli was topped the AFL Gamers’ Affiliation’s MVP and Finest Captain. The 27-year-old is now a two-time winner of each awards.
FULL AFL AWARDS NIGHT RESULTS
AFL Gamers’ Affiliation MVP: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
AFL Coaches’ Affiliation Champion Participant: Zak Butters (Port Adelaide)
Rising Star: Harry Sheezel (North Melbourne)
AFLPA Finest First-Yr Participant: Harry Sheezel (North Melbourne)
AFLPA Most Brave Participant: Zak Butters (Port Adelaide)
AFLPA Finest Captain: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
AFL Coaches’ Affiliation Finest Younger Participant: Nick Daicos (Collingwood)