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Friday, 30 August 2019

Walsh makes Carlton history with Rising Star win


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Sam Walsh has been crowned the AFL's Rising Star, but don't expect the ultra-professional Carlton prodigy to bask in his success for long.

Walsh's status as 2019's best emerging talent was confirmed on Friday when he became the first Blues player to take out the accolade.

The No.1 draft pick polled 54 votes with former Western Bulldogs star Luke Darcy - who gave maximum votes to Port Adelaide forward Connor Rozee - the only member of the 11-man selection panel not to award him a perfect score.

Rozee polled 42 votes and Richmond's Sydney Stack finished third with 28.

Walsh is just the fourth No.1 draft pick to win the Rising Star award, following in the footsteps of Andrew McGrath (2017), Brett Deledio (2005) and Nick Riewoldt (2002).

Sam Walsh

The 19-year-old said he was eager to continue finding improvement.

"I'll enjoy it now but move on pretty quickly I reckon," he told reporters.

"The footy world doesn't wait for anyone and if you don't put in the work, you won't get rewarded.

"I've always put pressure on myself to perform but I know if I put in the work, I'll be in a good place."

Walsh played all 22 games in his debut season, averaging 25 disposals, five marks and three inside-50s.

Sam Walsh

His best performance came in round 12 when the Blues, days after the axing of Brendon Bolton and appointment of David Teague as caretaker coach, posted a stunning upset win over Brisbane at Marvel Stadium.

Walsh gathered 32 disposals and relished playing largely on-ball.

The clean-cut youngster has learned from one of the game's best in Blues skipper and midfield partner Patrick Cripps.

"He gets people to follow him in what he does," Walsh said.

"His contest work and relentless hunt for the football is something we all admire. He's definitely had a great year and worked wonders for me as well."

Sam Walsh Patrick Cripps

Walsh also took out the AFL Players' Association best first-year player award on Thursday, while Cripps was voted by his peers as the competition's MVP.

The pair are at the forefront of an exciting future for the Blues under Teague, who lauded Walsh's training standards.

"At no stage did we contemplate resting him because every week we watched him train - his wellness scores, the way he prepares, his recovery was as professional as anyone," Teague said.

"He's an elite runner which also helped but mentally, he's as strong as anyone we've got.

"If any one of our players attack training the way he does, he's going to get better."

Sam Walsh has been crowned the AFL's Rising Star, but don't expect the ultra-professional Carlton prodigy to bask in his success for long.

Walsh's status as 2019's best emerging talent was confirmed on Friday when he became the first Blues player to take out the accolade.

The No.1 draft pick polled 54 votes with former Western Bulldogs star Luke Darcy - who gave maximum votes to Port Adelaide forward Connor Rozee - the only member of the 11-man selection panel not to award him a perfect score.

Rozee polled 42 votes and Richmond's Sydney Stack finished third with 28.

Walsh is just the fourth No.1 draft pick to win the Rising Star award, following in the footsteps of Andrew McGrath (2017), Brett Deledio (2005) and Nick Riewoldt (2002).

Sam Walsh

The 19-year-old said he was eager to continue finding improvement.

"I'll enjoy it now but move on pretty quickly I reckon," he told reporters.

"The footy world doesn't wait for anyone and if you don't put in the work, you won't get rewarded.

"I've always put pressure on myself to perform but I know if I put in the work, I'll be in a good place."

Walsh played all 22 games in his debut season, averaging 25 disposals, five marks and three inside-50s.

Sam Walsh

His best performance came in round 12 when the Blues, days after the axing of Brendon Bolton and appointment of David Teague as caretaker coach, posted a stunning upset win over Brisbane at Marvel Stadium.

Walsh gathered 32 disposals and relished playing largely on-ball.

The clean-cut youngster has learned from one of the game's best in Blues skipper and midfield partner Patrick Cripps.

"He gets people to follow him in what he does," Walsh said.

"His contest work and relentless hunt for the football is something we all admire. He's definitely had a great year and worked wonders for me as well."

Sam Walsh Patrick Cripps

Walsh also took out the AFL Players' Association best first-year player award on Thursday, while Cripps was voted by his peers as the competition's MVP.

The pair are at the forefront of an exciting future for the Blues under Teague, who lauded Walsh's training standards.

"At no stage did we contemplate resting him because every week we watched him train - his wellness scores, the way he prepares, his recovery was as professional as anyone," Teague said.

"He's an elite runner which also helped but mentally, he's as strong as anyone we've got.

"If any one of our players attack training the way he does, he's going to get better."

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