Click here to see the AFL Sydney Men’s Rising Star honour roll which dates back to the award’s inception in 2001.

Below you can read about all the past winners since 2011 and view the vote counts from each year.



Harry Maguire from Pennant Hills Demons has been awarded the 2019 AFL Sydney Rising Star award.

Harry made his Premier Division debut in Round 14 of 2018 and played out the rest of the season there. However he had his biggest impact in the Reserves side where he kicked the Grand Final winning goal which launched him into super stardom at the Pennant Hills club.

He continued this form in 2019 as he played his first full season in the Premier Division side. The versatile and mobile big man plays forward or back and is one of the best overhead marks at the Club. Harry has sure hands, takes an excellent grab, has a classic kicking style and is an accurate kick on goal. His skills are already well developed enabling him to be an effective key position player at either end of the ground. He is an instinctive player and has an impressive ability to shut down opposition forwards by intercept marking and rebounding from defence.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Harry Maguire Pennant Hills 27
Thomas Drum UTS AFC 26
Charlie Burgess-Hoar UNSW/ES 25
Mitchell Blow Pennant Hills 21
Max Geddes UNSW/ES 16
Joshua Large East Coast Eagles 12
Jarrod Coomby Camden 8
Marc Sheather Pennant Hills 7
Ned Stewart Sydney Uni 5
Jacob Bauer Inner West 3
Other Nominees
Marco Rossmann UNSW/ES
Wesley Greenaway Sydney Uni
Braedon Campbell Pennant Hills
Cameron Edwards East Coast Eagles
Jack Field Manly Warringah
Jackson Barling North Shore
Marco Rossman UNSW/ES
Riley Irvin St George


Photo: Harry Maguire (left) accepting his award from AFL NSW/ACT Head of Talent and Coaching Darren Denneman.


Sam Gilfedder from Sydney University has been awarded the 2018 AFL Sydney Rising Star award.

The Half-forward known for his defensive pressure up front has been named the AFL Sydney Rising star in just his second season of AFL Football. The Rugby convert hasn’t taken long to work through the issues of playing this complicated game and his dedication to improving his skill level really paid dividends in 2018. From playing Division Five footy at the beginning of 2017 to becoming a huge influence on the Premier Division side in 2018 really highlights how fast Sam’s star is on the rise.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Sam Gilfedder Sydney Uni 22
Max Thomas North Shore 19
Michael Carroll Pennant Hills 16
Hamish Ellem Manly Warringah 15
Bailey O’Brien Pennant Hills 14
Aydin Bremner Western Suburbs 11
Matt Edwards Camden 10
Johnny Pawle UNSW/ES 9
Christian Loone North Shore 8
Michael Nettheim Sydney Uni 7
Riley Lucas Sydney Uni 4
Liam Bognar St George 4
Josh Rayner North Shore 4
Matthew Buskariol North Shore 3
Max Ries UNSW/ES 3
Cooper Kilpatrick UNSW/ES 1
Other Nominees
Edward Cole* Western Suburbs
Jordan Adams Pennant Hills


Photo: Sydney University President, Sam Power (left), accepting the award on Sam Gilfedder’s behalf from GWS Giants AFLW Player and former AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star Award Winner Nicola Barr.


Jack Buckley from the UNSW ES Bulldogs has been awarded the 2017 XBlades AFL Sydney Rising Star.

Playing his first season in the key centre half forward post for the UNSW ES Bulldogs, the 19-year-old Buckley has continued to show the form that won him last year’s AFL Sydney Under 19 Division One Best and Fairest. Jack had and impressive season showcasing his great hands and an accurate kick for goal as his performances helped the Bulldogs to second place on the XBlades AFL Sydney Premier Division ladder.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Jack Buckley UNSW/ES 19
William Stratford Sydney Uni 18
Max Lower UNSW/ES 17
Charles Ford Western Suburbs 17
Brandon Clark East Coast 15
Jake Bartholomaeus UNSW/ES 14
Luke Skrivanic Pennant Hills 13
Mitchell Rogers Manly Warringah 13
James Cubis North Shore 12
Harry Palmer UNSW/ES 7
James Carroll Pennant Hills 6
Harry Morrison Sydney Uni 6
Dominic Michalak St George 3
Nick Bertino Sydney Uni 2
Jonathan Marsh North Shore 1
Darcy Cordell UNSW/ES 0
Other Nominees
Kieran Briggs Pennant Hills
Jarrod Osborne Manly Warringah



 Photo: Jack Buckley (left) accepting his award from AFL NSW/ACT Head of Talent and Coaching Darren Denneman.



