Geelong speedster Cory Gregson is the latest player to be nominated for the Rising Star award, claiming the Round 6 gong.
Playing just his sixth senior game, Gregson collected 18 disposals, five inside 50s and kicked three goals in the Cats’ upset win over Collingwood on Friday night.
— AFL (@AFL) May 11, 2015
The small forward has played every match in his debut season – averaging 14 disposals across his six matches – with his 21-disposal, five-inside 50, and two-goal effort against the Suns in Round 3 another highlight.
The 175cm speedster made his debut as the sub in Round 1 this season after being selected with pick 47 in the 2014 national draft, hailing from Glenelg in the SANFL and Sacred Heart College in Adelaide.
The 18-year-old – who bears a resemblance to former Cats premiership speedster David Wojcinski – runs and carries the ball well, possesses good skills, and looks lively when the ball’s in his area.
Gregson was a promising junior gymnast for a decade before he quit to concentrate on his AFL dream. As you can see in the video below, his extraordinary gymnastic skills haven’t deserted him.
— Geelong Cats (@GeelongCats) January 7, 2015
Gregson is the first Cat to be nominated for the Rising Star since George Horlin-Smith in Round 4, 2013 and the Cats’ 27th Rising Star nomination since the award’s inception in 1993.
The club has registered just one winner – skipper Joel Selwood in 2007.
RISING STAR NOMINEES FOR 2015
Round 1 – Kamdyn McIntosh (Richmond)
Round 2 – Mitch Honeychurch (Western Bulldogs)
Round 3 – Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans)
Round 4 – Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
Round 5 – Adam Saad (Gold Coast SUNS)
Round 6 – Cory Gregson (Geelong)