Callum Mills edged out Western Bulldog’s Caleb Daniel as he officially won the status of AFL Rising Star Award today. Callum won with over 8 points over Daniel with votes 49 to 41, respectively.
Congrats to Callum Mills!
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Mills was drafted as pick No.3 last year after the team matched Melbourne’s bid for him. He could also become the second player to win the award as a Rising Star in the same year, if not fo the current Geelong captain, Joel Selwood (2007).
Callum Mills Lead Sydney Swans to Win over Collingwood
But now, it seems the tables was turned around as Sydney won over Collingwood. Sydney Swan’s team player Callum Mills pulled off a tough but spectacular fight after winning the team against Collingwood that made him a part of the nominees for the said award until round 16. This leads him to acquire the season’s best young player award.
“It has been a surreal year but we still have some work to do this year,” Mills said.
“It was really exciting that I could just play footy this year.”
“On behalf of all the kids in New South Wales thanks to AFL New South Wales for the work they are putting in to develop the game there,” he said.
Of the 10 judges, Cameron Ling was the only voter to give Daniel the maximum of five votes. All other votes ranked Mills first.
Caleb Daniel ranked second for the 2016 Rising Star count for the Ron Evans medal. While Jacob Weitering from Carlton ranked third, followed by Darcy Parish Essendon) and Darcy Moore (Collingwood) completed the top 5.
The final tally of the votes is shown below:
1. Callum Mills — Sydney Swans (49 votes)
2. Caleb Daniel — Western Bulldogs (41)
3. Jacob Weitering — Carlton (26)
4. Darcy Parish — Essendon (19)
5. Darcy Moore — Collingwood (9)
6. Christian Petracca — Melbourne (2)
7. Jade Gresham — St Kilda (2)
8. Clayton Oliver — Melbourne (1)
9. Lachie Weller — Fremantle (1)
Mills had to sacrifice his brother’s wedding to play the match against Geelong. But in the end, the sacrifice has been worth it. He featured 20 games in this season with an average of 19 possessions a match. His influential role garnered him a total vote of 49 from the judges.