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AFL Rising Star Betting 2016

A relatively recent addition to the betting market, AFL’s Rising Star commenced in 1993 and is awarded to the young talent who stand out over the course of the season. The Ron Evans Medal, dedicated to the former AFL Commission chairman, is what’s on the line here.

Players under the age of 21 are eligible for the award. Players are given a nod after each match as based on their performance. Then, at the end of the season, an expert panel decides who is the deserving winner of the award. The panel goes through the extensive list of talent and picks a winner that they believe has stood out and performed well above their age.

Given the serious talent in the league at a young level and the decent spread of this talent across the league, Luxbet encourages punters towards this bet. Bettors can not only get generous value on their wagers, they can also track the young talent of the game, who will, one day, emerge as true contenders for some of the other, more established awards. Some previous winners include Chris Scott, Ben Cousins, Adam Goodes, Nathan Buckley, Joel Selwood and Sam Mitchell, who have all gone on to win either a Brownlow medal, a premiership, or both.

A guide to AFL Rising Star betting

When wagering on this still exotic bet, it is worth remembering that there are a few rules and restrictions in place with regard to awarding a certain player. Keep these in mind when backing a winner in this category:

  • Participants must be aged under 21 at the start of that sporting year
  • They cannot have played over ten games prior to the start of that season
  • They can’t have been suspended by the Australian Football League or State League tribunals for the duration of the season

For the knowledgeable punter, it is worth keeping in mind that recipients of the award are rarely in those teams that go onto win the premiership. It is thus a bet that requires a strong knowledge of the game. But it is vital in the toolkit of any weathered AFL punter, who not only keeps an ear to the ground for upcoming talent, but who also wants to store away information on who will be the next big thing on the block.