Published on July 30, 2019 12:24 pm

AFL RISING STAR: Ben King

Former Sandringham Dragons key-position player Ben King was nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star award after booting four goals and almost helping Gold Coast score an upset victory in Round 19.

The 202cm 19-year-old kicked four goals – including three in a thrilling final quarter – from nine disposals and five marks (three contested) in the Suns’ 10-point loss to Essendon at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

 

King was selected by Gold Coast with pick no.6 at the 2018 NAB AFL Draft after demonstrating his ability at Sandringham first as a key defender in his bottom-age season of 2017 and then as a tall target up forward.

He kicked 12 majors in six games for the Dragons last year to gain selection in the Victorian Under-18 Boys Team of the Year and also earned an Under-18 All Australian guernsey following four influential performances for Vic Metro at the 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

The East Sandringham (South Metro Junior FL) product made his AFL debut in Round 9 this season and has played all 10 matches since, kicking 10 goals and averaging seven disposals and three marks per game.

King joins Geelong’s Charlie Constable (ex-Sandringham Dragons), Carlton’s Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons), West Coast’s Jack Petruccelle (Northern Knights), Port Adelaide’s Xavier Duursma (Gippsland Power), Geelong’s Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons), Western Bulldogs’ Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons), Essendon’s Dylan Clarke (Eastern Ranges), North Melbourne’s Nick Larkey (Oakleigh Chargers) and Hawthorn’s Mitchell Lewis (Calder Cannons) as former Victorian Under-18 Boys players to be nominated for the AFL Rising Star award in 2019.

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