AFL Sydney Women’s Rising Star – Round Nine Nominee

At only 16, this week’s nominee, Emelye Blades is to be known for her work ethic and determination around the field. Emelye is one of the youngest girls in the strong UNSW Women’s Premier Division team, starring up against GWS Giants AFLW player, Erin McKinnon in the Ruck in Round 9 during their battle against Manly Warringah Wolves. Emelye won multiple hit outs around the ground and had plenty of possessions, leading her to a Best On Ground performance.


Learn more about this week’s Women’s Rising Star Nominee:

Player Profile

Name: Emelye Blades

Nickname: “Bladesy”

AFL Sydney Club: UNSW ES-Bulldogs

Position: Ruck

Junior Club: Maroubra Saints

Favourite activity to do outside of football: 

Reading, Swimming and relaxing

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

Her work ethic and determination to be the best in everything she does.

What role do they play for the club both on and off the field?   

Emelye has only turned 16 in 2021 so is one our youngest girls playing at UNSW. Emelye has been training with UNSW since October 2020 and the older girls just love her energy and enthusiasm she has bought to the club and playing group.

The night before the game what will they most likely be doing?  

Gym session then early to bed

Do they have any pre-game superstitions?   

Scrambled eggs for breakfast but generally very calm and relaxed

Nomination Details

Reason for nomination this round: 

Emelye was voted by her team-mates peers as the Players player for this round!

Coach quote on Performance:

Emelye was just awesome in the ruck against a very experienced ruck Erin McKinnon. Emelye won many of her hit outs in the centre and around the ground while also gathering many possessions. Her ability to match up on more experienced players is just amazing. Emelye has a terrific understanding of the game and her work ethic and physicality is way beyond her years! Emelye never misses an opportunity to ask for feedback and also watches many games of footy to enhance her learning. A big watch on this girl in the future as she has all the attributes to play in the AFLW one day.


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