Giant earns Rising Star nomination

Sportal July 3, 2012, 9:11 am
Toby Greene

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Midfielder Toby Greene has become the fifth GWS Giant nominated for the NAB Rising Star award after his outstanding performance against Sydney on Saturday night.

Greene was a rare shining light for the Giants in their 94-point loss to the Swans at ANZ Stadium, racking up 31 disposals and kicking one of his side's five goals in the rout, at times playing on stars Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack.

The 18-year-old, who played for Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup, was taken with pick 11 in the 2011 National Draft, and has played 11 matches for GWS in their debut season, averaging 24.5 touches per game.

Greene follows fellow Giants Jeremy Cameron (Round 2), Tomas Bugg (Round 5), Stephen Coniglio (Round 7) and Dylan Shiel (Round 10) as 2012 Rising Stars nominees.

GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said the youngster deserved the recognition after a brilliant start to his AFL career.

"Toby has had an outstanding debut year. He has shown a great ability to not only win the ball but for an 18-year-old he is extremely tough and mature beyond his years," Sheedy said.

The Victorian's nod sees the Giants tie the record for the most nominations received by a club in a single year, with nine rounds remaining, after Essendon achieved five in 1993 and Fremantle did the same in 1996.

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