Dahlhaus Rising Star Nominee

Western Bulldogs' Luke Dahlhaus is the Round 21 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

The rookie-list small forward played his best match for the Bulldogs against Essendon last Saturday night in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium with 19 disposals and kicking two goals.

Luke has played nine consecutive AFL games since making his debut in the Round 12 clash against St Kilda, averaging 13.9 disposals and 4.2 tackles. He gained his selection for the Bulldogs after impressive form for WIlliamstown in the Peter Jackson VFL early in the season.

Western Bulldogs’ coach Rodney Eade said the livewire forward has been a revelation since making his debut earlier this season.

“Luke has added a lot of life, enthusiasm and talent to our side — it’s a just reward for the high quality performances he has put in over the past nine games, ” said Mr. Eade.

Recruited from the Geelong Falcons, the Western Bulldogs selected Luke with pick number 22 in the 2011 AFL Rookie Draft.  

Luke played in the 2010 TAC Cup and was named the leading tackler in the competition. He also boasts superb speed and broke the record for agility at a state screening last year. His junior football club is the Leopold Lions. 

Following each round of the home and away season, a panel of judges will select a NAB AFL Rising Star nominee. At the completion of the season, one of these nominees will be chosen as the 2011 NAB AFL Rising Star.
The 2011 NAB AFL Rising Star will receive a personal investment folio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of NAB.
NAB will recognise the junior clubs that helped foster the early careers of the nominated players. Each of the 24 clubs will receive a NAB Club Recognition Award, a package of practical and financial resources designed to assist them in developing future champions.
The NAB AFL Rising Star is the pinnacle of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL.
The NAB AFL Rising Stars Program provides recognition and a clearly identifiable direction for a player's career, and comprises the following elements:
· NAB AFL Rising Star
· NAB AFL Draft
· NAB AFL Draft Combine
· NAB AFL Under 18 Championships
· AIS-AFL Academy
· NAB AFL Under 16 Championships


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