Clark’s a Rising Star

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Geelong’s Jordan Clark tries to shrug the tackle from Adelaide’s Brodie Smith.
Camera IconGeelong’s Jordan Clark tries to shrug the tackle from Adelaide’s Brodie Smith. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Geelong youngster Jordan Clark has been rewarded for his stellar display at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night, named the round 15 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

The Railways product, taken by the Cats with pick 15 in the national draft last year, has enjoyed a superb first season at AFL level and finished with a career-high 23 disposals in the Cats’ win over Adelaide.

His attack on the ball and poise with delivery going forward was a standout as the 18-year-old finished with 23 touches, eight of which were contested, and kicked a goal.

In addition to that he took six marks, laid three tackles, had four inside 50s, six score involvements and six intercept possessions.

Clark is the latest NAB AFL Rising Star nomination and is now in the running to win the Ron Evans Medal as the overall winner, judged at the completion of the season.

Incredibly in his first season with the Cats, Clark made his debut in round 1 has missed just one match this year showing his worth to the side that sits two games clear on top of the ladder and is destined to play a big part in the finals.

Meanwhile former North Albany midfielder Marley Williams played his part in North Melbourne’s upset win over Collingwood on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium.

Williams has been rock-solid in defence for the Kangaroos this season, and again he was vital with 19 possessions, four tackles and three rebound 50s.

Meanwhile in the WAFL, former North Melbourne midfielder Declan Mountford was again among Claremont’s best players at league level. Mountford, who hails from North Albany, collected 25 disposals, laid eight tackles, had five inside 50s and kicked a goal as the Tigers beat East Fremantle by 10 points on Saturday.

Since his return from the AFL system, Mountford is averaging 22.5 disposals per game.

Royals junior Morgan Davies gathered 25 touches and eight marks for the Sharks in that game.

Great Southern pair Jye Clark and Tom Baldwin were named in Claremont’s colts’ best players on Saturday as they won by 68 points.

Clark, a younger sibling of Jordan, had the most possessions of any player on the ground with 33, along with seven inside 50s.

Baldwin kicked two majors and had a telling presence up the ground with 20 possessions and seven tackles.

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