Sam Shaw from the Adelaide Football Club is the Round 21 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.
The 21-year-old defender had 22 touches (21 kicks, one handpass) and took seven marks against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba last Saturday night. His opponents included Tom Rockliff and Jordan Lisle.
Sam has experienced injury setbacks in his first two seasons in Adelaide, but made his SANFL debut in Round 21 2011 for Glenelg and played in the 2011 SANFL grand final.
He made his AFL debut in Round Four this year and has played 10 AFL matches.
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said Sam is reaping the rewards for his perseverance and hard work.
“We’ve been impressed with Sam. He was able to get some continuity in his training during the pre-season and earned an opportunity in the NAB Cup. Since making his AFL debut, Sam’s been really solid in defence and along with Daniel Talia, will be an integral part of our backline for years to come,” he said.
Sam was selection 45 in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft. He was recruited from the Kew Rovers and the Oakleigh Chargers in Melbourne. He represented Vic Metro in the 2009 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Sam is the second Crow to be nominated this year following fellow defender Daniel Talia in Round 12.
Credit: AFL Media, Adelaide Advertiser