AFL Sydney Rising Star nominees – Round Two
AFL Sydney Men’s Round Two Rising Star nominee
Name: Michael Nettheim
AFL Sydney Club: Sydney University
Position: Small Forward
Junior Club: Newtown Swans
Favourite activity to do outside of football: Michael loves his basketball
What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club? Wearer of goggles in training and during games
What role do they play for the club both on and off the field? On the field Michael puts a lot of pressure on the opposition back exits and creates opportunities up forward
The night before the game what will they most likely be doing? Having a bowl of pasta watching Friday night footy
Do they have any pre-game superstitions? Michael cleans his specs every night before a game
Reason for nomination this round: Michael has kicked 5 goals so far this year and has been in Sydney University’s best players in the first two rounds this year
Coach quote on Performance:
“Backing up a brilliant Under 19s year and a great preseason, Nets has pushed his case as a seniors forward. Superbly skilled and with brilliant balance, Michael displayed all of his talents on Saturday playing as a small forward. He kicked two goals and was our leading player in score involvements. Both Michael and the club our excited about his 2018 campaign and we can’t wait to see what he brings to our side throughout the season.”
AFL Sydney Women’s Round Two Rising Star nominee
Name: Ella Farley
AFL Sydney Club Name: UTS Shamrocks
Position: Centre or Rover
Junior Club: N/A
Favourite activity to do outside of football: Ella is a great surfer
What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club? Her ability to pick up the ball with one hand at speed, an achievement for any new player!
What role do they play for the club both on and off the field? Whilst Ella is new to both the club and AFL she has continually provided both voice and guidance to other new players (many of who thought she had played for years!)
The night before the game what will they most likely be doing? Watching the AFL game that is on
Do they have any pre-game superstitions? Coffee and music
Reason for nomination this round: Ella put in a solid performance in the Midfield in her first two games with the Shamrocks. She positioned herself well, attacked the footy hard and mopped up a large number of possessions under pressure against a strong UNSW side and a in in form Western Wolves.
Coach quote on performance:
“It’s an excellent start to what looks like a big season for Ella Farley, she attacks the footy hard and has a natural ability to be in the right spot.
Her skills are already shining above some of our more experienced players with accuracy in her kicks and great decision making on the field.
Ella has been one of the most consistent with attendance at training, and is always working on her craft before training and perfecting it in drills.
She has taken on board all feedback she has been given at training and also in the game and it is going to be exciting to see her continue to grow and taken on some of the most skillful midfielders in the competition.
Ella has also taken on board the physical aspect of playing Prems and whilst she is one of the fittest and fastest in the team she continues to work on her speed and fitness outside of club training to ensure she competes at the best of her ability. She is a great addition to any midfield team and we are more than happy to have her included in the Shamrocks line up this year.”