Crows claims Rising Star honour
Daniel Talia

Adelaide's Daniel Talia has won the 2012 AFL Rising Star award becoming the first Crow to achieve the feat.

Talia polled 43 votes to win from Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron (35 votes) with Mitch Wallis from the Western Bulldogs third with 19 votes.

Although in his third season, 2012 was a breakout for Talia, who was thrust into Adelaide's full back position following the departure of Phil Davis (GWS) and Nathan Bock (Gold Coast) over the past two years.

The 20-year-old also had to recover from a knee injury that ruined his first year on the Crows' list.

He is the first specialist backman to earn the honour since 2004 when it was claimed by Melbourne's Jared Rivers.

The 20-year-old has played 31 matches for the Crows and will make his finals debut on Saturday in the home qualifying final against Sydney.

Team-mates have nicknamed him “Presti” for his ability to spoil, after retired Collingwood defender Simon Prestigiacomo.

He is also known as The Blanket and Iron Fist for his defensive prowess.

Talia earned his nomination in round 12 for a strong defensive game on St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt.

“It’s a huge honour, I don’t think I really expected it,” Talia said at Wednesday’s lunch in Melbourne.

“It’s come as a surprise, we’re focussed on the finals and haven’t really talked about it - obviously it’s a huge honour.”

Talia just fell within the award’s criteria, which stipulates that a player cannot have played more than 10 games that season.

He debuted last year for Adelaide with nine matches after overcoming a pre-season Achilles tendon injury.

GWS midfielder Toby Greene probably would have won the award, but he was ineligible because of suspension.

The West Australian

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