Big Western Suburbs forward, Ben Zoppo has been awarded the 2016 AFL Sydney Rising Star.

Ben has risen from the successful Under 19 team that won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015 to push for a spot in Wests Premier Division team. Ben had a fabulous season in 2016 and finished third in the leading goal kickers (38 goals) in Premier Division despite being heavily marked all season. He also managed to score bags of 5 goals on three occasions in the 2016 season.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Ben Zoppo Western Suburbs 32
Tim Coenen St George 21
James Loneragan North Shore 17
Jai Lyons UTS 16
Tom Chichester UNSW/ES 10
Jared Deep UNSW/ES 8
Dean Meadows Manly Warringah 8
Jack Patten Pennant Hills 5
Lachlan Behagg Manly Warringah 5
Jake Bartholomaeus UNSW/ES 4
Bailey Stewart East Coast Eagles 3
Josh Boag Pennant Hills 3
Sam Wicks Manly Warringah 3
Other Nominees
Nick Shipley St George
James Cubis North Shore
Callum McEvoy-Gray Western Suburbs
Will Gowers Sydney Uni
Zack Smith Pennant Hills



Photo: Ben Zoppo (left) accepting his award from GWS Giants Academy Coach Jason Saddington



St George running defender, Eli Prescott has been awarded the 2015 AFL Sydney Rising Star.

The 17 year old Prescott had a fantastic year which included representing the Sydney Swans reserve grade team on 6 occasions kicking three goals and also playing one game for the NSW/ACT side in the TAC Cup

Prescott polled 18 votes, three clear of Ryan Speed from Western Suburbs. Pennant Hills onballer Connor Owen Auburn rounded out the top three on 12 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Eli Prescott St George 18
Ryan Speed Western Suburbs 15
Connor Owen-Auburn Pennant Hills 12
Campbell Luscombe Pennant Hills 10
Jack Hill St George 10
Tom Harvey North Shore 9
Ben Hawtin Sydney University 8
Nathan Cooper Pennant Hills 8
Alex McKenzie UNSW/ES 8
Kirk Lower UNSW/ES 7
Brayden Kilpatrick St George 7
Jake Brown St George 5
Dylan Sanderson St George 4
Allister Clarke Sydney University 3
Bradley Keough Pennant Hills 3
Ben van den Nieuwenhof Western Suburbs 3
Other Nominees
Jack Mapleson North Shore



Photo: Eli Prescott (Right) accepting his award from GWS Giants Academy Coach Jason Saddington



Sydney University midfielder, Harry Dobson has been awarded the 2014 AFL Sydney Rising Star.

The 18 year old Dobson had a fantastic year which included representing the Sydney Swans reserve grade team on 2 occasions kicking one goal and also being apart of the winning Under 18 NSW/ACT Rams side.

Dobson polled 30 votes, eleven clear of Nicholas Shaw from St George. Spencer Krochmal from UNSW/ES finished third on 18 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Harry Dobson Sydney University 30
Nicholas Shaw St George 19
Spencer Krochmal UNSW/ES 18
Nathan Lomas Campbelltown 15
Theo Moraitis Pennant Hills 14
Jack Parker Manly Warringah 14
Joshua Smith Sydney University 11
Aiden Bell Campbelltown 10
Nick Foster North Shore 9
Lachlan Maples Sydney University 6
James McKenzie North Shore 2
Tom Dickson UNSW/ES 1
Jordan McPherson Sydney Hills Eagles 1
Other Nominees
Lyndon Hupfeld Sydney Hills Eagles
Taylor Preece UNSW/ES
Abe Davis UNSW/ES
Callum Mills North Shore
Brad Watson Pennant Hills



Photo: Sydney University Football Operations Manager, Tristan Liles (left), accepting the award on Harry Dobson’s behalf from former Brisbane and GWS player Luke Power



Western Suburbs utility, Levi Sands has been awarded the 2013 AFL Sydney Rising Star.

