Melbourne’s Trent Rivers the third East Fremantle product, fourth West Aussie nominated for AFL Rising Star

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East Fremantle product Trent Rivers is the round 11 AFL Rising Star nominee.
Camera IconEast Fremantle product Trent Rivers is the round 11 AFL Rising Star nominee. Credit: Quinn Rooney/AFL Photos

Melbourne young gun Trent Rivers has become the third East Fremantle product and fourth West Aussie to earn an AFL Rising Star nomination this season.

The second-year Demon joins WA teammates Luke Jackson (round seven), Chad Warner (round three) and Subiaco export Mitch Georgiades (round five) as WA’s hopefuls for the award after getting the round 11 nod.

Rivers hasn’t missed a game this season, averaging 16 disposals and four marks to cement his spot across half-back for the ladder leaders.

Pick 32 in the 2019 national draft, the 19-year-old played nine games in his debut year after a round-two berth alongside close friend Jackson.

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Rivers had one of his best games at the top level in Friday night’s statement win over the Western Bulldogs in a top-of-the-table clash at Marvel Stadium.

The versatile 188cm talent amassed 19 possessions, including 10 contested, and took three marks in the 28-point victory.

Rivers qualified for this year’s award because he made 10 or less appearances heading into the season.

Rivers and Jackson are a chance to become the third player from their junior club Bullcreek-Leeming to take out the rising star after West Coast great Ben Cousins (1996) and ex-Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer (2008).

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