‘Complete’ Cat lands Rising Star nomination after standout display

Geelong’s Ollie Dempsey has been named the Rising Star nominee for round one

By Dejan Kalinic

Mar 18, 2024, 6:30pm

Oliver Dempsey celebrates during the round one match between Geelong and St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium, March 16, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

GEELONG forward Ollie Dempsey has been rewarded for his standout display against St Kilda with the AFL Rising Star nomination for round one.

Playing his eighth AFL game, Dempsey had 15 disposals and kicked three goals in the Cats’ eight-point win at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.OPINIONNine things we learned: Parish absence has highlighted Bombers’ depth

He is Geelong’s first Rising Star nominee since Sam De Koning in round 11, 2022.

“We know what he’s capable of … I hesitate to say this – I want to say he’s a complete player,” Cats coach Chris Scott said.

“He doesn’t have too many parts of his game where you look at him and think you’ve really got to get that up to AFL standard.”

Dempsey, 21, was picked up by the Cats in the Rookie Draft at the end of 2021 and played five games last year.