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Lewis' star is on the rise

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Mitchell Lewis of the Hawksduring the round 18 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

Mitch Lewis’ star is on the rise, with the young Hawk nabbing the Round 18 Rising Star nomination.

Lewis was among the Hawks’ best in Sunday’s 24-point win over the Cats, finishing with three goals, 15 disposals, five marks and seven score involvements. 

It continues a rich vein of form for the 20-year-old, who is one of just five current players to have kicked multiple goals in their last four appearances (joining experienced campaigners Jeremy Cameron, Jake Stringer, Tom Lynch and Jack Darling). 

After three consecutive senior games, Lewis says he is pleased to be gaining exposure at AFL level.

“I feel like I’ve been playing some okay footy over the past three weeks, so it’s good to be recognised, but I’m just happy to be playing at the highest level," he said.

“I had a stint back at Box Hill for a few weeks, and coming back into the AFL side I felt a lot more confident with the things I needed to work on as a key forward.

“Things like competing and bringing the ball to ground, I feel like I’ve been able to do that on a consistent basis over the last three weeks.”

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Lewis joined the Hawks via the 2016 NAB AFL Draft, so far proving a steal at Pick 76.

After making his debut in Round 9 last year, Lewis has now notched up 11 senior games – nine of them in 2019. 

He is Hawthorn’s first Rising Star nomination for the year, following in the footsteps of Harry Morrison and James Worpel who received a nod in 2018.

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