The humility of Crows wingman Lachlan Sholl shone through when quizzed on the possibility of earning a Round 17 AFL Rising Star nomination following Adelaide’s win over Carlton on Sunday.
Fresh from accumulating 24 disposals, two goals and 627 metres gained - in what was arguably a best-on-ground performance - the 20-year-old was quick to brush off the suggestion.
Speaking to AFC Media post-game, Sholl put his breakout performance and dominant opening quarter down to good fortune.
“In terms of getting lucky and getting on the end of a few, that comes from obviously playing your role,” Sholl said.
“Fortunately enough for me, it fell in my lap a couple of times.
“The first quarter I had a bit of good luck.
“That was pretty awesome to get rolling early.”
His senior coach’s assessment of the performance was far less understated than the player himself.
Matthew Nicks credited Sholl’s outstanding work ethic while referring to him as one of the Club’s “best ball users”.
“It’s great for him, because he’s done a lot of work,” Nicks said.
“He plays a really important role and it’s not just all about getting the footy but today was reward for all the hard work he’s done.
“He was everywhere in that first quarter; that’s a really good thing for us with the ball in Sholly’s hands.”
In just his seventh AFL game, Sholl finished as the fourth highest ranked player on the ground according to Champion Data.