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Stratton wins Rising Star nomination

06/07/2010 01:39:28 PM Comments (0)

The good news continues for Hawthorn, with defender Ben Stratton the latest AFL Rising Star nominee.

Stratton had 19 possessions and laid four tackles in Friday night's three-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

The Hawks have now won seven-straight matches and have a massive game on Saturday against top side Geelong.

The 21-year-old Stratton made his senior debut in round three and has played all 12 games since, providing a major boost for Hawthorn's undermanned defence.

"We've been really pleased with the contribution Ben has made in his first year at the club," said coach Alastair Clarkson.

"For a player who has only played 12 games of AFL football, his maturity and reliability have been outstanding down back and this nomination is a great recognition of his hard work, attitude and willingness to learn."

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