AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star – Round Eight Nominee
This weeks nominee is to be known for her hard running and strength around the ball. Summer Hall, often known for her Dusty Martin fend off, fits right in to an already strong midfield group at the Eagles. The quiet, soccer recruit showcases her athleticism through becoming a contested ball winning machine in which these thrilling performances have gained herself a position in the bests multiple times in the first 8 rounds.
Learn more about this week’s Women’s Rising Star Nominee:
Name: Summer Hall
AFL Sydney Club: East Coast Eagles
Junior Club: NA – did not play juniors
Favourite activity to do outside of football:
Socialising with friends and it used to be playing soccer before switching to footy.
What is one thing that we don’t know about this Rising Star that they are well known for around the club?
Summer traveled 1.5 hours for training from the South Coast during the pre-season as her family home in Sydney was being renovated. She is the surprise packet that has come out of no where (for most).
What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?
Summer is a quiet achiever who’s game is developing week by week. On field she is a hard running and tough midfielder, who can be seen throwing some mean Dusty Martin Fend offs. She is starting to find her groove and voice at training as she becomes more comfortable amongst the group.
The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?
Valuable family time at home watching TV and smashing some pasta.
Do they have any pre-game superstitions?
No set pre game superstitions but can be seen nervously keeping to herself in the rooms pre-game. Always with a smile on her face though!
Reason for nomination this round:
After playing some school footy in recent years this is her first year playing club footy, after several years playing soccer at representative levels. Her first two games of Premier Division footy proved she has what it takes to play at the level with some game sense to come with more footy. Her games in the past month have seen her find more and more of the football and a new level of confidence.
Coach quote on Performance:
Summer was again named in our best players and was a ball magnet and contested ball machine in Round 8 and was a key player in what was a very contested game against Pennant Hills. Summer’s leg speed and “Dusty” like fend off allows her time with the footy and used it to great effect on the weekend to put her team mates into space. Her leg speed and strength in the contest allows her to slot nicely into a strong midfield group
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