The 20 year old Sands had an outstanding year which included representing the Sydney Swans reserve grade team on 5 occasions kicking two goals.

Sands polled 32 votes, five clear of Thomas Thurgarland from Manly Warringah. Alex Foote from UNSW/ES finished third on 25 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Levi Sands Western Suburbs 32
Thomas Thurgarland Manly Warringah 27
Alex Foote UNSW/ES 25
Hayden Washington Manly Warringah 22
Callum Johnston Manly Warringah 16
Jordan Etto Campbelltown 9
Wayd Blackburne Balmain 9
Alphonse Jambarufo Campbelltown 9
Jack McKinlay UNSW/ES 9
Daniel Schachers North Shore 7
Dean Gilbert St George 6
Matt Varjavandi North Shore 6
Ben Polley Western Suburbs 2
Lachlan Hayres North Shore 1
Other Nominees
Jake Monk North Shore
Alex O’Dea Sydney University
Jesse Mudge St George
Tom McCaffrey Manly Warringah



Photo: Levi Sands (left) receiving his award from Defence Force Recruiting representative, Captain Patrina Baldwin



UNSW/ES ruckman, Sam Tagliabue has been awarded the 2012 AFL Sydney Rising Star award.

The 21 year old Tagliabue had an outstanding year which included selection in the AFL Sydney Representative side as well as the NSW Country side.

Tagliabue polled 33 votes, two clear of Tim Wales from Pennant Hills. Sam Naismith from North Shore finished third on 25 votes.

Full voting:

Name Club Votes
Sam Tagliabue UNSW/ES 33
Tim Wales Pennant Hills 31
Sam Naismith North Shore 25
Jack Davis North Shore 18
Damon Steer Sydney Hills Eagles 11
Josh Cass Balmain 7
Jackson Monk Balmain 6
Jordan West St George 6
Bradley Plug Balmain 5
Stephen Wray Pennant Hills 5
Taran Etto Campbelltown 4
Bryce Martin Campbelltown 3
Jack Codd-Miller Western Suburbs 3
Jacob Brookfield Illawarra 3
Jarryd Polley Western Suburbs 2
Paul Green Campbelltown 2
Jordan Weir North Shore 1
Other Nominees
Alex Hawtin Sydney University
Dane Roberton Sydney University


Photo: Sam Tagliabue (left) receiving his award from GWS GIANTS Co-Captain, Luke Power



St George youngster, Nick Ryan has been awarded the 2011 AFL Sydney NAB Rising Star.

Nineteen year-old Ryan graduated from the Under 18 Premier Cup squad and made an instant impression, kicking 34 goals in 13 games in the Premier Division competition this year.

He earned his nomination in Round 19 after kicking six goals in the side’s 27 point loss to Balmain .

Ryan polled 29 votes, three clear of Tim Barrett from Sydney University. Hayden Nichols from UNSW/ES finished third on 23 votes.

Full voting

Name Club Votes
Nick Ryan St George 29
Tim Barrett Sydney University 26
Hayden Nichols UNSW/ES 23
Lloyd Perris St George 19
Thomas Head Balmain 17
Bryce Joynson Campbelltown 14
Brandon Jack Pennant Hills 12
Jackson Dwyer East Coast Eagles 6
Sam Boughton Pennant Hills 5
Rory Pryor North Shore 3
Robbie Bamford Western Suburbs 2
Jordan West St George 2
Craig Moller Sydney University 1
Other Nominees
Ethan Hailey Illawarra
Monty Krochmal Sydney University
Michael Hartley Sydney University
David Lycakis St George
Thomas Green Illawarra
Patrick Codling North Shore
Lachlan Kilpatrick North Shore


Nick Ryan

Photo: Nick Ryan (left) receiving his award from Tony Shepherd- Greater Western Sydney Giants Chairman