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Hawk speedster rising star

Hawks youngster Billy Hartung is the Round 7 AFL NAB Rising Star nominee. Billy Hartung speaks to HawksTV after being nominated for the 2015 Rising Star award after his 26 disposal effort in Hawthorn's Round 7 win over Melbourne.
Billy Hartung of the Hawks in action during the 2015 AFL Round 07 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG, Melbourne on May 16, 2015. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Hawks youngster Billy Hartung has averaged 22 touches and a goal a game in five matches this year.

Hawk Billy Hartung is the Round 7 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

The 20-year-old small midfielder played his best game for the Hawks in the big win over Melbourne at the MCG on Saturday.

Billy recorded 100 percent disposal efficiency with his 26 possessions, five marks and a goal.

He has played five consecutive games this season after an elbow injury restricted him to seven games in 2014.

Billy was selection 24 2013 NAB AFL Draft and came to the Hawks with exceptional endurance and speed.

He was recruited from the Mt Martha Junior Football Club and the Dandenong Stingrays. He represented Vic Country in the 2013 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and was named an Under-18 All-Australian after playing four games on the wing.

His elite endurance was highlighted during the 2013 NAB AFL Draft Combine when he set new record in the beep test running a 16.6.

Hawthorn Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson said Billy’s development has been pleasing for the club.

“We have been pleased with Billy’s development. He has worked hard over the preseason and that has been rewarded with five senior games so far this year. 

“Our depth is a great feature of our club and it is pleasing to see our younger players, including Billy, taking their opportunities at a senior level.”

Following each round of the home and away season, a panel of judges will select a NAB AFL Rising Star nominee. At the completion of the season, one of these nominees will be chosen as the 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star. 

The 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star winner will be awarded the Ron Evans Medal and a $20,000 personal investment folio and a dedicated personal banker, courtesy of NAB.