- Nov 1, 2021
- AFL Club
Way too early.
(Please be warned: Self harm, family separation, and pregnancy loss discussed.)
Agreed, Martin and Newcombe well ahead of Daicos so far. Daicos paying $2! He's been terrific but the other two are doing a lot more damage.Its still pretty early in the season but my top 5 would be:
Nic Martin, Newcombe, Daicos, Bowey and Chapman.
JHF & Rachele still in consideration but won't be consistent enough in their roles to win it I'd say.
I voted for Nic Martin (averaging 22 touches and 1.4 goals per game) plus his first game was super memorable being 27 touches and 5 goals. His knack for finding the goals really sets him apart from the other rising star contenders (other than Rachele who is more your true small forward).
I think maybe Newcombe might be the one though. He's just about the Hawks best midfielder now and if he solidifies that status by years end I reckon he'll win it.
Daicos was the early season favourite and he hasn't done anything to really hurt his chances but whilst he's been phenomenal for a first year player I think he probably needs a real eye catching performance or 2 to reinforce the early headlines.
Nothing bad to say about Bowey and Chapman but I think they've got much easier roles playing in the 2 top teams so far with lots of support. So I guess I just find that a bit less impressive personally.
I don't think Bowey will win it as he is a half back flankerI'd like to preface this by saying I really like Bowey.
However, he's currently doing a decent job as a rebounding defender with neat skills, backed by the best team mates in the competition.
Newcombe and Martin are playing excellent football, doing a lot of the heavy lifting in bottom 6 teams and lead Bowey in most statistical categories other than overall victories.
I can't see him winning it personally. It's currently Martin, Newcombe and Daicos as the top 3.