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Former East Brighton Vampires junior and 2016 AFL No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath has won the Round 4 NAB Rising Star award.

It comes off the back of his stellar performance in Essendon’s loss to Adelaide last weekend, winning 28 disposals, four tackles and five scoring involvements.

McGrath was an elite athlete as a junior, excelling at both high and long jump. He began his junior career with the East Brighton Vampires JFC was an Interleague squad member in both 2012 and 2013, before moving on to the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup in 2015 and 2016.

“It’s a massive honour, and towards the end of the year I really wanted to get that title of being the No.1 pick,” he told

“I’m usually pretty competitive. I know it’s just a number, but it was on my mind a little bit – I wanted to have that title and that responsibility.

“I guess you want to have that pressure, you wouldn’t rather be anywhere else … so why be afraid of the pressure?”


He moved to Australia from Canada at just five years of age, but the Sandringham Dragons product was quick to master the craft of Aussie Rules, averaging 32 disposals in the TAC Cup, co-captaining Victoria Metro and winning its MVP en route to the under-18 Division One title, also winning All Australian honours.

McGrath as a junior for East Brighton.

McGrath as a junior for East Brighton.