Sam Walsh from the Blues is seen as an out-and-out favourite for this year’s Rising Star Award. His strong work ethic and determination was seen from the first day of pre-season and was overlooked for a Rising Star nomination for his performance in round one against Richmond. His composure was noticed in the season opener in front of 85,000 people and was listed as an AFL ready made draftee.
He’s proven that his first game wasn’t a fluke and backed it up with another impressive performance against the Power. Despite Walsh’s short odds, he still presents great value for punters in the sports betting online sweepstakes.
Charlie “Chook” Constable firms as another Rising Star contender for 2019. The first three games of his career are ones to be remembered, standing up and forcing Ablett and Selwood out of the centre square. He topped off his unbelievable start to AFL footy with a huge game against premiership fancy Melbourne with 31 touches and a goal, which was ultimately rewarded with a rising nomination. His impressive start as a 19-year-old on the big stage has deservedly placed his name in the debate with Walsh as a Rising Star contender.
West Coast youngster Oscar Allen has shown glimpses early on as a candidate who could potentially take out the Rising Star in season 2019. Through injury and selection, Allen has been given an opportunity to play as the Eagles’ third tall alongside Darling and Kennedy. From what was already a powerful scoring outfit, Allen has jumped on the wagon and has kicked five goals in the first two rounds. His a mature 20-year-old whose size and natural ability has seen him prove to be a handful up forward and can only improve more with experience and games under his belt.
The two Port Adelaide boys in Duursma and Butters have both proven to be a handle early in the year and have helped the Power to a 2-0 start in 2019. Both debuting in round one this season, Duursma and Butters broke the hearts of Melbourne fans as highlights show them kicking goals and the Power to a winning start in 2019. Their round two output was rated even more impressive as both collected more of the ball and still got on the scoreboard. Both these livewires have rejuvenated the Power and see fit for a potential Rising Star Medal around their necks.