AFL Sydney Rising Star nominees – Round Three

AFL Sydney Women’s Round Three Rising Star nominee

Name: Maddy Kohlrusch

Nickname:  Mambo

AFL Sydney Club Name: UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs

Position: Wing

Junior Club: Newtown Swans/Maroubra Saints

Favourite activity to do outside of football: Go to the beach

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing? Watching the footy on TV

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?  Rolling shorts over once.

Reason for nomination this round:  Played a key role in the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Women’s Premier Division squad so far this year

Coach quote on performance:

18 year old Maddy, a former junior with the Newtown Swans and Maroubra Saints recommenced football in the preseason, after two years off with an ACL injury. Maddy played a practice game in the preseason and demonstrated that she was deserving of a run in the Premier Division squad for round one.

Playing on the wing, in her first official game of senior football, Maddy was able to use her strong skills, pace and intuitive positioning to assist the team to a comfortable win over UTS. Given that 9 players of the premiership winning team were missing, she was able to show she is going to be pushing for regular selection in the 2018 Season.”



AFL Sydney Men’s Round Three Rising Star nominee

Name:  Johnny Pawle

Nickname:  Pope

AFL Sydney Club:  UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs

Position:  Midfield

Junior Club:  Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs

Favourite activity to do outside of football:   Play basketball

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?   Relaxed, caring and happy nature

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?   Johnny helps strengthen the tie with the UNSW ES U19’s as Johnny has many friends playing there.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?   Ignore the game and just relax

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?   He puts his playing jumper on just before the team runs out. He also puts his right boot on before his left boot.

Reason for nomination this round:  Named in the best players against St George as well as a best on ground performance in Round 2 against the North Shore Bombers.

Coach quote on Performance:

“Johhny is a great kid. His main focus for the year is to enjoy playing football again. We are extremely lucky to have him full time at the club. His competitive nature, class and happy & relaxed attitude makes him a joy to coach. ”


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