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Rioli the round six Rising Star nominee

29/04/2008 10:23:42 AM Comments (0)

Exciting Hawthorn forward Cyril Rioli has earned the round-six nomination for the AFL Rising Star Award on the back of another thrilling display against Richmond.

Rioli, the nephew of VFL/AFL greats Maurice Rioli and Michael Long, gathered 19 possessions and booted two goals in the 12-point win against the Tigers.

His spectacular opening goal against Richmond seems certain to be a contender for the goal of the year award.

The 18-year-old left-footer has played all six matches for the Hawks this year after being taken with pick No.12 at the 2007 national draft.

Rioli is from the famous St Marys football club in Darwin.

"Cyril is an exciting talent and we have been really pleased with the contribution he has made to the team so far this season," said Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson.

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