Former Calder Cannons forward Mitchell Lewis was nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star award after playing a key role in an upset Hawthorn victory in Round 18.
The 198cm 20-year-old kicked three goals from 15 disposals and five marks in the Hawks’ 24-point triumph over ladder-leader Geelong at the MCG on Sunday.
— AFL (@AFL) July 22, 2019
Lewis was selected by Hawthorn with pick no.76 at the 2016 NAB AFL Draft after booting 19 majors in 19 games for Calder in 2015-16. He has since scored 57 majors in 37 Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL matches for the Box Hill Hawks – including their 2018 premiership win – as he sought to break into the AFL Hawks’ line-up.
The Whittlesea (Northern FNL) product broke through for two AFL games in the 2018 season and has added nine appearances to his tally this year, when he’s averaging 11 disposals, five marks and 1.7 goals per game.
Lewis 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) and North Melbourne’s Nick Larkey (Oakleigh Chargers) as former Victorian Under-18 Boys players to be nominated for the AFL Rising Star award in 2019.