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  • Al Paton

WHO will win the final four Rising Star nominations of 2018?

Magpie Jaidyn Stephenson is a red-hot favourite to win the award despite a late run from Richmond’s Jack Higgins and Lion Alex Witherden.

But securing a nomination is still a feather in the cap for the competition’s young players and club recruiters, so the final four spots will be very tightly contested.

There are a number of impressive youngsters yet to receive the nod, and there aren’t enough games left for them all to get one.

Essendon’s Matt Guelfi has played 13 games, averaging 16 disposals, after being overlooked in two national drafts.

Charlie Spargo was the youngest player selected in last year’s draft but has played 11 games for Melbourne, booting 10 goals and laying 41 tackles.

Cat Lachie Fogarty (13 games), Hawk James Worpel (32 disposals against Carlton) and Saint Nick Coffield (nine games) are also yet to be nominated.

Kangaroo Paul Ahern just misses out on the award criteria because he was 21 at the start of the season. First-year stars Tim Kelly, Bailey Fritsch and Brody Mihocek are also ineligible.


R1 Riley Bonner (PA)

R2 Tom Doedee (Adel)

R3 Sam Murray (Coll)

R4 Jaidyn Stephenson (Coll)

R5 Ben Long (StK)

R6 Jake Waterman (WC)

R7 Jack Henry (Geel)

R8 Ben Ronke (Syd)

R9 Alex Witherden (BL)

R10 Ed Richards (WB)

R11 Oliver Florent (Syd)

R12 Brennan Cox (Frem)

R13 Hunter Clark (StK)

R14 Paddy Dow (Carl)

R15 Cam Rayner (BL)

R16 Adam Cerra (Frem)

R17 Sam Taylor (GWS)

R18 Jack Higgins (Rich)

R19 Tom Cole (WC)


Charlie Spargo (Melb)

Matt Guelfi (Ess)

James Worpel (Haw)

Lachie Fogarty (Geel)

Darcy Fogarty (Adel)

Nick Coffield (StK)

Josh Battle (StK)

Quinton Narkle (Geel)

Stefan Giro (Frem)

Tom McCartin (Syd)

Lochie O’Brien (Carl)

Joke he hasn’t been nominated yet and has been clear standout of the ‘yet to be picked’ bunch


Does it though? I would have thought they were neck and neck in the stupidity sprint.


I want to see Guefli crack a few skulls on the weekend.


Apparently wearing the wrong colured jumper.




“G BomB”

“G Unit”


you only give nicknames to people who either have long, or ■■■■ names.

guelfi is a cool name.


Wild stab in the dark here - guitar player?


Matty G


G Spot - in memory of Donnington


Heir apparent to His Royal Hotness’ throne.


I just call him The Guelf




Was not a problem last year.


I reckon we should just stick with Iceman, . or “ICE” …

Soooo many reasons, … not the least of which is how cool he is under pressure for a 1st year player, …and well, the other ones…


Donnington has just made a fearsome mess of his shorts.


looks more like Ivan Drago aka Dolph Lundgren



And both Lungdren and Kilmer are ■■■■ actors. No thanks. The kid deserves better than that.


Guelfi’s decision making, clean hands & nerves of steel under pressure is elite.