GWS's Bugg nominated for Rising Star
Greater Western Sydney have earned their second AFL rising star nomination for the year, with defender Tomas Bugg recognised for a fine performance against Western Bulldogs.
Bugg was one of the Giants' best in the side's 42-point loss to the Bulldogs in Canberra - the closest of their five AFL defeats.
The 19-year-old was pitched into the midfield for the final quarter, recording 28 possessions and seven marks in a game where he manned Shaun Higgins, Justin Sherman and Nathan Djerrkura at various points.
"For a first-year player Tom has shown tremendous poise and maturity and has been a consistent performer each week," GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said.
"His nomination is a reward not just for his game against the Western Bulldogs but what he has done every week playing in defence, often against bigger and more experienced opponents."
GWS forward Jeremy Cameron, who was round two's rising star nominee, booted five goals against the Bulldogs.
Bugg, like Cameron, was pre-listed by the club under concessions that allowed them to sign up to a dozen promising 17-year-olds from the end of the 2010 season.