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Hill’s star rises

Rnd6 Breust crumbs, Hill goals. Bradley Hill receives a handball from Luke Breust and to kick a goal late in the 1st quarter.
Bradley Hill of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2013 AFL round 06 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Hawthorn Hawks at AAMI Stadium, Adelaide on May 04, 2013. (Photo: AFL Media)
Bradley Hill is this week's Rising Star nominee.

HAWTHORN youngster Bradley Hill is the Round 6 Rising Star nomination.

After his impressive start to the season, Hill has become one of Hawthorn and the AFL’s most exciting talents, with his speed and elite skills hallmarks of his game.

Hill has played every game so far this season and emerged as an important player in an already powerful midfield that features the likes of Sam Mitchell, Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell.

The performance that won him the 2013 Rising Star nomination though, was his 17 disposal and two goal effort in Hawthorn’s thrilling win against the Crows at AAMI Stadium.

So far in his six games this season, Hill is averaging 15 disposals, three marks, two tackles and even a goal per game from the wing.

Coach Alastair Clarkson praised Hill's hard work over the pre-season that has allowed him to enjoy a breakout start to the 2013 season.

"Bradley’s hard work in the pre-season has been rewarded with him featuring in all six games this year, and we’re pleased with how he’s developing and maturing as a player," Clarkson said.

The 19 year old inherited premiership player Chance Bateman’s famous number 10 at the end of last season, a proud moment in the youngster’s short career.

He was drafted by Hawthorn as a second round selection, number 33 overall in the 2011 National Draft.

He made his debut in his home state, Western Australia last season against West Coast in Round 2.

Hill has played 11 matches and kicked 10 goals since his debut.

Bradley Hill is the second Hawk to be nominated for the Rising Star, after Jed Anderson was the Round 3 nomination.