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Silky 'Samo' makes Rising Star history for Blues

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06:  Sam Petrevski-Seton of the Blues is congratulated by Marc Murphy of the Blues and Kade Simpson of the Blues kicking a goal  during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 06, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)
Former NAB AFL Rising Star nominees Marc Murphy (left) and Kade Simpson (right) celebrate with Sam Petrevski-Seton
It's a real privilege to get the nomination in my first year, because I'm just trying to play as many games as I can and perform as well as I can to keep my spot.
Carlton youngster Sam Petrevski-Seton

NOTHING was safe in Sam Petrevski-Seton's former life as just another starry eyed kid dreaming of the big time.

Petrevski-Seton and his older brother, Cody, used to practice their kicking – on both feet – by taking pot shots at anything from trees to poles to signs to doorways. 

Anything that would make them better. 

Those well-honed skills are serving Petrevski-Seton, known best as 'Samo', well in his latest chapter as a Carlton footballer.

The 19-year-old's keen eye, composure and precision foot passing were on show as he played a starring role in the Blues' 23-point defeat of Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday. 

Petrevski-Seton racked up 21 disposals (10 contested), two goals, seven score involvements, three clearances and three tackles on his way to being the round seven NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

He achieved some history for Carlton in the process, giving the club back-to-back nominations for the first time after defender Caleb Marchbank received one last week.

The closest the Blues came to that previously was with Kade Simpson and Adam Bentick, who picked up nominations in rounds 18 and 20 in 2005.

More exciting for Carlton fans is both Petrevski-Seton and Marchbank loom as genuine contenders to become the first Blue to win the award. 

"It's pretty great for us individuals, but mainly for the club," Petrevski-Seton told AFL.com.au

"It's a real privilege to get the nomination in my first year, because I'm just trying to play as many games as I can and perform as well as I can to keep my spot." 

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton made no attempt to douse the hype about the classy indigenous midfielder at the weekend.

"We picked him (in round one) on the back of no JLT (series games), so that probably says what regard we hold him in," Bolton said.

"He's got a lot to learn about the way we play, but we just see the poise on the track all the time. 

"He makes good decisions in pressure situations at training, so I'm not too surprised it's starting to come out in his game."

 

Petrevski-Seton has one of the better back stories from the 2016 NAB AFL Draft, where he was Carlton's first selection and No.6 overall.

He spent his first three years living on a cattle station 70km from Fitzroy Crossing, the nearest major town to Halls Creek, in the East Kimberley region in north-east Western Australia.

Petrevski-Seton once even wanted to be a bull rider rather than a footballer, but his oval ball talents saw him pack his bags for Perth. 

He made his senior debut for Halls Creek Hawks as a 13-year-old in the East Kimberley Football League, then four years later was playing in the WAFL for Claremont. 

In between, Petrevski-Seton twice won the Division One best and fairest at the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships and was an All Australian as a bottom-age player in the under-18s in 2015. 

A persistent hamstring injury plagued him last year, but recruiters had seen enough and the teenager got his wish of a Melbourne-based club snapping him up.

"I really wanted to continue my footy in Melbourne, because I wanted another challenge in life after four years in Perth," Petrevski-Seton said.

"Carlton is one of the biggest clubs in the system and has a really great history … I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the club and it's a great club to be a part of. 

"The hardest part has been mental, with the amount of meetings and also to understand things (tactically) to be able to perform on game day."

CARLTON RISING STAR NOMINATIONS
2016 – Jacob Weitering
2015 – Patrick Cripps
2014 – Troy Menzel, Dylan Buckley
2013 – None
2012 – None
2011 – None
2010 – Jeff Garlett, Chris Yarran
2009 – Aaron Joseph
2008 – Shaun Grigg, Matthew Kreuzer
2007 – Bryce Gibbs
2006 – Marc Murphy
2005 – Adam Bentick, Kade Simpson
2004 – Karl Norman, Andrew Walker
2003 – Trent Sporn, Jarrad Waite, Brad Fisher
2002 – None
2001 – None
2000 – Ryan Houlihan
1999 – Brett Backwell
1998 – Darren Hulme, Kris Massie
1997 – Lance Whitnall
1996 – None
1995 – Scott Camporeale, Adrian Whitehead
1994 – James Cook, Troy Bond
1993 – Ang Christou

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