AFL Sydney Rising Star nominees – Week 11

Image courtesy of Pennant Hills Media.


AFL Sydney Men’s Week 11 Rising Star nominee

Name:  Jordan Adams

Nickname:  Jordy

AFL Sydney Club:  Pennant Hills Demons

Position:  Wing/Midfield

Junior Club:  Westbrook Bulldogs

Favourite activity to do outside of football:  Surfing

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?   Quick hands and accurate kicking

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?   On the field his role is to play to his strengths like attacking the footy hard and executing his footy skills to the best of his ability, so that he can contribute to the team. Off the field he has been studying hard for the HSC and is part of the Swans Academy. He try’s his best to support the club, whether it be volunteering or watching and supporting the other teams. In the future, he would like to have a bigger role in the club and looks forward to opportunities that might come up.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?   Hydrating, watching TV and stretching.

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?   Having five Weet-Bix and two pieces of toast the morning of a game, otherwise the game won’t be a good one!

Reason for nomination this round:  Jordan, still only 17 years, played his fifth Premier Division match for the Pennant Hills Demons in Round 11 against UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs. He was named in the best players in Round 10 and has kicked two handy goals in each of his last two matches (5 for the season), his best performances so far this season.

Coach quote on Performance:

“Remarkably, for one still so young, Jordan is a most complete footballer. His ability to pick up the loose ball, quick hands, and accurate kicking, off either foot, is a delight for his teammates. As the boys get older, so does the hardness required to win the midfield contests. Jordan already has a good ability to win the hard ball, use his pace to break out and then kick with either foot.

Defensively, he is a great tackler, a trait that has quickly earned him the respect of his team-mates. A quietly spoken young man, he already performs at a high standard and has great potential to become a talented mid-fielder. With the right motivation, hard work and good fortune, he has a bright football future ahead”. Chris Yard – Pennant Hills Senior Coach.


Image courtesy of Sydney University Bombers Media.

AFL Sydney Women’s Week 11 Rising Star nominee

Name:  Maryanne Harley

Nickname:  Mac

AFL Sydney Club: Sydney University Bombers

Position:  Half-forward flank

Junior Club:  N/A

Favourite activity to do outside of football:  Going to gigs with friends.

What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club? Not sure… it’s my first season. I’m just happy that my teammates know my name.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?  Half forward who can push up the ground to be a marking option on the wing. 

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?  Usually watching the footy with my housemates. 

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?  She doesn’t have any superstitions per se however she always goes for an early morning walk and grabs a coffee from her favourite cafe.

Reason for nomination this round:  Mac’s willingness to repeat lead and earn her possessions off half-forward set the tone for the rest of our front five. She did an enormous amount of defensive work trying to lock the ball inside 50, combining determination and a high work rate to earn herself coaches’ votes for the second time in two weeks.

Coach quote on Performance:

“Even though Mac had never played before, growing up in Melbourne has given her significant exposure to the game from a skills and knowledge standpoint. She immediately came into the club as one of the best kicks and marks but it has been her elite decision-making and composure under pressure and fatigue that have helped her stand out consistently this season. Mac has been a delight to coach. She is highly regarded by her teammates and considering her dedication to her personal development, it would be no surprise if she quickly became one of the league’s elite players.”


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