AFL Sydney Rising Star nominees – Week 10

Image courtesy of Leigh Gazzard.


AFL Sydney Women’s Week 10 Rising Star nominee

Name:  Jemima Wrigley

Nickname:  Mima

AFL Sydney Club:  Southern Power

Position:  Midfield. Either on the ball or wing.

Junior Club:  Southern Power Youth Girls.

Favourite activity to do outside of football:  Plays Oz Tag with her friends. She is currently undefeated in the Tuesday night comp. Shout-out to her team ‘More Chilli’.

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?  Jemima is a talented multi-sport athlete. Not only does she play Australian Football at a high level (club and YG state team), she also has represented NSW and Australia in Oz Tag, and somehow also manages to play Rugby Union for Randwick in the Womens 7’s.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?  Jemima is a natural leader, particularly for the youth girls coming through the ranks. Still only 17, her attitude to the team and the generous time she puts into the club make her an inspiration to not only the young girls in the youth sides, but her team mates as well.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?  Probably just relaxing with friends or doing homework as part of her HSC studies.

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?  She is not really superstitious. She just really like making sure she ticks-off all of the teams game-day and pre-game processes.

Reason for nomination this round:  Has played a consistently pivotal role in our midfield in every game she’s played.

Coach quote on Performance:

“Jemima has lifted her game to another level this year. She has added to her obvious talents as an outside runner, and is now more than comfortable winning her own footy at the contests.  But perhaps more importantly, she is constantly communicating, encouraging, and leading those around her as the game unfolds. We have to constantly remind ourselves that Mima is only 17. The fact that she’s forgone her last year of Youth Girls footy is an indication of the ambition and drive that she’s got for all the sports she turns her attention to.

Mima is fiercely competitive and understands what it takes to prepare herself like an elite athlete (training, preparation, recovery). Great foundation qualities in one so young.  As far as I’m concerned she is well on the path to team and club leadership, as well has getting herself on the radar for much-higher levels of footy”.


Image courtesy of Paul Carter.

AFL Sydney Men’s Week 10 Rising Star nominee

Name:  Hamish Ellem

Nickname:  ‘H’ and Hammer

AFL Sydney Club:  Manly Warringah Wolves

Position:  Centre Half Forward

Junior Club:  Grafton Tigers Juniors

Favourite activity to do outside of football:  Play Xbox and sleep.

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?  He is a great photographer and also

he rates himself very highly as a singer and loves belting out the Manly Wolves song after a win.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?  He continues to be an active leader with the Manly Bombers Under 17’s and regularly supports the coach James Brain on game day. He is always willing to give up his time to support the juniors at training and has had the confidence to be a key forward target in the Manly Wolves Premier team.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?  Cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching the AFL game on TV.

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?  Two hair bands…if he doesn’t have two hair bands, he needs to get two. He also never washes his hair the day of the game.

Reason for nomination this round:   Consistent performer in a key position at just 17 years of age. Was BOG (best on ground) against North Shore and backed it up with another strong performance against Camden.

Coach quote on Performance:

“It has been a big year for Hamish as a young man of 16 years of age, moving from his home town of Grafton to Sydney and he has fitted seamlessly into the Manly Wolves and has gained the respect of the team through his competitiveness, strong work rate and has excellent skills for a young player.

Hamish has made a big impact on the club with his laconic, easy going nature but also with the confidence he has shown to compete against men at only 16 years of age. He has grown in each game he has played to become a key well respected player within the team who can be relied upon to contribute to the team.

He has become an integral member of a forward line and holds down the important position of centre half forward, providing an excellent target and marking strongly in this position.  He has accepted every challenge, embraced the culture of the football club and has transitioned very well after his decision to pursue an AFL career in Sydney.”


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