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Fremantle defender Heath Chapman named round eight AFL Rising Star nominee

Being recognised is an unfamiliar sensation for Fremantle defender Heath Chapman but it’s about to become a whole lot more common.

The second-year Docker has been named the round eight AFL Rising Star nominee, finally acknowledged for a sensational body of work which included a game-saving spoil against Adelaide in round one.

It came as midfielder Andrew Brayshaw shot back into equal-second in the AFL Coaches Association award tally after receiving 10 votes for his 34 disposal effort against North Melbourne.

Chapman wasn’t far behind in Friday’s polling, earning four votes and a Rising Star nomination for his outstanding work in defence throughout the Dockers’ 78-point win.

Collecting 25 disposals, 12 intercept possession and five marks against the Kangaroos, the performance was rated Chapman’s career-best outing by AFL Player Ratings.

The 193cm defender arrived at Fremantle via pick 14 in the 2020 AFL draft and despite a season-ending shoulder injury last year, Chapman has quickly imposed himself across half-back for Fremantle.

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