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Kierin Jack gets AFL rising star vote

15/04/2008 10:21:03 AM Comments (0)

Sydney Swans midfielder Kieren Jack has been named AFL's Rising Star nominee from round four.

The 20-year-old son of rugby league legend Garry Jack was one of the Swans best players in their 62-point win over West Coast at ANZ Stadium Saturday night.

Playing just his sixth AFL match, Jack, who is often given tagging roles, held his experienced opponent Daniel Kerr to only 15 possessions. Before the weekend, Kerr had averaged 28 possessions in 2008.

Jack, who was rookie-drafted to the Swans in December 2005 and promoted to the primary list last year, also made nine tackles.

His nomination comes less than a week after Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse fired a broadside at the AFL's rising star selections, claiming young defenders were often overlooked for high-possession winners.

Sydney coach Paul Roos said Jack's performance was outstanding.

"We rate Daniel Kerr as one of the top half-dozen players in the competition and it is a testament to Kieren's season that we gave him the job on him on Saturday night," Roos said.

"He did an outstanding job not only curbing Daniel on the night but giving us plenty of drive, a well deserved nomination."

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