Macrae a Rising Star nominee
Former Oakleigh Charger Jackson Macrae was named the Round Eight NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.
The 18-year-old midfielder was drafted to the Western Bulldogs in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, and made his AFL debut in Round Four and as played four AFL games in his first season.
Against the Gold Coast Suns last Saturday at Metricon Stadium, Macrae had 26 touches – 13 kicks and 13 handpasses – and four tackles.
Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney said Jackson has the attributes to become a regular AFL midfielder.
“Jackson is a young person who understands he has talent, and has worked very hard at improving his craft.
“We know Jackson is such a balanced and driven young man and he will continue to build on his early progression as a footballer — this nomination is just one stepping stone to a really good career, and shows he was a great selection by Simon Dalrymple and his recruiting team,” he said
Jackson was the Western Bulldog’s second selection in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, selection six overall.
He was recruited from the Kew Rovers, the Oakleigh Chargers and Carey Grammar in Melbourne. He represented Vic Metro in the 2012 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
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 2013 NAB AFL Rising Star.
The 2013 NAB AFL Rising Star winner will be awarded the Ron Evans Medal and a $20,000 personal investment folio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of NAB.