XBlades AFL Sydney Round 17 Women’s Rising Star

AFL Sydney is pleased to announce that the 2017 Round 17 Women’s Rising Star is Jacqueline Gay from the Auburn-Penrith Giants.

Jacqueline isn’t new to football, having played for several years at junior level, captaining her side to last year’s U15’s Premiership. In 2017 she made her debut in the Auburn-Penrith Giants Women’s Premier Division and is the youngest player in the team.

Since Round One Jacqueline has been a staple of the Giants side, playing mostly in the forward line with some stints in the ruck and midfield. The only games she has missed for the year have been due to Youth Girls Academy commitments. Jacqueline is one of Auburn-Penrith’s leading goal kickers, averaging more than one goal a game, including 5 against the Western Wolves in Round 16.

A strong overhead mark and being able to kick accurately on both sides make Jacqueline a challenging forward to defend against. Her remarkable range adds further difficulty for opposition backlines, with several of her goals this season coming from outside the 50 arc.

In addition to her impressive skills, Jacqueline inspires her teammates with both her maturity and dedication to the side. We hope that she be a feature in the orange and charcoal for many years to come.

AFL Sydney congratulates Jacqueline on her Round 17 Rising Star nomination.